6 hospital-physician issues stories making rounds this week: March 27-31

Physician burnout and medical school ratings caught the eyes of Becker's Hospital Review integration and physicians' issues readers this week.

Here are the six most-read stories for the week of March 27.

1. Hospitals are getting physician burnout and engagement all wrong — Here's why
Physician burnout poses a threat to clinicians' well-being, patient care and the hospital bottom line — and it's on the rise. Healthcare administrators are paying increasing attention to what many have deemed an epidemic of physician burnout, going so far as to enlist consultants to assess and prescribe necessary interventions. Unfortunately, many of these efforts fail to accurately diagnose — and subsequently, help heal — burnout.

2. 10 prominent health system CEOs: Physician burnout is a public health crisis — here are 11 things we commit to do about it
The CEOs of the nation's most prominent health systems authored an article in Health Affairs examining the widespread issue of physician burnout, its main contributors, leaders' role in responding to burnout and an 11-item call to action.

3. Medical school dean writes touching letter about physician burnout after 4th-year medical student commits suicide
David Muller, MD, dean of medical education at the New York City-based Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, penned a touching op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine addressing depression and burnout amongst physicians and trainees after a fourth-year medical student committed suicide in August 2016.

4. Mayo Clinic, Seattle Children's rank among Forbes' Top 10 Best US Employers of 2016
The Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and the Seattle Children's Hospital were among Forbes' list of top 10 best U.S. employers of 2016.

5. US News: Students at top-ranked medical schools typically major in these 5 fields
While more than 40 percent of medical school seniors at the top-ranked medical schools in the nation typically majored in biological sciences during undergrad, medical school officials have begun to see greater numbers of first-year applicants with non-science undergraduate majors.

6. 10 thoughts on hospitals and health systems — 2017
Scott Becker, JD, publisher of Becker's Hospital Review and principal at McGuireWoods law firm, and other healthcare leaders shared 10 thoughts on hospitals and health systems so far in 2017. 

More articles on hospital-physician relationships:
Viewpoint: Physicians recovering from mental health issues forced to wear 'scarlet letter'
Viewpoint: Physician burnout represents a 'national threat' lost in ACA repeal debate
Mayo Clinic, AMA work together to create 'medical school of the future'

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