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"A Support Group Intervention to Decrease Job Burnout in First-Year
Internal Medicine Residents"
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jonathan Ripp
Institution: lcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Job burnout among internal medicine (IM) residents is quite common and has
been associated with a number of negative consequences, such as depression,
medical errors and sub-optimal patient care. Burnout in this population is likely
due to a combination of factors, including excessive work hours, loan debt,
fatigue and lack of emotional support. There are very few studies which have
examined the impact of specific interventions designed to mitigate job burnout
that residents face during training. Given the correlation between a supportive
work environment and decreased burnout, and the observation that facilitated
small group discussions may reduce the development of job burnout, the aim of
our study is measure the impact of a support group intervention designed to
decrease the development of job burnout and its associated negative outcomes
in internal medicine residents. Participating residents will meet twice monthly for
9 months with experts in group discussion. Residents will be surveyed before
and after to measure the program's impact. If successful, we hope to reproduce
the intervention on a multi-center scale.
The above project description is supplied by the Principal Investigator