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401: Trauma with Dr. Melissa Hankins – Part I

Trauma is something that is present in all walks of life in all professions. However, one way that trauma impacts us differently as physicians is that we are taught that it is a normal part of our work as a physician and we are to stuff it down and just keep going. The job itself as a physician is riddled with trauma with the amount of sickness, pain, and death that we face. But, a different flavor of trauma that isn’t discussed is that of the training that doctors face.  All Resident doctors turn to their Attending physician for guidance and training while they learn the ropes of medicine. Oftentimes, this training can be harsh and demanding with a focus on criticism and correction, rather than support and mentorship.  The negative impact this accumulated trauma has on the mental and emotional well-being of resident doctors is, what I believe to be, one of the first tastes of burnout we experience as physicians.  I chat with clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Melissa Hankins, and she shines some light on this trauma and the different actions we can take as Attendings and Residents to move our training forward without the damaging trauma that pushes us right down the path to burnout town. Listen to this episode to hear more about what trauma looks like in the Resident/Attending relationship and some resources you can leverage to do better as an Attending or cope better as a Resident. “One of the hallmarks of trauma is you feel isolated and alone.” Dr. Melissa Hankins In this episode: [02:02] Welcome to the show, Dr. Melissa Hankins! [03:09] Dr. Hankins’s background and evolution as a clinical psychiatrist and her burnout journey. [10:07] Understanding the trauma that we face as physicians and how we need to handle it. [14:36] The trauma that Residents face from their Attendings.  [17:38] How Attendings can do better to train Residents without toxic traits.  [20:09] Actions that Residents can take to stand up for themselves and cope with the trauma they may face during training. [27:01] You are absolutely enough just as you are! Links and Resources Thriving After Burnout: A Compilation of Real Stories and Strategies to Reduce Female Physician Burnout by Sharon T. McLaughlin and Female Physicians Entrepreneur Group Connect with Dr. Melissa Hankins: Institute of Coaching LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook 2 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
January 30, 2023

400: Let’s Celebrate!

Holy shit! We’ve made it to 400 episodes. I honestly cannot believe it. I started this podcast to have fun, share my story, share the stories of other physicians, and help raise a voice against the failures of the medical industry in driving so many amazing physicians toward burnout. What I didn’t expect to find was my own healing. I didn’t realize that I’d build an amazing community of physicians who are excited to make their own stand, in their own way. I did not for one second think that this podcast would impact, in a positive way, so many physician’s lives. So, to celebrate I thought it’d be fun to share how Doctor Me First has changed the lives of a few friends, colleagues, and even some of my team members. It’s been a wild ride getting to episode 400. I promised myself that I’d stop podcasting when it was no longer fun, but guess what… I’m excited to keep going. I’m excited to hear more stories and share more burnout success stories. I’m excited to keep impacting lives all over the world. So for this last episode of 2022, let’s celebrate 400 life-changing moments of Doctor Me First! “This podcast has really helped me heal in a lot of ways” Dr. Errin Weisman   In this episode: [00:28] Welcome to episode 400 of Doctor Me First.  [02:29] Listen as several friends, listeners, and team members share their love for the podcast.  [08:09] Have you joined the Badass Slack Group?  [10:08] That’s a wrap for 2022 and 400 episodes of Doctor Me First.    Links and Resources   2 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
December 26, 2022

399: Recovery Has No End Point

Addiction comes in all flavors my friends, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, or working, the recovery that comes alongside addiction is the same regardless of the drug of choice. One thing that I feel can’t be mentioned enough is that recovery never actually ends. For those of us who find ourselves struggling with addiction, we will never be out of recovery. We will always be in some sort of recovery from our addiction when we find ourselves faced with old habits. For those of us who have experienced burnout, we will always be in recovery from our addiction to work and it will often be so easy to find ourselves falling into old habits and toxic patterns of overworking ourselves to the state of burnout. We have to constantly pour rest and recovery into our lives to keep recurrent feelings of burnout at bay and I encourage all of my badass burnout friends to make sure that they are getting the appropriate amount of rest for themselves, not only for their own health but for everyone around them.  Listen in today to hear a little pep talk on prioritizing your rest and recovery. You are the best version of yourself when you are rested, relaxed and present in your own life. Take a step back with me and let’s rest together while we grow out of survival mode and into our best selves.   “I would never defeat my work addiction, I would never defeat burnout. I will always be in recovery.” Dr. Errin Weisman In this episode:  [01:42] Welcome to the Show! [02:31] We will always be in recovery. [04:24] I use the same encouraging terms with my patients that I do with my coaching clients. [06:36] Taking the next best step. [07:58] Recovery is about risk reduction and being able to more readily identify when you need to take a step back. [10:19] Rest is key to recovery. [12:11] How your rest can impact more than just you.  [13:54] What would life look like if you weren’t in survival mode?  Links and Resources The Urge: Our History of Addiction by Carl Erik Fisher  Nicola Jane Hobbs Instagram 2 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
December 19, 2022

398: Freedom with Dave Denniston

We’ve been talking a lot about money over here on Doctor Me First lately. If you haven’t caught some of those episodes, I encourage you to check out our Money Series and get some financial facts right in your life! Money is one of those tricky things that determines freedom for so many of us. And it’s not always having money that provides freedom, but how we use the money that we do have to achieve our own view of freedom. Financial Independence is one of those topics that I really feel like can’t get enough coverage. Our relationship with money determines how we set ourselves up for success in the future and how we let go of the unhealthy ways that we let money control our lives. When you take back control of your money, you can lean into living instead of working yourself into the ground. I’m talking with Dave Denniston this week and we get into the nitty gritty about what freedom really looks like to different people and the role that money plays in that. At the end of the day, there is no right way to do money and it should ultimately be a tool that allows you to live the life you want.  Tune in to this episode to get on the right track to evaluate the relationship that money plays in your life and the ways that you can set yourself up for financial independence. “You have to be wise about money. But at the same time, you have to find out what freedom means to you.” Dave Denniston In this episode: [01:42] Welcome to the Show, Dave! [02:06] Where Dave started in financial planning and why he loved working with Physicians. [03:55] Why Dave left traditional financial planning and some other ways he found income. [06:32] What freedom looks like to Dave. [10:17] How to evolve to living past your work and giving yourself grace. [12:52] Enough is a decision. [13:55] Balancing core values and time during burnout and how finances play a role in that. [15:17] Ways to be financially prepared in times of uncertainty. [18:13] Getting your priorities in order before you start working with a financial professional. [19:08] Balancing money responsibilities in relationships and having both partners involved. [25:04] The Freedom Formula for Physicians Podcast and how to connect with Dave Links and Resources Connect with Dave: Dave Denniston CFA Freedom Formula for Physicians The Freedom Formula for Physicians Podcast 2 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
December 12, 2022

397: Toughness with Steve Magness

I absolutely hate the word “resilient.” I think it’s a term that people use as an easier way to say “suck it up buttercup” with a smack on your ass to send you on your way.   As physicians, I think we know all too well what it’s like to just power through some of the hardest times in our studies, careers, and lives. We put our noses to the grindstone and we don’t pick them up for years. These habits often earn us a label of resilience, when really it’s just a precursor to burnout if we’re not careful.  But, there are ways that we can be resilient and tough in our everyday lives, and the approach that you take can look so much different than the one you were exposed to in high school sports or your residency program.  I talk with Steve Magness today about what it looks like to build resilience in a healthy way by listening to our bodies and tapping into our mental well-being to make the best decisions for ourselves, even if those decisions are hard as hell.   Listen in to our conversation where we talk about the main takeaways of Steve’s book, Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong And The Surprising Science Of Real Toughness. I guarantee you will walk away with some lovely nuggets of wisdom to help you pave your way to your own definition of resilience.  “You’re still writing your story. You still get to choose which direction you go.” Steve Magness In this episode: [01:42] Welcome to the Show, Steve! [03:43] Steve’s backstory and how he got started in performance coaching.  [05:05] Where the message of his book came from. [06:01] The misuse of the term “resilience.” [07:58] Some of the history behind resilience messages and why they have been prolonged. [10:15] The pillars of Steve’s book and the main takeaways of his message. [14:51] The ability to grow from trauma. [20:24] They share their definitions of real toughness. [22:31] Building resiliency in your children. [25:02] Where to connect with Steve and keep tabs on his events. Links and Resources Connect with Steve: Steve Magness Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and The Surprising Science of Toughness by Steve Magness Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
December 5, 2022

396: Period To Pause with Amanda Laden

I talk a lot about the burnout of physicians, and while that is a topic that can not get enough coverage for us as physicians, there is another caveat that we need to be aware of - our presence with our patients and giving them the time and attention they need to avoid misdiagnosis or missed diagnoses.  Amanda Laden shines some light on the perspective of a patient who lived with pain from an undiagnosed condition for years due to doctors who missed the signs and symptoms of a disease that progressed so far that it nearly cost her her life. The lack of attention of physicians to take the time to listen to their patients and make sure that no stone is left unturned can be attributed to burnout. The frequency at which physicians are required to see patients causes us to be distracted and our attention to be divided which can lead to us missing some pretty big issues with our patients.  We have to take care of ourselves as physicians to ensure that we can pour back into our patients and give them the care and diagnoses that they deserve to avoid long-term suffering at the hands of an exhausted doctor. In some cases, it’s not the physician that lacks empathy and attention, but the office staff that interacts with the patients on a regular basis. When we have people that are coming to us to help with major medical issues and they are relying on our medical expertise, our office staff needs to approach our patients with empathy and perspective to ensure that our patients feel heard and cared for.  Listen in to this episode to hear Amanda share her story and how the lack of diagnoses impacted her. Check out her podcast and what she’s doing to bring awareness to physicians about how missed diagnoses and missing links in women’s health need to be brought to the forefront of medicine.  “The system is not set up for either patients or doctors.” Amanda Laden In this episode: [01:42] Welcome to the Show, Amanda! [02:02] Her background and how she’s helping women navigate the medical system. [02:58] Amanda’s experience with Adenomyosis and why she started Period to Pause. [04:57] Shining light on one of the fundamental reasons that these diagnoses are missed. [06:48] Removing the shame engrained around speaking about the female body and its functions. [08:25] Amanda’s advice for doctors to adjust their perspective and empathy with their patients.  [09:34] Investigating your medical biases in light of different patient cultures and using appropriate language to bridge the gap for patients. [11:27] Patients who ask questions aren’t always using “Dr. Google.” [12:38] The wellness of the doctor is key to the wellness of the patient. [14:57] Empathy is important coming from the doctor, but even more so from the office staff. [19:20] Understanding the backstory of your patients can give perspective into the best way to communicate with them and provide an inclusive diagnosis.  [20:37] The trauma and implications of anti-abortion laws and how they will impact women’s health. [22:05] The scoop on The Period to Pause podcast and events Amanda is involved in. Links and Resources Connect with Amanda: Period to Pause Period to Pause Podcast Instagram | Facebook | Spotify 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
November 28, 2022

Doctor Me First Podcast

The Doctor Me First podcast comes from Dr. Errin Weisman’s passion to help those that are burnt-out, feel broken and despair to transform their lives and work to be joy-filled, sustainable and that they absolutely freakin’ love!

Most episodes consist of an authentic conversation between Dr. Weisman and her female colleague guest. The one prep work for the guest…pick one word to frame their conversation around. Other series episodes include her husband, Craig, in a series called “Married to an Alpha Female. or her favorite people in that series called “Favorites with Favorites.”

No more feeling alone in medicine because Doctor Me First Podcast is a community of truth speakers, life savers and fierce females who want to support one another. Errin Weisman DO also offers sassy, down to earth answers to your biggest questions on how to do work you love and live your best life.
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Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce wellness advocate who helps inspire female physicians and working moms to do the work they love and absolutely love life. Her work in the world is to openly tell how she faced professional burnout early in her family medicine career so that no one feels alone, all know that change is possible because "if she can do it, so can I" and that you can have a joy-filled and sustainable career.

She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer's wife, athlete and mother of three. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.

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