FPM monthly webinars provide updates for clinical trainees, senior clinicians, policy makers, academics and other health professionals on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common and serious clinical disorders – both for communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Webinars are free and hosted on Zoom from 4pm UK time on the 4th Monday of each month.
Date: Monday 27th July 4pm UK time
Title: FPM Live Webinars 5. What to do about medical burn-out?
Chair: Professor Donald Singer, President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London, UK
Panel: Caroline Elton, Counselling Psychologist, London; Dr John Launer, General Practitioner and Family Therapist, London; Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director, England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation; Professor Bernard Cheung, Editor-in-Chief, Postgraduate Medical Journal, University of Hong Kong.
Discussants: Dr Mark P. Abrams, Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow, NYP – Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA; Luamar Dolfini, Medical Student, St. Georges University of London; Dr Craig Ferguson, Radiology Fellow, San Francisco; Jeyasakthy Saniasiaya, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia; Dr Jennifer Taylor, Brain and Mind Centre and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District, Australia.
Clinicians have ever more complex medical problems to resolve. The ‘golden hour’ refers to the key early period in the care of extremely ill patients during which correct and timely decisions are critical for whether or not a patient may survive. Caring for people with long term irreversible disease is also stressful. It is now recognised that doctors, as for airline pilots, train drivers and others with lives in their hands, should not overwork, to minimise both risk to those in their care and to protect the mental and physical health of clinicians. However burnout remains a serious problem in the medical profession.
Reasons for continuing high rates of burnout will be discussed, as well as what could and should be done to minimise risk of burnout, from selection of candidates for the profession to ways to support clinicians throughout their careers.