I just love it when the same organizations who agreed to everything that has caused burnout now pretend they want to fix it. Did you know the AMA is now the “expert” in this crap? Me either. Here is their most recent article on it. Let me skip down to this point to explain something they miss:
Why don’t physicians seek help?
While many doctors are not publicly reaching out for help, several have in secret. The survey found that 7 percent of physicians admitted to receiving mental health care but kept it quiet. Twelve percent said they would consider reaching out for help in secret.
To keep this secret, some doctors drove an hour away from their home town and did not use insurance. Others even used a different name.
When physicians were asked why they have not gotten help, half said their symptoms were not severe enough. Nearly half (47 percent) stated that they could “deal with this without help from a professional,” while 39 percent of physicians were “too busy” and 20 percent did not want to risk disclosure.
Physicians encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. However, doctors are less likely to seek help themselves due to stigma. This is often because physicians are concerned that having a history of mental illness could make it harder for them to obtain and retain licensure.
To improve physician access to mental health care, the AMA recently adopted policy to, “Encourage state licensing boards to require disclosure of physical or mental health conditions only when a physician is suffering from any condition that currently impairs his or her judgment or that would otherwise adversely affect his or her ability to practice medicine in a competent, ethical and professional manner, or when the physician presents a public health danger.”
Committed to making physician burnout a thing of the past, the AMA has studied, and is currently addressing issues causing and fueling physician burnout—including time constraints, technology and regulations—to better understand and reduce the challenges physicians face. By focusing on factors causing burnout at the system-level, the AMA assesses an organization’s well-being and offers guidance and targeted solutions to support physician well-being and satisfaction.
The AMA Ed Hub™—your center for personalized learning from sources you trust—offers CME on a broad range of topics including preventing physician burnout using the STEPS Forward™ open-access platform that offers innovative strategies that allow physicians and their staff to thrive in the new health care environment. These toolkits can help you prevent physician burnout, create the organizational foundation for joy in medicine, create a strong team culture and improve practice efficiency.
Did you read that like I did? “To keep this secret, some doctors drove an hour away from their home town and did not use insurance. Others even used a different name.” That is how bad it is! And I recommend EVERY DOCTOR do the same thing. Why? Look at that lame AMA policy. No state licensing board gives two sh#ts what AMA says. Even if they did adopt this policy it would be bastardized so much you wouldn’t recognize it. Each state licensing board has a quota to punish a certain number of doctors. They are NOT your friend. Burned out or impaired docs are easy pickings. Don’t fall for this trick. Ever.