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    Why are ob/gyns burning out?




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    Ilana Cass, MD
    Dr. Cass is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Linda R Duska, MD, MPH
    Dr Duska is Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Fellowship Director, Gynecologic Oncology, and ...


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    • Anonymous
      I think the tragedy of those 400 suicides is more a personal tragedy and less a bad return on investment!
    • Good article addressing most important issue facing the future of this specialty. The solution does not lie in yet more seminars to teach coping skills or research to document the obvious. We are tired of "coping". The only solution to the epidemic involves recognition by physician leadership that this is the tipping point and it is way past time physicians said "enough" and took back control of US Healthcare. The revolt against ABMS should be only the beginning. Physicians can learn to bind together or perish, plain and simple...
    • Anonymous
      Could not agree with the prior post. However, I would also point out that in addition to the myriad "burn out" factors that have been commented on and studied, the authors of this timely editorial did not devote enough commentary and analysis, is the issue of terrorism perpetuated on our specialty by the legal profession. This sad state of affairs is facilitated by unscrupulous colleagues that bend consensus, establish false parameters and bend the curve reality to suit a narrative that does not promote better outcomes. Rather, it has hastened the trends that were discussed in the article. Fortunately, our specialty has evolved to the point of recognizing the insanity of trying to be everything to all people. At the same time, we need to train our residents and impart on our younger colleagues the wisdom of our experience. Unless the aforementioned destructive trend ends with rational solutions, burn-out will produce a scarcity of providers. At that point, it may be too late.


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