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The Human Side of Surgery: Confronting Burnout Together

with Dr. Herdley Paolini, Dr. Julie Wei and Dr. Anthony Sheyn

In this episode, pediatric otolaryngologist Dr. Julie Wei (Akron Children’s Hospital) and psychologist Dr. Herdley Paolini discuss surgeon burnout with guest host, pediatric otolaryngologist Dr. Anthony Sheyn (Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital).

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Podcast Contributors

Dr. Herdley Paolini discusses The Human Side of Surgery: Confronting Burnout Together on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Herdley Paolini

Dr. Herdley Paolini is the founder / president at The Institute for Physician Integration and the Co Director for Health and Health Care at the Center for Courage & Renewal in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Julie Wei discusses The Human Side of Surgery: Confronting Burnout Together on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Julie Wei

Dr. Julie Wei is a pediatric ENT surgeon, professor, clinical researcher, author, and speaker.

Dr. Anthony Sheyn discusses The Human Side of Surgery: Confronting Burnout Together on the BackTable 166 Podcast

Dr. Anthony Sheyn

Dr. Anthony Sheyn is a practicing pediatric otolaryngoligist at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Synopsis

First, Dr. Paolini reviews causes of surgeon burnout, drawing on three decades of experience working in physician wellness. Then, Dr. Sheyn and Dr. Wei discuss steps they’ve taken to combat burnout. Dr. Wei illuminates challenges unique to female surgeons, including higher levels of emotional exhaustion, fertility struggles, and ‘mom guilt.’ Then, the discussion shifts to address the roles that healthcare administration and medical education play in surgeon burnout. The podcast concludes with Dr. Wei’s experience advocating for needed changes in her hospital’s call policies.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introduction
03:18 - Operating Through Challenges: Dr. Wei’s Experience with Burnout
06:02 - Exploring Causes of Surgeon Burnout with Dr. Paolini
16:03 - Squashing the Stigma: Embracing Vulnerability in Surgery
25:37 - The Power of Advocacy and Building a Case for Wellness Programs
31:06 - Early Interventions and Transforming Medical Education
34:10 - Balancing Professional & Personal Life As A Surgeon
42:47 - Initiating System Changes for Physician Well-being

Resources

Dr. Anthony Sheyn’s Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Profile:
https://www.lebonheur.org/doctors/anthony-sheyn

Dr. Julie Wei’s Akron Children’s Hospital Profile:
https://akronchildrens.org/people/Julie-Wei.html

About Dr. Herdley Paolini:
https://www.physicianintegration.org/about

“Safeguarding Physician Wellbeing” by Dr. Julie Wei:
https://www.routledge.com/Safeguarding-Physician-Wellbeing-Using-Checklists-for-Personal-Professional-and-Psychological-Safety/Wei/p/book/9781032589893

“Inside the Mind of a Physician: Illuminating the Mystery of How Doctors Think, What they Feel, and Why they Do the Things They Do” by Dr. Herdley Paolini:
https://www.amazon.com/Inside-Mind-Physician-Illuminating-Publishing/dp/0982040903

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