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‘Overworked and Burned Out’: What We Heard This Week

“It calls attention to how overworked and burned out so many of us are.” — Brandon Peplinski, MD, of the University of Washington, discussing a residents’ “sick in” to protest stalled contract negotiations.

“I now believe that it is essential to review older clinicians.” — Leo Cooney, MD, of Yale Medical School, discussing Yale New Haven Hospital’s policy to implement mandatory cognitive testing of clinicians age 70 and older.

“People say ‘Oh, this week, there’s been a slight decline’ — they shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security.” — Aaron Glatt, MD, spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, on this influenza B dominant flu season.

“They can’t conduct cannabis research until they can show cannabis has a medical use, but they can’t demonstrate cannabis has a medical use until they conduct research. It doesn’t make sense.” — Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, in a hearing called to discuss the health effects of cannabis.

“People are being put in a position where they’re putting their health at risk because of affordability.” — Bari Talente, of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, talking about the rising cost of MS drugs.

“All of us put our heads together and we decided we were going to deliver in the CICU.” — Ali Zaidi, MD, of Mount Sinai Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, on the experience of delivering a baby in the cardiac intensive care unit.

“Stress is a modifiable risk factor, and early diagnosis followed by targeted behavioral interventions have the potential to improve the behavioral well-being of pregnant women and the well-being of their fetuses.” — Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD, of Children’s National Health System in Washington, discussing maternal stress and brain development in fetuses with congenital heart disease.

Last Updated January 17, 2020