You signed up to be a doctor, not a martyr

Dear doctor,

I need you to be healthy. When I come to you for help, I need your “A” game. I need you sleep enough. Eat healthy food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables. I need you to exercise regularly and take time to take care of your own physical, emotional and spiritual needs. I need to you use the bathroom when you need to. I need you to stop and take a deep breath when you are frustrated. I need you to deal with your relationships in healthy ways. Get the help you need to be healthy. Take time for yourself. Find quiet space for creativity. Enjoy the sun on your cheeks on occasion.Continue reading

Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for Physician Wellness! Wellness doesn’t happen once, at a special moment on a particular day. There is no “ah-ha” I’ve done it. It occurs over time, a trend of habits that add up to support good health despite the circumstances of medical training and practice.

I wish a lifetime of healthy habits for all physicians. Let’s support one another.