Excuse the appearance, looking to revamp this website. I am passionate about supporting medical trainees and fellow doctors in medical education, life balance, and career development. Please be kind to each other. Be supportive. Give others an opportunity when it costs you nothing or very little. Lift others up when you have the time and strength. Be good to yourself.
More than 300-400 doctors die every year by suicide, about one a day. Changing the system and focusing on self care are IMHO the keys to keep doctors alive. Please contact me on Twitter @BetaMomma if you have a story to share or if you are feeling burnt out. If you are a program director or anyone with influence, please create an environment of support for anyone reaching out for help. Here is a perspective from the psychiatrist at Northwestern who gets these calls.
If you are on Twitter, #MH4Docs and #crazysocksfordocs are two hashtags that log conversations on mental health for physicians, bringing awareness to how doctors struggle with mental health problems. The goal of both are to normalize seeking help from a therapist and to encourage people to seek help if they need it.
Women In Medicine
Speaking of reaching out, Twitter is a great place to informally interact with other healthcare students and professionals. Here is my post on how to set up an account. Here are a few hashtags (with a brief description) to follow if you are just getting started:
- #girlmedtwitter – what started out as one medical student seeking relationship advice, has now morphed into a community of women (and some men) who support each other on life decisions from the best shoes for 3rd year rotations and make up tips to advice on choosing a specialty or date, and often always ends up with a discussion on dry shampoo.
- #womeninmedicine – exactly that, tweets about gender equity, practicing medicine as a woman, and how we can better support each other
- #tweetiatricians – pediatricians who tweet. that’s it.
- #ILookLikeASurgeon – awareness for the various appearances of what a surgeon looks like, many wear heals and mascara!
- #FOAMed – stands for free open access medical education, often used to tweet short clinical pearls
Finally, not being properly compensated for work and not feeling valued, can lead to increased burnout, but learning how to negotiate for what we want and negotiating contact are not taught enough (or at all) in medical school or residency programs. I am not shy about asking others how much they make, what benefits they negotiated for, how much time they have for administrative time, and how their contact talks went. I am also not shy about sharing what I have learned. Please find me on Twitter (@BetaMomma) if you have questions about negotiating contracts or if you have an experience you would like to share. I’m always all ears.