Shared by Meghan McCullough, MD – Project Collaborator
Physician burnout has been a topic of significant interest recently in the United States, with studies showing that more than half of all physicians feel burned out by their work. While research and resources have been directed at combating this “burnout epidemic” in high-income countries, very little attention has been paid to our colleagues in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs).
LMIC physicians face many of the same challenges, but their stress is compounded by the significant disease burden they face and the limited resources they are provided with to help their patients. Ohana One has sought to build on our Surgical Sight Program to better support our colleagues. The dedicated surgeons are more than just partners, we really see them as a part of our Ohana (family)!
Ohana One seeks to reach physicians on a personal level to support their mental health and well-being, in addition to providing technical and educational support. A needs assessment using our soon-to-be-launched smart-phone app will survey our partners to better understand the challenges they face and their current areas of need. Based on these findings, medical professionals will be provided with both generalized and individualized support through the remote platform.
Ohana One understands the importance of caring for medical professionals so that they can continue to care for their patients. We are excited to expand our Surgical Sight Program to bring both a better understanding of the challenges our in-country partners face and support to help them continue their important work.
Stay tuned for more updates as we turn the lens around and look at how we can support our Ohana.