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Finding Work-Life Balance

A career in gynecologic oncology can be rewarding, however, it is universally strenuous and demanding. Caring for people with gynecologic cancers (and complex gynecologic problems) requires a significant and continuous commitment from providers—this can lead to burnout.

This page represents an effort of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Wellness Task Force to shed light on the high rate of burnout in gynecologic oncology as a specialty, promote discussion, and provide resources and potential solutions. The SGO Wellness Task Force was formed in response to a membership survey which established a high prevalence of physician burnout in gynecologic oncologists, affecting over 30% of respondents. Understanding the importance of physician wellness, this task force was assembled to address the following mission and goals.

Mission and Goals

SGO joined the National Academy of Medicine’s movement on combating burnout and improving clinician well-being.

WELLNESS TASK FORCE COMMITMENT STATEMENT

 

By understanding the stressors and devising timely interventions, all members of the women’s cancer care team can implement approaches to help reduce the risk of stress and burnout and improve career satisfaction and wellness. The goals of this volunteer task force include:

  • Raising awareness
  • Providing intervention tools and techniques
  • Conducting additional research and surveys, and pooling resources for investigation and intervention
  • Providing additional education to SGO members

Task Force Leadership

  • Chair: David Kushner, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Co-Chair: Kenneth Kim, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • Co-Chair: Ilana Cass, MD, UCLA Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • SGO Staff Liaison: Jessica Oldham

Wellness Perspectives

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Jun 18, 2020

Voices: Wellness Q & A with SGO President David E. Cohn, MD, MBA

Author(s): David Cohn
Categories: Wellness
Jan 9, 2020

Voices: Learning how to take care of ourselves | Katherine R. Tucker, MD

Author(s): Katherine Tucker
Categories: Wellness
Nov 18, 2019

Voices: With gratitude and thanksgiving | Wellness Task Force

Author(s): SGO Wellness
Categories: ThanksgivingWellness
Oct 29, 2019

Voices: Caring for the caregiver | Erica Weston, MD, MHS

Author(s): Erica Weston
Categories: Uncategorized
Oct 2, 2019

Voices: Reflecting on an adverse outcome – perspectives from a trainer and a trainee

Author(s): SGO Wellness
Categories: Uncategorized
Aug 21, 2019

2020 Annual Meeting Co-chairs describe balancing act

Author(s): SGO Wellness
Categories: Uncategorized

“I have spent a lot of time learning organizational skills and as my career has progressed, a key thing has been learning that it is okay to say NO!”

Carol L. Brown, MD

Wellness Resources

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Apr 2, 2020

Staying Well During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

Type: Recommendations
Type: CoronavirusWellness
Apr 24, 2020

National Wellness Institute

Type: Website
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being by The National Academy of Medicine

Type: Books & Articles
Type: Wellness
Nov 1, 2016

Stress and burnout among gynecologic oncologists: A Society of Gynecologic Oncology Evidence-based Review and Recommendations (SGO, 2016)

Type: Journal Articles
Type: Wellness
May 5, 2016

SGO Wellness Introduction, Jeffrey Fowler, MD

Type: Video
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

Chopra Center Meditation

Type: Website
Type: Wellness
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