AMA Features the UNC Anesthesiology Department Family Day Initiative

The program, co-created by Susan Martinelli, MD, fosters better communication and empathy with anesthesiologists’ loved ones outside of work.

AMA Features the UNC Anesthesiology Department Family Day Initiative click to enlarge Susan Martinelli, MD

Here’s an excerpt from an American Medical Association story on the department of anesthesiology’s family day program, which fosters better communication and empathy with anesthesiologists’ loved ones outside of work.

“There is a high prevalence of physician burnout, dissatisfaction and poor work-life balance among anesthesiologists. Understanding the role that communication and social support have in well-being, the University of North Carolina (UNC) developed an annual initiative to help family members improve their understanding of anesthesiology...

‘I have twins who are now 7 and it was clear that they didn’t understand what I did when I went to work,’ said Susan Martinelli, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology at UNC. ‘Many adults don’t understand what anesthesiologists do either, and I thought it would be really neat if we could create a program to show our loved ones what it is that we do when we go to work.’

Dr. Martinelli, along with several of her colleagues—including Robert Isaak, DO, Brooke Chidgey, MD, and Fei Chen, PhD—put on the first event, ‘The Family Anesthesia Experience Day. It involved all physicians in the anesthesiology department and included kids and adults. Because the event was so well received, the program was updated to become an annual event geared toward new anesthesiology residents and their family and close friends.”

Read the entire article here.

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