Amanda Dinsmore, MD, FACEP

Medical Specialties: Emergency Medicine (primary), Integrative Medicine

Focus: Physician Burnout/Moral Injury

Nothing is more important to me than helping my peers. Over the course of time working in busy ERs for  more than 15 years, I eventually found myself feeling stuck and not enjoying medicine. I even started having psychosomatic hives while at work at one point. I harshly criticized myself anytime there was a bad outcome and obsessively thought about what I might have missed during my shifts. My marriage nearly imploded at one point, and I struggled with feeling like I had so many responsibilities but was failing at them all. Then I found coaching, and it’s made such a huge difference for me that I knew I had to share this with others. To me, making the healer a priority makes the most sense. Teaching our fellow women physicians/residents/medical students to put their own oxygen mask on first is paramount. And it’s not because we aren’t resilient. It’s the opposite, in my opinion. Few can do what we do. So why would high powered business executives and professional athletes be the only ones to benefit from mindset coaching? There is no one that deserves these tools more than the smart, altruistic, wonderful women physicians/residents/medical students who keep showing up despite it all to help others. They’re my people, and I have a passion for working with them. My clients prefer to talk with someone who has been there. And I’ve been there. I see myself in them. I surely wish I had coaching earlier in my career. I see now the thought errors I had, and I’d love to use my experiences to help others. It serves a purpose in that way. We study 10s of 1000s of hours on how to care for others, but now it is time to learn how to care care of ourselves.