Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

AMS 2017 Phoenix Fellow Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan talks Compassion in Mentoring

AMS would like to introduce you to our new 2017 Phoenix Fellow, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan . Dr. Radhakrishnan is the Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks with the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan

Why did you decide to become a healthcare professional?

Growing up at home I was inspired by role models that emphasised our responsibilities to help serve society particularly in the areas of education and healthcare.

What was the catalyst for your interest in compassion in healthcare?

In working with patients who are struggling with chronic pain, I have learned how instrumental a compassionate approach is in supporting these individuals in their journey to achieve a better quality of life.

How were you introduced to the Phoenix Fellowship Program and what inspired you to apply?

I was introduced to the program by a colleague who works with me on delivering the OCFP mentoring programs to support clinicians around mental health, addictions and chronic pain. I was inspired to apply for the Fellowship as I believe it will help me to devote more time to studying compassionate care and advancing it through the Collaborative Mentoring Network.

What value does being an AMS Fellow bring to you professionally?

The Fellowship will support me to better understand how mentorship is supporting primary care physicians in delivering compassionate care to patients with mental illness, addictions and chronic pain. The Fellowship will also enable me to develop a wider range of collaborative relationships with programs and individuals across Ontario to better support clinicians in delivering compassionate care.

Have you been inspired by any of the previous Fellows’ work projects in particular?

Of particular interest to me are the projects that explore compassionate environments and look at physician resiliency. These projects can help us to understand how the mentorship environments can support longitudinal delivery of care that is compassionate and patient-centred.

What one little thing could we do to make our healthcare system more compassionate?

In an era of increasing standardization and related metrics we need to support our clinicians to remain as patient-centred as possible.

What advice do you have for healthcare professionals to avoid/overcome compassion fatigue and burnout?

I believe having a mentor and/or being involved in Balint groups can be valuable in helping to avoid/overcome fatigue and burnouts, two large factors in physician wellness and their ability to provide compassionate care.

About the author

Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan

Dr. Radhakrishnan is the Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks with the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

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