How Sharp Index Is Helping Those At Risk of Physician Burnout

Samara Rosenfeld
OCTOBER 29, 2019
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In healthcare, everyone has a role to play to help reduce physician burnout, an epidemic which is forcing some out of the industry.

To fight the crisis, Sharp Index, founded by Janae Sharp, a suicide loss survivor, is offering two $1,000 scholarships to students who are working to promote physician well-being. One medical school student or resident and one non-medical student will receive the scholarship. The deadline for submissions ends on Nov. 1.

The goal of the scholarship is to support and promote those who strive to improve the lives of physicians and reduce the physician student loan burden.

“Physician well-being is so important not just to our doctors and their families but to the entire healthcare system,” Sharp told Inside Digital Health™ at HLTH2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “These scholarships support ambitious young physicians and advocates in their exploration and development of strategies to build better physician lives.”

To enter, applicants must share a story about their experience with physician suicide or burnout and what needs to come to help mitigate it.

Applicants will be judged based on their financial need or discrimination, their dedication to physician well-being, quality of plan for improvement, professionalism and knowledge of physician suicide and burnout.

Healthcare companies also have a chance to show their support by sponsoring the scholarship. Recently, Geneia, a health data vendor, signed on.

“As a suicide loss survivor, I am encouraged that a lot of companies want to make things better, but I also know firsthand how stressful things can be and how overwhelming they are for medical students and their loved ones,” Sharp said. “I’m glad we have the opportunity to do something about it.”

Applicants can submit their essays here.

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