PracticeLink Magazine

Summer 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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PracticeLink.com S UMMER 2019 25 C A R E E R M OV E What advice would you give someone who wants to educate physicians? First, I'd ask what it is you love. I teach on physician wellness because it is something I love doing and find incredibly important. I dislike the thought that people have given so much of themselves to medicine, so many years of education, training and work only to find they are miserable. If someone was interested in physician education, they should think about what it is that they enjoy. It may be pathophysiology, biochemistry, public health, or how to use a computer effectively to support our work. Topics are endless. I would talk with other physicians who are teachers and ask them what their paths looked like. If they are already a practicing physician and are interested in teaching other physicians, whether it's about physician wellness or whatever specialty they have, it takes reflection. They need to understand what their skills are, what skills they would like to develop, and how much time they have to commit to this versus their clinical practice and other responsibilities. Anything else? Physician wellness is not optional. It's not an add-on for when time allows. It is essential to being an excellent physician. Want to be a great doctor? It must include self-care. I'd also like to add that every physician should recognize that they are not alone in medicine. While they may feel lonely or struggling with a variety of issues, there are physicians around them that they can reach out to. There is nothing in their situation that hasn't been experienced by others. Personal and professional development occurs throughout our careers. Win! Find your next practice—and enter to win a $500 gift card—at PracticeLink.com/Win. Physicians are not alone, says Kathy Stepien, M.D. "There is nothing in their situation that hasn't been experienced by others," she says. See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink. PHOTO BY Kaley McGoey

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