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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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PracticeLink.com W INTER 2019 63 the Q uality of life issue emergency medicine and critical care fellowship training, physician burnout and wellness was never addressed," he says. "We were taught to just press on." B ut wh i le i n residenc y at M a i mon ides Me d ica l Center in Brooklyn, Farcy was a first responder on 9/11 — an experience with memories that he put "in a box" and didn't speak about to others. Then, during a moment of silence paying tribute on the one-year anniversary, Farcy's experiences hit him hard. Farcy's program director took notice and invited him to her office to talk. She suggested he get help and referred him to a representative from the ACGM e . From there, he visited a psychologist trained in PTSD and survivor guilt— and got the help he credits with changing his life. "I am grateful that my institution had a program in place and a plan to address the issue without fear of repercussion," Farcy says. Antonia P. Francis, a maternal feta l med ici ne fel low at N Y u Langone Health Center, reports that while she hasn't personally known any physicians who have committed suicide, "I trained at an institution that experienced two suicides of house staff within a three-week period, yet I can honestly say that during my medical training, the topic of suicide was not heavily stressed." Francis, who works a fairly typical 80-hour a week, says, "I experienced The first step to getting help with burnout? Acknowledging there's a problem, says a ntonia f rancis, M.D. See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink. PHOTO BY Lauren Listor Physician suicide: A serious threat UNTRE ATED BURNOUT can lead to suicidal ideation and suicide. The AMA and Steps f orward offer a downloadable module available in PD f and PowerPoint called "Preventing Physician Distress and Suicide." The module, produced by the u niversity of Colorado Physician Health Program Research Committee, outlines four steps to identify at-risk physicians and includes warning signs with sample scripts for approaching doctors who may be at risk for suicide. See it at stepsforward.org/ modules/preventing- physician-suicide.

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