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MAOPS President’s Message

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, December 27, 2016


You Are Not Alone: Avoiding "Burnout" 

 Jeff Davis, D.O., MAOPS 2016 - 2017 President

A member recently forwarded me an article from titled, “Half of Physicians Demoralized, Dissatisfied.” The study, commissioned by the Physicians Foundation, found that a majority of the over 17,000 physicians surveyed described their morale as either somewhat or very negative:

  • 63% said they were "pessimistic about the future of medicine"
  • 49% stated that they would not recommend the practice of medicine to their children!    

We all probably know what this study cited as the reasons for this “burnout:”  regulatory and paperwork burdens and loss of clinical autonomy. While we will often feel overwhelmed and “demoralized,” we need to keep the reason we got into medicine in clear focus. That’s difficult sometimes.


As Jim Wieberg and Heather Johns, the Directors of the MAOPS Physician Health Program, point out in the article in this issue of the Prognosis, physician burnout is real, and it must not be ignored or downplayed. Click here to read the article by Jim and Heather in the December/January issue of Prognosis. MAOPS Physician Health Program is here for you. I'd also like to remind you that another way to help feelings of burnout is to interact with our peers outside of work.


I find great satisfaction in  being able to meet with others, discuss issues, and take steps to help solve problems through my volunteer role with MAOPS. The Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention (MOAC) is also a fantastic way to network with peers and enjoy the collegiality of the profession.


This year’s conference is specifically geared towards reminding each of us why we got  into medicine. I hope you will join me and over 300 other D.O.s to hear nationally renowned keynote speakers  (see last month’s issue of the Prognosis) that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, ready to take the best care of your  patients possible, and realize that you are not alone!


Click here to visit the 2017 MOAC page and register!

I am not one of those physicians who will steer my daughters away from a career in medicine. However, I would advise them that practicing medicine is only part of their job. They will need to be responsive to change, and remember to take care of their own physical and mental health in order to continue to provide the best care for their patients.


Have a wonderful Holiday season and see you in 2017!

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