5 Unknown Causes of MD Burnout and How to Reverse It [Limitless MD, Episode 25]


Isn’t it a wonder how surgeons can perform long hours in the operating room and still manage to enthusiastically announce to an agitated family member when it’s over that the operation has been successful? Or how, after hours of making rounds, a doctor still patiently awaits every patient that knocks and looks forward to another day doing the same routine. It’s amazing to see a man in action, passionately pursuing the things he loves and living up to his purpose.

When you see the opposite, their energy seems to rub on you and you feel their stress and tiredness pierce deep through your bones. You get burned out, too. The question is, what makes a doctor feel burned out despite doing the things he worked hard and studied hard to pursue? It is important to get to the root of this question because that’s the only way a solution can be drawn out to address it.

“As you hit your goal, as you hit your dream, it is important to continue to have different goals and dreams, bigger goals, bigger vision, and you need to always be striving towards something.”

– Vikram Raya



In This Episode:


00:00 Welcome back to another episode of the Limitless MD podcast

00:28  You will realize that working longer hours is NOT the cause of burnout, and I was surprised to realize this too

01:18 Check out the 5 major factors that cause doctors to feel burned out

01:45 The context of “sustainable success” is explained and why very few people have achieved it

02:39 Here are the things that need to be sustained throughout life and the things that can take them away

03:15 Understand the things that you consciously and subconsciously do that put you in a losing proposition

03:49 Internalize the power of transformational vocabulary so you can watch out for the monkey mind when it attacks

04:29 Examine the components of blissful dissatisfaction and how they work in dragging you out of burnout

05:51 There are 3 levels of accountability. Find out what they are here…

05:08 Here are the tangible solutions to address the causes of burnout…

08:50 Podcast outro



Resources mentioned: 

– Craig Ballantyne – https://www.craigballantyne.com/

– Friedrich Nietzsche’s “He who has a why to live for can bear almost anyhow.” https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche



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