Holiday Blues? How to Succeed in "Hiding" Depression
The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy and happiness. However if you’re depressed or feeling the effects of burnout, it can be hard to find joy in anything.
The December 2017 SurgeonMasters Web-Conference addressed the Holiday Blues and “Hiding” Depression.
While we we're being a bit sarcastic, "hiding" depression is what many surgeons feel they must do. This is not a healthy strategy, so SurgeonMasters invited several panelists to join us.
Dr. Anna Miller, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Washington St. Louis was our first panelist and addressed mental health in surgery.
Dr. Pamela Wible, a family physician and author of best-selling Pet Goats & Pap Smears and Physician Suicide Letters —Answered, discussed the alarming rate of physician suicide and a few simple solutions to implement today.
Dr. David Hanscom is an orthopaedic spine surgeon in Seattle who through personal experience with anxiety and depression had fascinating insight on Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD), anger, and effective strategies to fight back the blues.
SurgeonMasters Monthly Web-Conferences are an opportunity for Surgeons to gather and discuss topics centered around achieving our goals and the mission of SurgeonMasters. Any Surgeon is welcome to join via GoToMeeting or Phone to contribute to the conversation or listen.
Monthly calls take place the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm PST / 9:30 pm EST.
Jeffrey Smith, MD, FACS, CPC
Orthopaedic Traumatologist, Surgeon Coach
About the instructor
Dr. Jeffrey M. Smith is a practicing Orthopaedic Traumatologist, Director of the San Diego Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship and surgeon coach. With over 20 years of experience within an academic and private practice, he has learned to cope with the ups and downs of being a performance-driven surgeon and even experienced some episodes of burnout during his career.
Through his personal experience and research, he has developed his own methodology for performance improvement - The 8 PRACTICEs. He coaches techniques that address resilience training, professional development, leadership training, surgeon wellness and burnout prevention. Dr. Smith continues to be driven by his passion to positively impact the lives of his patients recovering from injury as well as other Surgeons to transform their habits inside and outside the operating room with the goal of creating sustainable, lifestyle-friendly surgical practices. Learn more about Jeff and his work in burnout prevention at SurgeonMasters.com.