In medical school, the goal is to survive. To push through. You make it through residency, get your first “real job” and then everything will be great. Right? Wrong. In medicine, you are expected to be perfect. You don’t make mistakes. And you don’t share your feelings. This perfectionist mindset and all of its flaws has [...]
"Resilience" is a controversial term among physicians, many of whom feel using the word has become a way to assign blame for the negative psychological results of practice conditions over which no physician has control. (See our blog post Why Most Physicians Hate the Term ‘Resilience.’)
The word "resilience"—as a compliment or a directive—is not always well-received by physicians. For many, especially when it’s connected with resilience training, it implies:
In a paper published on the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst site in 2017, Brian Bohman, MD, and nine colleagues from six institutions, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and the AMA, call on clinical leaders to: “Lead a paradigm shift in rejecting the historic 'iron doc' culture by [...]
Resiliency is typically a sought after attribute within the healthcare field. But when stripped down to the core, it's apparent physicians are growing increasingly frustrated with the phrasing behind the term.
Physician Resilience is More Than the Ability to "Bounce Back" Many physicians dislike the term “resilience”—especially when it is seen as something they lack—and something they’re solely responsible for getting. They see themselves as very resilient already. After all, they are used to functioning at a high level under [...]
Why is it some physicians and providers — despite dealing with the same stresses you deal with — seem to be able to “let it all roll off” or, have a “happy-go-lucky” demeanor?
Emotional styles, or how we adapt and respond to the world around us, contributes to our resilience, and our levels of happiness and health. With anything learned, your brain changes. New learning involves development of nerve cells (or neurons) in the brain and new connections between them. Sometimes this process involves [...]