By: China Cox, MD Our residency program recently experienced a tragedy. I think that word is so often in the same company of literally, awesome, and hilarious–misused and hyperbolic. It is exactly the right word, though, for the violent loss of a young, compassionate, bright, fun, and loving physician in a new home at the … More Gratitude: A Different Kind of Medicine
By: Amy Locke, MD, FAAFP Physician well-being is a major focus of many physician organizations and is frequently highlighted in popular media. Some have described the root of the problem as a disconnect between expectation and reality. This is a helpful framework for situations that result in disappointment. I recently rented a house on Airbnb. Eagerly … More The Case for Personal Resilience Strategies in Changing the Focus from Burnout to Wellbeing
By Rachel Caspar, MD My first responsibility as a physician is to take care of myself. I cannot care for my patients until my own needs are met. After experiencing depression as a medical student, I now recognize burnout as a life and death issue. I use a number of practices to prevent recurrence by … More What Helps Me Manage Depression
By Amy Locke Burnout is a popular topic of discussion among health care professionals, but preventing it often eludes us. While burnout is common in many professions, it is particularly present in healthcare. It is estimated that about half of all physicians in the United States suffer from burnout with numbers rising rapidly. Burnout is … More Physician Wellness and Resilience
By Vanessa Galli I have been running competitively since Elementary school, for nearly twenty years at this point. I have never thought about a world in which I couldn’t explore it by running it. Although, when I am asked the question, “Why do you do it?” I don’t always have an answer readily available. I … More What are you running from?
by Katherine Fortenberry I give great advice. In fact, you could say I have a PhD in advice giving. People regularly invest time and money in me to seek help for their stresses and problems, and I work very hard to listen carefully and work with them to design the interventions that can have … More Improving Mindfulness for Ourselves and Our Patients