Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 19th

Sep 18, 2017

Credit NPR/Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage

First hour: What’s next for first-time City Council candidates who didn’t win the primary?

Second hour: The impact of clinician burnout

City Council in Rochester had a number of new faces running for seats this year, but they didn’t all win the Democratic primary. What happens when you take that jump for the first time and it doesn’t work out? Do you stay involved? Do you run again? We’ll talk to some of them about their experiences as first-time candidates, and what’s next. Our guests:

  • Mary Lupien
  • Shawn Dunwoody
  • Dorian Hall
  • Tom Hasman

Then in our second hour, what happens when doctors and nurses get overwhelmed? Every day, clinicians provide treatment for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Being exposed to human suffering and having to face ethical challenges leaves many providers distressed, and sometimes, burned out. A Mayo Clinic study reported that in 2014, more than half of U.S. physicians experience at least one symptom of burnout, leading clinician burnout to be labeled as a public health crisis. What does this mean for you when you visit the doctor or schedule a surgery? And what are the implications for the healthcare system as a whole? An upcoming presentation at the Rochester Academy of Medicine will explore clinician burnout, and offer strategies to prevent and mitigate it. We’ll preview that presentation and answer your questions with our guests:

  • Dr. Michael Privitera, M.D., chair of the taskforce on burnout for the Medical Society of NYS
  • Dr. Michael Mendoza, M.D., commissioner of public health for Monroe County
  • Dr. Robert Mayo, M.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president for Rochester Regional Health