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    Promoting resilience among physicians is not an effective way to tackle burnout.
    • K Devaraja, Otorhinolaryngologist and Head and Neck Surgeon Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

    Sir,
    In recent times, a lot has been spoken about the concept of ‘promoting physician resilience’ to tackle burnout.(1)(2) However, since the definitions and the strategies of resilience revolve around intrinsic factors, there is skepticism about this concept.(3) Now that the focus is being shifted towards the external factors influencing the burnout, this systematic review by Fox et al redefines ‘resilience’ in order to incorporate these external determinants into the domain of resilience.(4) While this letter agrees with the views portrayed by the authors of the review, it additionally discusses certain drawbacks of stressing the promotion of physician resilience.
    Though the resiliency training program, focusing on personal and psychological empowerment of physicians, temporarily improved the resiliency rates, it did not reduce the reported levels of fatigue among the participants.(2) Such resiliency methods in isolation do not seem to have a long-term benefits on the day-to-day practice in medicine. However, they may be handy even as a standalone strategy, in recharging the professionals in certain temporary situations like epidemic breakout, disaster scenario, warfare etc. Another drawback of repeated usage of resilience strategies is that it may render them ineffective with time, even in the same individual in whom the same strategies would work wonders earlier. In addition, repeated resiliency sessions could dilute the strive for perfection in medicine be...

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