I just got to hang out with a graduate of my physician retreat, Ann Cordum, M.D., who now has a successful ideal medical clinic is Boise, Idaho. Here’s what Ann has to say about her new life: PW: So this is your office! AC: This is my office in Boise, Idaho! Ya! PW: So tell […]

Burnout is a complete mental and physical collapse from overwork. Psychiatrists define it as “a job-related dysphoria in an individual without major psychopathy.” Which means—your job sucks. You’re normal. When your job is sucking the life out of you, deep breathing won’t save you. Mindfulness is not the solution. Emancipation is. Burnout is a diagnosis of oppression that blames you, […]

This is an email subject line from a doctor. Letter published with permission. Hello Pamela I have become so disillusioned with medicine. I do not know who to talk to any more or what to do with my life. I work one week a month in the ICU. I spend the other three weeks of […]

It was a physician employee, many times for many hospitals and clinics. I’d stay a year or two, but eventually I’d quit. Then, in 2005, I opened an ideal clinic designed by my patients. Ten years later, I still love private practice. Why? I’m finally practicing medicine the way I had always imagined. When I […]

Physician burnout is the latest trend among doctors. There are books, workshops, even special breathing exercises for physician burnout. Suddenly every other doctor I meet has burnout. And half of all med students have burnout before they graduate. WTF. We enter medicine as inspired, intelligent, compassionate humanitarians. Soon we’re cynical and exhausted. How did all […]