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.

How Contagious Discipline Killed the Bear (Market)

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?

What is Compassion Fatigue? An absence of Hesed?

What is compassion fatigue?

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.

Wellness: Is it Worth the Cost?

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?