May 22, 2022

A burnout coach saved my medical career — and possibly my life

"I almost quit my job in 2014. I didn’t like my life, and I didn’t like myself. I had a lot of problems personally and professionally, and I wondered if I was good enough to solve them. I often felt weak and powerless. People were coming to me for...


"I almost quit my job in 2014. I didn’t like my life, and I didn’t like myself. I had a lot of problems personally and professionally, and I wondered if I was good enough to solve them. I often felt weak and powerless. People were coming to me for answers, but I sometimes felt like a fraud.

My usual strategies of working harder and reading more books weren’t helping me, and I knew it, but I didn’t know what to do. I felt frustrated, angry, sad, tired, and lonely. All I knew was I wanted these feelings to go away.

And then I would shame myself for feeling this way. I kept asking myself: What is wrong with you?

Brett Linzer is an internal medicine-pediatrics physician.

He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "A burnout coach saved my medical career — and possibly my life."

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