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Research Letter
Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
May 6, 2019

Assessment of Job Satisfaction and Feeling Valued in Academic Medicine

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Denver
  • 4Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
  • 5Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 6Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(7):992-994. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0377

Mounting evidence suggests that faculty in medicine are increasingly unhappy, dissatisfied, and burned out.1 Although purported to be a national crisis, the actual understanding of the origins, consequences, and effective approaches to prevent and treat burnout remains limited.2,3 Academic medical centers have a tripartite mission to provide high-quality clinical care, to advance knowledge through research, and to train the next generation of health care professionals, each in the context of increased financial pressures and administrative burdens.4 Comprehending what factors are associated with satisfaction at work in academic health care centers is an important step toward addressing faculty burnout.

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    Physicians In Private Practice Have the Same Problems With Job Satisfaction as Their Colleagues in Academia
    Edward Volpintesta, MD | Bethel Medical Group
    Perhaps the most important thing mentioned by the authors—and it applies not only to colleagues in academia, but also to those in private practice—is their comment that we physicians must strive to connect personally, not electronically; and to “…establish social and supportive environments in our organizations…”

    Who would doubt that we have become isolated from one another, see each other only briefly, and rarely share any meaningful personal conversation?

    This lack of meaningful interaction with one another is a major cause of burnout and discouragement. Is also is why we lack the solidarity we need to protect our
    profession from those forces that have invaded and subjugated medicine, stolen our autonomy.

    When physicians begin connecting personally again not only will burnout be reduced but our leadership organizations will be stronger.