Assessing Burnout and Alcohol Use in Medical Students and Practicing Physicians
Medical student and physician burnout and a related alcohol use disorder are significant personal problems that also impact patient care. Problems start in medical school with a rate of burnout rising to 50%, suicidal ideation estimated at 10%, and alcohol use estimated at 32.4%. In practicing physicians. AUDIT-C scores of 15.3% correlate with burnout and were especially high in women (21.4%). The presentation provides skills to identify and intervene in colleagues with the lethal combination of burnout and alcohol use. Through case studies, audience involvement, and “what if” role-play simulations, participants build an understanding of the causes of burnout, useful interventions, and the potential impact on medical students, residents, practicing physicians, and patients.
Tanner B. Assessing Burnout and Alcohol Use in Medical Students and Practicing Physicians. Presented at the 2019 ASAM Annual Conference, April 6, 2019, Orlando, FL.
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