Saturday Morning Rounds September 28, 2019 - The ugly side of becoming a surgeon, and lifestyle design during transition seasons

Posted by BossB, MD on September 28, 2019
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The ugly side of becoming a surgeon by Dr. Yumiko Kadota is an absolute must-read. If you want to see a clear picture of what's broken in the medical training system and why our very best and brightest burn out, look no further.

This story was moving, disconcerting, and inspiring all at the same time. And better yet, it's been turned into a book deal (though of course her previous employers asked her to take down the post after news of that broke - luckily she hasn't)! 

We won't bastardize this with an attempt at summary because it's a short read and Dr. Kadota is a great writer. Check it out, you won't regret it.

Who we're following

It's no secret that we're huge fans of @GirlMedMedia around here, and they've just opened the call for speakers at their Girl Med Live conference next May in Charlotte, NC! We can't recommend them and their events enough, so check 'em out to at least stay on top of the latest #WomenInMedicine news and content, and hopefully to attend their event(s) as well!

BBMD tip of the week

We've rapidly transitioned from summer to fall (and maybe winter? we're supposed to have a big snow storm tomorrow) here in Montana, which has got us thinking about transitions in general.

We always start our work with clients in the area of lifestyle design, because until you know what you really WANT, it's hard to know what a "good-fit" job looks like or what to negotiate for in a contract. However, what we've found is that this lifestyle design process is much more impactful if it's revisited during transitional periods in one's life. Here's a guide on how to do so:

  • Quarterly - Look Ahead: With the changing of each season, revisit your lifestyle design/life plan to (a) think ahead to what might need to change in order for you to continue checking all the boxes that are important to you and (b) create a list of the events you're most excited for over the next few months so that you can heighten the anticipation and savoring attached to them
  • Yearly - Look Behind: An annual all-around life review is a great way to identify areas that you could improve and to look back at where you really spent your time and energy throughout the year
  • Every Three Years - Look Ahead: We tend to overestimate what we can do in a year, but to underestimate what we can do in three. "Re-evaluating" your plan yearly isn't advised because it's just too short of a timeframe for things to take hold, and most of our lives don't change that substantially in a typical 12-month span. Trust yourself, stick with the plan you created, and understand that it takes time for this process to bear its fruit. But every three to five years is about the right cadence to be revisiting your overall intentions and see if they still hold weight for you.
  • Marie Kondo That Shit: For every time/energy commitment you add, throw at least one (preferably two+) out. Focus on adding that which gives you joy and pruning that which doesn't. It's simple, but it's not easy.

The key to all of this is intentionality. What would it look like if you brought half the intention to defining what you want from your life and finding ways to measure progress toward that end as you do, say, a patient's treatment plan?

Just because it's not an acute problem with visible symptoms doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a similar level of attention.

Quote we're contemplating

"Instead of working so hard to make ends meet, work on having fewer ends." – Courtney Carver


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Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!