This post is the last of a four-part series on how to acquire and retain emergency medicine doctors. It discusses the need for leadership to address the problem of EM physician burnout by offering true work-life balance.

Burnout is a problem for all physician specialties, but it’s particularly significant among emergency medicine physicians. In fact, a 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Survey of 7,000 physicians revealed that 52% of EM physicians experience burnout. Per the survey, that’s three times more than the average doctor. 10% of EM physicians said they are so burnt out they are considering leaving medicine. Since hospital administrators ultimately bear the burden of ED stability, installing safeguards against burnout is vital.

The top three burnout causes, according to the Medscape survey: too many bureaucratic tasks, spending too many hours on the job, and insufficient income. These factors affect physician well-being and lead to poor performance, lower patient...