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July 2017

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TRAINEE & EARLY-CAREER l Beat Burnout By Jack Lambert, Staff Writer W ould you rather explain the ben- efits of three cycles of bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin to a hos- tile crowd of bored teenagers than talk to your program director, supervisor, or colleagues about feeling burned out? It is an understandable feeling. Profes- sional burnout is a difficult concept to think about, much less discuss, yet it can have a profound effect on a physi- cian's career. In the normal course of their work, oncologists are often faced with the kinds of setbacks and stress that can lead to burnout. An ASCO membership survey found that 45% of medical oncologist members reported experiencing emotional exhaustion and/or depersonalization symptoms related to burnout. 1 "As clinicians, we need to be empow- ered to enhance our own wellness while we're charged with delivering care to others," Fay J. Hlubocky, PhD, MA, of the University of Chicago, told ASCO Daily News in an interview about physician wellness. Letting negative feelings fester and lead to burnout has a deleterious impact on the professional and per- sonal lives of oncologists; burnout can even lead oncologists to leave the profession entirely. Therefore, it is Talking About Physician Burnout: Practical Strategies for Starting the Conversation ASCOconnection.org I 45

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