Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems

17. Responding to toxic environments in a healing profession with Dr. Steve Hunt

August 01, 2022 Dr. Nicola De Paul Season 1 Episode 17
Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems
17. Responding to toxic environments in a healing profession with Dr. Steve Hunt
Show Notes

Dr. Steve Hunt is a primary care physician board certified in environmental and occupational medicine.

In this episode of Menders, we explore the impacts of toxic environments on the well-being of physicians and healthcare systems as complex living organisms. When we see teams and elements of our institutions crumbling, we can be sure that something unhealthy is happening. As Steve so aptly points out, we're only as healthy as the team doing the worst! 

Acknowledging our toxic environments is a first step that allows us to turn toward the challenging but rewarding work of community building and repair. Refocusing on human connection in healthcare may be the medicine we need to heal. 

I hope that you take the time to reflect on one step that you as an individual can take to respond to the needs of yourself, your colleagues, and your organization. Cultural transformation starts with our small actions to care for each other.  

And as always, thank you for listening!


Additional Resources:

David Abram - The spell of the sensuous
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/319/the-spell-of-the-sensuous-by-david-abram/

Ernest Becker - The structure of evil - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1520-6696%28196901%295%3A1%3C92%3A%3AAID-JHBS2300050116%3E3.0.CO%3B2-N

Robert Sapolsky - Why Zebras don't get ulcers - https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780805073690/whyzebrasdontgetulcers



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