That’s right. All those years you spent learning biochemical processes, physiology, pre-rounding on patients, and writing discharge summaries did more than just prepare you to be an amazing physician. It also wired your brain to constantly evaluate yourself against a standard of perfection (both inside and outside the hospital, clinic, and operating room), to judge yourself critically and relentlessly, and to seek validation and approval from outside sources.
In between memorizing the Krebs Cycle and passing your boards, your medical education taught you how to save lives. But it didn’t teach you how to take care of your own.
And that’s why what got you here won’t get you where you truly want to be.