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ALTHOUGH PHYSICIAN BURNOUT RECOG nizes no gender boundaries, some experts say its symptoms and severity typically affect men and women inequitably.

"Burnout in medicine is an epidemic hiding in plain sight," explains Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCP(C), CCPE, CPE, who will lead a session on women's wellness during the American Association for Physician Leadership's Winter Institute, Jan. 23-27 at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Her session, "Women in Medicine: Enhancing Your Personal Resilience as a Leader," will culminate a three-day course on physician burnout, as a highlight of the overall institute.

"Over half of practicing physicians have symptoms of burnout," says Gautam, president and CEO of Peak MD, a company that specializes in leadership resilience. "And for women physicians, this is an especially critical issue, as they are known to have twice the level of burnout of their male colleagues."

Gautam was the facilitator of a collaboration with male colleagues that created policies to support and recognize women leaders in the medical workplace. She says burnout's toll on women physicians "is partly due to workplace factors that include different practice patterns and communication styles that take more time with patients, attract more patients with complex psychosocial issues, and are more emotionally draining, yet less remunerated."

According to the 2004 Physician Worklife Study, women in internal medicine subspecialties felt they needed 36 percent more time for a new-patient examinations and consultations, compared to 21 percent more time for men. Likewise, women wanted 24 percent more time for routine follow-up patients, compared to 9 percent for men.

"As well," she says, "even when they work outside the home, women often carry the burden of the housekeeping and child care responsibilities, too. Something has to give; this is not sustainable."

The objective of her wellness workshop is to help women physicians understand when they are at risk for burnout, gain practical prevention strategies, and ensure leadership success while continuing or resuming the joy in medicine.

Personal assessments will help identify gaps that require attention and provide clarity regarding next steps for wellness.

The first two days of the wellness academy include intensive workshops facilitated by Dan Friedland, MD, and Dan Diamond, MD, who will address the threats that stress and burnout pose to high-performance leadership--and, in a culture of increasing disengagement, equip leaders with skills to increase their team's investment and ownership while teaching them to solve problems under pressure.

Course objectives include recognizing key predictors of burnout and resilience, understanding the neuroscience of low-and high-performance leadership, and using target fixation to build stronger teams.


The annual Winter Institute is Jan. 23-27 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference offers opportunities to network with other physician leaders and attend CME-credit courses taught by seasoned faculty members. In addition, it includes social events, career advising sessions and more.

* Reservations: (800) 468-3571; group rate available for a limited time

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* Spring: May 3-5, JW Marriott, Washington, D.C.

* Fall: Oct. 23-30, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

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The winter culmination of Certified Physician Executive credentialing takes place Feb, 21-24, at the University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in Tampa, Florida. For hotel reservations, call the Hilton Downtown Tampa at 813-204-3000 (group rate expires Feb. 6). Upcoming CPE capstones take place May 16-19, July 18-21 and Nov. 7-10 at the USF facility.

Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCP(C), CCPE, CPE

Compiled by Andy Smith
WINTER                             JANUARY   JANUARY   JANUARY
INSTITUTE                   CME      23        24        25

Fundamentals of Physician   31.5   8-4:30    8-4:30    8-4:30
Leadership (FOPL Bundle)
  FOPL: INFLUENCE            7               8-4:30
  FOPL: NEGOTIATION          7                         8-4:30
CMO Academy                  24    8-4:30    8-4:30    8-4:30
Medical Population Health    15              8-4:30
Physician Wellness           21                        8-4:30
  PHYSICIAN WELLNESS         14                        8-4:30
  WOMEN'S WELLNESS           7
HFMA & AAPL Health Care      24                        8-4:30
Finance Academy
Quality Improvement          24                        8-4:30
Health Informatics           24                        8-4:30

WINTER                      JANUARY   JANUARY
INSTITUTE                     26        27

Fundamentals of Physician   8-4:30    8-4:30
Leadership (FOPL Bundle)
CMO Academy
Medical Population Health
Physician Wellness          8-4:30    8-4:30
  PHYSICIAN WELLNESS        8-4:30
  WOMEN'S WELLNESS                    8-4:30
HFMA & AAPL Health Care     8-4:30
Finance Academy
Quality Improvement         8-4:30    8-11:30
Health Informatics          8-4:30    8-11:30

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