A Doctor’s Life: Ready, Rinse, Repeat

wash hands

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.

Imposter Syndrome, Duning-Kruger Effect, and Attending Land Mines

doubting cherubim

Have you ever felt that impending doom of being seen as a failure?  If you have any humility about yourself, the answer is probably yes.  It’s called “imposter syndrome.”  The prescription?  Avoid the Duning-Kruger effect. Want to know what that is and how to avoid it?  Just keep reading.

Don’t look now, your stigma is showing

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.

Why you should minimize debt in training: Resident Series

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.

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

Know Thyself

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.

First Do No Harm: An Empty Cup of Expected Wellness

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.