GRIT and Resilience: Keys to the Development of the Halsted Resident in the John Cameron Era

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Burnout and work-life imbalance are at an all-time high and are continually rising. The pressures that drive both of these factors are multifactorial. In the faculty environment, it's salary, promotion, relative value units (RVU) requirements, research, teaching … it's career advancement. In the resident's and student's professional life, it's the anxiety of the next test and fear of failure. In the personal life, it's debt, parenthood, kids, health, and personal relationships. These find themselves leading to a combination of stress, cynicism, and what we often term burnout. The term burnout was coined by the psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in 1974 in his article entitled “Staff Burnout”1 in which he discussed job dissatisfaction precipitated by work-related stress.
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