March 27, 2017
David Clark, MD, TAO President
Healthcare continues to evolve. Massive disruptions to our practices have occurred at what seems an ever increasing pace and look to only continue with the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate, implementation of MACRA, and now the debate on the new healthcare plan. Unfortunately, much of this has translated to additional work for already over-burdened providers, leading to high rates of dissatisfaction and burnout. Current reports on burnout state approximately 40% of providers suffer from or have suffered from burnout1.
The term “burnout” was coined in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger and is defined as long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. It can be broken into 3 domains: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization/cynicism, and reduced accomplishment2. Interestingly, burnout is not equivalent to stress. Stress can be thought of as over engagement, resulting in hyperactivity, whereas burnout results in disengagement and feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness about the working environment. Physician burnout is associated with increased medical mistakes, decreased adherence, less empathy, and ultimately less patient satisfaction3-5. Read More
by: Brad Holland, MD - TAO President-Elect
The first meeting of the heads of the State Associations of Otolaryngology was held March 10th, 2017 in Washington, DC. The idea for the meeting was spearheaded by Dr. Robert Sataloff, along with the Board of Governors, who agreed that such a meeting might help the state organizations by way of sharing ideas. I was pleased to represent Texas at this meeting, which had over 50 attendees (some Executive Directors were present as well).
Two large state organizations, The Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology, and the Virginia Society of Otolaryngolgoy, were profiled as being "model organizations" and each had won the Academy's Award for such recently. On a medium-sized scale, the Connecticut ENT Society was highlighted for their outstanding work. I believe Texas has a lot to learn from examining these "best practices" for state-wide specialty organizations. Read More
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FIRST EVER MEETING OF STATE OTOLARYNGOLOGY LEADERS Brad Holland, MD – TAO President-Elect. The first meeting of the heads of the State Associations of Otolaryngology was held March 10th, 2017 in Washington, DC. The idea for the meeting was spearheaded by Dr. Robert Sataloff, along with the Board of Governors, who agreed that such a …Continue Reading