How to Say Goodbye to Impostor Syndrome

How to Say Goodbye to Impostor Syndrome

As a physician life coach, I’m often asked questions on the topic of impostor syndrome. It is something that all of us have experienced at least once in our lives and will likely experience again. Without understanding what it is and how to be prepared for it,...

Women Docs for Women Docs: Celebrating a year as editor-in-chief!

Women Docs for Women Docs: Celebrating a year as editor-in-chief!

It has been a little over a year since I started my stint as editor-in-chief of the Women in White Coats blog.  When I took up this exciting opportunity, you can bet that it was not without some trepidation. I was of course apprehensive with my main concern being...

The Truth About Feeling Stuck

The Truth About Feeling Stuck

I remember looking forward to the day I graduated from residency for four years. I thought that I could not wait to feel the freedom of being an attending. There were several days and weeks during residency that I was sure I would never make it. When graduation day...

Physician Burnout Reexamined Part 2

Physician Burnout Reexamined Part 2

In the last part of this essay, we learned that the evolution of medicine into a modern corporate beast has contributed to physician burnout. We learned that female physicians, physicians working for healthcare organizations, and physicians working more than fifty-one...

From the desk of the editor-in-chief: A Call For Action!

From the desk of the editor-in-chief: A Call For Action!

Summer is drawing to a close and everyone is preparing for school openings, fall terms in college, and a return to in-person work schedules. We should all have been vaccinated. But no, only 52.2 percent of Americans are vaccinated against Covid-19 as of August 25,...

Preventing Burnout as a Pediatrician

Preventing Burnout as a Pediatrician

As a Pediatrician, are you starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the uncertainty in medicine today?  In the midst of the pandemic, physicians of all specialties have felt an increasingly heavy burden. As Pediatricians, we were somewhat “saved” from the perils of...

Protecting Your Priorities And  Living An Intentional Life

Protecting Your Priorities And Living An Intentional Life

Congratulations! You have cleared the extraneous items from your day-to-day, so you can spend your precious time the way you want! The next step is maintaining your clutter-free task list. How do you keep the clutter out of the to-do list? First, set boundaries. You...

Finding Harmony in #WomeninMedicine Month

Finding Harmony in #WomeninMedicine Month

September is Women in Medicine Month, and I have loved seeing all the promotions.  I have created some myself and shared them.  Many women's physician wellness conferences are set in September to honor and amplify this.  It is a time for celebration and...

3 Practical Steps for Leaving Overwhelm and Exhaustion Behind

3 Practical Steps for Leaving Overwhelm and Exhaustion Behind

I remember there was a time I would lay awake in bed at night dreading going to work and wondering how in the world I would make it to retirement age as an emergency physician. I was an attending physician, and I thought life was supposed to get easier by now. But it...

Why Every Doctor Needs a Coach

Why Every Doctor Needs a Coach

I was coaching one of our Sister Docs recently and when we hopped on Zoom I asked her, “What would you like coaching on today?" Her response: “What don’t I need coaching on?”   We chuckled together as she said that. I laughed because I knew exactly where she...

Spouse Dumping: Bad News for Good Relationships

Spouse Dumping: Bad News for Good Relationships

We all have bad days. Terrible traffic. A horrendous workload. Difficult faculty. Insurance disasters. An argument with staff. A patient you just couldn’t save. As physicians, we often come home running empty on food, hydration and patience. And also full of...

“Throwing My Life Away” Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

“Throwing My Life Away” Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

As medical students, we are trained to anticipate the next step, being a resident. As a resident, we are consistently reminded that there are offices, hospitals, clinics, etc. that need us. The position is waiting; you just have to fall in line and find the right one....

Poetry During COVID: A Team-Building Experience

Poetry During COVID: A Team-Building Experience

In March 2020, SARS-CoV-2, also known as Coronavirus 19, entered our lives and changed us all forever. Both small and large gatherings ended, and our hospital division stopped having in-person meetings. Suddenly, teleconferences became the way to communicate with each...

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