Leadership | 09.21.22
How to Help Primary Care Physicians Craft Sustainable Careers
Burnout among primary care physicians (PCPs) nationwide is a worsening problem due to changes that have made their jobs more difficult. For one, there has been a continuing decrease of medical students selecting primary care as their career specialty. Also, the health care industry in general has devalued PCPs as clinicians, turning many into glorified paper pushers for big corporate health care brands. And, of course, PCPs workloads continue to increase. The article's author insists there are ways that health care organizations can improve PCPs' jobs and help them develop richer careers. They include: one, aligning PCPs with the jobs and work settings they desire; two, providing them with a fair chance to achieve work-life balance; three, taking their professional and career development seriously; and, four, giving them the freedom to job craft with other colleagues on their respective clinical teams.