Burnout: Why Doctors Need Music


  • Madeleine Alberdi Vanderbilt University
  • Joseph Schlesinger Vanderbilt University




Burnout does not just plague high-consequence industries such as healthcare, aviation, and nuclear power; but only recently has there been shift in focus to the concept of burnout among healthcare providers, particularly physicians. In the recent past, there has not been a good mechanism for ameliorating burnout in the healthcare workplace. The symptomatology of burnout is exacerbated by excessive work hours and responsibility compounded with a loud and noisy workplace. The detrimental occupational acoustic environment can be harmful for patients and clinicians. The recent scholarship in music and medicine can be integrated to robustly study and combat this problem. Music therapists lead this charge, and large academic medical centers can adopt these research principles to provide a safe and supportive infrastructure for patients and clinicians. 

Author Biography

Joseph Schlesinger, Vanderbilt University

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

Division of Critical Care Medicine

Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Staff Physician

Anesthesiology Service

Surgical Critical Care

Veterans Affairs – TVHS – Nashville



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