Neurosurgeon, lecturer and healthy living expert, Dr Joseph Maroon, has been invited to speak at the Harvard Medical School Cushing Neurosurgical Society, John Warren Surgical Society, and the Health and Mental Wellness Initiative on Oct0ber 6, 2017. The title of his lecture is, FROM BURNOUT TO BALANCE – Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity and Connectomics. The lecture is based on his recent book, Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life. The lecture will be for students and faculty at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA
Overview of the Lecture:
Overworked, overwhelmed, overcommitted, overanxious, and overextended. More than half of all doctors report symptoms of burnout. However, burnout goes beyond the scope of just medical professionals. In a recent Gallup poll, 40 percent of American workers were so stressed that they felt no borders between work and life outside of their job. Essentially, we live to work!
Career burnout is often associated with symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, substance abuse, and even suicidal ideation. Long hours and heavy workloads lead to feeling initially overwhelmed, then apathetic, and finally, just plain numb. Furthermore, physician burnout has consequences that directly impact patients and workplace associates. Prolonged work hours, inhumane productivity expectations, and a sea of governmental regulations distress many devoted physicians and health care workers. These and other stressors can lead to emotional and physical exhaustion, depersonalization from patients, medical errors, intolerance, cynicism and a lower sense of personal accomplishment – all of which are classic signs of burnout.
In this lecture we will discuss both individual and system wide burnout prevention and intervention strategies. The aim is not just to deter and reduce burnout, but also to increase the general health and wellness of healthcare providers under siege. The tools discussed in the lecture to help prevent burnout will include the new sciences of epigenetics, neuroplasticity and connectomics.
Public lectures on these topics are planned in the near future.