What is burnout and how to address it

About this video

Burnout is not a new phenomenon, but its increased visibility has given the issue more focus and light, especially in high-stress related fields and professions. New studies and more research interest have indicated that individuals practising or researching medicine rank especially high on the burnout scale. In a study conducted by our module speaker, Dr Susana Banerjee in the journal Annals of Oncology, more than 70% of young oncologists in Europe suffer from symptoms of burnout.  

Researcher Academy has collaborated with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in bringing you a module especially dedicated to dealing with and avoiding burning out. In this module, Dr Susana Banerjee discusses what burnout is, how to recognise it and most importantly, how to avoid it when you work in high-stress environments. Most importantly, she discusses how institutions can support their members in both avoiding and recovering from burnout, taking the example of ESMO and its work with the new Resilience Task Force.

You will come away with a new understanding of what burnout is, and how you can support yourself in having a healthy work-life balance and use your institution in both seeking support from and providing support to its members.

About the presenter

Dr Susana Banerjee

Dr Susana Banerjee MBBS MA FRCP PhD
Consultant Medical Oncologist, The Royal Marsden

Dr Susana Banerjee (MBBS MA PhD FRCP) is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and Research Lead for the Gynaecology Unit at the Royal Marsden, London, UK. She is a Team Leader (Honorary Faculty) at the Institute of Cancer Research. Dr Banerjee specialises in ovarian cancer and the systemic treatment of endometrial and cervical cancers.

Dr Banerjee is an active member of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). Her contribution to ESMO began by serving on the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) (2010-2016). She was the Young Oncologists Track Chair of the European Cancer Congress in 2015.  She initiated and led the ESMO YOC Burnout Survey- the largest project on burnout in under 40 year old oncologists (Annals of Oncology).