Right before the start of the new year, I stepped away from the holiday busy-ness to reflect on 2021. What a year! As each memory ticked by, the overwhelming feeling of gratitude came over me, quickly followed by ‘chomping at the bit’ excitement for what’s coming this year.
Physician burnout began well before the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, 79% of physicians across several specialties identified their burnout symptoms, a finding published in a WebMD/Medscape Market Research report. The cause? Bureaucracy within large systems or countless administrative tasks in private practice takes away a physician's autonomy to practice medicine.