For the last week and a half, I’ve been lost. After experiencing compassion fatigue and realizing I wasn’t even close to pulling myself out of burnout, I’ve been racking my brain trying to rethink my situation yet again. I reached for my old faithful habits.  I became more consistent with my lunchtime mindfulness sessions and re-instituted exercise, yoga and hiking.  I even went phone free for the weekend, though admittedly this ...

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Recently, a brilliant, caring and warm-hearted friend of mine approached me asking if I would help her with MCAT studying. She’d be a non-traditional medical school applicant due to a few gap years. Thus, she needed to prove to herself and prospective schools she still had the academic chops. Immediately, I froze. Over the years, I have served as mentor to medical students, interns, and residents. To be there at someone's aha ...

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Today, you came to me with a chief complaint: right breast lump. You told me you’ve only been aware of it for the last three weeks. Your eyes told me your terror of not realizing it was there sooner. You told me there wasn’t a history of any breast, endometrial or ovarian cancer in your family. But you held back that you knew there isn’t always a family history. You told me you ...

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At the start of the transition to electronic health records (EHRs), I was totally on board as one would expect of a millennial doctor. I, along with my fellow millennials, grew up alongside the internet. We can type with our eyes closed, navigate pop-ups in a jiffy and intuitively know how to manipulate electronic charts to serve our purposes. But, I did find myself in a unique position in the millennial ...

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A movement is growing in the underbelly of the internet. On Facebook, a group called Physician Side Gigs has over 11,000 physician members trading tips and words of encouragement with other doctors looking to supplement their clinical careers via side hustles.  Physician on Fire and the White Coat Investor are encouraging doctors to achieve financial independence in order to relieve ourselves ...

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