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Category: Inspiration

5 Misconceptions of Physicians [Explained by a Young Female Doctor]

“Oh, you’re my doctor? A woman?”

Who do you picture walking through the exam room door at your new doctor’s office? Is it the Norman Rockwell depiction of an older, jolly looking male? After residency, I was alarmed at how many patients commented on my age and gender:

“How old are you, 12?” or, “Oh, you’re my doctor? A woman?”

This got me thinking about misconceptions people have about doctors, and I thought I could share a few things many people may not know about their favorite neighborhood doctor.

D.O. Day On The Hill: Getting Involved in Politics is Important

Our country’s political climate has changed dramatically this year. As healthcare providers, we’re powerful leaders in our communities and across the country. When faced with times of injustice, activism becomes a responsibility. It becomes vital for us to not only advocate for our patients and future patients, but also raise awareness for policies that affect our healthcare system and providers.

The 5 Ways I Overcame My Burnout

Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. I burned out early. Right out of fellowship, I no longer wanted to be a doctor. The grueling hours, my grumpy co-workers, and distant patient engagements left me totally exhausted. However over the course of a year, I was able to rediscover my passion for medicine.

Some tactics were deliberate mindful behaviors, some occurred by accident, and some started with a different goal, but eventually helped ease my burnout and anxiety.

Happy National Women’s Physician Day!

For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell