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‘Time-banking’ plan aims to stop ED physicians’ burnout

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Stanford {University} Hospital’s Department of Emergency Medicine has started a “time-banking” program to help protect emergency department physicians from burnout and have more balanced lives, says The Washington Post.

The program  provides physicians with meals, housecleaning and some other services–including babysitting, elder care, movie tickets, handyman services and dry-cleaning pickup.

The program lets doctors  “bank” the time they spend  mentoring, serving on committees, covering others’ shifts or deploying in emergencies. They earn credits to use for work or home-related services.

Stanford’s program, part of a two-year, $250,000 pilot funded primarily by the Sloan Foundation, has led to  higher job satisfaction, better work-life balance and more collegiality, says The Post.

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