Want to beat healthcare burnout, exhaustion, and constant stress?

Healthcare Burnout Prevention And Recovery Coaching For Burned Out Doctors By Gail Gazelle MD. MCC

Want to beat healthcare burnout, exhaustion, and constant stress?

Gail Gazelle MD. Healthcare Burnout Prevention And Recovery Coaching For Burned Out Doctors

Healthcare Burnout Prevention And Recovery Coaching For Burned Out Doctors By Gail Gazelle MD. MCC

Healthcare burnout coach Dr. Gazelle has been featured in:

Healthcare burnout is at an all-time high.
Doctors are turning to coaching.

Did medical school prepare you for what you face today?

As a doctor in 2024…

You Deserve More.

Let me ask you a question:

When you dreamt of being a doctor all those years ago…

Did you think it would be like this?

Let’s go back and visit that version of you. What did you dream of?

You put years and years and years into learning, and training, while your peers bought homes and got promoted.

Why?

At one point you dreamed of being where you are today:

You were smart, curious, and excited to help people.

To solve society’s biggest problems.

To give people the care they need.

And to be respected, and admired.

And of course…have a balanced, financially secure life with people you love.

Not a life of burnout, stress, wrested autonomy, and exhaustion.

The Life of a Modern-Day Physician

What Is Physician Burnout

(Note that post-covid, because so many MDs are looking for coaching we cannot help everyone. Fill out an application to secure your spot today.)

Maybe you’re getting a fair dose of balance today.

But more likely than not, your practice (and life) is nothing like you imagined it to be.

You’ve got charts. On top of charts. On top of charts.

More patient visits. More profits (for them).

Less time. Time with family, time to rest, time to enjoy life.

And after Covid things have only gotten worse.

You may be under chronic stress, with an underprepared leader, in an understaffed organization.

There’s exhaustion, there’s self-doubt, there’s the Imposter Syndrome, there’s sleepless nights.

It’s work, work, work…

Regularly skipping your lunch break

Coming home in “zombie mode”

Missing important moments

Just “getting by,” or “surviving”

And after everything you invested to get here…

You might even be wondering if it was all worth it.

I’ll say it again – you deserve more. And the good news is, more is more than possible.

My Burnout Story – Dr. Gail Gazelle

Part 1: The Beginning

I care so much about helping physicians get more from their lives

Because I remember living with less.

It’s 2007: Just before the financial crisis. I’m in Boston, practicing as a palliative care physician and raising my 12 year old son, Daavi.

And as an MD, and a mom, I am excruciatingly burned out. About as bad as it gets.

I’m all but consumed by guilt – at home, for not being with patients, and at work, for not being with Daavi.

I have a deep, furrowed brow, I’m always tired, and every night I grind my teeth before a miserable night’s sleep, to do it again the next day.

Part 2: My Breaking Point

I have a deep, furrowed brow, I’m always tired, and every night I grind my teeth before a miserable night’s sleep, to do it again the next day.

I try everything – therapy, changing my schedule, etc., but it just feels like rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

And that ship is sinking fast.

I’m ready to quit. But I don’t even know what else I would do. Once upon a time… I really wanted this. But I’m at a breaking point.

Luckily enough, I stumbled upon a flyer for a coach for doctors, in Boston.

Of course, I’m skeptical (as most physicians are). But I don’t have much of a choice – something has to change.

Part 3: Then Came CNN

So I jump in.

And very quickly…

I make incredible breakthroughs…

My coach believes in me, champions me, pushes me to show up in different ways…

And my life starts to look a lot different.

Externally, I jump to Medical Director, and CMO, and faculty at Harvard Med.

My work is published twice in the NEJM…

And I even write my first book.

The accolades come rolling in.

My colleagues ask “Where did the old Gail go?…” and I even overhear

“Wow, she must be in love!”

The internal shifts are even more stark.

For the first time… I actually look forward to work.

That overwhelming sense of guilt and not-enoughness is gone.

I’m free from the burden of constant stress and rumination.

And I start really living life – making space for me. More. And more.

The transition was so powerful that in 2010 I made the leap and became a coach in my own right.

And now, years later, I’ve guided 500+ physicians through the exact same journey. From less, to more.

I’m a Master Certified Coach (MCC and MD), and my work is featured in CNN, WSJ, Fox, Medical Economics, NPR, KevinMD, etc. etc.

And if there’s one theme I’ve seen across those hundreds and hundreds of docs…

It’s that no matter where you are today.

More. Is. Possible.

Much sooner than you think

How Your Healthcare Coach Can Help with Burnout, and So Much More

QUESTION: What would it mean to you if burnout coaching gave you just a few of the following?

1. Imagine going to bed on Sunday night actually looking forward to your shift the next day

2. Having time to eat more than just a bar or bag of chips in between patient visits

Or even better…actually taking your lunch break, and actually eating a healthy, nourishing lunch

3.  Having time to exercise – not as a “have to do” but a “get to do”

4.  No longer working in an oppressive working environment

5.  Able to enjoy full presence and actually open up to romance and real connection

6.  Coming home to a house of full presence, calm, and lightness

7. Being able to be 100% present and there for your children and your loved ones

8. Imagine becoming one of the physicians that “has it all together”

9. Having the same mastery over yourself that you have over your craft

10. Able to smile and enjoy life despite whatever dysfunction is around you

11. Connecting fully with your patients and being proud of the difference you make

12. Being respected and admired by your entire team and really living life, when you aren’t working.

Below are the stories of real physicians who have made those changes.

What Doctors Are Saying About Dr. Gazelle’s Burnout Coaching

“This fall, seeing a burnout crisis evolving among my coworkers, we asked Gail to develop a series of group workshops for us. I was amazed by how successful she was at engaging a rather cynical group (aren’t we all?), and by the number of people who really connected with the program.”

Nir Harish | Emergency Physician

“Dr. Gazelle’s presentation style was engaging, captivating the audience’s attention throughout.

I highly recommend Dr. Gazelle’s expertise to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of burnout and practical solutions to overcome it.”

Bistra Vlassalova | Staff Anesthesiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital- Harvard Medical School

I would recommend her highly for any physician or physician group looking to optimize personal well-being and professional leadership skills.”

Paul DeSandr MD, FACEM | Emergency Medicine, Palliative and Supportive Care

“She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and how to work through very challenging career circumstances I was facing. She encouraged me, she inspired me, she pushed me, and all of that helped me get through a really rough year. I owe her a lot.”

Allison Jordan, MD | Medical Director, Palliative Medicine

“I cannot say enough about how useful this coaching has been to my career and quality of life. I have referred dozens of colleagues to Gail and, they have talked about how incredibly helpful she has been to them.”

Jane Liebschutz, MD | Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

“Her engaging and humorous style helped our physicians learn with fun about this important yet challenging topic. We were truly honored to have Dr. Gazelle present to the group.”

Jatin Dave, MD | Chief Medical Officer

“I work in a very politically charged environment with many silos having competing interests and agendas. Gail’s coaching helped me see through this, and to maintain focus on the priorities of my department.”

John Goncalves, MD, FACC | Director, Cardiac Surgery

Dr. Gazelle ran a brilliant session on coaching to improve physician burnout at a recent Institute of Coaching conference. Really quite a gem….scientific, evidence-based, and pragmatic approach, grounded in the assumption that physicians CAN feel fulfilled. Highly recommend!

Stephanie Sudikoff, MD, MHA | Strategic Healthcare Redesign

I started coaching with Gail because I was dreading going to work, my Press Ganeys were awful and I was considering early retirement. I thought that investing a little time and money in prolonging my career was worth trying, even though I was really skeptical. Coaching with Gail turned things around.

Dr Rada Jones | MD

(Note that post-covid, because so many MDs are looking for coaching we cannot help everyone. Fill out an application to secure your spot today.)

My Latest Healthcare Burnout Book

Mindful MD  – Dr. Gail Gazelle

I wrote Mindful MD: 6 Ways Mindfulness Restores Your Autonomy and Cures Healthcare Burnout as a guidebook for how physicians can take their happiness back into their own hands in the face of a broken medical system.

The book details the lessons I have learned coaching over 500 doctors, and in reading it you’ll have your coach for doctor burnout, the imposter syndrome, compassion fatigue, perfectionism, and the other inner hurdles that may be contributing to your dissatisfaction.

Click here to learn more about the book, and download your free chapter!

Mindful MD book

About Your Doctor Burnout Coach

Preventing Doctor, Healthcare, Medical Burnout

Call it whatever you’d like: physician, doctor, healthcare, medical burnout, it affects us all regardless of the name we choose.

Dr. Gail Gazelle has helped  500+ doctors beat burnout and go from surviving to thriving. Here’s a bit about Dr. Gazelle, her mission, and her healthcare burnout coaching model.

My Healthcare Burnout Mission - Dr. Gail Gazelle

My mission is simple: I give physicians, physician leaders, and other healthcare professionals the tools and confidence they need to thrive in their lives and careers. Through coaching physicians, workshops, and keynotes, I help my clients overcome physician burnout and live incredible lives.

As Harvard Medical School faculty and a 30-year practicing hospice physician, I understand what physicians and physician leaders experience, and how they approach problems. I’ve witnessed and experienced the physician burnout epidemic firsthand, and that’s why I’ve dedicated my career to combating it.

I’ve seen so many physicians and leaders in rough shape, burned out, and feeling unhappy and hopeless. Through our coaching, they have completely reversed burnout and turned their lives and careers around. Over the last decade, I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over 500  healthcare and physician leaders, and they’ve gone on to achieve immense satisfaction, pride, and joy in both their professional and personal lives.

I provide the tools that lead to increased productivity and efficiency, resilience in healthcare, and the professional meaning and satisfaction you deserve.

You can live the life and career you want. I believe in you!

Preventing healthcare burnout

Physician burnout is a long-term stress reaction to the demands of the modern healthcare environment. Long hours, the EMR, the emotional intensity of practice, and decreased time with each patient can lead physicians to become emotionally exhausted and lose their sense of personal achievement.

Physician burnout is on the rise with multiple studies revealing rates of 40-60% in almost every specialty.

I coach physicians one-on-one and through physician burnout coaching to help physicians build resilience and live the lives they’ve only dreamed of.

Dr. Gail Gazelle’s Healthcare Burnout Coaching model

1: Build core skills to combat burnout

  • With neuroscience and mindfulness-based tools, move from a fixed to a growth mindset.
  • Establish confidence by overcoming self-doubt and self-defeating beliefs.
  • Develop and master the emotional intelligence needed to face conflict head on.

2: Gain deep insight into burnout

  • Identify and move past whatever is keeping you stuck.
  • Develop mindfulness of limiting thoughts and behaviors.
  • Grow communication habits that ensure team buy-in and alignment with goals.

3: Achieve these outcomes

  • Leave work at work and be more present with loved ones.
  • Prevent burnout in themselves and their teams.
  • Decrease procrastination and become more efficient and fulfilled at work.

Harvard Medical School Faculty, Physician Coach, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Twice published NEJM, Keynote Speaker, and Author

In addition to publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, the Journal of the American Association for Physician Leadership, Dr. Gazelle is a certified mindfulness teacher, a former consultant for the United States Department of Justice, and one of the nation’s preeminent physician burnout coaches.

She is also the author of “Everyday Resilience,” released in August 2020.

Healthcare And Medical Burnout By Specialty

Physicians are not the only ones that suffer from burnout. Most of the healthcare and medical fields suffer from burnout as well.

Below, take a look at the doctor burnout rate by specialty – and see how your specialty stacks up against others. (Source is Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report, 2023).

The Most Burned Out Doctor Types

Physician Burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 47% of participating psychiatrists self-reported that they were burned out.

Psychiatrists would benefit from physician coaching as well.

Emergency Physician burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 65% of participating Emergency Medicine physicians self-reported that they were burned out.

This is the highest rate of burnout of any specialty.

Burned-out Emergency Medicine physicians see great benefit from coaching.

Anesthesiologist burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 55% of participating anesthesiologists self-reported that they were burned out.

Anesthesiologists benefit greatly from coaching.

Oncologist burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 52% of participating psychiatrists self-reported that they were burned out.

Oncologists, as well, benefit greatly from MD coaching.

Cardiologist burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 43% of participating cardiologists self-reported that they are burned out.

Hospitalist burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 60% of participating hospitalists self-reported that they are burned out.

Hospitalists, as well, benefit greatly from our physician coaching.

Family Physician burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 55% of participating family physicians self-reported that they are burned out.

We’ve coached many family physicians and to hear some of their stories visit the testimonials page here.

Surgeon burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 51% of participating surgeons self-reported that they were burned out.

Working in high-intensity operating rooms, surgeons benefit greatly from our coaching.

Pediatrician Burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 59% of participating pediatricians self-reported that they are burned out.

Hospitalists, as well, benefit greatly from our physician coaching.

Ob/Gyn Burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 58% of participating gynecologists self-reported that they were burned out.

Ob/Gyn docs have benefitted greatly from our coaching.

Gastrointerologist Burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 52% of participating gastrointerologists self-reported that they are burned out.

GI docs have benefitted greatly from our coaching.

Nurse Burnout Statistics

Don’t see your specialty here? Outside of these highly burned-out specialties, unfortunately, physicians from every specialty are suffering.

We’ve coached physicians from every specialty, setting, and level of leadership.

Some Healthcare Burnout Facts

Doctor Burnout

According to the 2023 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, 53% of participating medical doctors self-reported that they are burned out.

The overall physician burnout rate has hovered around 50% over the last several years, increasing from 42% in 2018, pre-covid.

Physician burnout by gender

According to the report, 63% of women physicians are burned out, compared to 46% of their male colleagues.

Decreased representation in leadership, heightened expectations and other double standards may contribute to this difference.

Causes of Doctor Burnout

According to the report, the number one cause of burnout, reported by the participating physicians, was too many bureaucratic tasks. 

The EHR is a stark pain point for many physicians. If you’d like a copy of our Stress-Free Charting Guide, click here.

Burnout coaching

13% of physicians have sought professional help for their burnout, and 47% percent have not but would consider it.

More and more physicians are considering coaching – sometimes to get the result you want, you have to try something new.

Is physician, doctor, md, healthcare, and medical burnout the same?

Call it whatever you’d like physician, doctor, MD, healthcare, or medical burnout, burnout coaching by Dr. Gazelle has helped over 500 doctors and it can help you too.

Like coaching for athletes and executives, physician coaching is a powerful and thought-provoking way to help physicians achieve their professional goals and maximize their potential.

Dr. Gazelle combines the best evidence-based approaches in mindfulness, neuroscience, emotional intelligence, focus, and decision-making.

Her coaching encourages:

  • Stronger leadership
  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Improved brain function
  • Tools to sharpen every aspect of your performance
  • Greater compassion for yourself and others
  • An overall sense of calm

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