Viewpoint: Enhancing the professional fulfillment of physicians

Shanaree Brown, Richard B. Gunderman

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Academic medical centers (AMCs) devote countless hours to studying the diagnosis and treatment of disease, yet little or no time to determining the factors that enhance or detract from physicians' professional fulfillment. This is unfortunate because physicians' degree of professional engagement, the quality of care they provide, and their tendency to burn out all depend on the fulfillment they find in work.Indeed, if AMCs are to thrive, it is vital to understand and promote the professional fulfillment of physicians. This article reviews the sources of professional fulfillment among physicians and outlines ways to enhance it within physicians' organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-582
Number of pages6
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006

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