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Curing Z73.89 (a.k.a. Physician Burnout): Technology might be the key to finding balance

Practical-dermatology

Dr. Dawes glanced at the clock. It was 6:00 pm and she had just finished with her last patient. There was no way of knowing that her final patient of the day would be a young woman with a new diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus and the one before her, a kind, elderly man with refractory pruritus who couldn’t quite hear her instructions and needed several prior authorizations for medications. Dr. Dawes’s daughter’s dance recital was in 30 minutes. She would have to leave immediately to get there on time. Her notes for the day would have to wait. Dinner would be on the run and forget about working out (she couldn’t remember the last time she had exercised, anyway). Dr. Dawes let out a deep, exhausted sigh— it was going to be another long day. 

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By: Michael Sherling, MD, MBA on in News