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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 Committee 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 Committee 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 committee was assembled to address the following mission and goals.

SGO’s 2020 State of the Society Survey provides detailed information on wellness as it relates specifically to the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology, in addition to demographics, practice characteristics, activities, professional liability and revenues.

SGO members who are interested in writing a first-person column for the “Voices” wellness blog in the SGO Issues newsletter can contact Wellness Committee staff liaison Katie Martino.


SGO’s Wellness Curriculum

The SGO Wellness Committee has developed a 10-module curriculum with topics based on established wellness concepts as well as specialty-specific stressors such as end of life discussions. Modules include guided discussion, multimedia presentations, and/or journaling, as well as take-home concepts and exercises to combat burnout.

View the Curriculum

Wellness Perspectives

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Feb 2, 2022

The Power of Writing | Katherine Tucker, MD

Author(s): Katherine Tucker
Categories: Wellness
Jan 5, 2022

Seeing Stars | Iris Wertheim, MD

Author(s): Iris Wertheim
Categories: SGO WellnessWellnessWellness Perspectives
Dec 8, 2021

Q&A with Sarah Lynam, MD, on New Wellness Curriculum for Fellows

Categories: SGO WellnessWellness
Nov 30, 2021

How I Stay Well During the Holidays | SGO President S. Diane Yamada, MD

Categories: Wellness
Nov 10, 2021

SGO Wellness: It’s The Hospital’s Turn to Help | Taylor Turner, MD, MS

Categories: VoicesWellnessWellness Perspectives
Oct 13, 2021

‘I’m Fine’ Even When I’m Not | Rachel Bramblet, DO

Categories: SGO VoicesSGO WellnessWellnessWellness Perspectives
Aug 27, 2021

Surgery without Ergonomics is a Pain | Andreea Newtson, MD

Author(s): Andreea Newtson
Categories: SGO VoicesWellness
Jun 23, 2021

Escape to Nature | David Iglesias, MD, MS

Categories: SGO WellnessWellness
May 26, 2021

Rediscovering Wellness Outside the Pandemic | Brandon Roane, MD

Author(s): Wellness
Categories: Wellness
Apr 28, 2021

Wellness Perspectives from the SGO 2021 Annual Meeting | Monica Vetter, MD

Author(s): Monica Vetter
Categories: WellnessWellness Perspectives

“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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Jan 12, 2022

National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Launches New Resource Compendium for Health Care Worker Well-Being

Type: Website
Type: Wellness
May 29, 2020

Wellness Task Force Commitment Statement

Type: Statements
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020


Type: Website
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

TED Talk: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time, Laura Vanderkam

Type: Video
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

TED Talk: Time Management-How to Write a To-Do List & Know Where your Time Goes

Type: Video
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Type: Website
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

American College of Surgeons

Type: Website
Type: Wellness
Apr 24, 2020

Health-care system causing rampant burnout among doctors, nurses (The Washington Post, October 2019)

Type: Books & Articles
Type: Wellness

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Mission and Goals

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



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 committee 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

Committee Leadership

  • Chair: David Kushner, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Co-Chair: Kenneth Kim, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • SGO Staff Liaison: Katie Martino