Promoting Physician Wellness: Management of Physicians’ Fatigue, Sleep Deprivation and Other Conditions that Contribute to Physician Impairment

With the growing attention paid to resident duty hours, there is an increasing need for research involving fatigue and practical ways to measure it. This study shows that residents who are measurably fatigued (both objectively and subjectively) may have difficulty utilizing vestibular input during quiet standing but can compensate by means of somatosensory and visual input.

Original Release Date:  July 2019
Review Date:  July 2021

Target Audience

West Kendall Baptist Hospital GME faculty, including: family medicine practitioners, cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, surgeons, hospitalists, Ob/Gyns, nephrologists, hematologists/oncologists, infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, ENTs, ophthalmologists, urologists, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, nurses, medical students, residents, fellows and other interested healthcare professionals.   

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the ACGME duty hour regulations.
  • Recognize the signs of fatigue, sleep deprivation and other conditions that contribute to physician impairment.
  • Identify the effect of fatigue, sleep deprivation and other conditions on physicians’ functioning and performance.
  • Engage in strategies to prevent and reduce the impact of fatigue, sleep deprivation and other conditions on physicians’ functioning and performance.
Additional information
Bibliography: 

Cuthbertson, D. W., Bershad, E. M., Sangi‐Haghpeykar, H., & Cohen, H. S. (2015). Balance as a measurement of fatigue in postcall residents. The Laryngoscope, 125(2), 337-341. doi:10.1002/lary.24792

Resources: 

medical staff resiliency support groups

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
07/01/2019
Course expires: 
06/30/2022

Susan Chaflin, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Child Psychology Associates
Director, Behavioral Medicine Training
West Kendall Baptist Hospital Florida International University 
Family Medicine Residency

Susan Chaflin, Ph.D., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage. 

Agueda Hernandez, M.D., conference director for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.  

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
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