An Anecdote to Burnout
I can personally attest to the power of physician coaching. Seven years ago, as a mother of two and a medical director, I found myself stressed and burned out. Several life events occurred in quick succession, including a family illness and staffing difficulties at my hospital. In response, I cut my maternity leave short and increased my hours. I was at risk of becoming another statistic: a physician who left the profession early.
This experience led me to hire my first coach, who taught me tools that allowed me to be effective at work while also prioritizing my mental and emotional health. I'm now on a mission to pass these tools on to my fellow Vitans because no one should ever have to choose between their well-being and career.
And I’m not the only physician leader benefiting from coaching. A growing body of research shows that physician wellness coaching can improve engagement and retention while reducing burnout. A study led by physician wellness leader Tait Shanafelt found that engaging in just 3.5 hours of coaching reduced physicians’ burnout scores and improved quality of life.