Svetlana 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, she was cleared by her doctors to resume work ...

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DearPamela-900x607 Hi Pamela, I’m a medical student in the UK. Though I’ve only been in med school since September, it has already taken its toll on me. Before I started, I was so in touch with my emotions, spirituality, and nature. Now I feel so empty and desensitized. I hate that when faced with the horrible circumstances of another person, I just don’t feel ...

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Pamela Wible, M.D., takes on physician suicide in her TEDMED talk (delivered on November 18, 2015). Learn more about Dr. Wible and her talk at TEDMED.com. Full transcription below: I love the three things that people fear the most: death, disease, and public speaking. Here’s how it all started. At four, I was so talkative (and bossy) no babysitter would stay with me. So I tagged along with Mom, ...

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Pamela-Wible-Big-Box-Medicine2 Step 1: Greet patient. Step 2: While chatting, check all boxes in electronic medical record for a complete review of systems and physical exam. Copy and paste parts of previous chart note while looking at patient every once in a while. Smile if possible. Step 3: Tell patient to do yoga. Step 4: Bill insurance company for complete physical exam. Welcome to big box assembly line medicine. Ever wonder what ...

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Dear Pamela, Question for you in regards to disclosure about mental illness. In every job that I have applied for, as part of the credentialing process, there are questions about felonies, treatment for drug/alcohol abuse and mental illness. Why are mental health questions still allowed to be on there? I have had postpartum anxiety/depression three times now, and I feel like it is ...

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An excerpt from Physician Suicide Letters -- Answered. When is a taboo topic no longer taboo? When is it OK to stop hiding behind euphemisms? When is it safe to tell the truth? The answer is now. This week I uploaded 53 chapters of physician suicide letters in a
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burnout 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? Attention medical students and doctors: It’s not your fault. Burnout is physical and mental collapse caused by overwork. So why ...

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TEDMED-WIBLE-PHOTO-shrink Christine Sinsky, MD, from the American Medical Association interviews Pamela Wible, MD, after her TEDMED talk. Watch periscope video here. Fully transcribed below: Dr. Sinsky: This afternoon we’re here in Palm Springs, and I’m delighted to be here with Dr. Pamela Wible, who gave a terrific TED talk last night. I’m Dr. Christine Sinsky, the vice president of professional satisfaction ...

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How do we care for the people who care for us? As doctors, we’re immersed in pain and suffering -- as a career. We cry when our patients die. We feel grief anxiety, depression -- even suicidal -- all occupational hazards of our profession. A recent Medscape article on physician health programs suggests the people who are here to help us may actually be doing more harm than good. ...

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Burnout-640x400 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, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all these amazing people get so screwed up ...

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