The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career

By: Wayne Sotile, Ph.D.

Few professions are as physically and emotionally challenging as the practice of medicine.
From the rigors of medical school to the high stakes, rapidly changing, multi-tasking reality of practice, physicians face unbelievable stress for years on end. It’s no surprise that half of all physicians face burnout, work-home conflict, and other serious issues.
This “survival guide for the psyche” is packed with insights and strategies to help you build the resilience you need to succeed and grow, both personally and professionally, in the modern healthcare system. In The Thriving Physician, Drs. Simonds and Sotile: 

  • Explore an array of stressors and provide coping strategies designed to help you defuse them
  • Offer probing questions related to each stressor to spark reflection and discussion with colleagues and loved ones and serve as fuel for building resilience
  • Highlight what creative organizations are doing to help reshape the medical workplace to promote physician resilience
  • Weave in real life anecdotes throughout, taking their insights and advice from theoretical to deeply personal and relatable

You’ve chosen a noble helping profession—one that should be a source of joy and pride. Whether you read this book cover-to-cover or focus only on the stressors that most impact you, it can change your life for the better. It’s time to take charge of your career; it’s time to become a Thriving Physician.

Gary R. Simonds, M.D. MHCDS is a highly experienced clinical and academic neurosurgeon. He trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed a medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. Dr. Simonds is currently Chief of Neurosurgery at Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He originally developed, and has run for the past 10 years, the Virginia Tech Carilion Neurosurgery Residency Training Program. 

Known for his compassion and broad neurosurgical expertise, Dr. Simonds has personally performed over 13,500 adult and pediatric operations. He is active in many national neurosurgical committees, courses and societies, and routinely presents nationally on subjects such as brain tumor research, ethics in health care delivery, compassionate care, innovations in education and building resilience in health care providers.

Wayne M. Sotile, an international thought leader on physician resilience and one of the world’s most seasoned clinicians specializing in life coaching for physicians and medical families. A former faculty member of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Sotile is the Founder of the Sotile Center for Resilience and the Center for Physician Resilience, in Davidson, North Carolina. Over the past 35 years, he and his group have coached and counseled over 14,000 physicians. 

Dr. Sotile consults nationally with healthcare organizations and medical group practices concerned about resilience. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine and as a special consultant in physician leadership and development for Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) and FirstHealth of the Carolinas. He has co-authored nine books, including The Resilient Physician, The Medical Marriage and Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, and is published widely in peer-reviewed medical literature on topics related to physician burnout and medical family life. Since 2007, Dr. Sotile has also served as a featured Studer Group speaker. He has delivered more than 8,000 invited addresses to medical organizations throughout the country.

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