This week, I was honored to be featured in the first article of a new series, Physician Outlook on Health, that highlights physicians active in advocacy for our patients at the state and national level. We have stepped out of our comfort zones to educate the public and empower one another to advocate for patient safety, physician-led medical care, and a return to high standards of care. The article was published in the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine and can be found here.
Pediatrician and patient advocate, Dr. Marlene Wust-Smith, serves as a contributing editor for Hispanic Outlook. She plans to transition the Physician Outlook section to a stand-alone digital and print magazine in early 2020. This is one more way physician voices are being amplified during a healthcare crisis in which non-clinical voices have become louder than the voices of those trained not only in medicine but also to advocate for our patients first, above all competing priorities and demands. For us as physicians, becoming proactive advocates is a powerful antidote to burnout.
I feel immensely blessed to collaborate with so many inspiring and tireless physicians doing all we can to bring the patient-physician relationship back to the center of all we do. To this end, my book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, will launch later this month; stay tuned!
I will share more details soon and, until then, remember to be good to yourself!
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