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My best advice for physicians in 3 minutes →

Last week I spoke at a residency retreat. A surgery resident asked for my big take-home message. Here it is (and this applies to everyone on the planet not just medical students and physicians).

Remember the dreams you had as a young adult. If you’re a medical student or physician,

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Ideal residency has therapy dogs, scribes & time for lunch →

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I’m a fan of putting the end-user in charge. It’s an winning strategy all around. As an entrepreneur and community organizer at heart, I love bringing people together to create innovative solutions for their problems. Download MP3 and/or listen here to how it’s done (& how you can use this in your own life):

When I left assembly-line medicine in 2005,

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Join the 17 in 2017 Project →

I’m adopting 17 people in 2017. Revolutionary people in medicine. People who want to heal the world and make a big difference with a project, a dream, an idea. Are you one of the 17?

I’m open to anyone who feels called to this project (special preference given to premed &

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2017 Visionary Woman in Medicine: Alexandra Friedman →

Alexandra Friedman has been awarded $10,000 as the recipient of the 2017 Judith Wible, M.D., Scholarship for Visionary Women in Medicine. She is a first-year medical student at Touro Osteopathic Medical School in New York. 

 

In her own words . . .

Why do you want to become a physician?

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Doctors-in-training punished when sick →

We go to the doctor when we are sick. But what happens when doctors get sick? Who cares for them? All too often, physicians are threatened, harassed, even terminated for being ill. After reporting on a psychiatrist fired for having cancer and a pediatrician bullied for her brain tumor,

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Dying med student forced to study with chest cracked open, no hair, no voice, in extreme pain—so he could get a residency →

Pamela, 

I just lost my study partner this morning to cancer. I love him too much to share everything he went through publicly. Maybe he can live on through your blog. 

He was diagnosed with cancer last summer. Had a softball-size tumor taken out of his lung,

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Medical student: “I was less stressed in Afghanistan” →

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Dear Pamela,

Let me start off by telling you that I am a warrior, a protector, and a healer. I am an Army Veteran. I’ve worked as an EMT, completed a bachelors degree and 2 years of medical school, plus I’m raising a family. I’ve achieved amazing things,

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I’m a doctor. I’m on Medicaid. I work as a waitress. →

I just received this letter from a physician in the Unites States of America:

Like thousands of medical school graduates each year, I did not get a residency [a residency is an additional 3+ years of medical training after 4 years of medical school and is required to get a medical license].

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Medical student: “They’re training us to abuse patients in assembly-line clinics.” →

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Dear Dr. Wible, 

So I just walked out of clinic today and I have to tell you I feel awful. Just awful. I was so excited to work at this particular clinic and now having seen how we went through patients like they were scraps to be tossed out,

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Yes! You can open your dream clinic—without completing residency. →

Hi, my name is Dr. Kat Lopez and I unfortunately know what you are going through if you are suffering in conventional medical training or a conventional treadmill medicine job. I was really afraid of going to residency because I had heard of the abuse that I would undergo.

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Teaching hospitals teach discrimination. Here’s how we stop it. →

Meet Dr. Svetlana Kleyman, a powerhouse chief surgery resident with a heart of gold, who works 16-hour days and runs marathons in her free time. Just 18 months before she was to graduate from SUNY Downstate, she developed a spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the waist down. After months of rehab,

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Humanizing medical education: How to grow a happy doctor →

Pamela Wible, M.D., speaks to 500 medical educators at AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine) on April 7, 2016. Thought provoking & funny. Fully transcribed below: (Note: Video contains scenes from documentary film, DO NO HARM.  2016 Copyright Symon Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved).

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Medicine’s dirty secret—an interview with Dr. Wible →

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Medicine’s dirty secret. Dr. Pamela Wible interviewed by Dr. LaKeisha W. McMillan. Fully transcribed below. Listen on iTunes or download MP3 here.  Episode 68: “Shhh . . they want us to keep it a secret” with Dr. Pamela Wible.  (Note: Interview with Dr. Wible starts at 5:30)

LM: I talked about us stepping outside of the box here at House Calls with Dr.

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Doctors keep screaming and throwing scalpels. What can I do? →

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Dear Dr. Wible,

Thank you for the work that you do. I have been following your push for humane medical education for several months now. I finally decided to contact you after reading your article about how “burnout” is actually abuse. I am a med student entering my third year.

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How to grow a happy doctor →

Yesterday I spoke with 500 medical educators who are responsible for educating more than 26,000 medical students across 44 medical school campuses in the United States. Before my presentation, I asked 500 medical students: What are 3 things you’d like to tell your dean (but are afraid to say)? I’ll do it for you.

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