“In order to deliver quality care to these patients, it is paramount for doctors to understand how to communicate, how to read nonverbal cues, and how to manage emotions.”
– Dr. Rich Castellano
Burnout Training For Doctors.
Last month, physicians from around the United States and Canada gathered in Tampa for a unique training event where they discussed a new approach to medicine that is revolutionizing healthcare across the country.
Now part of the required continuing medical education (CE/CME) hours, “Burnout Training” seeks to enhance patient care by improving communication and physician mental health – a growing problem in the healthcare industry. This new holistic training focuses on how to identify, measure, and influence psychology, emotional literacy, and nonverbal communication skills.
Physician mental health is a growing concern in the industry. Last year more than 50% of doctors reported feelings of fatigue, burnout, and depression according to a survey by Medscape. Although stress has become a common part of corporate American culture, it is much worse in the medical field and the effects are far more damaging. In addition to a frightening increase in medical error and a heightened malpractice risk, medical burnout is also incredibly expensive. JAMA estimates a hospital with 450 doctors loses $5,625,000 per year due to high burnout and turnover of doctors. This leads to increased healthcare costs which can be calamitous for patients.
“In order to deliver quality care to patients, it is paramount for doctors to be mentally healthy and to understand how to communicate, how to read nonverbal cues, and how to manage emotions…”
…says Castellano, a Tampa surgeon who has been instrumental in the nationwide movement to provide CE/CME Wellness and Burnout training for physicians, surgeons, and healthcare providers. He has performed this training for medical students, at national meetings, and for the military.
In these innovative new training sessions, doctors learn to:
- Identify and measure their emotions/empathy/kindness/happiness
- Modify the emotions/empathy/kindness/happiness in themselves and others
- diagnose and treat troublesome behavior patterns in patients and healthcare teams before they spiral out of control.
By knowing how to read cues in patient behavior, clinicians are able to better diagnose and treat patients. In addition, patients are more proactive and trusting when they feel connected on an emotional level to a doctor. This can greatly impact a treatment plan and improve the quality of care.
“Health comes from healthy behaviors, healthy communication, and healthy emotions. Doctors who understand this will be the leaders of tomorrow and we will be able to transform the healthcare system so it is efficient and effective,” says Castellano who is on a mission to better healthcare through knowledge and awareness of mental health issues.
“Health comes from healthy behaviors, healthy communication, and healthy emotions. Doctors who understand this will be the leaders of tomorrow and we will be able to transform the healthcare system so it is efficient and effective.”
– Dr. Rich Castellano
In An Interview/Article, Dr. Castellano Can Discuss:
- “Burnout Training” the latest trend in American healthcare
- How training practitioners in emotional literacy and communication will improve the healthcare system and save people money
- Communication tips for both patients and doctors that could save your life in the exam room
- Important nonverbal cues frequently missed by doctors
- How the medical burnout crisis will impact you in 2019
Castellano is on a mission to better healthcare through knowledge and awareness of mental health issues.