Dear Female Doc,
I came across your blog and am glad to see that I’m not the only one experiencing burnout. I am currently in a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship and feel physically, intellectually and emotionally drained. I had a bout of pretty serious depression and that delayed my training. I would love to have more time to dedicate to self care but am afraid that’s just not feasible while in a fellowship that has a very busy schedule. I’m afraid that I’ll have to leave the fellowship to better take care of myself, but am torn about giving up a career in critical care.
Most of my co-fellows are men, and while they are also tired, they don’t seem to be as heavily affected as me, and sometimes I get angry at myself for not being “tougher.”
I don’t know what to do… can you give some advice?