Having experienced signs of “burnout” 7 years into my 25-year medical career,
- I know what it’s like to feel demoralized despite superb training, loving your patients, and being deeply committed to your vocation.
- I get what it’s like to be up at night worried about your last admission, the 8-year-old with belly pain in the ER or the young mother in labor.
- I know what it’s like to feel discouraged by the inefficiency and chaos of medical settings, exhausted by the work, and so devalued, you start to feel numb despite caring deeply.
So much is broken and inadequate and, to top it off, we are utterly spent in the midst of a pandemic where some of us don’t even feel safe seeing patients. We are grieving many losses while needing to press on to see the next patient or complete the next task. It’s been tough.
Yet, I Have HOPE!
I’m convinced this challenging time can usher in a new era in medicine if we unite with one purpose: ensuring OUR needs are met so we may care for others well. To this end, I’ve traveled the country for over a decade to encourage and empower YOU – my colleagues! My latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, is spreading HOPE while equipping medical teams with practical tools that inspire new ways to think, live, and work.
My work in physician wellness, burnout prevention, and leadership development spans more than 15 years at the national level. From national keynotes to hands-on workshops (live and virtual) to 1:1 and group coaching, my programs are targeted to YOUR needs. Reach out to me to learn more about how I serve physicians and medical teams. I’ll be glad to get on the phone or a zoom call with you or the leadership at your institution to design a customized program that meets your needs.
Whatever you do, remember you’re not alone. Ask for help and keep taking one step at a time, ensuring you’re not last on your to-do list! If you are or feel isolated, please reach out to someone now and get the support you need.
Whether you are a medical student, resident, fellow, or a seasoned physician in practice, I am glad you’re here. Some of the topics I address through coaching, workshops, and presentations include
- leadership skills
- life-work integration
- emotional intelligence
- work efficiency
- spirituality in medicine
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*If you’re curious about why I often write “burnout” in quotation marks, read my 2019 peer-reviewed article, “Burnout” in the Workplace: Strategies, Omissions, and Lessons from Wounded Healers.
**My latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, has been read by state medical boards, given as gifts by medical directors for their graduating residents, and used in medical schools and residency programs. If you’d like to join one of my virtual book studies or programs for women physicians, follow the link to let me know!
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