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Provider Burnout in the World of COVID-19

By Guillermo Guzman, MD, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Idaho State Board of Medicine 

The stressors of the day to day activities that fade into routine and become almost imperceptible. The added patient at the end of our shift, followed by a phone call that still needs to be completed. The almost mandatory extra hour to finish your medical records and then on to review laboratory and radiology results waiting in your inbox. Only to start again the next day. And on to the next week. And so on.

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Elite Athletes and Doctors

By Steven Reames, Executive Director, Ada County Medical Society

Last month, US gymnast Simone Biles turned in comparatively sloppy performances during her qualifications at the Tokyo Olympics. After not sticking her planned vault, she suddenly withdrew herself from the team all-around competition. The world was stunned and some were outraged. She had experienced a case of the “twisties” or “yips,” a sudden and inexplicable loss of air balance awareness. It was downright dangerous for her to continue in the team competition, but her departure enabled the Russian Olympic Committee athletes to win the gold in the event.

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