My Response and Gratitude for the 2021 AMA Inspiration Award

I am grateful to the American Medical Association for honoring me this week with the AMA Inspiration Award alongside such brilliant Women in Medicine. The brief video with the award recipients is here.

It has been my privilege and a heartwarming blessing to continue to support and advocate for my colleagues throughout the pandemic. I’m grateful for every opportunity to encourage and empower those who sacrifice so much to care for others. They deserve our gratitude, respect, and our advocacy to ensure they have everything they need to care for people with excellence and compassion — precisely what they’re trained to do!

I know every medical professional and first responder out there would be immensely grateful to have the trust and support of our communities so they may continue to care for patients without daily concerns about their own safety. They also hope for tangible support from their institutions and a sense of mission that’s centered on caring for human beings well, placing people above profits and equipping physician leaders with the ability to lead their teams successfully. If I could make this happen for every one of my colleagues, I would … but for this, we depend on each other.

I’m deeply grateful to Julie K. Wood, MD, MPH — Senior VP for Research, Science, and Health of the Public for the American Academy of Family Physicians — for nominating me for this award. This recognition inspires me to persevere and continue to advocate for physicians and their teams!


Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD (Dr. Mari)

I am the author of Recapturing Joy In Medicine and I am passionate about physician wellness, burnout prevention, and Helping Docs Thrive™ in the midst of a broken system in constant flux. As a coach for physicians, I love helping my colleagues develop their strengths, recapture their original calling into medicine, and embark on a path to greater joy, meaning, and purpose in medicine and in life.

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