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Essential Keys to Preventing Burnout in Radiology


In a new video presentation, a neuroradiologist discusses steps that individual radiologists can take to reduce the risk of physician burnout as well as actions that group radiology practices can take to increase the engagement of their staff.

Physician burnout continues to be a major problem throughout health care.

With this in mind, Chris Mattern, MD, a neuroradiologist based in Greensboro, N.C., offered insights for individual radiologists to reduce the risk of physician burnout in a new video presentation. Dr. Mattern also discussed a balance of measures group radiology practices can take to recognize the value of flexible work arrangements and autonomy while simultaneously increasing employee engagement through coaching circles and leadership development.

From an individual perspective, Dr. Mattern emphasized having an increased self-awareness, recognizing the influence of one’s own personality traits and biases, and developing an empathy and understanding of those who have different personality traits and backgrounds. Given the strong relationship between mental well-being and physical well-being, making time during the day for some degree of physical activity is an important consideration, according to Dr. Mattern, the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Radiologist Experience at Radiology Partners.

For radiology group practices, Dr. Mattern said there are lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, including the need for increased flexibility as to where and when people work. In order to combat a sense of isolation, which was exacerbated during the pandemic, Dr. Mattern noted that supportive team relationships and coaching circles that facilitate mentorship opportunities can go a long way in fostering engagement among radiologists.

Watch the video below.

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