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Burnout Is Bullshit →

Bullshit

Please stop using the word burnout. You are not burned out. You’ve been abused. Let’s get the diagnosis right.

We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all these totally amazing and high-functioning people get so f@*d up so fast?

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Thanksgiving message of hope for doctors & medical students →

“To all my brothers & sisters in medicine—doctors, nurses, midwives, medical students, NPs, PAs, veterinarians, and anyone who devotes their life to healing others, YOU ARE APPRECIATED!! I am thankful to be sharing this planet with you . . . ” ~ Pamela Wible, M.D.

Here’s what some of your colleagues would like you to know:

“I know there’s a lot of you out there that are feeling disillusioned.

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Physician Burnout: The 57-Second Solution →

Burnout is a complete mental and physical collapse from overwork. Psychiatrists define it as “a job-related dysphoria in an individual without major psychopathy.” Which means—your job sucks. You’re normal.

When your job is sucking the life out of you, deep breathing won’t save you. Mindfulness is not the solution.

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Depressed doctor: “I’m angry and frustrated and lost.” →

DepressedDoctor

This is an email subject line from a doctor. Letter published with permission.

Hello Pamela

I have become so disillusioned with medicine. I do not know who to talk to any more or what to do with my life. 

I work one week a month in the ICU.

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Is medical school an anti-mentorship program? →

Medical School Mentors

“Medical school is a great anti-mentorship program. You meet a lot of doctors you’d never want to become.” That’s what med students keep telling me.

Mentorless medical students?

I had no idea. Until students started shadowing me. Many also volunteer at hospice and free clinics.

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Physician Burnout Is Physician Abuse →

Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is the latest trend among doctors. There are books, workshops, even special breathing exercises for physician burnout. Suddenly every other doctor I meet has burnout. And half of all med students have burnout before they graduate! WTF.

We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent,

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How to be a happy doctor →

How to be a happy doctor

I was a physician employee, many times for many hospitals and clinics. I’d stay a year or two, but eventually I’d quit. Then, in 2005, I opened an ideal clinic designed by my patients. Ten years later, I still love private practice. Why? I’m finally practicing medicine the way I had always imagined.

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