Physician burnout, the musical: One oncologist takes the stage

A Minnesota oncologist is taking the stage to sing about the pressure of being a physician, NBC affiliate KARE11 reported April 19.

Stuart Bloom, MD, formerly a New York City singing comedian, is an oncologist at Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis. His musical, How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes, features 12 original songs and one other actor. Together, they tell the story of a physician filling out a medical questionnaire on burnout. 

"The culture of medicine is changing. There's a lot of inefficiencies with dealing with the electronic medical records — there's all these things that are part of burnout," Dr. Bloom told KARE11. "Sometimes people see that there is a huge chasm between what they wanted and what they have. And how did we get here? How did I get to this point? I think I'm proof that we can assess that and go, 'How can we stop this?'"

The show, which runs from April 19 to April 23, is already sold out, according to the report.

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