This is a brief post to share a few updates, links to recent articles, and upcoming events.
Earlier this year, I was one of five family physicians chosen to join the multi-specialty national WEL Alliance. As a WEL Scholar, I joined 49 other physician leaders for an 18-month immersion experience exploring three intertwined facets of life and work: leadership, equity, and wellness.
The WEL Alliance exists to create more equitable workplace experiences for women, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it! It’s a blessing to be among so many physician leaders who are courageously stepping out to use their gifts, vision, and passion to transform healthcare. I am honored to be a WEL Scholar and can’t wait to see where this experience leads each of us! Thank you to The Physicians Foundation, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and each of the sponsoring organizations that made this possible.
This week, the WEL Scholars had the opportunity to take a deep dive into mentorship and sponsorship by meeting Priya Bathija, JD, MHSA, a healthcare attorney and founder of the SABA Leadership Institute. I loved her reminder that women have a secret ingredient as we network with one another. We don’t need to try to be someone we’re not; we simply need to be authentic and continue to lift each other by leaning on our strengths.
Earlier this month, an article I co-authored with two colleagues was published in Family Practice Management, a publication of the AAFP. We titled it Resetting Your Priorities in Family Medicine Post-Pandemic. Yet, the principles discussed apply to physicians of any specialty and also to non-medical professionals. Here is the link to the article in PubMed.
Last week, the Hispanic Outlook on Education published my article, Keeping Your Dreams Alive. Writing it gave me the opportunity to reflect on the mentors and sponsors who have made such a difference in my life, beginning with my mother. She was my first role model, mentor, cheerleader, inspirer, and champion. I wrote about her on Mother’s Day years ago. Here is the link to that article, Lessons I Learned Watching Mom.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
I’m also excited to present for the first time at the Catholic Medical Association Annual Educational Conference with the theme of Joy in Medicine! I know, that’s a perfect topic for me, isn’t it? Yes, my presentation will be based on my book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine! Join us October 7-9, 2021 in Orlando, FL. Learn more about the conference and register HERE.