The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner

Medical Missions: Doing Good and Avoiding Burnout

April 02, 2023 Andrew Wilner, MD Season 1 Episode 82
The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner
Medical Missions: Doing Good and Avoiding Burnout
Show Notes

Welcome to The Art of Medicine, the program that explores the arts, business, and clinical aspects of the practice of medicine! I’m your host, Dr. Andrew Wilner. 

Today, I spoke with Joe Sherman, MD, pediatrician and physician coach. Many physician coaches are out there, and I’ve interviewed several for this program. But when I learned about Dr. Sherman’s extensive medical mission work in Uganda and Bolivia, I had to speak with him. 

My own medical mission work in the Philippines started over ten years ago. Traipsing through the jungle to remote locations to treat indigenous people who had never seen a Western physician before was an amazing experience. It opened my eyes to a larger world beyond traditional private practice and academic medicine. There’s no doubt that the experience molded me into a better physician. It also raised questions about how best to deliver care globally to underserved areas. 

Dr. Sherman explained that the benefits of a medical mission go both ways. While volunteer physicians and other healthcare workers provide free care, they receive intangible but priceless returns that stay with them for the rest of their lives. Dr. Sherman’s broad experience and thoughtful analysis come through during this interview.

When I asked Dr. Sherman whether a physician considering a medical mission should try it, his answer was an unequivocal “Yes!”

Please watch this 30-minute interview with Dr. Joe Sherman to learn why.

To learn more about medical missions or to inquire about Dr. Sherman’s physician coaching, please check out his website:

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