I still remember exactly where I was when suicide first touched my life. I was in my second year of residency. I was sleeping. It was 2 am two days before Christmas when I received the call from my mom. I can’t explain why, but I knew immediately. This started my journey into wondering why doctors kill themselves.
It’s easy to lose your identity to this profession. Yet, we must remember who and what we are before we have a self-identity crisis like the one Steve had when I was in medical school.
How much does burnout cost? What is the prevalence of burnout in our resident physicians? Am I burned out? We answer these questions and more in this classic post.
When I was in residency, I found the truth in the saying, “We’re All One Phone Call From Our Knees.” This was probably the hardest moment of my life so far. There is a reason that I view wealth and wellness as intrinsically linked. Today, you’ll find out why.
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.