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Welcome experts and NEJM Resident 360 community members to our discussion on physician wellness! I'm looking forward to the next several days as we tackle this important topic and share tips on how trainees can maintain their love of caring for patients and sustain a long and rewarding career.

Before we get to fixing the problem, we have to identify it. Burnout is now an all too common phenomenon during training, and it often develops insidiously over the course of our work. Many jobs and careers are stressful, but when does normal stress become burnout? When does burnout become even more problematic and turn into depression? How can we better recognize it in ourselves and our peers so that something can be done earlier?