In 2013, Sara entered the brave new world of Twitter which has become a great source of connecting, engaging, learning and sharing for her. Colin entered a few years later and then they entered again together @docs4docs. Although Twitter may seem like just one more thing to think about, the medical community continues to grow and have a strong voice on this powerful platform.
Today, Sara participated in a TweetChat hosted by @physicianswkly and moderated by @RUBraveEnough. The topic was Physician Wellness, so of course, perfect. The conversation was robust and included some leaders, organizations, and healthcare professionals (mainly physicians). You can find the chat at #PWChat.
The following are a few of the take-aways from Sara:
Taking breaks throughout the work day should be encouraged
We need to check in on one another
Physicians can create change in the system
Fear of stigma and consequences holds some physicians from reaching out for help - we need to continue to work on solutions
Dialogue around the reality of suicide is essential
Social withdrawal may be the first sign of burnout and social connection is often what someone suffering from burnout needs
Social support can be an ‘n of 1’
Leaders need to measure physician well-being
Leaders need to share their own experiences with mental health
Writing, journaling and mindfulness meditation are beneficial to well-being
Setting boundaries and self-care are essential
We hope to see you on Twitter so we can connect, converse and change the culture of medicine one tweet at a time.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi