Panel 15 - (INTERACTIVE) Burnout and Work-Life Balance in Radiation Oncology

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Room 004

Session Type: Panel
1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
1.50 CAMPEP Credits
1.50 MDCB Credits

Professional burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, impersonal relationships with others, and a sense of professional inadequacy. Burnout is a common problem for oncologists who are expected to give care impartially to highly complex and very ill patients, often in a rigorous and stressful environment. This session is designed to raise awareness of burnout, identify how this could affect their practice, and provide stratgies for mitigation of burnout such as improving work-life balance. To achieve these goals, Dr. Yechieli, Dr. De Bari, and Dr. Thomas will discuss their work identifying and defining burnout at different stages in the career of a radiation oncologist (training, early, and late). Dr. Jagsi will discuss her work on mitigation of burnout and work-life balance. A discussion session will allow participants to ask questions and reinforce ways to recognize and combat burnout in practice.

Learning Objectives:


Fei-Fei Liu, MD

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre - RMP: Chief; University of Toronto - DRO: Chair

Dr. Fei-Fei Liu, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Fei-Fei Liu is the Chief of the Radiation Medicine Program and Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center. She is also the Professor and Chair of the University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Liu is a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center Research Institute, and holds the University of Toronto/Princess Margaret Cancer Center Dr. Mariano Elia Endowed Chair in Head & Neck Cancer Oncology.

Dr. Liu’s research program has been focused on investigating and developing novel molecular therapeutic strategies for human malignancies, delivered in conjunction with radiation therapy, as well as investigating molecular aberrancies of several human cancers including breast, cervix, nasopharyngeal, and head/neck cancers. Dr. Liu has >180 peer-reviewed publications on these topics, and has filed three patents. She holds peer-reviewed research funding from highly competitive agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI). She is also the Founder of a CIHR/Terry Fox Foundation Research Training Initiative, entitled “Excellence in Radiation Research for the 21st Century (EIRR21)”, which has trained >150 trans-disciplinary scientists in Radiation Medicine since 2003. She has been the recipient of several awards such as the “Women of Action” from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, as well as Distinguished Lectureships from Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, University of Hong Kong, and University of California, San Francisco. Recently, Dr. Liu’s lab has been focusing on understanding the biological basis of radiation fibrosis, and developing strategies to mitigate this significant post-radiation morbidity.


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Eric Mellon, MD, PhD

University of Miami: Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology: Employee

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Neurologic Cancer Site Disease Group of the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center: Co-leader

Eric A. Mellon, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Bioengineering at the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine. He is a board certified radiation oncologist and graduate of the Physician Scientist Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his PhD in MRI Physics.

Dr. Mellon has published over forty peer-reviewed articles on emerging MRI techniques for cancer and clinical radiation oncology--mostly in brain and pancreatic cancers. Clinically, he specializes in radiotherapy for tumors of the central nervous sytem and GI tract and serves as co-leader of the neurologic cancer site disease group at the Sylvester Cancer Center. He is principal investigator and co-investigator on two NIH-funded trials for magnetic resonance spectroscopy guided radiotherapy of glioblastoma and assessment of response to therapy for brain metastases. His current basic research interests utilize MRI to probe the tumor microenvironment during therapy, giving information beyond just tumor size to evaluate early treatment response.

For the 2018 ASTRO conference Dr. Mellon is co-moderator of a panel titled "Burnout and Work-Life Balance in Radiation Oncology." He finds balance as a certified Scuba Divemaster, an active kiteboarder, and for vacations in the mountains for snow skiing, hiking, and camping.


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