Man-o-man do we have a special one today! I don’t even know where to start with today’s description. There isn’t an aspect of professional burnout, how your blessings can become burdens, or getting and keeping your mind right that Dr. Clay Whiting and I didn’t discuss. And the funny thing is, we met live for the first time right before we recorded this podcast!
Dr. Clay Whiting is a Level-1 trauma unit Emergency Medicine Physician in San Diego, California. He’s a former US Navy Medical Corp Officer and is a husband and father of 2 children. And like so many of us, he’s faced the challenge of burnout and needing to find a way to reset, reconnect and get his mind right to balance out all in his life.
As I mentioned, I had not met Clay before we recorded this podcast episode. He’ll share how he stumbled upon the podcast, his personal struggles with professional burnout, feeling disconnected from his responsibilities, rediscovering his faith, and re-establishing a relationship with his father. And on top of it, he shares how he did it and how he’s helping his colleagues do the same and inspire youth to be their best selves.
Strap in for this episode because we’re about to get real. And dig real deep.
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More about Dr. Clay Whiting:
Clay Whiting, MD, believes in the “whole person” (mind/body and spirit) approach to living life to its fullest potential. He has a unique perspective of our global society having spent the last 30 years “soul searching” and striving to understand the human experience from his early days as a Creighton University medical student, to wearing the uniform proudly as a US Navy Medical Corps Officer, to building his foundation as an Emergency Medicine Resident at Harbor-UCLA and now serving as a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician as a frontline warrior and hero the last 19 years at Scripps Mercy San Diego.
Dr. Whiting wants to be an engaged voice in representing the everyday heroes serving as frontline healthcare workers 24/7/365 during the last two challenging years of our global pandemic. He wants to break down mental health barriers and overcome stigma for physicians (and the entire healthcare team) so we can share our stories to work together to heal and unite. Let’s inspire one another to stay strong and continue to care for our fellow humans with love, compassion, understanding, and humility.