The ACP Now Wants in on Physician Burnout

I have mentioned before how the AMA and the AAFP have suddenly jumped in on the “physician burnout” bandwagon.  Well, the American College of Physicians just realized there is a money train here as well and don’t want to be left out:

Led by the Physician Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction Task Force, the program will provide the tools and programs for individual members, their practices, and ACP Chapters to improve practice efficiencies, reduce administrative burdens, and ultimately combat burnout.

“It is critical to address the many factors that can lead to professional dissatisfaction, burnout, depression, and suicide among physicians,” ACP’s Board of Regents Chair Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, MACP, stated in a press release. “The ACP is committed to helping internists experience greater fulfillment by identifying, promoting, and disseminating approaches to improve the practice environment so that they can better serve their patients.”

A key component of the initiative is establishing a team of ACP Well-Being Champions to share strategies, provide peer coaching, and create a deeper awareness of issues in the field.

Good for them.   I will say the same thing about the ACP as the AAFP and AMA. You all agreed to EVERY mandate that has caused burnout.  You were warned this would happen and now you want to come in like the cavalry to save us?  Shame on you all.  And isn’t it funny that you will ignore your role in causing this burnout problem and yet create programs to make money off of us?

You all need to go away.  You are not fooling anyone.  You are all frauds.

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Douglas Farrago MD

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  4 comments for “The ACP Now Wants in on Physician Burnout

  1. Kurt
    January 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t think there is as big a burnout problem as they tout. Burnout is depression with suicidality.

    Someone with that problem needs professional help.

    The problem is really anger where everyone would prefer to nuc every single oppressive
    board HQ and rid ourselves of the B#@[email protected]&Ds and start over with true academic service
    organizations that did initial certs and disseminated information thereafter.

    Not a thing is going to change in healthcare if patients aren’t held accountable for their lousy
    health behaviors. Especially if they aren’t paying for the care.

  2. Max oreilly
    January 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I want so badly to tell them all to go F*** themselves and to just leave me alone. I don’t need to practice “mindfulness. Or deep breathing. Stop “helping” me and just go away.

  3. Matthew Hahn
    January 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Spot on…fix the system and burnout will go away.

  4. Perry
    January 6, 2018 at 9:13 am

    There is an ACP lackey that writes pieces that get put in KevinMD periodically, he has pretty much outlined where it stands. The ACP has major issues with DCP, in fact has called it unethical. The ACP has colluded even more than the AMA and AAFP in the absurd health care policies being produced by Washington. This is a very hypocritical move on its part now.

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