A Million Tiny Wounds

Everyone in the medical community seems to be concerned about physician burn-out and suicide. All the solutions I see seem to add to the problem:

  • More training modules!
  • Meditation!
  • Work-life balance tools!

Shall I go on? I believe part of the problem is we have so many boxes to tick off:

  • Value!
  • Patient satisfaction!
  • Maintenance of Certification!
  • Quality Improvement!
  • Meaningful Use!
  • Complete Billing!

We are not being killed by big changes in medicine; we are dying by a million tiny wounds, each inflicted with good intentions, but altogether just as fatal as a single stroke with a machete.