Medicine is truly the most noble profession. It is an honor and a privilege to be responsible for the health and well being of our society. As physicians, we aim to relieve human suffering. Then why are so many of us unhappy, stressed, and even considering leaving medicine?
Characteristics of self sacrifice and delayed gratification allowed women physicians to get through medical school and residency. Yet these very same traits can cause increasing distress and may no longer be serving us. This podcast encourages women physicians to reflect on the wise words of the Hippocratic Oath and consider what more they could be doing to maintain the utmost respect for their OWN human life and its quality.
Women physicians are strong, intelligent, resilient, hard working, insightful, and live their lives in service of others. Through this podcast, Dr Sunny Smith reminds them that they must first care for themselves so that they may care for others. As a practicing physician and certified coach, she offers tools that can be used to help them take a closer look at their life right now, what they love and what they'd like to change. She helps physicians set goals and empowers them to take steps toward creating their best lives starting today.
Episode # 25 - What we really do
We are thrilled to be back after a year long break from releasing new episodes to bring you more of the Empowering Women Physicians podcast. In this episode, we hope to help you reflect on what you really do and the meaning and impact you have on people's lives.
Dr. Edith Eger's powerful book The Choice can be found here.
The free anonymous confidential Physician Support Line can be found at 1.888.409.0141.
For more information on EWP coaching go to:
Episode # 24 - Dr. Milene Argo's internal & external transformation through coaching
Dr. Milene Argo started her journey with coaching 3 years ago, which started with 80 lb weight loss, she then applied this work to optimizing her clinical practice, to managing her inbox, finally leaving work at work, no more charting at home, self acceptance, COVID, and even recent anti-racism awareness.
She is one of the best I know in using coaching techniques with her patients during routine office visits and helping them get real results.
She is now not only a client of mine for well over a year, but is now also a colleague and coach in the EWP program in addition to having her own coaching practice.
Check out her physical transformation in this video, which now matches the internal changes she has created through applying this work to all aspects of her life.
Milene's coaching can be found in her own practice at https://thedoctor-coach.com/
and as a part of EWP coaching at https://empoweringwomenphysicians.com/coaching/
Dr. Nora Vasquez can be found at
Episode #23 - Dr. Sonia Wright (sex, mentoring, racism, continuous transformation)
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Sonia Wright about her journey, continuous transformation from her time in college, postbacc, residency, fellowship, parenting, mentoring, coaching, sex, intimacy, racism, and her experience living in the Twin Cities, MN during recent months and the anti-racism movement.
PDF guide: bit.ly/sexualintimacyguide
Episode # 22 - Dr Stella Evans (pediatrician in Minneapolis during recent uprisings)
Dr. Stella Evans reflects on the last few months and how our paths crossed when she reached out while she was on quarantine for fever and cough. She then found herself at the epicenter of the world's attention as the recent anti-racism uprisings literally came to the streets in front of her home and clinic.
She reflects on how examining her thoughts, feelings, and actions during this historic time impacted what she did with her children and her family, and how she showed up in her neighborhood, her clinic, and her community.
Episode # 21 - Dr. Sarah Watler (Intern year in NYC, COVID, racism)
Dr. Sarah Watler is one of my former medical students who has spent the last year as an Intern in New York City in the largest medical center in the area hardest hit by COVID (the Bronx). She speaks openly about her experiences this year. As a Family Medicine intern focused on social justice she never expected to be doing months of critical care at the epicenter of an international pandemic. She shares her thoughts about being a Black woman physician during this time, raising awareness, and advocating for change.
Episode # 20 - How are you feeling? (Affect labelling)
How are you feeling? No really, how are you feeling. Pick a word. See if you can name how you are feeling right now. Affect labelling (naming an emotion) has been shown to decrease distress. In this episode, we talk about the neuroscience behind using your own brain to feel better.
Download the feelings list here https://empoweringwomenphysicians.com/feelings/
Virtual summit link here
Affect labeling article here
Free COVID related coaching sessions here
Exactly what I needed
I’m so thankful I found this podcast and this community. This should be required listening for all physicians, young and old. Sunny challenges you to examine your thoughts, to understand when we are limiting ourselves and how to commit to decisions that help us move forward, no matter where we are on this journey. Viewing failure as an opportunity to learn and try again rather than as a source of shame rocked my world.
Inspiring and powerful!
Inspiring and powerful to say the least! And what better voices to deliver this beautiful episode other than Sunny and Hala! Thank you for showing us the strength of women and what an eye opener to see where we are today! AMAZING!
This is one of the most influential and life changing podcasts there is.! Dr Sunny is life coach extraordinare. Her guests are changing the world daily. She speaks from the heart with so much truth and belief. She is an absolute champion for women physician and their well-being