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Overcoming Physician Burnout: The Power of Self-Advocacy and Collaboration with Dr. Todd Otten

  1. Overcoming Physician Burnout: The Power of Self-Advocacy and Collaboration with Dr. Todd Otten Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque MD/ Dr. Todd Otten, MD 28:22

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Why do so many physicians struggle to prioritize their well-being or even consider leaving the profession despite severe burnout? Dr. Otten shines a light on the cultural and systemic hurdles, from financial worries to family impacts, that keep many healthcare providers trapped in a cycle of self-sacrifice. He shares personal anecdotes and insights from his collaborative book “The Ripple of Change,” co-authored with patient Joshua Judy, revealing how their dialogue evolved into a broader call for action within the healthcare system. Their unique partnership offers a fresh perspective on rebuilding trust and combating learned helplessness in an often dysfunctional system.

Imagine the extraordinary outcomes that can emerge from simple equations like one plus one. In our final discussion, Dr. Otten explores the incredible synergies that arise from collaboration. Reflecting on his journey of co-authoring a transformative book with Joshua, he emphasizes the profound impact of working together towards a common goal. His optimistic view encourages us all to recognize our potential and the powerful results that collective efforts can achieve. This episode is not just about surviving burnout; it's about thriving through Resilience, self-advocacy, and the magic of partnership and collaboration for a solution.

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Though I am a physician, this is not medical advice. This is only a tool that physicians can use to get ideas on how to deal with burnout and/or know they are not alone. If you are in need of medical assistance talk to your physician.

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Sapna Shah-Haque Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She was born and raised in Kansas, and attended medical school at the University of Kansas [KU] School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at KU-Wichita as well. After experiencing burnout herself, and watching other physician colleagues burn out, it became a passion of hers to look into different aspects of burnout. While the system does need to change, as it is broken, this podcast is a way to reach physicians and possibly shed light on what is not an isolated situation.

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