- A program from Stanford Hospital is designed to cut doctor burnout by providing a host of personal services.
- The "time bank" program is designed to improve work-life balance by providing such personal services as errand-running, handyman work and elder care.
- The program allows doctors, who work on average 10 hours a week more than other professions, to make less stressful use of their limited free time.
Burnout is an increasing concern among doctors and the medical facilities they serve, and the Stanford program is designed to improve job satisfaction. It has helped reduce the rate of turnover at Stanford and also is focused on reducing the attrition rate of women in academic medicine -- which is even higher than that of men.