Ep 007: Improving the Culture of Medicine

Have you ever taken the time to consider the culture of medicine in the U.S.? This is a major component of physician wellness, as the beliefs and values that are generally shared by the medical community impact us in ways we may not even realize. And while some of them are beneficial, others are actually harmful to both doctors and patients.

In this episode, I explain the shared culture I see in the medical community and its impact on physicians. You’ll also hear why the value we place on perfection doesn’t serve us, common self-sacrificing habits we all need to be mindful of, and the customs and beliefs I hope we can all work together to bring to medicine.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • How I define medical culture in the U.S.
  • Why the larger culture of Western medicine is relevant to physician wellness.
  • Common values and beliefs within the medical community.
  • Which cultural values in medicine hurt us.
  • Examples of self-sacrificing habits that are harmful to physician wellness.
  • A list of customs and beliefs I want to see within medicine.
  • An awareness exercise to help you reflect on your core values.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

While it’s noble to always be available to our patients, designing a life around extreme self-sacrifice is ultimately harmful to physicians, and therefore to their patients. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet Let’s be the physicians we want to work with, changing the culture to one we are proud of and that offers the highest quality of care to those seeking our help. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet Excellent medical care requires us to be at the top of our game intellectually and emotionally. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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Ep 005: What We Can Do About Burnout (Part 2)

Today we’re continuing our two-part series on organizational efforts to decrease physician burnout. Last week, I described assessment tools that might help us begin our efforts for change within our organizations, and this episode is following up with examples of targeted interventions for improving physician wellness.

While every organization has its own unique needs and challenges, there are plenty of options for what institutions can do to keep their doctors healthy. Listen in to hear the types of interventions that have been successful, issues that make organizational efforts less likely to make an impact, and advice for supporting physicians in all aspects of their well-being.

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What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • Examples of organizational efforts to improve physician wellness.
  • What makes interventions less likely to be successful.
  • How to get ideas for efforts your organization can try.
  • A common thing physicians report as a cause of burnout.
  • What some organizations have done to ensure physicians are using their time efficiently.
  • One area of intervention that’s grossly overlooked.
  • What can be done to create a sense of community among physicians.
  • The unsettling trend studies show us about women in medicine.
  • What to do after an intervention effort takes place.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

All interventions need to be genuine, with buy-in from both physicians and organizational leaders. - @KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet We can’t have physician wellness if disadvantaged populations don’t feel welcome and valued. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet Physicians should never be made to feel their burnout is their fault alone. When organizations develop interventions that support the personal aspects of wellness, it needs to be done as part of a bigger program. -@KathyStepienMD Click To Tweet

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