"What came out of that meeting was looking at wellness and burnout as a preventative thing," says Diana Londoño, MD.
In this interview, Diana Londoño, MD, recaps the discussions on wellness and burnout from the Urology for Social Responsibility meeting, which took place on January 14-15, 2023 at the University of California, San Diego. Londoño is a urologist and certified life coach in Los Angeles, California.
What came out of that meeting was looking at wellness and burnout as a preventative thing. Many times we are looking at it once we already there, but [it's important to] look at what strategies can we do for prevention, how to recognize when we are going through it, and some things that we can do to get out of it and get better, as well as reducing the stigma of wellness.
I think it was also important to understand what can be done as an infrastructure from the leadership standpoint. That really comes back to asking the group, the physicians, what do they need, because it may be very different for different specialties or different hospital settings. Just understanding what is needed, and then try to tackle those needs to help, because it may be different for each situation. It may be a call issue, [or] it may be how things are scheduled. Many things can come into play that can affect how people are feeling and their well-being. So really trying to address all those issues from the self to more of a leadership standpoint, what can we do?
The transcript has been edited for clarity.