Category: Medical Education

Dr. Wible Keynote at LSUHSC Mental Health Awareness Week →

On February 23, 2018, Dr. Pamela Wible delivered this LSUHSC keynote address fully transcribed below. Katy Wagner: All right, if everyone could just take their seats, we’re going to get started. My name is Katy and I have been working

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Should I pay & should I go to medical school? →

 Pamela Wible: I’m interviewing a really great friend of mine today, Daniel Herzberg. So Daniel, tell us a little bit about yourself and what kind of work you do. Daniel Herzberg: I’ve had a long career doing educational consulting.

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“Unprofessional”—how one word is used to censor, harass, and intimidate doctors →

 Pamela Wible: I just got this letter I want to discuss with my friend and colleague, Sydney Ashland, who’s helping me answer all the letters I receive from medical students and doctors needing help. So Jamie, an anesthesiologist, writes:

Med school refugees trapped at sea (& still studying!) →

Hi Dr. Wible, I’m a current student at Ross University School of Medicine (which was located once on the island of Dominica) so we were in Dominica when Hurricane Maria Category 5 swept through and devastated the island. The hurricane

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“Medical training nearly killed me (and my friend)” →

“Hi Dr. Wible, I am a fourth-year resident in a combined five-year program and I am burned out. Last month, I totaled my car as I sleepily drove home after my 8th night shift in a row and am lucky

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Why you should be a nurse practitioner (and NOT a doctor or PA) →

Ethan Stuart, RN, sent me this email.  I’m publishing (with permission) exactly the way I responded.   Ethan: Hi Pamela, I have a question about my future career choice, and even though it is more complex than what I will

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75% of med students are on antidepressants or stimulants (or both) →

“Have you ever been depressed as a physician?” I asked 220 doctors. Ninety percent stated yes. Yet few seek professional help. Here’s what depressed doctors do (when nobody’s looking). Some drink alcohol, exercise obsessively, even steal psychiatric meds. Still more

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Can wellness programs stop human rights violations in medicine? →

Can a meditation garden in a hospital courtyard help doctors recover from 28-hour shifts? Will resilience workshops help resident physicians on 100+hour work weeks? Could yoga reverse workplace bullying? Probably not. Seems wellness programs are popping up all over our

Professor tells med students to kill themselves →

This week a distraught mother calls me about her son. His professor (at a US med school) repeatedly tells medical students they are “too stupid to be doctors and should kill themselves.” A physician friend shares that the same guy

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How to stop pimping at your medical school (& heal yourself) →

Pimping is a “teaching” technique in which a student is grilled with rapid-fire questions (often about obscure medical minutiae). These much-feared public interrogation sessions can be so malicious that the student may be left crying—in front of peers, staff, and

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Loyola Commencement Speech “Live Your Dream” →

Angela Jiang: Good morning! As the class Vice President, it is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Pamela Wible to our graduation. Dr. Wible is a family physician and a pioneer in the ideal medical care movement. After completing a family

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Medicine nearly killed her soul. How one doctor got her life back. →

In today’s podcast (and video), Kayla Luhrs, M.D., reveals how she recovered from the trauma of her medical training to live her dream in medicine. Listen in and be inspired . . . (full transcription & commentary below): Hi, my

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Dean promotes med student well-being. And he’s fired. →

URGENT: ** Please attend demonstration of support May 11th in St. Louis. **  Just received this letter from a medical student: Dr. Wible, I hope you are doing well. I am reaching out to you in less than pleasant circumstances.

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Should you go to a brand-name medical school? I didn’t. Here’s why. →

Is the doctor-making “factory line” the same everywhere? Yep. Pretty much. Here’s why you may not want to attend a big-wig school. Listen to today’s podcast inspired by a letter from this amazing premedical student. Enjoy! Pamela, I have shared

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I hate myself. I don’t deserve to be a doctor. →

Dear Dr. Wible,  We’ve talked before. To catch you up, I’m in my clinical years now and I keep waiting to feel the same starry-eyed excitement I felt during the first months of med school, when I thought that becoming

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