"We've done a lot of wellness things within our residency program, but nothing has been to the degree of wellness that I feel like that's been brought from this program. This is the most wellness helpful, great thing, more than any other wellness thing that we've ever done in our program, for sure. It started giving me some of the basic tools to approach very common problems that residents or just even people in life have. Things that I can definitely work on to hopefully make my either work relationships, or personal relationships, or even relationship with myself better. And I know that it will take some time, but I think we definitely all got some of those basic tools help enhance that."
"[Better Together] has cleared up a lot of space in my head that was taken up by worrying and ... lack of confidence. I just used to spend so much time in my head being insecure about something, and I'm able to compartmentalize or quiet down some of those thoughts so that I even just have a little bit more time for research at home or fun things at home, and then also just have a way clearer head space for my partner when I come home so I'm not so fixated on work and worrying about what things happened. Taking that power back to myself and realizing that my experience is dictated by me regardless of what circumstance I'm in. That's, like, a huge breakthrough."
“I got something out of the program, [and] it was to be a lot more gentle with myself. I think having that grace towards yourself definitely can make you more confident as a physician, I think more happy as a physician. I definitely love what I do, but that doesn't mean there's not challenges. So, I think having these frameworks helps with being more equipped when there's something tough that comes up."
"I’m so thankful [my coach] took the time to talk with me and helped me see a path to better process my thoughts! I feel lighter and more hopeful because of our conversation. I know the hard work and obstacles will not end, but I also feel a sense of relief that I can build tools to better handle my thoughts and emotions. Thank you for making a profound impact on my personal and professional life already!"
“Feedback was something that I dreaded because I assumed feedback would be negative and people's opinion of me was something that I coveted. But the program really focused a lot on imposter syndrome and feedback and [how to not] hang your whole existence in someone's feedback. I thought the constructive feedback meant that I was a bad doctor, and that I was bad at operating, [instead of the attending] literally just helping me. I finally realized that my thoughts were: ‘oh, I should be perfect at everything, I should know everything, and no one should ever give me any feedback.’ It was this unrealistic expectation that I didn't even realize.”
“I think a huge strength is just being able to see, ‘Oh my experience, although some things in my experience are unique, a lot of it isn't.’ A lot of it is something that we all share of being residents, working really hard, feeling inadequate at times, wanting to be perfect, feeling like we are going to get found out. Those things, it was helpful to look around and be like, ‘Oh, there's all these amazing women who are awesome doctors who also feel all the same things in this...’ ..." Clearly, there's some messages that we've all been taught from a young age that aren't accurate. So I think a big benefit is just seeing how much you have a similar thread with other people and what a community you can have in a situation like this."
“[the coaching] was very helpful and I have been working on reframing my thoughts, and I got to try out my reframing with a patient today and was able to totally remove negative energy from my thoughts!”