About this talk
Doctoring is inherently stressful. And evolutionary biology means that stress interferes with medical professionals’ key faculties: decision-making, empathy, and communication. In the early stages of burnout, performance and satisfaction decline; but as time wears on it becomes harder to recover mentally and physically. Eventually, unless the cycle is halted, cynicism and dissociation set in and an already difficult job begins to feel increasingly meaningless.
Neuroscience sheds some light on ways to reduce burnout risk, stay sharp under pressure, and build the resilience medical professionals need for a long professional life. In this presentation, Professor David Peters will discuss insights from neuroscience that can help us transform dysfunctional workplaces and create the environment needed to sustain a high standard of clinical care in a time of austerity and unrelenting work-pressures.