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Nov 9, 2020

If you’re a full fledged doctor who has completed all of your residency rounds, do you remember the days of residency? If you’re a resident, do you ever feel like you’re simply surviving day to day? You don’t have to live like that. Dr. Tonya Caylor is a resident wellness advocate and she’s sharing her thoughts on changing the practice of residency.


While overall the residency period is important, it’s not practical to run people into the ground for a calling. Most doctors and nurses will say that they’ve been called to medicine and that helping others is simply in their DNA, why would our current system want to cull that out of us. 


Dr. Caylor has been focusing on residency wellness and supporting residents nationwide to understand their rights and their responsibility to themselves. You see, it is irresponsible to suggest that the pace and requirements of residency are necessary to become a good doctor. 


Experiencing various rotations and having a better understanding of the variety of ways doctors affect patient lives is a requirement. Because a well rounded doctor is a much better doctor. 


Listen as Dr. Caylor shares her thoughts on resident wellness and why it is so important. She also reminds us why it is so important to take time off when necessary and to quell the negative self-talk we all indulge in. You are a badass, it’s time you believed it too!


“We have to let go of perfectionism and we’ve got to get rid of the self doubt.” Dr. Tonya Caylor


In this episode:

[01:42] Welcome to the show, Dr. Caylor!

[02:03] Dr. Caylor shares her background and what she is doing now.

[03:46] Listen, as Dr. Caylor shares how she sees resident wellness.

[04:18] How she is supporting resident wellness.

[07:51] Dr. Caylor shares what she wants residents to know.

[10:00] If you’re not feeling heard, it’s hard to focus on your own health.

[14:57] Why it’s so important to focus on time management, efficiency, and letting go of perfectionism.

[17:46] The biggest takeaways from our conversation.

[19:40] “The antidote to self-doubt is self-compassion.”

[21:28] Thank you so much for being on the show!

[23:19] I’m sharing a poem for your kick of encouragement.


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