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Radiology Wellness Program

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 levels.

"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