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Becker’s Hospital Review talks with Nadia Charguia, MD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, about physician burnout, struggles, well-being, and efforts in reducing departure.

Physician shortages and burnout are topics that many health leaders have become all too familiar with, especially in the last few years following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Becker’s recently connected with Nadia Charguia, MD, associate professor and executive medical director of the integrated well-being program for Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health, to discuss the continued struggles that many physicians are facing, and how UNC Health is dedicated to tackling this problem head on.

Question: How can we reduce these levels of intention to leave? 

Dr. Nadia Charguia: The time is critical and the problem is complex. Advocacy and policy change is needed broadly, and while advocating for that, we can also have an impact locally. It is imperative that healthcare organizations work to directly engage their physicians, having them help in both understanding needs but also to design solutions that will have a meaningful impact for the better.  Additionally, there is a growing and persistent disillusionment that has occurred in a majority of healthcare systems between their leaders and front-line workers with a perception that leaders do not understand the experience, stress or circumstance that is carried on the shoulders of our physicians. Facilitating a means of connection between a system’s executive leaders and physicians is also necessary to stem this growing trend.

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