Resident physician Sudhakar Nuti was almost too burnt out to write about burnout. He spent months summoning the energy to start his recent First Opinion essay on how the pandemic has aggravated the already dire mental health situation for many medical trainees around the country, including himself. “I feel like I’ve gone from doctor to debris,” he wrote.
This week, Nuti joins the “First Opinion Podcast” to discuss how burnout happens during residency, how the pandemic threw gasoline on that fire, and how medicine might address its systemic problems with systemic solutions.
“My experience of training to become a doctor is very much defined by this pandemic,” Nuti said. “It took me probably a year to have insight into how I was feeling and really have the opportunity and space to breathe.”
The conversation stems from Nuti’s First Opinion titled, “I worry that burnout can’t be reversed and has fundamentally changed me as a doctor and a person.”
And if you have any feedback for us — First Opinion authors to feature on the podcast, vocal mannerisms the host needs to jettison, kudos or darts — email us at [email protected] and please put “podcast” in the subject line.
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