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What image, quotation, poem, book, or essay do you return to when feeling burned out?


Physicians share how beautiful cemeteries, publications, and speeches uplift when a recharge is needed.

Passion in the Medical Profession | September 21, 2018 | <1 min read


Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Stopping by Oak Lawn Cemetery where my grandparents are buried, a two minute drive from my hospital, is what I do when I’m feeling burned out. They both played a huge role in my early life, teaching that a kind heart and a smile can do a lot. Both of them immigrated from Greece seeking out better lives for their families. When I’m burned out, I swing by the hospital gift shop, pick up some flowers, and take a quick drive to say hi to them. Remembering their sacrifices and my early childhood memories helps me to remember how vital humanism is for medicine.

Laura Hanyok, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I have a copy of the 52 precepts that medical trainees should consider regularly on my bulletin board. Authored by our very own Scott Wright from expert advice from physicians. I particularly read the “values to guide one’s career in medicine,” precepts 42-52. I also recommend it to learners when I am speaking about wellbeing.

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Rachel Salas, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“The Dream of Life,” by Alan Watts.  An inspiring speech by Alan Watts from his lecture, “Out of Your Mind.”