The Road to Wellness, a special section in the May 2019 ACR Bulletin, represents one of several steps the American College of Radiology (ACR) is taking to combat radiologist burnout with strategies leading to more physically, emotionally and professionally rewarding work environments.
The College’s first step was to recognize burnout as a problem. As Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors notes in her introduction, the ACR Commission on Human Resources asked about burnout for the first time in its annual workforce survey of practice leaders in 2018. Though 78 percent of radiologists, mid-level providers and physicists reported burnout as significant workplace problem, only 19 percent reported having a mechanism for assessing the condition. Only 21 percent said they had effective ways to address it.
The special section on wellness expresses the ACR’s response. Testimonials by numerous radiologists reveal how they came to recognize the symptoms of burnout and the actions they took individually and collectively with their families, colleagues and group practices to effectively combat it.
The keynote address by Mayo Clinic Internist Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE, at the upcoming 2019 ACR Annual Meeting will focus on actionable steps to prevent burnout. In addition, the College will introduce the ACR Radiologist Well-Being Program. It features a validated well-being self-assessment, a toolkit of resources for recovery and an educational curriculum for strategies to promote improved well-being.
The ACR is also reaching out to individual radiologists to report to the community on how they and their practices are addressing the problem. You are invited to submit your testimonial, photo and/or video to We Are ACR.
All this illustrates the ACR’s serious approach to burnout and the importance of wellness to address it. We strongly recommend that you read the ACR Bulletin articles and use our tools and resources for guidance toward a less stressful, more satisfying professional life.