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Book Review: The Thriving Physician

The Thriving Physician: How to Avoid Burnout by Choosing Resilience Throughout Your Medical Career

by Gary R. Simonds, MD, MHCDS and Wayne M. Sotile, PhD

The Thriving Physician is not just another self-help book for those in the medical profession. This is a survival guide that lays bare the many influences in a physician’s life that can lead to burnout. The book, in particular, benefits from the “unique partnership” of Dr. Gary Simonds, an academic neurosurgeon, one of the most grueling and demanding fields of medicine, and Dr. Wayne Sotile, who over the past 35 years has become one of the most reputable experts in helping physicians in their professional and personal lives.

The 40 chapter titles alone are proof that no stone has been left unturned — from issues of debt, overindulgence, and sleep deficit, as well as the inherent intensity, doubt, loneliness, and fear that inevitably become all too common during one’s professional career.

While “physician, heal thyself” is an oft quoted mantra, few books offer practical guidance that focuses specifically on the needs of physicians. Sotile and Simonds share their insights on proven strategies for physicians to avert burnout and ensure resilience in both their personal and professional lives.

Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH
Executive Director, American Medical Women’s Association
Editor, This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine

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