Priscilla J. Garcia, MD

Priscilla J. Garcia, M.D., MHA, FASA
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital,
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Stephanie Jones-Wood

Stephanie Jones-Wood, MPH, CPHQ
Program Director
Houston Methodist Provider Engagement and Resilience
Houston, TX

Alicia M. Kowalski, MD

Alicia M. Kowalski, M.D., CWO, CPE
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Peri-Operative Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Adj Professor, Center for Professionalism
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Imelda Tija, MD

Imelda Tija, M.D., MSHS
Chair, Quality and Outcomes Committee
Co-Chair, Practitioner Health and Wellbeing Committee
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Wellness Strategies Implemented in the Texas Medical Center

Studies cite that the most important factors for job satisfaction in Anesthesiology include autonomy, control of the work environment, professional relationships, leadership and organizational justice1. Conversely, factors such as difficulty balancing personal and professional life and poor attention to wellness can lead to burnout. Burnout is triggered by constant levels of high stress1. One study showed a national burnout rate of 46% among physicians in practice, both academic and private practice settings 1,2. With burnout, there is concern regarding physician’s wellbeing on performance, productivity, absenteeism, job turnover, early retirement, and reduced revenue as well as the impact on patient safety1. Several institutions in the Texas Medical Center have organized wellness committees to develop strategies to advocate for physicians’ wellbeing at both the organizational and individual level. Here are some programs that may be helpful to your organization as well.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston Methodist

Texas Children’s Hospital

Anesthesiologists in particular consistently are under high levels of stress due to urgent and emergent situations. Identifying strategies to advocate for physician well-being can help increase resilience and reduce the risk of burnout. ♦

Works Cited

  1. Saadat, Haleh, Kain, Zeev. Wellness interventions for anesthesiologists. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2018;31(3):375-381.

  2. Daskivich TJ, Jardine DA, Tseng J, et al. Promotion of wellness and mental health awareness among physicians in training: perpective of a national, multidisciplinary panel of resident and fellows. J Grad Med Educ 2015; 7: 143-147.

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