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Academic Medicine Podcast

Mar 9, 2020

"I know I’m not the only one who feels that I can’t step away. Studies of physicians’ health and wellness are at the forefront of research these days. As physicians, our vow and purpose embolden our drive to keep going, to do more, and, at times, to neglect our own health. "

Dr. Michaela Gaffley describes how her own cancer diagnosis forced her to realize that she had to prioritize her own health and practice self-compassion to better care for her patients. 

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the March 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at