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Sticking up for them – Just this once !

on October 9, 2013

“Who Will Heal The Doctor?” 

Yep, that’s the title of an online New York Times article sent to me by a friend.  Not just any friend, a talented writer that helped get me hooked up here on WordPress. Thanks, MK!

 The article is written by David Bornstein, the successful author of “How to Change the World”, a book published in twenty languages. It’s the first time I have seen something in print that addresses doctors as people, people that are working their butts off and getting emotionally drained. 

He gives a nod to a course called “Healers Art” (created and taught by Dr. Rachel Remen).

The course’s purpose is to help practitioners discover, reconnect to the deeper meaning of their work. David then takes quotes from burned out doctors, spouses of doctors, and medical students. There is also a heart-tugging comment that “suicidal ideation is more common among surgeons than the general public.” 

I was torn when I finished reading. I work with doctors; they speak of money, their European vacations, and joke about quitting and buying Honda’s. I huff at their jokes as I leave the parking lot in my Accord. Remen believes that the reasons people go into medicine are often woven deeply into who they are. Would that be, um …materialistic?

 I also know that most physicians routinely wake up at 6:00 am and get home at 9:00 pm. That’s a pretty long day. Add to that a few patients that scream at them and take none of the advice given, and Dr. Knows-a-lot probably needs a drink before bedtime.

 Long after loans are paid off, they continue this strenuous schedule.


 Bornstein ends the article with a call to arms for doctors to unite and try to change the direction we are going. I think they can.

  They just need to get a good night’s sleep.


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