Learn About the Harm of the “Resilience” Narrative

Michelle Owens, DO, says the term “resilience” “has been thrown around flippantly in relation to the physician community” during the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes the use of the term – and what it implies – is damaging to her profession. 

At a Texas Medical Association Women Physicians Section virtual event on March 22, “I Don’t Want to be Resilient: How the Resilience Narrative Harms Physicians,” Dr. Owens will explain why – and what doctors can do to navigate this uncertain era. The event is open to all members.

“As physicians, we have already proven our resilient nature through navigating rigorous medical education and residency training,” Dr. Owens said. “To say we are ‘burned out’ because we are not resilient enough literally adds fuel to our already burned-out fire. It implies the blame lies solely on the physicians and does not acknowledge the role health care organizations play in fostering a sustainable practice environment. It gaslights physicians who are barely holding on as is.”

Her presentation, which will begin at 6 pm CT, will explore ways people and health care organizations can improve well-being on both the personal and the health-system levels, including “evidence-based self-care practices focused on gratitude” and advocating for change within their organization.

Participants will earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending. Register now.

The Women Physicians Section’s next meeting will be at TexMed 2022 in Houston. Visit the Women Physicians Section website for more information on the section and how to get involved. 

Special thanks to TMA Insurance Trust for being a pinnacle sponsor of the Women Physicians Section.

Last Updated On

April 05, 2022

Originally Published On

February 18, 2022

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