Need for employee resilience heightened in a time of constant change

White Coats Black Doctors: responding to adversity with resilience

Queen’s Black Premedical Association (QBPA) organizes the event to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to hear from physicians about their personal experiences as minorities in healthcare.  The event was directed at undergraduate students interested in pursuing medicine, but open to anyone.  QBPA runs the event with guidance from the University of Toronto Medical School Community of Support initiative. It consisted of three speakers, followed by a panel question and discussion period.  Speakers were to answer the question: What is it like being a physician of colour and how do you overcome adversity in the workplace?  The first speaker, Andrew Thomas, is in his last year of residency at Queen’s. Thomas went to Howard University, a historically Black school in Washington, D.C. Thomas said he felt no adversity there, “surrounded by Black excellency.”  He said that faculty warned them things wouldn’t be the same outside of Howard’s “bubble.”  However, Thomas said he’s had an overall positive experience coming back to Canada…


Need for employee resilience heightened in a time of constant change

Challenges facing UK businesses in the next five years have heightened the need for employee resilience, according to new research from recruitment specialist Robert Half UK. As businesses adapt to an ongoing period of change, more than nine in 10 (94 percent) CFOs think developing resilience amongst their employees will be important over the next two to five years, with 43 percent citing this as very important. This is critical to almost all (97 percent) CFOs from London-based businesses – the UK’s financial hub.

Ongoing economic and industry trends affecting the trajectory of many businesses have created a need for employees to be able to thrive successfully in times of continual change…


Burned Out: Experts Recommend Institutional Interventions, Community Understanding to Increase Physician Well-being

It is important to note that burnout typically peaks 10 to 20 years into a career as a physician, said Shanafelt. This is “probably in part due to the notion that as you master things, they can become mundane and you can lose the sense that you’re being challenged at work,”

Electronic health records, pressure to see more patients, fewer opportunities for collegial interaction: all of these modern challenges are pushing more and more physicians to question their choice of career, succumb to depression, and—in the worst of cases—take their own lives. Now is the time, say a growing number of professionals, to take active steps to combat burnout.

Burnout, the umbrella term for a wide variety of symptoms that can affect physician well-being, needs to be addressed not only at the individual level but also by institutions, according to experts speaking at a forum dedicated to the topic last week at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2019 Scientific Session.

“On a societal level, folks look at us as physicians and believe we have a recipe for great personal and professional satisfaction. [We’re] highly educated, universally employed, well compensated relative to most professions, [and] engage in the work people believe is important, caring for our fellow human beings who are ill,” said Tait Shanafelt, MD (Stanford Medicine WellMD, Palo Alto, CA), who gave the 50th annual Louis F. Bishop Keynote address. “And yet, what our own medical literature…

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