Monday Rx: Battling Burnout, Physician Healing, World AIDS Day, #GivingTuesday and Upcoming Events

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Physician Burnout is Real

Based on surveys conducted by the JAMA Health Forum, of the more than 20,000 U.S.-based physicians, data showed overall burnout rates at 49% over a three-year window. As a result, burnout-related turnover costs have reached $5 billion annually.

Burnout was 45% in 2019 and declined throughout the year. There was a brief rise in early 2020, followed by a decrease during the early phases of the pandemic (40%-45%). Burnout increased toward the end of 2020 (50%), generally worsened throughout 2021, and showed a steep rise to the highest levels ever recorded by the fourth quarter of 2021 – about 60%.

But while burnout rates increased, the increase was lower if clinicians felt a sense of teamwork or being valued. For example, in the fourth quarter of 2021, burnout was 37% when feeling valued vs. 69% when not.

Similar results were found when examining work environments, with lower burnout in calmer settings vs. chaotic environments (36% vs. 78%) and for those experiencing good teamwork vs. poor teamwork (49% vs. 88%). Importantly, teamwork burnout curves show modest improvement with good teamwork but substantially higher burnout when teamwork is poor.

More than “hope” you attend the 2023 Southern California Burnout Symposium, I recommend all members consider this a priority as LACMA is doing everything possible to make it easier to attend: from $200 off with early bird registration (before December 2nd) to $400 off thanks to your membership and 15% off for groups of 3 or more registering.

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LACMA Members can also contact for an additional discount code to register for this historic and worthwhile event!

Physicians Can Heal Healthcare

I will be hosting a webinar this Wednesday, November 30th at 4:30 pm EST titled “If It's Broken, Fix it: Physicians Healing Healthcare' powdered by PCMed Grand Rounds Live and hosted by Mocingbird and Orderly Health. Receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

You'll have the opportunity to hear from Ian Madom, MD, MBA Co-Founder and CEO of Mocingbird, Kit Kieling, MD President and Co-Founder of Orderly Health, Navin Goyal, MD Co-Founder and CEO of LOUD Capital and Christine Lum Lung, MD, MBA Founder and CEO of Origin Healthcare.

The best medicine to solve burnout is sometimes self-administered. This session will address the multitude of ways clinicians can help solve their own problems. The participants will see how their peers managed to create companies that streamline dated, inefficient systems and procedures. Learners will understand how they can better own their data, manage their ongoing compliance with relevant continuing education, provide in-home hospital care, and access capital. There are alternate ways to use medical degrees to help patients, providers, and the people supporting them.




World AIDS Day

LACMA will support this week’s special event at The Wall Las Memorias to commemorate World AIDS Day. Earlier this month, the Patient Care Foundation honored the organization and its founder, Richard Zaldivar at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Healthcare Awards.  

View the clip here.  

If you would like to donate to this incredible organization, click here.


Clinica Oscar Romero

LACMA is proud to have Clinica Oscar Romero as a member since 2020. On Thursday, November 17th, the Federally Qualified Health Center celebrated 39 years of service to the Los Angeles community. Lisa Le, LACMA’s VP Operations & Strategic Initiatives, presented Clinica Oscar Romero’s CEO, Carlos Vaquerano, with a $5,000 grant check that was awarded under the Practice Makeover Initiative that helps small independent medical practices in behalf of Dr. Don Garcia who applied for the grant.  

To learn more or donate click here.


Tomorrow is GivingTuesday and we’d like to encourage you all to support our Patient Care Foundation. The Patient Care Foundation is the charitable arm of the Los Angeles County Medical Association that focuses on improving access to care in underserved areas of the county. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to medical students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and support their aspirations as they aim to return and give back to their communities.


It’s Time to Renew Your 2023 Membership Dues!

2023 Employment Law Updates


Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST 

Location: Zoom

Register here.


Remember, the greatest failure is to not try.



Gustavo Friederichsen

Chief Executive Officer

Los Angeles County Medical Association

“If it matters to our LACMA members, it matters to me.”

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