Physicians' sense of powerlessness and being a cog in a wheel
“Toward the end of my clinical career, I didn’t feel like I had control over much at all. The patient safety issues loomed large. We used ridiculous workarounds for broken processes. The constant vigilance to provide excellent care in a suboptimal environment was exhausting. I didn’t see anything I could change. Based on my work with physicians as a coach, I think that the sense of powerlessness and being a “cog in a wheel” is now at an all-time high.
While on an uninspiring stretch of road on a recent family trip, a realization came to me: There are many, many system issues over which physicians have little control. But physicians do have control over three things:
- How they lead in both formal and informal leadership roles
- How effectively they advocate for change
- Who they show up as every day”
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “The sense of powerlessness and being a cog in a wheel is now at an all-time high.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/06/the-sense-of-powerlessness-and-being-a-cog-in-a-wheel-is-now-at-an-all-time-high.html)