Dr. Charity is a retired physician/ anesthesiologist with over 40 years of experience in medicine and she has been a paid speaker as well. You can hear her story in a TED Talk as well. In this episode, we talk about the good 'ole days in medicine where doctors had more time with patients and wrote their own notes as opposed to clicking buttons. We talk about connecting with patients and how that has changed over time.
Dr. Charity speaks candidly about her bouts of depression in medical school. She was a National Merit Scholar and was accepted into medical school in her junior year of high school! Even though she was a brilliant student, she dealt with imposter syndrome and racism that caused her to spiral downward. She finally physically collapsed during one of her classes. Plagued with depression and suicidal ideation, and tells her story of overcoming many of these hardships and dark days. Dr. Charity knows how to use humor, even in the bleakest moments. You will laugh along with us.
Of note, Dr. Charity a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the military and is an honorary member of the 555 PIA, the first Black paratroopers' group in the military during WWII. Find out how this group became the Smoke Jumpers and its meaning.