Several people have suggested that further exchange among doctors, potentially across different levels of training and even across different countries, would help to foster community and decrease stigma related burnout. I really like the idea of "social therapy" described by Dr. Sam. But, it has also been noted that many physicians avoid exchanges or support groups due to fear or embarrassment. Indeed, one of the aspects of medical school that has been most surprising to me is the lack of mentors without a "conflict of interest" related to grades, letters of recommendation, or residency or fellowship selection. It seems like online forums could provide a solution. Perhaps a permanent Medstro group could be created for those who want to ask and answer questions related to burnout? I could also imagine an application to allow those in need of advice to remain anonymous.
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