Said, I'm going down to Yasgur's farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land, and set my soul free.
We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
--From “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell, 1970
 
The January/February issue of the American Association of Physician Leadership featured Susan Kreimer’s article “Healing the Healers,” almost a review article of different health care organizations’ approaches and perspectives on recognizing and combating burnout. Challenges include the blurring of work-life boundaries by the EHR, with physicians reporting two to three hours of work at home after their office time. Documentation requirements and time have increased. Early-career physicians, particularly proceduralists, appear most vulnerable, while those with competing priorities, teaching, research, publishing and clinical activities can become overwhelmed. Burnout crosses all disciplines. Family physicians have a burnout prevalence of over 50 percent. Mayo Clinic program co-director Dr. Colin West believes individuals and organizations have a shared responsibility to address the problem. While no panacea, Dr. West advocates for “physician group activities to build a sense of community and meaning.” In addition to making connections, the article concludes with eight other recommendations, many we have addressed in prior articles.
 

Original Woodstock Lineup:
Richie Havens
Swami Satchidananda
Sweetwater
Tim Hardin
Ravi Shankar
Melanie Safka
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez
Quill
Country Joe McDonald
Santana
John B. Sebastian
Keef Hartley Band
The Incredible String Band
Canned Heat
Mountain
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janis Joplin
Sly & the Family Stone
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Joe Cocker
Country Joe and the Fish
Ten Years After
The Band
Johnny Winter
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sha Na Na
Jimi Hendrix

Nearly 50 years ago, in August 1969, young baby boomers descended on Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. For $18, fans from all over the country were treated to incredible performers/performances for three days of peace and music. The performances were tight and urged higher by their fellow artists and the sea of humanity before them. What started as an entrepreneurial event morphed into the iconic musical, cultural and social change event of that generation. The music awakened their passions and energized their desire to break from traditions.  Despite the elements, musicians delivered incredible performances, anchoring them both in their generation and generations to come.  Woodstock organizer Michael Lang, in his book “The Road to Woodstock,” captures the event through firsthand accounts and interviews with both organizers and performers. “Woodstock was a test of whether people in our generation really believed in one another and the world we were struggling to create,” he wrote. After three days of peace and music, rain and mud, and overflowing toilets, he concluded that the “adversity brought the group closer together.”
 
Many of our colleagues have established respite and community through their music. Some even were at Woodstock, though they claim they do not remember. From classical pianists to folk bands to brass ensembles, our medical staff has brought joy through music to the community and each other. Auscultation Brass, Colebrook Road and Bad Medicine, along with the Medical Staff Office and the LG Health Physicians Wellness Committee, invite you and your family to Docstock, three hours of peace and music at Landis Valley Museum, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Performances will take place in the Landis Valley Fire House beginning at 1:30 pm. Come “back to the garden” and experience the heritage of those we serve. Explore the nearby Hands-on House (Discounted tickets available.). Lunch and refreshments will be provided by local food trucks.  Enjoy the music of your colleagues, along with some of their craft beers and wine. We hope to create a sense of community with like-minded professionals in a family-friendly atmosphere and avoid the rain, mud and toilets. Tickets are gratis but limited, so please preregister by contacting Physician Engagement Manager Kristy Askey, 717-544-8127 or klaskey@lghealth.org, and connect with a few of your friends.
 
What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends

--From “With a Little Help From My Friends” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1967

Lee M. Duke II, M.D.
Chief Physician Executive
Progress Notes' Editor-in-Chief
LMDuke@lghealth.org

 

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