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Managing Your Energy

Individual and Organizational Solutions to Increase Physician Wellbeing

On-Demand Content

Business of Medicine/Practice Management Track

 

Julie L. Wei, MD

Julie L. Wei, MD, is passionate about taking concrete steps to increase physician wellbeing.  She’s implemented a Resident and Faculty Wellbeing Program at the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida, where she is also the division chief of otolaryngology.

“Over the years, instead of just focusing on burnout, I gained skills and knowledge about concrete concepts, belief systems, and how they impact behavior so that when experiencing inevitable burnout, physicians, clinicians, and all providers can actually do something about it to help themselves,” said Dr. Wei.

In her on-demand session, Dr. Wei plans to share energy management concepts from the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.

Energy management, she said, comes in four domains: Physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Ahead of her session, she’s offering tips for managing your energy in four categories.

  1. Physical energy
  • Engage in resistance training twice a week. (You need resistance to maintain muscle mass as this declines by 10% every decade after age 30.)
  • Eat only until full, and make sure to get three meals a day. Include 100-200 calorie snacks in between, and never go more than four hours without eating something in order to maintain blood sugar stability.
  • Any time you feel tired, just move and take deep breaths. Energy is naturally created with circulation and oxygen.
  1. Emotional energy
  • Create positivity and choose to surround yourself with it—in words, visuals, and actions. Choose empathy and compassion.
  • Recognize when you are feeling depressed, angry, or hopeless, and do what it takes to bring yourself toward positive emotions.
  1. Mental energy
  • Put the devices down. Be in the moment and focus on people first. Human interactions are critical.
  • Don’t multitask.
  1. Spiritual energy
  • Be clear about who you are and what your core commitments in life are.
  • Take action to change behaviors so that you live your life in alignment with what you say you want your life to be. Go in the direction you intended, instead of just letting things happen to you and being a victim.

Dr. Wei’s facility has also implemented an immediate-access, round-the-clock phone number for medical staff to call to speak with psychologists when struggling. She recommends other facilities do the same.

 

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