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Anna Nakayasu


Background: Geographical and specialty maldistribution of physicians are key
issues in the Japanese healthcare system. These are strongly related to work–life
balance issues that physicians face, including long working hours, burnout, and
discontinuation of female physicians’ careers.
Objective: To obtain the opinions of young physicians in Japan on policies
regarding work–life balance and career building.
Method: A cross-national study was conducted using a questionnaire that was sent
to physician across Japanese Red Cross Hospitals.
Results: Young physicians view work–life balance as important in choosing
specialties and work location. In addition to the motivation to gain training
experience, they seek adequate rest through shift work, and work efficiency by
sharing tasks with other medical professionals, using IT, and improving operation
Discussion: As an example of work-style reform in progress, we would like to
introduce the shift-work system at our institution’s Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department. By clarifying the line between work and life, physicians can balance
career building and time for self-improvement.
Conclusion: For young physicians to continue their careers without burning out
and excel in various fields, we must create a system that allows for efficient
learning and work–life balance for both mental and physical well-being.

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Anna Nakayasu, Japanese Red Cross Medical Center

Japanese Red Cross Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 4-1-22 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8935