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Maintaining Medical Professionalism: Promoting Balance and Preventing Student Burnout

Published: August 14, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9878

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  • Instructor's Guide.pdf
  • Balance and Burnout.ppt
  • Small Group Discussion -Achieving Balance.doc
  • Self-Reflection Exercise Strategy Identification.doc
  • Balance and Burnout Slides Handout.pdf
  • Balance and Burnout Evaluation Form.doc

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Student burnout is a significant issue to trainees in the health professions, and is particularly pertinent to pre-medical and medical students early in their training. Awareness of student burnout and its impact on future health care providers and their patients is a critical aspect of medical education. This presentation was created to introduce ʻImi Hoʻōla post-baccalaureate students to the topic of student burnout and to educate them on the importance of creating a sense of balance between their academic and personal lives. It is taught as one component of a larger medical professionalism and ethics curriculum which was implemented in 2007, and has remained a component of this curriculum since. This presentation offers medical education training programs the opportunity for student reflection and open discussion regarding student burnout. Given preliminary evaluation results, the presentation has been positively received by students. The presentation has been modified, retaining its strengths and addressing its weaknesses, based on this feedback as well as current literature. Although the presentation was created for post-baccalaureate students with a conditional acceptance to medical school, it can be replicated and utilized for medical students nationwide.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to:

  1. Define balance and describe the interactions between balance and professionalism in medicine.
  2. Identify replenishing factors and depleting factors that impact students’ ability to cope with stress.
  3. Recognize the symptoms of burnout.
  4. Determine three individualized and personal strategies to prevent student burnout.

Author Information

  • Winona Lee, MD: University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

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Lee W. Maintaining medical professionalism: promoting balance and preventing student burnout. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9878. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9878