Episode 500

Journal Review in Surgical Education: Intersection of Leadership and Wellness in Education

EP. 500 •

Jun 16, 2022

• 35 MIN

Journal Review in Surgical Education: Intersection of Leadership and Wellness in Education


The grind of surgical training has been celebrated in the past, but to what end? With mounting evidence that supports a high prevalence of burnout in the surgical community, surgical educators and leaders are often called to develop initiatives to address the detrimental and potentially irreversible effects on trainees’ wellness during surgical training. We invite Dr. David Rogers, who has personally experienced burnout, to share his insight and expertise in improving workplace wellness. Spoiler: it’s not as easy as group yoga sessions and daily donuts.

Dr. David Rogers
Dr. Jeremy Lipman
Dr. Judith French
Dr. Amy Han

Learning Objectives
1.     Listeners will be able to define wellness in the context of surgical training.
2.     Listeners will be able to better characterize and recognize signs of burnout among surgeons and surgical trainees.
3.     Listeners will be able identify strategies for overcoming burnout. 
4.     Listeners will be able to apply conceptual frameworks from workplace wellness outside of medicine that can guide developing effective programs that promote wellness in surgical education community.


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