13 episodes

In healthcare, burnout rates are higher in women. In fact, forty percent of women physicians have cut back or left medicine within 6 years of completing training. Why? Is it added responsibilities at home? Gender bias at work? Invisible work at work? Mom guilt? Too much self-sacrifice and inability to say no? Poor boundaries, lack of time management skills, lack of self-care? In this podcast, we’ll explore the reasons why women in medicine are struggling—and more importantly, what to do about it. We can banish burnout and thrive as women in medicine.

Vital Signs: Thriving as a Woman in Medicine Diane Shannon, MD

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In healthcare, burnout rates are higher in women. In fact, forty percent of women physicians have cut back or left medicine within 6 years of completing training. Why? Is it added responsibilities at home? Gender bias at work? Invisible work at work? Mom guilt? Too much self-sacrifice and inability to say no? Poor boundaries, lack of time management skills, lack of self-care? In this podcast, we’ll explore the reasons why women in medicine are struggling—and more importantly, what to do about it. We can banish burnout and thrive as women in medicine.

    Episode 113: Being Authentic to Ourselves within a Striving Culture with Dr. Diane Sliwka

    Episode 113: Being Authentic to Ourselves within a Striving Culture with Dr. Diane Sliwka

    The journey to become a physician can lead us to focus on achieving, sometimes to our own detriment. In fact, many clinicians miss getting basic needs met (think Maslow’s hierarchy) as they try to meet perceived expectations. How can we begin to set boundaries around those expectations so that we can preserve our energy and be our best selves?  Listen to our conversation to find out!
    Diane Sliwka, MD, is a Hospital Medicine Physician and Chief Physician Experience Officer at UCSF. Her passion is how we make life better through personal and organizational change. Contact Dr. Sliwka at diane.sliwka@ucsf.edu or at linkedin.com/in/diane-sliwka-md-59122413b. 
     
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon

    • 26 min
    Episode 112: What a Climate Change Economist Can Teach Us About Clinician Burnout with Dr. Sisi Hu

    Episode 112: What a Climate Change Economist Can Teach Us About Clinician Burnout with Dr. Sisi Hu

    At first glance, you might not see the parallels between predicting the potential damage of climate change and improving the retention of clinicians. I didn’t either–until I spoke with Dr. Sisi Hu. She helped me understand the value of predictive modeling and the power of data to help leverage change in our clinical workplaces. Intrigued? Listen to our conversation!
    Dr. Sisi Hu is an economist at Harvard University and co-founder and chief well-being economist of Atalan, a mission-driven startup that uses machine learning to predict and prevent clinician burnout and turnover. Initially her career was focused on researching labor disruptions caused by climate change. With the pandemic, her focus shifted to clinician burnout and wellbeing.
    Connect with Dr. Hu at sisi@atalantech.com
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon

    • 26 min
    Episode 111: Fixing Toxic Cultures and Empowering Women in Medicine with Nancy Jacoby

    Episode 111: Fixing Toxic Cultures and Empowering Women in Medicine with Nancy Jacoby

    Unhealthy organizational culture is a key driver of burnout for everyone in healthcare. Women in medicine also struggle with asking for what they need to advance their careers and thrive at work. Join my conversation with my friend and colleague, healthcare consultant Nancy Jacoby, to get a better handle on these challenges and specific steps we can take as individuals to create a healthy culture where we work and get more of what we need to thrive. 
    Nancy Jacoby RN, MBA MHSA FACHE ACC is a healthcare consultant and owner of Nancy Jacoby Coaching & Consulting. Her expertise is helping teams and leaders become more positively engaged, productive, and profitable together.
    Connect with Nancy on LinkedIn at http://linkedin.com/in/njacobyfache or email her at nancy@njacoby.com. 
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon
     
     

    • 34 min
    Episode 110: Exploring Leadership and Respect with Dr. Paul DeChant

    Episode 110: Exploring Leadership and Respect with Dr. Paul DeChant

    Leaders, especially our immediate supervisors, have a huge impact on our daily work experience and our risk of burnout. But what exactly is the relationship between leadership behaviors and clinician well-being? And what steps can an individual physician take to better lead their clinical team? To find out, join my conversation with Dr. Paul DeChant, a healthcare thought leader who spent 25 years as a family physician and five years as CEO of a large physician practice in California. There, he led a five-year transformation on the theme of returning joy to patient care. His areas of expertise are physician engagement, leadership coaching, management system and culture improvement, and physician burnout prevention. 
    Connect with Dr. DeChant at www.pauldechantmd.com.
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon
     
     

    • 31 min
    Episode 109: Empowering Women in Medicine with Dr. Shikha Jain

    Episode 109: Empowering Women in Medicine with Dr. Shikha Jain

    Many women in medicine miscategorize their struggles to advance. They believe it’s their fault–if only they were smarter or worked harder, they would have reached full professor or a leadership position by now. Dr. Shikha Jain realized she was facing some system issues that were holding her back. She now advocates for greater awareness of gender inequity in medicine, mentors others, and helps highlight solutions. Join our conversation to learn more about the challenges–and potential ways forward. 
    Dr. Shikha Jain is an oncologist and an associate professor of oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Shikha is also the founder of the Women in Medicine Summit and the Women in Medicine nonprofit, which seek to advance women at all stages in the medical profession. She is a nationally renowned speaker and writes for several national publications, including USA Today, Scientific American, US News, and Physician’s Weekly. Connect with Dr. Jain at www.shikhajainmd.com or @shikhajainmd on X. Learn more about the Women in Medicine Summit at https://www.womeninmedicinesummit.org/.
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon
     

    • 23 min
    Episode 108: Exploring Burnout Recovery and Climbing Mountains with Dr. Jennie Draper

    Episode 108: Exploring Burnout Recovery and Climbing Mountains with Dr. Jennie Draper

    Burnout steals from us: our energy, our sense of self, our connections with others. Dr. Jennie Draper found herself heading for a second bout of burnout and knew she needed help to turn things around. Listen to hear Jennie’s personal story of recovery–and how she manages to work full-time and climb mountains as well. 
    Jennie Draper, MD, is an OB/GYN in private practice at Virginia Physicians for Women in Richmond, Virginia and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital--Forest Campus. Connect with Dr. Draper at jennie.draper@vpfw.com or @plannedonarrival.
    Like what you heard?  Listen to more episodes with Dr. Diane Shannon on our podcast Vital Signs: Thriving as Women in Medicine
    Reviews are greatly appreciated.
    Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, PCC is an internal medicine physician, award-winning writer, and certified coach. She understands the stresses inherent in the practice of medicine and the additional challenges that women face in the profession. Her passion is helping women in medicine create lives where they can thrive.
    Share your experience and continue the conversation with Diane at www.dianeshannon.com or www.linkedin.com/in/dianewshannon
     

    • 25 min

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Insightful, practical and encouraging

This podcast offers a variety of ideas, insights and practical suggestions to prevent physician burnout in women. Diane does a great job as the interviewer. She asks thoughtful questions that help listeners to understand more deeply and make applications to their own lives. The show is specific to women in medicine, but has broader relevance to women in other fields as well.

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