Finding Meaning in Medicine
Learning how to sustain yourself and thrive in a medical career is critically important. Studies show the rate or physician burnout is at an all time high.
Finding Meaning in Medicine is an initiative initially created at the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness "to help physicians nationwide build authentic and supportive community" through monthly meetings "using a simple and powerful storytelling approach to uncover and deepen a sense of professional satisfaction in daily work."
We have created a group where physicians at all levels of training can gather together in a supportive environment to reflect and share their experiences about their values, their humanity, and the meaning they find in their work in medicine.
Each meeting has a theme, for example, Gratitude, and each person can bring a story from their personal or professional lives, or piece of art work or literature, or whatever else may move them, to share with the group.
"There are no experts, no hierarchies, no wrong answers; anyone may speak about his or her experiences or simply listen."
Finding Meaning in Medicine is part of the larger Wellness and Resiliency efforts underway within the Department of Medicine.