|Patricia Lindholm, MD,|
2010-2011 MMA President
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wellsprings of resilience
I recently listened to a podcast about physician resiliency by pediatric radiologist Richard Gunderman, M.D., of
. It was part of series of podcasts I highly recommend called “Healthy Practices,” which are moderated by Dr. Mamta Gautam, who is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor.” Indiana University
One of Dr. Gunderman’s thoughts is that aspiring to significance in our practices and our lives - leading lives that matter - can serve as a wellspring of resilience in ways that striving for success and prestige cannot do. In my view, medicine is a calling, not just a career or a job. I believe that burnout is more likely if we feel like cogs in a big machine, cranking out patient encounters, and racking up RVUs. If we realize that we are actually servants touching the lives of people when they are vulnerable, our work has great significance indeed.
I would love to hear your stories of resiliency. How have you recovered from adversity in your professional or personal life? Can your life lessons inspire one of your colleagues? Leave a comment here or email me.