Dr. Alexander Norbash, Radiology Chair (left), with Radiology Wellness Program co-Directors Drs. James Chen, Megan Hellfeld, Isabel Newton and Rebecca Rakow-Penner.
Burnout can result from
prolonged work-related stress, and it is on the rise for physicians.
Most radiologists suffer from symptoms of burnout, and the consequences
can be serious to us as individuals, our patients and our profession. In partnership with the Healer Education Assessment and Referral program (HEAR), the Radiology Wellness Program takes an active role in mitigating burnout and promoting a culture of
wellness at both the institutional and personal
"Burnout can be thought of as a symptom of work-life imbalance," says Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, co-Director of the Radiology Wellness Program. "We
can all choose to restore balance to our lives and build our
resilience, but it involves more than just adding a bubble bath or
getting a massage. It is an active, daily process of weighing
the pressures and responsibilities of our profession against our own
personal needs. We can remain
devoted to our patients while honoring ourselves."
Looking ahead: Visit this page often to find monthly tips, reminders and exercises aimed at promoting wellness and mitigating burnout.
UCSD Wellness Resources
> The Center for Mindfulness free guided audio meditations
> The Center for Mindfulness videos about stress and mindfulness
> Wellness Retreat for UCSD Faculty