California physician in training reveals how she copes with burnout, is researching solutions

NorthBay Business Journal
by Cheryl Sarfaty

Yasmin Bains got her first taste of physician burnout after completing the Pre-Professional Health Academic Program at California State University, East Bay.

“It was go, go, go. I really did not take the breaks that were needed,” Bains said, noting the program was manageable but the stress level was higher than she’d anticipated. “I think emotionally and mentally, that’s where things got challenging. I had those classic signs of burnout after completing (the program). I was feeling disengaged, lonely, and started isolating myself from friends and family.”

And it wasn’t like Bains had never experienced a stressful environment.

Bains is a career-changer. Now a fourth-year medical student and primary care academic fellow at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, she entered the medical field after many years working in the business world of Silicon Valley. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, which she earned in 2005 from Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.

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