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    Find your work-life balance

    Tips to customize your business model and gain control of your schedule

    With more government hoops to jump through than ever and shrinking reimbursements; it’s no surprise physician burnout is on the rise.

    A recent Physician Lifestyle Report showed a 46% incidence of physician burnout, up six points compared to just two years prior.[1] And though dermatologists rated highest in experiencing ‘happiness at work’, and the lowest percentage of burned-out physicians by specialty, a 37% burnout rate is nothing to brag about. Of those that are burned out, a full 10% say they are at their max, close to leaving medicine altogether!

    RELATED: Why burnout is increasing among U.S. physicians

    Physicians must be intentional about protecting themselves from burnout and finding their own work/life balance. You’ve probably read tips for physician de-stressing before. Just like patients who, despite your recommendations, don't take care of their skin until the first signs of aging or sun damage, you too may have ignored these tips until you felt the unrelenting stress that signals you’re near burnout.

    Even though creating work/life balance looks different for each professional, here are some tips to help you push back burnout and get in touch with what makes your career and life feel fulfilling and balanced.

    1. Make a schedule Intervention. If you’re frustrated that your quality of care is being compromised, or because you need more time for family, other interests, or you simply need to decompress, consider reducing your clinical hours. Does this sound impossible because of the financial hit you anticipate? Work with a consultant and talk to other physicians to help open your mind to creative alternatives like subletting office space after hours, utilizing mid-level practitioners, or refining your business model or patient mix.

    Dermatology is a fantastic specialty for customizing a business model. You can find your sweet spot by increasing aesthetic services to boost revenue while still caring for your medical dermatology patients. A lack of control over work schedule is linked to physician burnout, but the solution isn’t always cutting back hours. The same amount of clinical hours can become more gratifying when customized to personal preference.  For example, taking Thursday afternoon off to coach little league.

    NEXT:  Take a real break

    Cheryl Bisera
    Cheryl Bisera is a marketing consultant, author and speaker with extensive experience in marketing and business promotion. She is ...

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