Balancing Medicine and Passion Through Charting Efficiency and External Pursuits

Welcome to Episode 73 of the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast!

In today's episode, we have the captivating Dr. Penelope Hsu joining us to share her remarkable journey through the challenges of medical training, personal struggles, and the pursuit of passions outside of medicine.

Dr. Hsu's experiences with paper charts during her medical training, the absence of a union in medicine, and the transition to electronic medical records shed light on the evolution of clinical practice.

Here are 3 key takeaways from this episode:

  1. Prioritize Efficiency: Dr. Hsu's approach to using patient visits as an opportunity to write notes and explain things to prevent follow-up queries emphasizes the importance of working efficiently in a clinical setting.
  2. Embrace Multiple Passions: Her story showcases the significance of integrating multiple interests and pursuing a fulfilling life outside of medicine to prevent burnout.
  3. Relevance over Eloquence: Dr. Hsu stresses the need to prioritize practicality over perfectionism in charting, focusing on relevant information for billing, continuity of care, and legal coverage.

Dr. Penelope Hsu Bio:

Penelope Hsu is a board certified, practicing pediatrician. She is also a certified professional coach and professional actor. Her current practice includes clinical pediatric care as well as a cultivated list of private coaching and organizational clients. She teaches physicians how to find work-life balance and medical teams how to build a supportive work culture. Her particular interest is in bringing practical strategies and tools to the medical and Asian American communities so that they can prevent burnout, thrive in their lives, and enjoy longevity, happiness, and success in their careers.


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