Physicians gather for educational event with renowned burnout researcher Lotte Drybye, MD, MHPE
by Stefanie Carroll, Executive Director, Denver Medical Society
The burnout rate among physicians in the United States spiked dramatically during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in September in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In the study, “Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction with Work-Life Integration in Physicians During the First 2 Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” researchers found that 2020 marked the end of a six-year period of decline in the overall rate of work-induced burnout among physicians. By the end of 2021, after 21 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the physician burnout rate spiked to a new height that was greater than previously monitored by researchers.
One of the authors of the new study, Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, gave an informative lecture on her findings on Sept. 22 on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.
Following the lecture, Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) medical director Scott Humphreys, MD, moderated a question-and-answer session with Drybye. CPHP provides confidential peer assistance counseling to physicians, residents, medical students, physician assistants, physician assistant students, anesthesiology assistants, and anesthesiology students with health problems, including medical conditions, psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse, and/or personal problems such as family difficulties, stress, or career issues.
Services are provided at no cost to Colorado licensed physicians and physician assistants. Residents, medical students, and physician assistant students may also be eligible for free services through contracts between CPHP and various Colorado-based training programs. CPHP has directly served over 6,000 medical professionals since their inception in 1986.
The event was hosted by the Denver Medical Society and Denver Medical Society Foundation, and co-hosted by Aurora-Adams County Medical Society, Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert Medical Society, Colorado Medical Society, CPHP, Northern Colorado Medical Society and University of Colorado School of Medicine.