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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - OR Excellence Program Preview - June 2019

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2 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 9 Wendy Dean, MD Moral Injury | Bethesda, Md. L ast year, psychiatrist Wendy Dean, MD, and reconstructive plastic sur- geon Simon Talbot, MD, published an article in STAT titled "Physicians aren't 'burn- ing out.' They're suffering from moral injury" (osmag.net/EMX3dx). Let's say it struck a chord. "We didn't know if this would make any sense to anyone else, but it made sense to us," says Dr. Dean. "We put it out there, and were shocked by the response we received" — to the tune of almost 250,000 article downloads and millions of related video views on the subject. "People said, 'This is the language I've been looking for to describe how I feel,'" she says. "It explains very clearly the struggle that healthcare providers deal with every day." What is moral injury? It's feeling over- whelmed, demoralized, exhausted, alone. Dr. Dean says the concept came into being as Vietnam War veterans returned home and were treated for PTSD. Practitioners found that in some cases their treatments for PTSD weren't working. "They realized It's Moral Injury, Not Burnout • In addition to being the co-founder of Moral Injury (moralinjury.healthcare), Dr. Dean is senior vice president of program operations with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Bethesda, Md. • A private practice psychi- atrist from 2000 to 2010, she left clinical medicine when generating revenue crowded out the patient- centered priorities in her practice. • She worked for the U.S. Army in product develop- ment for regenerative medicine technologies from 2010 to 2018, and is considered an expert in the field of hand and face transplants. Speaker Profile

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