A doctor’s prescription for combating physician burnout requires individuals to choose facing their fears.

In his commentary, “Physician Burnout – Facing Your Fears,” Robert A. Beltran, MD, explains that the same attributes found in individuals who embrace the qualities of courage work equally well to face concerns that lead to burnout.

Dr. Beltran, minister of health, Wounded HEARTS Foundation, highlights an acronym for C.O.U.R.A.G.E., developed by Michael Lee, MD, and a courage-building exercise developed by Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral, integrative (mind-body) and emotion-focused approaches.

It’s a quick read for any doctor who’d like a few easy-to-remember tools to avoid physician burnout.