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Dear Doctor, What Is “Compassion Fatigue” In Patient Care?

Dear Doctors,  

For many of you, the last place a Doctor expects to find solace is his/her medical practice. After all, the Doctor’s Office is more frequently associated with serious faces, wincing and the occasional whispers of, “Doc, I dunno know what the problem is, it just hurts.” 

One of our favorite authors around here is named Jeff. He wrote this a couple of weeks ago … Today, many of us are better at recharging our phones than we are ourselves. Like our phones, we have a limited battery life.

The work of the Doctor is serious. You work a lot of hours and the way you spend your time can drain your personal battery. It can fatigue you. We recently talked on Concierge Medicine Today just this week about something impacting Doctors today that you’ve probably heard of … Compassion Fatigue. Look it up, read about it. We’ll talk more about that on another day. But today, you read more medical journals, you study, take a call, text, go home, sleep and repeat. It’s a better way to practice medicine, but you must remember to recharge.

I know I’ll get emails about this one.

I’m not a beach person. I find the ocean crashing incredibly noisy. My wife loves the ocean. That’s her form of recharge. I’m a quiet lake type of guy. I say this to say that no everyone is a beach person. Not every Doctor recharges away from the practice of medicine in the same way, and that’s okay.

Find your beach or lake, whatever it might be. It’s a must. As Jeff says … Don’t take more care of your phone’s battery life than you do your own. After all, you can get a new phone. There’s only one you.

Thanks for reading this and find your personal way to recharge this weekend!

Oh, consider coming to see us and our great faculty/speakers and RECHARGE with your peers … this October –

I hope to see you soon!




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