As the pandemic continues to take its toll on our healthcare system, it’s imperative that we acknowledge the mental health needs of a critical, yet sometimes overlooked, sect of the population: clinicians. Physician burnout was a challenge in the healthcare industry even before the pandemic, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated that problem.
Frontline workers are so focused on their patients that they sometimes neglect their own mental health needs, fail to take advantage of the resources available to them, and/or try to manage their situations themselves.
There comes a point when clinicians are unable to provide high-quality care and healing due to their own possible impairment. This concept is known as physician moral injury, and there are ways hospital leaders can identify, address, and prevent it in their healthcare organizations.
The pandemic has created an interest in younger generations to give back through careers in medicine. Medical school applications are once again on the rise.