Why is it hard to find grace in medicine?
“We can talk about the system-based approaches we have instituted to avoid burnout and the negative emotional consequences that arise from medical errors, miscommunication, or negative outcomes that occur outside our sphere of control: Just culture. Peer review. Physician health and wellness committees. Social events. CMEs about burnout. Burnout surveys. State-run physician health programs. These have positive impacts.
But what else? When we go home and collapse on the couch, wondering what happened to that pre-med we used to be, the one who rejoiced at the acceptance letter to medical school, thinking the hard part was over. Naive? Yes. But there is beauty in that innocence. How do we find that joy in the privilege we have to be health care professionals? How do we love medicine again?”
Marsha Hamner is a hospitalist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Why is it hard to find grace in medicine?“
Suggested reading: The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives
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