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.
What is your view of medical mission work? Is it all helpful? Does some of it hurt the community we are attempting to serve? What does effective mission work look like? Today we will discuss this and discuss when helping hurts!
A plan that was attempted and failed is always better than failing to plan. Right? If you don’t plan at all, you are just guaranteeing failure. Being mentally, relationally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally disciplined all have guaranteed dividends. But how does discipline kill a bear?
Hesed is often translated as loving-kindness, but it also encapsulates mercy, loyalty, and even compassion. Hesed seems to be the ideal way that we should think and care about others, particularly our patients. In a world that is more jaded by the day, Hesed seems to be less and less common. What is more common now is something called Compassion Fatigue. Today we will discuss exactly what Compassion Fatigue is and ways that we may be able to combat it’s evil forces.
Burnout is both prevalent (in residents and attendings), costly (as much as $250,000-$1,000,000 per physician who leaves because of burnout), and deadly (an estimated 400 attending physicians end their life each year). Today we answer the following: As an organization does investing in wellness provides a good return on investment?