Updated: May 30
The gravity of the problem of medical resident burnout is further compounded by the current COVID-19 pandemic that has put an unprecedented strain on the mental health of frontline healthcare professionals, making this an even more urgent issue that needs to be addressed.
It is clear that under the pandemic healthcare professionals are currently experiencing a war-like scenario in hospitals, which will possibly have long-term consequences such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). The World Health Organization (WHO) announced recently that resolving the pandemic in under 2 years would be a hopeful aim.
Aside from the strain on essential resources such as PPE, ventilators and overwhelming patient numbers in hospitals across the world, media reports have also unfortunately highlighted pandemic-related incidents of suicide amongst frontline medical professionals.
It is no longer sufficient to view medical resident burnout as a side issue. Two things are clear:
Long-term practical and effective solutions for healthcare professional burnout, particularly of frontline medical staff are fundamental.
The importance of the mental health wellbeing of medical residents requires acknowledgement and adoption into the main fabric of the medical organization structure.