Recognizing Physician Burnout & How To Recover From It, with Dr. Susan Landers
In this week’s episode, I am joined by Dr. Susan Landers, author, speaker & retired neonatologist. Susan enjoys discussing physician burnout, how she got there, and ways to treat & recover from it.
Susan is a retired neonatologist who worked full-time in the NICU for thirty-four years and raised three children to young adulthood. She served on the faculty of two medical schools, and served in private practice for over twenty years. She achieved many academic and professional accomplishments, and she also encountered challenges along the way, both in her career and in her mothering. There was one particularly difficult event during her midlife, after the birth of her third child, that she had to endure. However, it propelled her to make choices and career changes.
She loves to tell stories that reassure younger mothers to know that they, too, can be a “good enough mother” especially if they work full-time. She supports mothers with her social media posts and her blog. She also cautions physicians and nurses – who might be experiencing serious burnout – about the ways in which it affects their lives and their relationships, and the many ways to treat and recover from burnout. Her new book is “So Many Babies: My Life Balancing a Busy Medical Career and Motherhood.”
We discuss Susan’s own personal journey of experiencing burnout, how she came to recognize it, and how she recovered from it. This experience led her to find her own voice and now works to empower the voices of other physicians on the front lines to find their fulfillment.
Tune in to this week’s episode to learn:
- How she actually changed her practice to become more family-friendly & flexible
- The moment Susan noticed her symptoms of burnout & knew something was wrong
- How we can change the gender dynamic in healthcare practice
- What she did to recover from burnout over a two-year period
- The importance of setting non-negotiables and implementing self-care practices
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