This blog post from the North Carolina Medical Board discusses issues around physician burnout. The blog states: "Burnout among physicians has reached epidemic proportions since it was first described among human services workers in the 1970s. When physicians experience overload, loss of control (autonomy) and a lack of reward (perceived or real) for their contributions, their risk for emotional exhaustion, otherwise known as the burnout syndrome, is astronomical. When physicians begin the downward spiral into burnout, they no longer contribute with their leadership and motivational energy. Instead, they become needy and unintentionally sap energy away from the group. Worse, this syndrome is highly contagious and can systematically infect a whole practice or clinic by reducing meaningful contact among its individual members."
The Health Center Recruitment and Retention Review Tool is designed to support on-going recruitment and retention of qualified clinical staff at health centers funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act as amended by the Health Centers Consolidation Act of 1996.
The Health Center Recruitment and Retention Effectiveness Review (RRER) instrument is designed to support on-going recruitment and retention of qualified clinical staff at health centers.
There has never been a better time to recruit and retain clinicians through the National Health Service Corps(NHSC). Clinicians working in NHSC‐approved sites with HPSA scores as low as zero have greater opportunities and access to funding than ever before in the history of the program.
This article pubished in Modern Healthcare Online, October, 2008 discusses the role of physicians in Federally Funded Health Clinics. The opening paragraph of the article states "Community health centers that serve low-income and uninsured patients have always been a landing spot for mission-driven physicians. Now they have also become a haven for some who are feeling squeezed by malpractice insurance costs and other dministrative burdens of private practice."