"Physician heal thyself "
This bible quote is the single most inappropriate phrase uttered in any conversation about physician burnout.
Often it masquerades as a witty comeback when blaming a physician for being a human being.
IMHO, these three words are not applicable to anything about the causes or prevention of physician burnout.
To look a suffering doctor in the eye and harummph "physician heal thyself" is the apex of hypocrisy - especially if the speaker is not a doctor - and it needs to stop now.
In this blog post let me show you why this meme is completely off the mark -- and five actions you can take that will actually prevent physician burnout -- much more effectively than any attempt at physician heal thyself - whatever the heck that is supposed to mean.