Episode #1 – Intro & Why This Matters

In this episode, we’ll talk about a little bit about the context in which we current practice medicine, history, the Hippocratic Oath, and what you can do to start maintaining the utmost respect for your OWN human life and its quality.


References discussed in this podcast

Desai T, Ali S, Fang X, et al.  Equal work for unequal pay: the gender reimbursement gap for healthcare providers in the United States.  Postgraduate Medical Journal 2016;92:571-575.

Jena AB, Olenski AR, Blumenthal DM. Sex Differences in Physician Salary in US Public Medical Schools. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1294–1304.

Ly DP, Seabury SA, Jena AB. Characteristics of U.S. Physician Marriages, 2000–2015: An Analysis of Data From a U.S. Census Survey. Ann Intern Med. ;168:375–376. 

McMahon G.  Managing the Most Precious Resource in Medicine.  N Engl J Med 2018; 378.

Guille C, Zhao Z, Krystal J, Nichols B, Brady K, Sen S. Web-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for the Prevention of Suicidal Ideation in Medical Interns. A Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Psychiatry.2015;72(12):1192–1198.

Mata DA, Ramos MA, Bansal N, et al. Prevalence of Depression and Depressive Symptoms Among Resident Physicians.  A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisJAMA. 2015;314(22):2373–2383. 

Linzer M. Clinician Burnout and the Quality of Care. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(10):1331–1332.

Dyrbye, L.N., T.D. Shanafelt, C.A. Sinsky, P.F. Cipriano, J. Bhatt, A. Ommaya, C.P. West, and D. Meyers. 2017. Burnout among health care professionals: A call to explore and address this underrecognized threat to safe, high-quality care. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. 

ACGME Physician Well Being Initiative:  https://www.acgme.org/What-We-Do/Initiatives/Physician-Well-Being

Bodenheimer T, Sinsky C. From triple to quadruple aim: care of the patient requires care of the provider. Ann Fam Med. 2014;12(6):573-6.

AMA Women in Medicine month

https://www.ama-assn.org/about/women-medicine includes their video Women in Medicine by the Numbers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEFnCpraCQI&feature=youtu.be


Helpful website by AAMC that is kept up to date with new emerging research on medical student, resident, and physician wellness   https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/462280/well-being-academic-medicine.html


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a VERY helpful resource.  They are truly the expert guides for us in medical student, resident, and physician burnout, depression, and suicide prevention.  Please refer to information at this link https://afsp.org/our-work/education/healthcare-professional-burnout-depression-suicide-prevention/#section2 

If you are struggling, you are not alone.  There is hope.  Really.  Things can and do get better.  No matter what, it’s okay to take a break for self-care.  Click on the link above for more information and don’t be afraid to call the national suicide prevention hotline for help if you think you may need it.  1.800.273.TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741