As I wash my hands right after I hang up the phone, the overhead call rang out: “Attention. Your attention, please. A Level 1 trauma code has been activated in the adult emergency department.” It was a gun shot wound to the right chest. I rinse my hands off, and head down to the ED… just another night in A Doctor’s Life. Ready. Rinse. Repeat.
As health care providers, we often feel like we have it all figured out. Yet, we get stuck in the rut and routine of our daily lives. Instead, we miss the present. The Dalai Lama is here to teach us what we are missing in three lessons from the Dalai Lama for the doctor and other health care workers.
Early on in the life of this website, I have posted about mental illness. Why? Because it is an important, not-discussed-enough, and poorly solved problem that has profound impacts in and out of medicine. Yet, despite my desire to make this a more publicly discussed topic, I was recently seen as making a mental health stigma of someone in my life.
On a recent forum that I visit, a poster questioned everyone on whether it was worth taking a big trip to Europe after finishing his first licensure exam (USMLE Step 1). What the person was really asking is…. “Is it worth it to minimize debt?” That’s what we will discuss today.
The more and the faster you get into the market, the more that magical compound interest will do for you. I am a proponent of this theory. Yet, what I want to focus on today is “not leaving memories on the table.” It’s not all about the Benjamins. .
You think you know yourself, but you probably don’t. I certainly thought I knew Steve until Steve’s mom called. She was concerned he might commit suicide. As a third year med student, my biggest lesson of all came outside the hospital. If you are (or ever were) in medical school, please read: Med Student Suicide.
If we are to truly live out the “Do no harm” imperative, we must first make sure that we are not being harmed ourselves. After all, we cannot expect to replenish the empty cup of wellness our patients bring if our cup is empty, too.
The flame that is so strongly lit when applying to medical school commonly dwindles into a slow fade of burnout for many attending physicians. The impact is real and so are the consequences. Today we will discuss some of the causes.