By Kathryn Crowley, MD, FACEP
When I was asked to write about resilience in emergency medicine, I had to stop and think about what resilience means. According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress, or more simply, "bouncing back." Haven't we all had those shifts or weeks where we feel stressed, tired and knocked down? And yet we get back up and do it again and again. Emergency medicine physicians are some of the most resilient individuals. They face significant stressors every day and are often tasked with helping families in their most difficult times.
So what can we do to keep bouncing back. Here are some ideas:
We have one of the most stressful but also the most rewarding jobs. Take time to take care of yourself so you can continue to help others in their time of need.