Shaping your career to maximize personal satisfaction in the practice of oncology

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Rochester, MN, USA
Journal of Clinical Oncology (Impact Factor: 18.43). 09/2006; 24(24):4020-6. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2006.05.8248
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The practice of oncology can be a source of both great satisfaction and great stress. Although many oncologists experience burnout, depression, and dissatisfaction with work, others experience tremendous career satisfaction and achieve a high overall quality of life. Identifying professional goals, optimizing career fit, identifying and managing stressors specific to practice type, and achieving the optimal personal work-life balance can increase the likelihood of individual oncologists' achieving personal and professional satisfaction. In this article, we will explore how oncologists can accomplish these tasks and will examine several pervasive professional myths that often distort perspective. The article concludes in a conversation with four oncologists regarding what they find most meaningful about their work, how they manage career-specific stressors, and how they achieve balance between their personal and professional lives.

1 Follower
  • Source
    • "Cancer workers are exposed to a variety of work-related stressors including dealing with a clinical caseload that is emotionally taxing. It is well recognised that this may contribute to burnout and the literature suggests that approximately one third of cancer workers exhibit symptoms of burnout, core features of which are emotional exhaustion and disengagement (Girgis et al., 2009; Poulsen et al., 2011; Shanafelt et al., 2006). Burnout and work stress are negatively correlated with employees' health and well being and are positively associated with high desire to leave the organisation (Coffeng et al., 2012). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Purpose Two key recovery experiences mediating the relationship between work demands and well-being are psychological detachment and relaxation over leisure time. The process of recovery from work-related stress plays an important role in maintaining well-being, but is poorly understood in cancer workers. The aim of this exploratory study was to examine the relationships of burnout, psychological well-being and work engagement with the recovery experiences of psychological detachment and relaxation in oncology staff. Methods A cross sectional survey of 573 cancer workers in Queensland was conducted (response rate 56%). Oncology nurses (n = 211) represented the largest professional group. Staff completed surveys containing demographics and psychosocial questionnaires measuring burnout, psychological distress, work engagement and recovery experience. Multiple regression analyses were performed to identify explanatory variables which were independently associated with Recovery Experience Score (RES). Results There was a negative association between the RES and burnout (p = 0.002) as well as psychological distress (p < 0.0001), but not work engagement. Age >25 years was negatively correlated with RES as was having a post graduate qualification, being married or divorced, having carer commitments. Participating in strenuous exercise was associated with high recovery (p = 0.015). Conclusions The two recovery experiences of psychological detachment and relaxation had a strong negative association to burnout and psychological well-being, but not work engagement. Further research needs to be undertaken to better understand if improving recovery experience reduces burnout and improves the well-being of cancer workers.
    European Journal of Oncology Nursing 09/2014; 19(1). DOI:10.1016/j.ejon.2014.08.003 · 1.79 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Effective doctor-patient communication is an integral part of good clinical care. Telling a patient that he/she has cancer can be a daunting task. If done with empathy and sensitivity it can create an important bond between the doctor and patient. If done brusquely and without tact it can create barriers and lasting hostility. Several key steps help make the breaking of bad news easier for doctors and patients. There is not one 'right formula' but appreciation of and responsiveness to the patient's verbal and non-verbal signals are core skills which can be developed.
    Postgraduate Medical Journal 02/1996; 72(843):25-9. DOI:10.1136/pgmj.72.843.25 · 1.55 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This paper discusses experimental work with a wavelet edge detection technique for still images. A brief overview of wavelets and other methods for edge detection is given along with images comparing the results. Several different image classes are examined and processed. Two test images are discussed in order to determine the properties of the system. An experimental image is used to obtain insight into the practical application of the technique. Advantages of the wavelet transform method include multiscale resolution, improved noise handling, and edge direction information
    WESCANEX 97: Communications, Power and Computing. Conference Proceedings., IEEE; 06/1997
Show more