PracticeLink Magazine

Winter 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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62 W INTER 2019 PracticeLink.com features Lehigh Valley Health Network supports your need to balance work & home life! We are an innovative and growing health network that consists of 8 hospitals. LVHN is the largest employer in the Lehigh Valley area! Openings for Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners! Visit www.lvhn.org/careers for a complete list of career opportunities. Benefits of joining LVHN: • Highly Competitive Compensation + Starting Bonus • Relocation Assistance • Education Stipend Available to Junior/Senior year Residents & Fellows • Medical, Dental, and Vision • Medical Malpractice Insurance and tail coverage • Loan Forgiveness Assistance Program • General Allowances for Vacation, Sick, and CME • Top-tier retirement programs CONTACT Kyle Rickert Physician & APC Sourcing Specialist Kyle_A.Rickert@lvhn.org 484-862-3918 · www.lvhn.org Heal. Comfort. Care. David A. Farcy, M.D., who practices at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and is president of the American Academy of Emergency M e d i c i n e ( A A e M ) . l i k e w i s e , "Emergency departments are the safety net of America, social issues are mounting and resources are getting less." T he two factors most often cited in the Medscape survey as contributing to burnout are "too many bureaucratic tasks" (cited by 56 percent of survey respondents) and "spending too many hours at work" (cited by 39 percent of respondents). Shanafelt notes another factor: complying with the demands of electronic health records. "About 37 percent of a physician's time in an examination room is spent entering eh R data into a computer," says Shanafelt— time that could be spent with the patient, and time that still often requires data entry on nights and weekends. Bringing burnout to light As recently as the late 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of physician wellness was rarely addressed as part of med school curriculum. Instead, the focus was on strength a nd re si li e n c y. T he messa ge was this: physicians should do whatever was necessary to deal with the challenges of a career in medicine. That mindset created even more stress. It took an increase in physician suicides to bring the matter to the forefront. In 2012 , the suicides of two residents in New York City shone a light on the issue of physician suicide. "As a result, the emergency com mu n ity as a whole ca me together in 2016 to form a coalition of all emergency medicine groups to address wellness," says Farcy. Goals of the coalition included defining the problem of burnout and determining ways to identify and prevent it. Benefitting from the focus Fo r Fa r c y, t h e t o p i c w a s deeply personal. "During my medical school,

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