Many doctors worry about treating people when they have had similar issues themselves. They often worry about being triggered. Or feel in some way that this life experience undermines their confidence or competence in treating others. It's the equivalent of saying: "How can I help other people when I haven't even got my life under control?" … Continue reading On being a wounded healer
Imposter syndrome and tips for managing it Dr Jocelyn Lowinger One of the growing problems in healthcare is that many highly competent health professionals, even in the highest positions, are struggling with feeling incompetent and that it’s only a matter of time before they are found out. This feeling of a lack of confidence and … Continue reading Imposter syndrome and tips for managing it
By the time people book in to see me they have often been puzzling and fretting over this question for months or even years. This question is a biggie. It is one of the commonest reasons people come to me for coaching and I’m grateful for those who choose to include me (as a coach) … Continue reading Should I leave clinical medicine?
Medicine, as a profession is surrounded by, and embedded in, fear. I’m yet to meet a doctor who doesn’t hold a deep seated fear of error, or harming a patient. ‘First do no harm!’ is engraved very closely to the heart of every doctor I’ve ever spoken to about this. Beyond fear of harm, is … Continue reading What lies on the other side of fear
It’s so good to see the medical profession organising itself and doctors and students actively working to promote their own wellbeing. I for one, can’t read anymore articles about physician suicide and distress – it truly is time to start to put things right. We, as health care professionals, should not be destroyed by our … Continue reading What really needs to change in healthcare…and what you can do about it