The importance of identifying our values in residency

By Dr. Darby Ewashina As a senior psychiatry resident physician who has additional interests in meditation and mindfulness practice, the idea of “values” comes up quite often in my work. But what exactly are values and why should we as resident physicians care about them? Well for starters, working as a resident physician places us all at risk of burnout which heightens emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. As resident physicians we often have both personal and systemic factors that add to our risk of burnout. Time demands, long work hours, lack of control over work Read More …

New Year, New Mentality

By Dr. Michele Foster The beginning of each year marks a fresh start.  I, like many other people, am guilty of setting numerous (often unrealistic) New Years resolutions related to personal health and fitness, nutrition and career goals. Many of these are abandoned within the first month, after a busy night on call, when all I can think of is stopping at the McDonalds drive-thru for my morning egg McMuffin, or when I get home from a stressful day and would rather be distracted by the latest Netflix offering than read up on Psychopharmacology. Residency is hard; by nature, we Read More …