Vicki Cansler, Senior VP and Chief HR Executive
Starla’s message was moving and really spoke to the group and led to insightful, personal and poignant interaction among the attendees. (Her) message is applicable not only to physicians but to anyone trying to balance their life!
Vicki Cansler, Senior VP and Chief HR Executive December 8, 2015
Let me start by saying I’m NOT in the medical field. But I AM related to two doctors who will be getting this book! Remedy for Burnout is insightful, progressive and loaded with easy-to-implement ‘prescriptions’ for how Doctors can overcome burnout and heal themselves while still providing a high-level of care for their patients. A quick read, Dr. Fitch not only shares the soul-stirring truth about the state of medicine today… but she offers a step-by-step road map for how those in the medical field can truly love medicine again. I had tears in my eyes too many times to count… a must read for anyone who seeks more joy, abundance and success in their life!
Brook Kreder December 8, 2015
Here's what I love most about this book: It's real. Dr. Starla Fitch writes with clarity, compassion and with this very cool relate-able sense of humor - while delivering a super powerful message to an industry that needs it so so much. (Plus, she's lived all of this too. That's so important in this age when experts seem to be born overnight.) Great, easy read with do-able action steps.
Christine Kane February 4, 2016
Larry Dossey, MD
For many physicians, the magical intimacy of the doctor-patient relationship is little more than a distant memory. For all this, however, there is a way out, from a medical insider who’s been in the trenches and knows how to speak from her heart. Thank you, Dr. Starla.
Larry Dossey, MD February 4, 2016
J. Michael Roach, MD
Starla elegantly reminds us why we enjoy the emotional side of medicine, and coaches us how to perform better as well. The positive relationships with patients and peers can help sustain us during these trying times of seemingly endless regulation, a mentally fatiguing and demanding process for most doctors. She reminds us to take care of ourselves, too. Her work encourages us to continue to grow our strengths, as well as improve our weaker areas.
J. Michael Roach, MD February 4, 2016
Dr. Fitch . . . addresses the issues so many of us face in our day-to-day work lives, whether we are doctors or not. How do you find the joy and satisfaction that drew you to your profession in a world of deadlines, bureaucracy and multi-tasking? In addition (she) addresses the unique issues faced by our medical providers that might not be apparent to patients and others. Dr. Fitch’s 7 prescriptions of self-awareness, empowerment and relationship-building can be implemented immediately to change your mindset from one of burnout to gratitude.
Michael Miller February 4, 2016
Clare V. Buser
...I was intrigued about burnout from a doctor’s perspective. As a nurse who has suffered burnout, I realized I could have used this book in the past and that I’ll be referring to (it) in the future. Dr. Starla’s concrete interventions would easily be customized to any profession or stage of life, i.e., overwhelmed teacher, exhausted parent, frustrated job seeker. The Remedy revives your spirit, organizes your frazzled thoughts and focuses your action plan . . .
Clare V. Buser February 4, 2016
Thomas S. Harbin, Jr., MD
Medical training prepares us for many aspects of practicing, but not the emotional demands. Over time, the emotional drain can lead to burnout or worse. Dr. Starla Fitch has written a marvelous book that fills the gap. You will get a refresher on burnout and more important, prescriptions to remedy the problem. Reading this book and following her advice will let you love your practice again.
Thomas S. Harbin, Jr., MD February 4, 2016
Marc Greenberg, MD
Practicing medicine has always been a risky field for burnout. There has always been, and always will be, more patients that could have been seen, more articles that could be read, more meetings that could have been attended. . . Any physician practicing today will find Dr. Fitch’s comments relevant and her remedies helpful.
Marc Greenberg, MD February 4, 2016
Beth Boynton, RN
This book is written primarily for physicians, but as an advocate for collaborative work and humanizing healthcare (i.e. medicine, nursing, etc) I loved it!
I tended to substitute healthcare professionals or add nurses in my head at times because despite our differences, I think we can talk about burnout together and much of her advice is useful to nurses. In fact, docs and nurses have tremendous potential power to impact healthcare and I believe this power can be realized if we can invite, listen to, and learn about each other's experiences.
Beth Boynton, RN February 4, 2016
Dr. Starla Fitch's Remedy for Burnout is a practical, uplifting, and hopeful book. After all the politics of health care in our country it's so refreshing to take medicine back to the foundation of true compassionate, healing care. Dr. Starla Fitch Is not only a surgeon and is in the trenches, but she is a visionary for what is possible for both doctors and patients. In her warm and positive manner she gives practical prescriptions to love medicine again. I have taught in a medical school for 19 years and many of her prescriptions were not addressed with the medical students and residents. But as a marriage and family therapist I know true healing begins with the care giver. This is where real healing begins. I am so grateful that Dr. Fitch has shared her wisdom with us. I wish all doctors had the heart of Dr. Fitch.
Colleen O’Grady February 4, 2016
I've worked with thousands of doctors in my career and even have a few in my immediate family. I've witnessed not only what it takes to become a physician but what it takes to fuel that passion over years of taking call, survive the ever increasing pressure to see more patients in less time and weather the subsequent loss of connection to the patients served. Dr. Fitch's book presents the reality of this path along with the inspiration to stay (or reconnect) with that original devotion. I simply loved the stories presented here as a reminder of why we all got into healthcare in the first place and the tangible ways doctors (and others) can feel that fire again.
Sue Ludwig February 4, 2016
Howell Tucker, MD
Out of a heart of true concern for others, Dr. Starla Fitch has articulated what many of us have experienced at various stages of our careers. I suspect it is only a fortunate few who have never known seasons of time when job stress and fatigue resulted in some degree of burnout. Dr. Fitch's insight can likely be applied to all walks of life. Thank you for being willing to speak about it!!!
Howell Tucker, MD February 4, 2016
Madeleine Castellanos, MD
Starla infuses what has become the dehumanization of medical staff with a breath of fresh air. She highlights the issues facing not just doctors, but nurses and ancillary staff that all work together under this now-broken model we call medicine. Thank you Starla for giving all of medicine another way of approaching each moment of experience and each interaction with each other as an opportunity for presence, love, and connection.
Madeleine Castellanos, MD February 4, 2016
Pamela A. Pappas, MD
I'm a psychiatrist and homeopath who has worked with hundreds of medical students, residents, and practicing physicians experiencing burnout. Plus I've come through burnout myself. From both perspectives, I can say that Dr. Fitch has created an extremely helpful guide here.
. . . Many doctors are "do it by myself-ers," to the point we can forget anyone might be able or willing to help. Isolation is a killer, and we're much healthier when engaged and relating with each other.
Pamela A. Pappas, MD February 4, 2016
Considering that she is a surgeon, I was curious about what Dr. Starla Fitch's "remedy for burnout" would be as I read this book. It didn't take long to discover that beneath the brain of a doctor lives the heart of a true healer. Dr. Fitch's compassion, empathy and desire to support her fellow medical professionals is not only creative and practical, but touching indeed.
Lisa Zimmerman February 4, 2016
Janet Albers, MD, Chairperson and Residency Program Director
Starla Fitch was a true inspiration. . . Her stories touched our hearts and our spirits. She helped us start the discussion regarding physician and team burnout and how we can begin addressing and preventing it. Starla’s insights are so practical and timely for the stressors we face as part of the complex healthcare system. She reminds us of the compassion that brought us to this field and of our need to connect and support one another.
Janet Albers, MD, Chairperson and Residency Program Director February 4, 2016
Lynn Wolff, FACMPE, MGMA
Dr. Fitch was able to take us out of the chaos that is the medical field, and ask us to remember why we went into this profession in the first place. She asked us to step back and look for balance in our lives between the important work we do by running medical practices, and cherishing the time we spend with family and friends. Through humor and life lessons, Dr. Fitch left us energized and ready to take on the world again.
Lynn Wolff, FACMPE, MGMA February 4, 2016
Phillip Davis, PhD, Associate Provost
I have seldom seen our students as engaged as they were with your presentation. You have a wonderful facility for touching an audience, a warm and supportive presence, and a genuine gift for erasing the barriers between speaker and listeners. The kind of interaction your talk generated rarely happens — we are all in your debt.Thanks for giving so freely of yourself. This is important work you are doing, and you are doing it with wisdom, with humor, and with grace.
Phillip Davis, PhD, Associate Provost February 4, 2016
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD
Dr. Starla Fitch’s book offers a heart-centered remedy on how physicians can help themselves, feel empowered, reconnect to their life purpose, and truly learn how to love medicine despite the challenges of the external world.
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD February 4, 2016
Grateful Doctor (name withheld by request)
I began to consider hiring a coach as I felt like I was entering a critical point in my career as CMO. The fabulous Starla Fitch helped me negotiate a 30% raise, a scribe, an administrative assistant, dedicated professional development funds and time (in addition to CME), and an increase to 3 admin days per week. There is no way I would have accomplished this without Starla’s insight and encouragement. I am truly thankful for her!
Grateful Doctor (name withheld by request) September 21, 2019
Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP
They say that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Before I met Starla I had a professional wish list but no roadmap of how to get there. Starla provides the clarity to overcome the inertia of trying something new and follows it with support, guidance accountability and actionable steps to lead you from point A to Z. If you are ready to start working on that bucket list I highly recommend Starla as your guide- her coaching is invaluable!
Adrienne Youdim, MA, FACP October 4, 2019
Elizabeth Buisker, DO, MBA
I worked with Starla over several months during a very tumultuous time at a previous employer. Starla was able to create a plan to help me survive my "hair on fire" situation while simultaneously preparing me for my move to a new position. Starla was an excellent listener, provided needed insight to my situation I wasn't able to see myself and provided a guide and tools to reset my thinking. She was available and approachable while also holding me accountable.
With her guidance I was able to leave an unhealthy situation with grace and enter into my new position with strength, confidence and skills to succeed. I would highly recommend Starla to anyone struggling with an unhealthy work environment or even someone wanting to reshape how they think about their situation. My life and career are forever changed by Starla and the support she gave me. I look forward to continuing our coaching relationship in the future.
Elizabeth Buisker, DO, MBA October 4, 2019
Kent DeLay, MD
When I started my coaching with Starla, shortly after starting my first post-training job, I was confused and very anxious about my situation. Through her consistent encouragement, planning, and analysis I find myself excited with both the direction of both my professional and personal life. While struggles are inevitable Starla’s coaching has equipped me with the tools to engage them in a productive manner. Thank you for this phenomenal experience.
Kent DeLay, MD October 4, 2019
Dena Hubbard, MD
Before working with Starla, I was praying to need surgery to have a reason to not have to practice medicine. I was severely burnt out on every scale possible and felt completely hopeless. After working with Starla, I have a new positive outlook in my work and have actually found joy again, in medicine, and in life outside my career. She really helped me focus my goals, let go of a few responsibilities (guilt free!), reenergize my passions, and find my core values. I truly feel I am a better doctor, mother, wife, daughter, friend, and colleague after our work together. It helped having a physician coach in my corner, looking out for my best interests. I would highly recommend her, and personally can't wait to work with her again!
Dena Hubbard, MD October 4, 2019
Candi Nobles-James, MD
For someone who makes a living caring for other people, my life surely had become unbalanced. I am so grateful for the work I've accomplished with Dr. Fitch. She reminded me how to nurture and care for myself physically, mentally, and spiritually and how to set reasonable boundaries in my professional and personal life. I was wowed by how easily we connected and by how many goals we set and accomplished in record time. The VIP weekend in Atlanta was an investment in myself and well worth every penny. Thankfully, the work is ongoing with regular telephone meetings with Starla aimed toward setting new goals and developing plans to make life even more rich and rewarding. When I first met Starla I was ready to throw the towel in and change careers; now I love medicine again. My life and career are better than I ever imagined they could be. I'm glad I gave myself permission to reach out for the support I needed.
Candi Nobles-James, MD October 4, 2019