7: Covid Physician Burnout with Dr. Jozi McGowan


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Burnout can affect us at any stage in our medical journey. For so many it starts in residency, but what if there was a way to be better prepared before you ever get to residency. That’s exactly what Dr. Jozi McGowan helps medical students to do, so it came as a bit of a shock when she realized that she too was experiencing burnout.

Dr. Jozi received her medical degree and then went into medical education. There she helps counsel and mentor students to give them information and perspective about their aspirations.

While she isn’t practicing per se, there is still a ton of pressure and when Covid happened she lost all of her typical coping mechanisms. Her colleagues and husband noticed the differences in her and she knew she had to make a change.

As luck would have it, I’d reached out to her through LinkedIn and as our relationship grew, she found the coping mechanisms she needed. The Burntout to Badass came out and she was determined to be in the course.

Listen in to hear her whole story and what life is like now that she’s found new ways to cope with the burnout she’s found in medical education.

You become the back burner and it sort of slips away and you don't’ even realize how much you are going through the burnout rabbit hole.” Dr. Jozi McGowan

In this episode:

[01:31] Welcome to the show, Dr. McGowan!

[01:42] Dr. McGowan shares her background and what she is doing now.

[02:38] Listen as Dr. McGowan talks about what burned out looked like to her.

[06:30] Most of the time extreme irritability comes out when you get home in a safe environment.

[08:31] What her burnout looked like from the outside and whether her family and friends noticed anything.

[11:20] Where her journey went during the pandemic.

[13:16] She says she reached out to Errin for a one on one and they just clicked.

[17:21] The culture around residency and the need for boundaries.

[19:32] Learn how much value she found in Errin’s Burnout To Badass course.

[22:36] Her colleagues noticed the change once she went through the course.

[24:40] She wants people to know that burnout is real and can affect anyone.

[26:03] Thank you for being on the show!

Links and Resources Connect with Dr. Jozi McGowan

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  1. Buy my Kindle Book, Doctor Me First, on Amazon
  2. Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series.
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