AC: Tell us a little fun fact about yourself, or what you like to do in your free time.
BN: In the past, I went through several rounds of burnout. It was very real for me several years ago at a time when there was virtually no attention to this, or sympathy from others around you about it. I realized that I needed to take ownership of this problem and find solutions rather than wait for someone else to fix it.
I actually learned a lot about burnout prevention from a program I completed based on techniques used to prepare Navy SEAL candidates for BUD/S. What I learned about resilience from this program was remarkable and ultimately helped me refocus the activities in my free time outside of work on things I enjoy doing. One of those things is taking care of myself as best as I can, in terms of fitness. Those endogenous endorphins really go far with wellness.
I have also always had a passion for all types of music. Residents always talked about how they loved the playlists I would play during cases. I was one of those music guys in the operating room.
Dr. Nussenbaum will begin an “Office Hours with the Executive Director” program at the ABOto in January. He welcomes questions, suggestions, and feedback. Contact 713/850-0399 to arrange a time.