Recovery for Super-Achievers

To a super-achiever, the world can look like a series of tasks to check off, finish lines to cross, mountains to surmount. Seeing the universe through this lens has real benefits: being a go-getter and motivated to excel is highly rewarded in our society. It’s no...

Sexism in Medicine: Alive and Well or a Dying Breed?

By Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH; Nadia Obaed, Dieula John, MD; C. Elena Cervantes, MD; and Miriam Zylberglait Lisigurski, MD Thirty-five years ago, as a first-year student, I (DWS) wrote an article for my medical school’s student-run newspaper titled, “Sexism in Medical...

Helping Physician Moms Navigate Their Busy Lives

Caren, 37, is a pediatrician with two daughters, 11-months-old and 3-years-old. She’s married to an orthopedic surgeon who’s in surgery 3 days a week. They moved to the state 5 months ago and have no family members or close friends in the area. Both daughters attend a...
Can You Name the 3 Places Where Physicians Have Control?

Can You Name the 3 Places Where Physicians Have Control?

Toward the end of my clinical career, I didn’t feel like I had control over much at all. The patient safety issues loomed large. We used ridiculous workarounds for broken processes. The constant vigilance to provide excellent care in a suboptimal environment was...

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Quieting the Misery of Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

Quieting the Misery of Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome

“I no longer start every day in dread,” Sheila (not her real name) told me as we completed a six-month coaching engagement. Her statement initially surprised me because that’s not how she described her interest in coaching when we began. She had simply and...

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The #1 Most Stress-Reducing Hobby Ever

A few years ago, I stumbled upon what has become a regular practice for me. I refer to it, tongue in cheek, as a hobby, but honestly it may look more like obsession. At least it’s a healthy one, involving no mood-altering chemicals, empty calories, or a high risk of...

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