You cannot work in medicine today without being inundated with burnout statistics and commentary on your feed, coming to your inbox, or spoken from stages about the state of medicine we are in. The data is dire: we are disengaged, we are making mistakes, we are not heard, and we are not empowered to make decisions.Read More
As I was using a Mr. Clean eraser to get out a mark on a wall this week, I thought to myself, man, I wish I could use this to erase certain mistakes in my life. Have you ever thought that about a past fail in your own life?Read More
Mental illness is real. It is as real as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Many people, smart people, talented people, people like the amazing Kate Spade - suffer from mental illness. It’s easy to see when someone is suffering from physical pain. It’s much more difficult when one’s pain is mental or emotional.Read More
As a woman in medicine, where the odds for pay, promotion and leadership are stacked against me, I feel obligated to light the path for younger women who come behind me. It has taken me a while to be comfortable with my style of leadership, own my own voice, be able to regroup after rejection, and tolerate feeling on display and yet often invisible.Read More
In Episode 7, your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, shares her burnout prevention secret: a personal space of retreat. She invites you to build your own space for self-work and gives practical advice on how every woman can create her own retreat, and deserves to live recharged & powerful.Read More
In Episode 6, your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, leads you toward what she calls your true goals: the ones that you were made for, and set your soul on fire. Sasha invites you to dive into the reason you are going the direction you are, and how to make the right turns & pivots to head in the direction you were meant for.Read More
In Episode 5, your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, invites you to go inward and evaluate the ‘who’ and the ‘what’ boundaries that are stopping you from moving forward from a place of being stuck.Read More
There are moments as an anesthesiologist you can’t erase. No matter how long you go home and sleep, or how many days pass, you won’t forget it. All of these moments involve saying goodbye; while the scenarios change, the message is the same.Read More
In Episode 4, your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, gets into the uncomfortable truth that we must say no to others to say yes to our own health and wellbeing. She dives into the reality of saying no and gives you tips on how to say no with grace and grit.Read More
In Episode 3, Your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, shares practical tips on how to move forward when you are at your lowest point of burnout.Read More
In Episode 2, Your host, Dr. Sasha Shillcutt, shares her own story of burnout, and how to recognize and recover from what she calls the tipping point…you know… that point where you are about to lose it…but you don’t have the energy to?Read More
In the first episode “What is Brave Enough?”, your host speaks about the how, what and why of Brave Enough. You do not want to miss this first episode!Read More
So the perception of the encouragement is not what matters; what matters is the power that exists when we encourage one another.Read More
I believe involving women and Under Represented Minorities(URMs)at every level of organization leadership is crucial to the advancement of our societies.Read More
When you want to grow a muscle, you have to damage it first. You have to lift something heavy and over extend it. It’s sore for a few days - and then it grows stronger …This is what happened to my heart this week.Read More
Sometimes we let ‘weeds’ - very small but negative distractions, creep up and take a strong hold and become intertwined in our lives. The weeds that are obvious – different color, textures, ugly, we pull immediately when they are small. The weeds that say: I don’t belong here – those are easy to pull.Read More
Medicine has changed.
And the joy of medicine has changed with it.
I don’t think our current level of burnout is hopeless, and I sure as heck don’t think we should give up. I am passionate about taking a step back and evaluating how we got here, and what we can change.Read More
“Yes, you are like that,” said my husband one night as I was lamenting criticism I had heard about myself that day. “I am?” I asked, shocked, a little hurt, and angry. “You are, “ he replied. “Everyone who knows you knows this.”
I lost a friend this month. She was a surgeon; she was one of us.
We lost her.
So did her patients. All the ones she helped. The ones she saved.
So did her hospital, her nurses, her techs.
So did her family. All the love, coming to a screeching halt.Read More
Having never had an orchid, I was in awe. I would glance at it, its grand curves and beautiful petals, as I rushed through my kitchen. It brightened my days and bolstered my spirits. Day after day, it seemed to be perfect.
Until one day, it wasn’t.Read More