Episode 119: Women in Medicine are Burning Out

I think we look at other women and we judge ourselves on how they’re doing. So we see this little iceberg of their lives and we say, are we doing as good a job as they are?
— Robine Devine
Photo by LUHUANFENG/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by LUHUANFENG/iStock / Getty Images
You don’t necessarily show that emotion. And so that’s how I carried on most of the time. And most of the time that worked, you know 90 percent of the time that worked, and then every so often terrible things happen and you react to it.
— Heather Anaya

At the end of 2016 I did a show on burnout that got passed around a lot. At around the same time I began hearing  from female doctors saying burnout is a huge issue in their field. Studies show women doctors burn out at higher rates than men. And given so many of us have at least one woman doctor in our lives, that can't be good for any of us. 

 Robin Devine

Robin Devine

In this show we talk about why this is happening. We discuss a lack of empathy in a profession that on the surface seems to be all about it; how women judge one another’s success, and how they can help eachother. 

My guests are family doctor Robin Devine and maternal fetal medicine specialist Heather Anaya.

You can also read a transcript of the show.

 Heather anaya with her husband and children

Heather anaya with her husband and children