Taking Care of Yourself During The Journey
In this episode, I sat down and talked with Dr. Amber Robins and Dr. Archana Shrestha, about taking care of ourselves as women physicians during our leadership journey. They are the CoFounders of Women in White Coats, where their mission is to not only voice the stories and perspectives of more women doctors but also to uplift and empower female doctors throughout their careers and lives.
Amber Robins, MD, MBA is a double board-certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine doctor practicing as a family medicine residency faculty member at Rochester Regional Health along with being the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Graduate Medical Education Office. She is a best-selling author, physician journalist, and co-founder of Women in White Coats. She is also the founder of Sanxtuary MD who specializes in leak-resistant period panties for women who want to get their sanitary pad in place. She graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine for medical school and residency. She completed a Health and Media fellowship at Georgetown University School of Medicine in collaboration with PBS NewsHour. She received her MBA from Louisiana State University-Shreveport and also has a certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.
Dr. Robins has written and been featured on various media platforms including PBS NewsHour, HuffingtonPost, ABC News, Doximity, GoodRx, Medelita, BlackDoctor.org.
Dr. Archana Shrestha was honored as one of 2018 Top 20 Global Women of Excellence by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis in recognition of her achievements not only in medicine and journalism but also as an online lifestyle coach and entrepreneur who empowers busy working moms to achieve health and wellness through her healthy living lifestyle blog called MightyMomMD.com. As a mom of two herself, she is passionate about helping other working mothers prioritize wellness and self-care in their lives.
Archana also coaches physician moms on how to have lasting weight loss through her Mama Docs Weight Loss Program. Watch her free training here called “Three Secrets to Lasting Weight Loss That We Were Never Taught In Medical School“
In this interview, I discuss with Dr. Amber and Dr. Archana, how women physicians can begin taking care of themselves as their professional life takes twists and turns.
Here’s what we covered:
Thinking about your career and leadership journey who or what may have been instrumental in that decision?
What does a day as an advocate and wellness champion for women physicians look like? Who do you serve? What problem do you solve?
Define for us what self-care means to you and what self-care looks like when it comes to women in leadership in healthcare especially those on the front lines during this pandemic?
Why is diversity in leadership as it pertains to having more women physicians vital to healthcare?
When we look at the pandemic and how the lid has been lifted and exposed healthcare disparities, how would having more women in leadership help reduce those disparities and improve care?
What are 3 tips you wish someone gave you to help prevent burnout and/or what 3 tips would you share with other women physicians about self-care?
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