Vital Signs: Thriving as a Woman in Medicine

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.

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2 days ago

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

Tuesday May 28, 2024

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

Tuesday May 14, 2024

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
 
 

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

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
 
 

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

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
 

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

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
 

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

Women in medicine have had higher burnout rates than their male colleagues for years–and with the pandemic the disparity increased. Part of my mission is highlighting the underlying drivers of this disparity so we can work together to reduce burnout for all. Join my conversation with Dr. Jessica Dudley and learn why flexibility, advancement opportunities, and respect are key elements to the solution. 
Jessica Dudley, MD, is Chief Clinical Officer at Press Ganey and previously Chief Medical Officer of the physician group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her areas of expertise include leadership development, clinical care redesign, and addressing clinician burnout. Connect with Dr. Dudley at www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-dudley-press-ganey.
 
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
 

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

Women in medicine are less represented in leadership than their male colleagues. One of the causes is that we may doubt our leadership potential due to internal voices or past experiences of not being heard. What can we do to overcome the barriers and become the leaders we want to be? Join my conversation with Dr. Katie Cole to learn some key strategies for individuals and to hear about what physicians across the country are doing to gain more autonomy through collective leadership. 
Katie Cole, DO, FAAP is psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer of the Clinician Burnout Foundation,  and host of the “Hope for Healthcare” podcast. Connect with her at her www.drkatiecole.com or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/katiesofiacole/.
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

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

You know that feeling of dread when you anticipate the documentation you still need to finish? Join my conversation with Thea Nolan to hear about the small changes she made in her workflow that moved her from dread to empowerment–and the positive impact on her professional and personal life.
Thea Nolan, a physician assistant in interventional radiology, is President-Elect of the Massachusetts Physician Assistants Association.
Connect with her on LinkedIn.
 
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

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

With the growth of large healthcare systems, physicians can feel powerless to have a say in workflow changes that affect their daily life and patient care. Join my conversation with Dr. Karen Weiner to learn the key steps to influence your workplace and negotiate with leaders and managers. Dr. Karen Weiner, MD, MMM, MA, is former CEO of a large multispecialty group and founder/CEO of Proprio Consulting.
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

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About Diane Shannon

Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, is a former primary care physician with more than 20 years of experience as a professional health care writer and author. Diane was drawn to medicine because of her mother, a certified nurse midwife. After seeing firsthand the healing power of the patient-clinician relationship, she chose to pursue medical training.

However, the clinical environment in which she trained and eventually practiced as a primary care physician was rife with chaos and antithetical to building healing relationships with patients. Eventually, she chose to leave clinical medicine for a writing career, understanding only years later that the underlying cause was professional burnout. She transitioned to a position as medical director of a health care communications and training company in Boston. Three years later, she launched her freelance writing business, Shannon Healthcare Communications.

As an award-winning health care writer she has crafted expert reports, focused white papers, and case studies for national foundations, policymakers, and professional advocacy groups that are working to improve the health care system.

She is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, published in 2016, and has spoken in various forums across the country on the topic of physician burnout and well-being, including grand round presentations, interactive workshops, one-day professorships for academic institutions, panel discussions, and podcast interviews. Today, as a professional coach, Diane helps busy women physicians rediscover their WHY, improve work-life integration, and accomplish their personal and professional goals. She also works with organizations to identify and mitigate the system problems that drive attrition and burnout among women physicians.

Diane earned her BA in biology from Williams College, her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and her master’s in public health from Harvard University. She completed training in an internal medicine residency program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and practiced primary care in Boston. Diane completed her Competency Development Program for Coach Certification at the Gestalt International Study Center. She earned her ICF credential as an Associate Certified Coach, and is a member of the International Coach Federation.

When she’s not coaching or writing, Diane enjoys reading international spy novels, traveling with her architect husband, and having engaging, illuminating conversations with her three children. She resides in Boston.

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