I am passionate about supporting medical trainees and fellow doctors in medical education, life balance, and career development. To continue blogging and reaching out specifically to doctors and other healthcare workers, I am launching http://www.betamommamd.com soon. Check out the preview here and sign up for the email list to get updates.
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 (and soon on the new website, sign up to be on the mailing list here) 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.
Speaking of reaching out, Twitter is a great place to informally interact with other healthcare students and professionals. 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
Contact negotiations are not taught enough in medical school or residency programs. I am not shy about asking others how much they make, 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.