Geneia Renews Its Commitment to Restoring the Joy of Medicine

January 15, 2016
Heather Lavoie, Chief Strategy Officer, Geneia


As we begin the New Year, I want to reaffirm Geneia’s commitment to helping restore the Joy of Medicine.

Throughout 2015, Geneia partnered with many physician leaders and organizations that share our commitment to the Joy of Medicine, including the American Medical Association and their Vice President of Professional Satisfaction Christine Sinsky, MD, Lyle Berkowitz, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of the ‘Doctor Happiness Company, and Medstro. 

We sponsored the Joy of Medicine Challenge which encouraged physicians and medical students to submit their ideas, and a panel of physician judges awarded the grand prize to Dr. Hashim Zaidi for his idea to embed advance directives information on driver’s licenses.  We also initiated monthly Twitter chats with physicians and healthcare leaders who are working to restore physician satisfaction.

At Geneia, we know that much remains to be done if we’re going to reverse widespread physician dissatisfaction.  A recent analysis from researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association found that 56% of physicians say they are suffering from burnout, up from 45% in 2011. 

That’s why we are continuing our Joy of Medicine Twitter chats.  Our first Twitter chat of the year will be on Tuesday, January 26th, 1:00 – 1:30 pm.  I’ll be interviewing Dr. Elizabeth Boham.  She is the Medical Director of the Ultrawellness Center, a physician practice founded by Dr. Mark Hyman that is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness.  She’s also a breast cancer survivor and registered dietitian.

Dr. Boham is a very satisfied physician.  In fact, she scored a 1.66 out of 5 on the Physician Misery Index.  Her score stands in sharp contrast to her physician peers who scored on average of 3.7.

Dr. Boham and I will be tweeting about how she found her Joy of Medicine and you can too.  I hope you’ll join the conversation.

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