Episode 76: The Worthy Physician Charting A New Course

Welcome to Episode 76 of the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast!

In this episode, Dr. Sarah Smith welcomes Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, a rural internist in Kansas, as the guest. Dr. Sapna reveals her personal and professional journey, from feeling overwhelmed and considering leaving the medical profession to finding balance and fulfillment in her current role.

She discusses the importance of delegating tasks, setting boundaries, and prioritizing work-life balance to prevent burnout. Dr. Sapna also shares insights from her own podcast, "The Worthy Physician," and emphasizes the need for self-care and systemic changes in the healthcare industry.

Join us as we explore Dr. Sapna's inspiring story and learn valuable lessons for sustainable and compassionate clinical practice.

Here are 3 key takeaways from this episode:

1️.         Trust and Empower Your Team: Dr. Sapna's approach to delegating tasks and empowering her team led to improved efficiency and patient care, proving that trust is essential in team collaboration.

2️.         Prioritize Self-Compassion: Dr. Sapna emphasizes the importance of hitting the pause button, acknowledging feelings, and creating a pathway for change, highlighting the necessity of self-compassion in the medical profession.

3️.         Redesigning Clinical Practice: Dr. Sapna's story inspires a shift in mindset regarding work-life balance, patient care prioritization, and the need for change within the healthcare system.

 Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque Bio:

Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She was born and raised in Kansas, and attended medical school at the University of Kansas [KU] School of Medicine.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at KU-Wichita as well.  After experiencing burnout herself, and watching other physician colleagues burn out, it became a passion of hers to look into different aspects of burnout.  While the system does need to change, as it is broken, this podcast is a way to reach physicians and possibly shed light on what is not an isolated situation. 


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