On October 5th and 6th, 2009, the Vanderbilt community was privileged to host a visit by Dr. Christina Maslach, author, scientist and pioneer in the field of burnout. Dr. Maslach spent time with students, residents, and faculty from both Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College. Her visit was organized by a group of wonderful Vanderbilt medical students (Dustin Hipp, Sabrina Poon and Mathew Grady) and supported by the Center for Professional Health and the Dean’s Lecture Series. During her visit, Dr. Maslach also visited Vanderbilt’s Center for Integrated Health and the Center for Better Health and was provided personalized guided tours of each facility.
Dr. Maslach is the co-author with Michael P. Leiterof the book, The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress And What To Do About It. She is also the developer of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) used by Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr. and Dr. Stephen Gabbe in their assessments of chairs and by Dr. Robert Ossoff in ENT. The title of her presentation to the School of Medicine was, “Preventing Burnout and Building Engagement.” Dr. Maslach described the source of burnout as a mismatch between individuals and organizations and discussed six (6) key areas that contribute to burnout and how to prevent burnout within organizations through engagement. The six areas are: 1) work overload; 2) lack of control; 3) insufficient rewards; 4) breakdown of community; 5) absence of fairness; 6) conflicting values. For more information on burnout – visit our resources page for a PowerPoint presentation on burnout.