Stop Physician Burnout - is Physician Resilience Training a "Con Job?"
An article on physician suicide in junior Australian doctors this week contained the following bold statement:
'She was eaten alive'
The "con" of building physician resilience has left junior doctors vulnerable to mental illness and suicide by ignoring the systemic failures of the medical profession. Speaking at a session on mental health and wellbeing in Sydney alongside Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Ms Micaela Abbott said her sister was "eaten alive" by the medical profession.
Dr. Chloe Abbott was 29 and a fourth-year doctor-in-training when she died in January, one of several recent suicides by doctors that prompted the Health Minister and the medical profession to act.
"My family had really detested the term 'resilience'," Ms Abbott said, recounting her sister's fortitude as a champion swimmer who represented Australia in international competition.
"That's not something you can do without resilience," she told the crowd of students about to join the profession that Dr Abbott's family and colleagues believed contributed to her death. "
Here is the full article:
It, of course, begs the question -- is the concept of Physician Resilience a con job to defend a hostile work environment?
The answer is Yes and No.