Thursday, December 31, 2015

After Successful 2015, Looking Forward to 2016!

For the first time in the association's history, NAMSS has surpassed 5,500 members in 2015, representing a nearly 15% increase in membership since 2011! The continued growth and success of our organization is due to the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff, as well as the unparalleled commitment of our members across the country. Not only do the Medical Service Professionals who comprise the NAMSS membership serve as the gatekeepers for patient safety at their hospitals, health systems, and other medical organizations nationwide, they also serve as critical and irreplaceable ambassadors for NAMSS.

A great debt of gratitude is also owed to our current president, Linda Waldorf, for her steady and competent leadership over this past year. Growth-oriented and ever strategic, we will continue to rely on her expertise and passion in the future.

Thank you to all who have contributed to NAMSS's success in 2015. We look forward to an exciting 2016! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Burnout and Depression an Increasing Issue for Physicians

Two new studies out this week show that depression and professional burnout are becoming more common among America’s new, young doctors. According to the Washington Post, the first of these studies - published in the Journal of the American Medical Association - found that “nearly one third of doctors in the early stages of their careers screened positive for depression or had symptoms during their medical training.”

New physicians are particularly susceptible to depression in the years spent in internship and residency immediately following medical school due to long hours and taxing personal, physical and professional demands. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Douglas Mata, also attributed the rise in depression to the fact that many new physicians spend “40 to 50 percent of their time on the computer” completing clerical tasks, affording them fewer opportunities for rewarding and enriching clinical experiences.

“The implications for patients also are important. Depression among residents has been linked to poor-quality care and increased medical errors,” the Washington Post states.

The second study, conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, found that burnout is also an increasingly prevalent issue among doctors, with over 50% of physicians reporting that they “felt emotionally exhausted and ineffective” or that “work was less meaningful,” according to the Washington Post.