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The Problem with Mandatory Wellness

In Commentary, Featured, Opinion by Alex SengerLeave a Comment

Introduction “Medical School is bad for your health” – a direct quote from orientation on my very first day of classes. Along with this statement came a myriad of statistics highlighting the risk of burnout, depression, anxiety, and suicide for medical students, residents, and physicians. My excitement for my first day started to be replaced by a feeling that I was not so comfortable with, like catching a fish that is too big …

Fighting Fire With Words: Journaling and Physician Wellness

In Featured, Opinion by Anson DinhLeave a Comment

Burnout and physician wellness are two sides of the same coin. With the use of journaling, one can flip the coin with the odds in their favour.  Burnout, a prevalent term in emergency medicine, is defined as a mix of emotional exhaustion, lack of control, and depersonalization.1  Importantly, studies demonstrate that 65% of emergency physicians may experience burnout for a portion of their career1.  This staggering rate is, in fact, more than double the …

A letter to my younger self

In Commentary, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed3 Comments

I recently took an extended vacation at the end of residency, and had some time to reflect upon nearly an decade of medical training. I write this as an letter to my younger, naive self, in hopes that trainees may learn from my experiences. Dear PGY-1 Shahbaz, I have some big news for you: things are going to change. Don’t bother memorizing the SIRS criteria, its going to be gone in a few years. …