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Health workforce conference to focus on physician retention

Wisconsin Medical Society member Heather Schmidt, DO, will lead a breakout session focusing on the Society’s Physician Experience Task Force and its efforts regarding physician burnout and retention Wednesday, Sept. 27 as part of the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce full-day conference being held in Wisconsin Dells.

Mitigating burnout is a key concern for stakeholders—one with a variety of causes and potential solutions, according to recent Society research. Doctor Schmidt will highlight the effects of burnout on both clinicians and patients and talk about the Society’s efforts to identify risk factors, increase awareness of burnout among health system leadership and, finally, prevent further burnout.

“The greatest risk factor is that physicians who have lost the joy and meaning of their work are most vulnerable,” said Dr. Schmidt, who is Medical Director of Health and Wellness, Agnesian Healthcare. “This has become of more widespread interest because burnout is now being measured and identified. Physicians are the heart of medicine, and if we don’t change the course of this issue soon, the already crisis-level physician shortage will only worsen.”

“Redistributing the work is not always the answer,” she added. “Based on the Industrial Engineering literature from the (Society’s) Leading Health Work Systems program, healthy work helps people meet their needs, reduces risk of doing people harm—think work load, work pace and work pressure as well as relationships and job design—and improves organizational sustainability. People need psychological safety and social support within their work system and, if that is missing, the team is less likely to function in a cohesive manner and the risk for errors will increase.”

Registration for the conference is available online. Click here for more information, including a full agenda and complete list of speakers.

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