From Devastation to Determination, One Advocate’s Mission to End Physician Burnout

By Janae Sharp, founder, Sharp Index; a HIMSS social media ambassador and part of the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition Success Stories initiative

The HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition doesn’t end when the convention center doors close. Attendees leave with knowledge from educational sessions, speakers and networking that can be applied to the real world, creating an ongoing, year-round experience. HIMSS asked attendees to share the personal and professional successes that stemmed from attending conference – from challenges faced to changes made. Read on to learn about the value of attending HIMSS19 from the unique perspective of our members and partners.

Janae Sharp

Every year, the number of physicians at risk of burnout increases. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than half of physicians show signs of burnout.

Symptoms of physician burnout can include:

  • Physical exhaustion
  • Cynicism
  • Detachment
  • Feelings of ineffectiveness
  • Lack of accomplishment

Burnout among physicians is a growing problem, and can lead to medical error and patient death. Two big contributors to physician burnout are work systems that don’t allow for healthy physicians and a lack of coping tools for doctors affected. Unfortunately, after a certain threshold of burnout, physicians may be unwilling to seek help. It is a significant problem not only for the healthcare industry, but for families of physicians - and it’s one I take personally.

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