Surgeon Burnout: How to Foster Resiliency

Date and Time of Webinar: September 20, 2022, at 7:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
Moderator: Helen MacRae, MD
Speakers: Nelya Melnitchouk, MD, Najjia Mahmoud, MD, David A. Rothenberger, MD
CME Credit Hours Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Burnout has been recognized as a major concern among healthcare providers and surgeons over the past two decades.  Stresses associated with providing care during the COVID pandemic have exacerbated factors leading to increased risk and rates of burnout.  This webinar will focus on the personal and systemic causes of burnout and how to recognize symptoms of burnout.  Ways to mitigate the risk of burnout through resilience, and system wide changes will also be discussed.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Recognize symptoms of burnout in themselves and in colleagues.
  2. Identify risk factors for burnout.
  3. Define resilience, and strategies to improve resilience.
  4. Identify systemic factors that can be used to decrease the risk of burnout.
MacRae,-Helen-2021.JPGHelen MacRae, MD
Dr. MacRae is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. She has been a member of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1997 and has a practice that is primarily focused on ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

Melnitchouk.jpgNelya Melnitchouk, MD
Dr. Melnitchouk is assistant professor of surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is a Program Director for Colorectal Surgery Fellowship and leads the Program in Peritoneal Surface Malignancy. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She completed a colorectal surgery fellowship at the combined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Colorectal Surgery Program. She is board certified in general surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Mahmoud.jpgNajjia Mahmoud, MD
Dr. Mahmoud is the Emilie and Roland T. deHellebranth Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Mahmoud is currently Secretary of ASCRS and is past president of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She has an active interest in professionalism and co-chairs the UPENN Department of Surgery Professionalism Committee as well as having published and lectured on the topics of resilience and burnout.

DRothenberger-(2).jpgavid A. Rothenberger, MD
Dr. Rothenberger is past president of the ASCRS, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Research Foundation of the ASCRS. He is dedicated to improving patient care by increasing collaboration among all participants in the health care system; by improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of the delivery of services to all people; and by training future physician leaders. His current focus on restoring well-being among physicians and other health care professionals by changing the culture of the healthcare workplace evolved from his earlier work to achieve surgical safety, build high reliability organizations, and develop emotionally intelligent servant leaders.

The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

ASCRS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM upon successful completion. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.