May is a month of many celebrations.
Saturday, May 18th is Armed Forces Day. As a veteran of the Air Force, I want to extend my gratitude to all of the men and women who serve and have served in our country’s armed forces, including my dad David, my brother Greg, and my nephew Matt.
And as I prepare for my first Mother’s Day without my mom…
Welcome to Florida, a state rich in beauty and wildness, known as much for its ability to provide relaxation as for its unpredictability.
I’ve been a resident of the Sunshine State for over two decades and, while I love the endlessly warm weather, it is a place that doesn’t know a dull moment.
As an Emergency Physician, I can attest that Florida offers its own special breed of dangers. Here are a few ways to stay out of my ED:Read More
It is not uncommon to respond to a situation or behave in a way that leaves you saying,
This is not who I am. This is not who I want to be.
A number of factors that can lead to this sort of response…
Social media has added depth to the ways we communicate about practicing medicine.
I really enjoy this portion of the job— considering who we can reach and how we can communicate beyond the scope of clinical practice.
In January one of my personal sheroes, Esther Choo MD, gave truly sage advice…Read More
I often give lectures on a personal favorite concept— the 12 people you need in your life: 3 who inspire you, 3 people who would die for you, 3 people who understand and support you to your core, and 3 people you promote and champion…Read More
At the beginning of March, our family said goodbye to my mother, Marcia Sanson.
My mom was a proud native of Belleville, Illinois. She lived there all her life aside from the military moves we made as a family. She died in Belleville on the evening of March 3rd. I am grateful…
Common early-career advice is “Say yes to everything.”
Before saying yes…Read More
Last month, Dr. Carol Pak-Teng opened up to the New York Post about her experience of burnout and depression as a resident. She also recounts the response of her colleagues when another resident jumped to her death from a building in Manhattan.
“The other residents weren’t even that shockedRead More
March Greetings ~ Spring is on the way, a beautiful time for new beginnings and thinking about the areas of our lives in which we want to continue to blossom.
Whatever season of life you may be in, I hope that you’ll take some time this month to celebrate, reflect on, and honor whatever process of growth you may be in.
As the days become longer and steady sunshine returns, I wish…Read More
In October, I spoke alongside my colleague Dr. Gita Pensa in a joint conversation about maintaining resilience when facing the stress of pending litigation. We shared our experiences at FIX18, FemInEM’s annual ideal exchange.
This week, FemInEM has shared some of my reflections about our presentation on their blog, as wellRead More
Hello, friends and family,
I want to begin February by extending warmth to anyone who may need it.
This time of year is cold and grey. Long winters— both literal and those trying times in our lives— are challenging and, often,
Every day, we lose a physician. This is a public health crisis.
We can treat depression. Suicide is preventable. And yet, in America, we lose doctors on a daily basis. In their homes, in hospital chapels, in parking lots, on rooftops, they decide that the life of a physician is not one that they can bear.Read More
First, do no harm.
This is the oath we take with solemnity as physicians knowing that lives will be placed in our care. We accept this responsibility. We make a vow.Read More
Dr. Sanson is honored to have been chosen to speak at the 2018 FemInEM Idea Exchange, a three-day conference on October 16th, 17th, and 18th in New York City.Read More
Physicians are no strangers to the front lines of social change. We were among the ranks of those spearheading automobile safety, injury prevention, the fight against HIV, and in how our nation views and consumes cigarettes and alcohol.Read More
There are children just beginning their academic lives who have already decided they want to join our ranks. Somewhere, a kindergartener has declared to her mother that she will be a doctor someday. She has the same calling—a life in medicine—that each of us had and chose to pursue. This dedication to easing the pain of others is beautiful but not without peril.Read More