According to the ACGME, residents are at increased risk for burnout and emotional fatigue. Taking care of ill patients is a demanding and sensitive job that may result in emotional fatigue, which leads to decreased physical and mental energy. When a resident physician is fatigued, he or she is more likely to make a medical error.
Each year, KCU-GME Consortium residency programs participate in the AMA Mini-Z Burnout Survey, a validated tool that helps organizations assess burnout and professional well-being. The Mini-Z assessments are specifically designed to measure burnout at the system level – not just focused on individual resiliency. The two Mini-Z assessment tools include the Mini-Z 2.0 Assessment which was built to survey MDs, DOs, and Advance Practice Providers and the Residency Program Assessment which was built to survey residents and fellows. To learn more about the Mini-Z assessments, view the practice transformation toolkit (PDF) or visit the AMA Webpage.
Programs also promote resident wellness and assess fatigue management and mitigation through faculty development and a resident core curriculum that accompanies the results of the annual Maslach Burnout Inventory. This evidence-based process to improve resident burnout and patient safety are a priority for the KCU-GME Consortium.
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