Stable, Don't Touch Nothing

How Burnout Starts or Propagates

By Omid Amidi, M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston  |  NEJM  |  July 12, 2018

Physicians are expected to somehow cope with mortality. In school, we are taught to recognize illness and treat it, following expert guidelines. But I had never seen a guideline that could prepare us for what happens when treatments fail our patients. There is a line that every physician walks between overly identifying with patients and complete detachment. We begin feeling our way toward that balance the first time one of our patients dies. 
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