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Video: How emotional burnout led one DO to change career paths

Octavia Cannon, DO, discusses the signs of physician burnout and shares how she alleviated her symptoms.

Octavia Cannon, DO, can relate to the 53% of pediatricians who reported feeling burned out in a recent Medscape survey. Emotional exhaustion during her pediatric rotation in medical school led Dr. Cannon to abandon her childhood dream of becoming a pediatrician.

“I got too emotionally involved with the children I was admitting to the hospital … and I would take it home at night,” says Dr. Cannon, who was recently nominated to serve as president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2018.

Here’s what Dr. Cannon had to say about managing physician burnout and her decision to change career paths:

Octavia Cannon, DO, discusses how emotional exhaustion during her pediatric rotation in medical school led her to change career paths.

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