Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems

20. Integrating a well-being curriculum into medical education with Dr. Liz Dykhouse

August 22, 2022 Dr. Nicola De Paul Season 1 Episode 20
Menders: Love & Leadership in Health Systems
20. Integrating a well-being curriculum into medical education with Dr. Liz Dykhouse
Show Notes

Menders episode 20 is gracing the airwaves! 

In this episode, Dr. Liz Dykhouse highlights the differences between wellness and well-being. She shares how she has integrated well-being into the core curriculum of her family medicine residency. And she provides a framework for how well-being naturally leads to systemic advocacy in healthcare. 

Liz and I reflect on strategies that allow clinical supervisors and healthcare leaders to foster a culture of safety in which learners become comfortable acknowledging their personal challenges and reaching out to their supervisors and community for support. 

Listen to find out: 

·         Why (& when) she trains her residents to move away from a problem-solving approach!

·         Why she believes that focusing on well-being now will create a sustainable foundation for long-term sustainability within our healthcare system. 

·         And how she balances her own workload to maximize meaning and promote her personal sustainability in healthcare and medical education. 

Here are a couple of my favorite quotable moments from this episode: 

“We have to live within the system to promote change.” 

-          Dr. Liz Dykhouse (Menders, episode 20)

“I felt better today but that didn’t solve the problems…I want [residents] to feel empowered to advocate for change…I also want them to know how to care for themselves individually!”

-          Dr. Liz Dykhouse (Menders, episode 20)

“The thing that I have found most helpful working within the system myself and working collaboratively with leaders in a variety of different settings within the traditional system is the willingness of leaders to have the [tough] conversation."

-          Me! (Dr. Nicola De Paul)

I hope this episode inspires you to consider what you can do to care for yourself in this moment and to take one tiny action to promote systemic transformation. 

Additional Resources:

Healthcare providers’ perceived support from their organization is associated with lower burnout and anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic - Reitz (2021) -

Organizational Reality Check

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