Massachusetts Medical Society: The Re-emergence of Physician Community

The Re-emergence of Physician Community

As the practice of medicine evolves, so does physicians’ experience of their professional community. It has become uncommon for “physician lounge” to refer to a physical space where doctors congregate. Morning rounding has been pushed aside by the rise of the hospitalist culture and the pressure to do more in less time. But as the profession grapples with the extent of burnout, research is highlighting the vital importance of peer support and professional camaraderie to physicians’ well-being. Medical societies, hospitals, other health care organizations, and individual clinicians are exploring ways to re-energize the social and professional networks that help sustain physicians.

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