And four more news items for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CRNAs to peruse this week.
- As reported by Modern Healthcare, the American College of Physicians is introducing a new initiative to improve physician job satisfaction and decrease the number of providers leaving the medical profession because of burnout. The program, “Physician Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction,” aims to promote health and wellness by furnishing clinicians with tools to reduce the impact of job-related stressors, such as administrative tasks and patient overload.
- Becker’s Hospital Review shares news of an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology by author Malcolm Gladwell, who suggests medical students attend art school to build their empathy and observational skills. Gladwell’s conclusion is based on a study for which three dozen first-year medical students were arbitrarily selected. The students took part in several observation sessions. Researchers found that those who attended the gatherings showed substantial improvements.
- Last week, Forbes highlighted the results of a recent Gallup poll about integrity and principled values in various occupations. The results revealed that Americans recognize physicians and nurses among the top four professions that have exceptionally high honesty and ethical standards.
- An op-ed piece published by Medscape asks the question, “Should Doctors Hug Their Patients?” It’s a subject with which many a physician has grappled. Some feel hugging a patient is appropriate depending on the situation, while other clinicians believe it is an unwarranted gesture and runs the risk of making a patient uncomfortable. The article contains insights (and an answer, too).
- HealthLeaders Media puts the spotlight on a new toolkit for physician assistants (PAs) to help them advocate for EHR (electronic health record) systems that meet their individual practice requirements. Released by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the toolkit allows PAs to practice at the top of their license and safeguard optimal patient safety standards.