Episode 31: Finding The Joy In Family Medicine

Welcome to the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Sarah Smith sits down with Dr. Tonya Caylor, a family medicine physician with a passion for teaching and coaching. Dr. Caylor shares her personal journey in rediscovering joy in family medicine and her mission to prevent future faculty members from going through the same challenges.

Tune in as Dr. Caylor discusses the importance of managing thoughts and the impact they have on our well-being. She also introduces the concept of a "thought bouncer" and how it can help reject negative thoughts.

Join us as we delve into the importance of creating a positive work culture and nurturing strong relationships in a medical practice. Dr. Caylor also emphasizes the need for effective teaching and the joy she finds in helping family medicine doctors handle common issues and identify outliers.

This episode also explores the emotional intelligence of the current generation of residents and their frustrations with the existing systems in clinical medicine. Dr. Caylor offers guidance on managing these challenges and the role coaching plays in addressing issues like unhealthy perfectionism.

Here are 3 key takeaways from our conversation:

1️⃣   Mindset Shift: It's crucial to shift from an unhealthy focus on perfectionism to cultivating a growth mindset by embrace continuous improvement and internal motivation.

2️⃣   Navigating Frustrations: Coaching and support are essential to help them navigate these frustrations and promote emotional intelligence.

3️⃣   Redesigning Clinical Medicine: We need to redesign clinical medicine to create sustainable clinical days and allow for a work-life balance.

If you're looking for strategies to create a sustainable clinical practice and insights from experts in the field, this episode is a must-listen.

So, grab your headphones and join us for an enlightening conversation with Dr. Tonya Caylor on the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast.


Meet Dr. Tonya Caylor 

Tonya L Caylor, MD, FAAFP is a family physician and an academic physician coach in Anchorage, Alaska with 24 years of clinical and academic practice. She is a certified coach who has earned her ICF credential with additional training in Trauma Mitigation. She owns and runs Joy in Family Medicine Coaching Services, ® which partners with family medicine residency programs to help residents and faculty to enjoy all of life and thrive in their chosen careers.


You can find out more on Dr. Caylor at https://www.joyinfamilymedicine.com/


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