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Humanizing Our Heroes: Moral Injury in Healthcare with Wendy Dean, MD
Moral injury occurs when clinicians are repeatedly expected, in the course of providing care, to make choices that transgress their long standing, deeply held commitment to healing.
Moral injury is a form of trauma that can occur in any workplace. It is often a result of someone witnessing or participating in a behavior that goes against their beliefs or values. This can cause an employee to feel isolated and be less motivated and engaged at work — and it can have a lasting, negative impact on an organization.
Moral injury and burnout often go hand-in-hand.
In this enlightening conversation between our SHE RECOVERS podcast host, Dr. Tiffany Wynn, and our guest Dr. Wendy Dean, we learn about what moral injury is, how and why it manifests, how the systems we live and operate under play into this experience, and how we can recover from it.
ABOUT DR. WENDY DEAN:
Dr. Dean left clinical medicine when generating revenue crowded out the patient-centered priorities of her practice. Her focus since has been on finding innovative ways to make medicine better for both patients and physicians through technology, ethics, and systems change.
Dr. Dean practiced for 15 years as an emergency room physician and then as a psychiatrist. After leaving clinical practice, she spent eight years in leadership positions, overseeing medical research funding for the U.S. Army, and as a senior executive at a large nonprofit in Washington, D.C., supporting novel strategies to restore form, function and appearance to ill and injured service members. She turned her full attention to addressing moral injury in 2019.
Dr. Dean is a regular contributor to Medscape’s Business of Medicine, blogs on Psychology Today, and continues to work in innovative fields with NASA, the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation, and the Transplant Ethics and Policy Working Group at New York University Langone Medical Center.
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