Career Center

SoMCC Event



Industry Insights - Why Self-Care Isn't Selfish - A Talk for Medical Students and Physicians-in-Training, Dr. Lisa Chu

Date:   Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Time:   12:00 -1:00 PM (Presentation and Q&A)
1:00-1:30 PM (Informal reception)

Location:   LK130, Li Ka Shing Center

Sponsor:   School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC)

Event details:  

You cannot give what you do not have.” – Latin proverb

Physician burnout is a well-documented phenomenon during all stages of medical training and practicing physicians’ careers. Much of the dialog on this subject tends to face outward, blaming external circumstances such as government policies, insurance companies, malpractice law, work hours, and other systemic factors for the apparent rise in physician dissatisfaction, stress, and work-life imbalance.

Acknowledging these factors as part of the equation, Dr. Chu will focus on the one aspect that is rarely discussed or acknowledged in medical journals: what physicians can do to empower themselves and restore balance to their lives.

In this talk, Dr. Chu invites you to think of self-care in a different way. She invites you to consider that as a physician, your knowledge and practice of self-care in your own life is essential in creating a healing relationship with your patients, and creating a healing environment in your clinic, operating room, or hospital.
This interactive session will offer physicians-in-training:

  • Five principles of self-care and tools to practice these principles as a foundation for greater insight and compassion toward the self, with the ultimate goal of providing greater service as healers for patients
  • The opportunity to recognize that one’s experience of any situation can be created through the thoughts they consciously choose to believe
  • Permission to acknowledge that taking responsibility for self-care is an essential part of the caring professional’s journey and development, and is the best medicine you can offer to patients

About Our Presenter:        
Lisa Chu, M.D.
As a life coach, musician, writer, teacher, and speaker, Lisa Chu, M.D., supports and encourages adults who are seeking to live more creatively and passionately.  She completed medical school, but left medicine in order to follow her dream of creating a life of passion and sharing with others her heartfelt love of music and lifelong learning. She has since been a partner in a venture capital firm, the founder of her own violin school, the creator of music improvisation workshops for personal growth, and the co-creator of an acoustic rock band, Chinese Melodrama. On her blog,, she offers stories, insights, and tips on a wide range of topics, including self-care, physician burnout, creativity, adapting to change, mindfulness, music improvisation, sound healing, and yoga. She obtained her A.B. magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College and her M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Free and open to Stanford ID holders.
Additional information and/or registration:   RSVP required. Space is limited, register online

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