Medicine in Motion Writing Group
Physician burnout is a public health crisis. Although recent studies underscore its prevalence, there are few rigorous studies examining its prevention, especially among medical students and residents. Prior interventions have centered on mindfulness techniques and flexible workload scheduling, yielding limited success. However, interventions that combine fitness with philanthropy and community building may be more effective.
Burnout begins in medical school, such that institutions should intervene early to facilitate increased engagement in forms of self-care, including but not limited to exercise. To increase student participation in wellness events, institutions should prioritize available funding toward strategies that save students time and money while building community across levels of training and departments.
Medicine in Motion (MiM) is actively involved in research projects investigating burnout and the impact of physical activity on health professionals and trainees. Our projects bring together students and physicians from multiple institutions to gain insight into the causes of burnout and possible interventions against burnout.