This is a post from Mark Bright, Medical Doctor in Madagascar on his journey from excitement to be working in a field hospital into the deep depression of a burn-out existence. His journey and encouragements are instructive for any of us in a cross-cultural, or high-stress job today.
Bright FamilyJourney Into Burn-Out
It was the beginning of a long and stressful night. I was a first year resident and still nervous each call shift. I glanced at the roster of doctors on call with me at the hospital that night and my heart sank. He was on call. I worked with many amazing doctors. Fantastic mentors who were smart, compassionate and who had wonderful bedside manners. He was not one of them. Last time I was on call, he cursed me out for disturbing him in the middle of the night because someone was really sick and I didn’t know enough to help them. (Read more . . .)