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February 2018

Small Steps to Address Medical Resident Burnout

Author Affiliations
  • 1Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(2):113-114. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4166

A large part of preventing burnout lies in the details of everyday routine, and the medical community is missing opportunities to improve resident wellness. Reflecting on my residency, I (N.D.B.) realize the moments that reinvigorated me were implemented with little effort: the attending physician who brought flowers in gratitude at the end of her service time, the fellow who high-fived me while praising my bedside manner, and the colleague who offered an embrace when I doubted myself after unsuccessfully attempting to resuscitate a neonate. These informal, spontaneous moments helped maintain the vision and optimism I first had when I entered those hospital sliding glass doors on day 1 of my intern year.