Resource Guide

The 2015 Iowa Physician Survey found that 79.3% of physician respondents reported some level of professional burnout. Coupled with low professional morale – just 41% of Iowa respondents expressed positive feelings about the state of the medical profession – these growing rates of burnout paint an image of a profession in crisis. In February 2016, the IMS Board of Directors approved the formation of an ad hoc Physician Burnout Task Force to determine how IMS might best support Iowa physicians at risk of or currently experiencing professional burnout. The task force's recommendations, contained in The Steenblock Report , included development of this online resource guide to provide all Iowa physicians, residents, and students with access to resources, education, and expertise.

Upcoming Programming

The Physician Burnout Task Force recommended IMS make available a series of in-person and virtual education, segmented by career stage, to provide physicians, residents, and medical students with the tools and strategies to successfully combat burnout. This programming includes the following:

Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference 
February 8, 2018, Des Moines 
This one-day conference will feature state and national experts discussing strategies for a team-based approach to professional burnout. Recordings of these sessions will be available on this resource page.

Women's Burnout and Resiliency Event
April 13, 2018, Carroll, IA
More details coming soon!

IMS Annual Conference
April 27–28, 2018, Des Moines

The 2018 Annual Conference will feature several session on burnout and professional well-being. Recordings of these sessions will be available on this resource page.

Regional Programming

Scott County Medical Society General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
Strategies for Living Your Best Life! Thriving with a Full Plate
Panel Discussion featuring Cheryl True, MD

Quad Cities Physician Wellness Program
November 14, 2017
In 2017, IMS will pilot two regional programs to provide local, in-person access to burnout and professional well-being coaching and resources. In 2018, IMS will roll out a series of statewide regional programs.

Lower Your Stress Levels, Build More Life Balance and a More Ideal Practice
December 7, South Sioux City, NE
Foster Group and Central Bank invite you to an evening of dining and discussion with physician and speaker Dike Drummond, MD, a national expert on burnout. Join members of the health care community as Dr. Drummond delivers a transformational presentation on the growing danger of physician burnout.

Virtual Programming

Check back soon for more details on virtual programming soon.


Burnout Resources

Successfully combating professional burnout involves more than just programming, education, and resources aimed at physician well being. It also involves addressing the underlying causes of burnout such as navigating practice transformation initiatives, adapting to practice workflow changes like transitioning to a new electronic medical record system, and leading practice management decisions including staffing.

AMA Resources

Steps Forward Practice Transformation Series

43 free online modules covering a broad range of areas including:

Patient Care
(16 Modules)
Workflow & Process
  (14 Modules)
Leading Change
(7 Modules)

Professional Well-Being
​ (4 Modules)
Technology & Finance
​(8 Modules)

(CME Credit Available)

Am I Experiencing Burnout?

One of the greatest challenges in combating professional burnout is overcoming the stigma and recognizing that you are experiencing burnout symptoms. Burnout is common in every profession and especially common in the medical field. There a number of online self-assessment tools available to help quickly and privately determine whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of professional burnout. Below is a link to a free, online burnout self-assessment tool.

Take the Burnout Self-Assessment

Check back soon for access to the Maslach Burnout Inventory, a highly respected self-assessment tools, which has been validated by more than 25 years of external research. 

Prevalence of Burnout Among Iowa Physicians


IMS Reports