My (sometimes solicited, but often unsolicited) advice for graduating medical students, residents, and fellows: June is one of my favorite times of the year.  One, because it’s summer, but also because it’s graduation season.  I love seeing and hearing about everyone’s accomplishments, and seeing years of hard work come to fruition - although if I’m being honest, it’s bittersweet, because it’s also a reminder of how I’m getting older. This year, I’ve ...

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Ask anybody who works with me -- I ask to be called Nisha in most cases.  I’m really not someone who wants everyone to call me "Dr. Mehta."  It may just be because it makes me feel old, but for whatever reason, it’s a personal preference. The exception to that is when I’m speaking to patients or in a context where I’m presenting myself or my thoughts as a physician in a ...

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Undoubtedly, my favorite part of my non-clinical work is hearing from fellow physicians about their lives in medicine.  Every once in a while, I receive an email that puts beautifully into words some of my own struggles. A few weeks ago, I received an email from a colleague outlining her personal journey through her career, which she was hoping other physicians would benefit from as well.  I know it spoke to ...

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Recently, I was asked to give a talk on resilience and its role in reducing physician burnout.  I was excited by the opportunity, but asked if I could focus more on cultural change and institutional solutions for burnout.  When they said no, I declined.  Why? Well, it’s not that I don’t see the value in resilience.  A lot of physicians that I really respect write and speak about resilience.  I think ...

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I’m coming off a string of talks about physician finances and physician empowerment, and despite knowing that physicians are stereotypically financially naive, every once in a while I’ll hear a question that really makes me pause and drives home the need for a better financial education.  The latest came up when I was discussing negotiation techniques, and somebody interrupted me to ask, “When you’re earning a six figure ...

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There are lots of things we get right about medical training, but one thing that I’ve always found to be lacking is discussion of the logistics of life in medicine: how to shape your career around the life that you want, instead of vice versa. Through my writing and speaking, I often have people reach out to me for advice in this regard. I love providing my input, but also ...

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Those of you that follow me know that I write and speak often on the topic of physician burnout.  About a year ago, after my grandmother passed away, my extended family and I got together for a few days.  One night, my cousin and I got to talking about my work, and he pressed me on a question that so many have asked me before, “What makes physician burnout different than that which every other profession experiences -- and if ...

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If you’re a physician-parent, no doubt you’re familiar with the helplessness associated with the phone call informing you that your child is sick -- and needs to be picked up within the hour.  You know, the one that coincides with when you were about to start a procedure or a time where there’s no backup available to take over your responsibilities.  Murphy’s law. Many of us have nannies exactly for this ...

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A few days ago, my Gmail app flashed an email across the screen of my phone.  By mistake, I swiped in the wrong direction, and it opened up an invitation from a medical survey company.  When I had first signed up with this company almost a decade ago, rates were much better (and admittedly, when you are making a resident salary, you don’t have a lot of pride in your ...

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A few months ago, I hired a contractor for a home improvement project.  He didn’t know that I was a physician at the time, and we came to a mutually agreeable price. Fast forward a few weeks, when we realized that we needed an extra, seemingly small, addition to our project.  By this point, we’d gotten to talking, and he’d learned that my husband and I were both physicians. To my surprise, ...

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