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The Podcast by KevinMD

Jun 30, 2022

“We are in an epidemic of gaslighting in medicine. The best definition I heard of gaslighting is transferring your authority on yourself from you to someone else. We give up our authority on ourselves to everyone else but ourselves. We leave our feelings of work ethic to our current culture: we are lazy if we don’t step in line and do everything asked of us. We are told we aren’t worth our salaries as physicians are replaced with less expensive nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We are told our education is not important as the public ignores our expertise, and the judicial and legislative system tells us they know better for our patients. And it is somehow our fault, or at least we are left to deal with it. Show up and work hard to pay outrageous student loans gathered in pursuit of the cause. I don’t know the right answer for all of this. But I do know where we need to start.”

Amy Vertrees is a general surgeon and founder, BOSS Business of Surgery Series.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “A call to stop overworking.”

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