Can you remember what you were doing two years ago on March 11, 2020? Dr. Maltais can.
For him and many other healthcare professionals, March 11, 2020 was the day that caused world wide panic and lockdowns from the global COVID-19 pandemic that tested the core of our medical systems, challenged the values of our society, and altered human history forever.
After a long few years, physicians are finally starting to take off the masks and talk about “healthcare diseases” and how they affect medical professionals physically and mentally. But not the ones you might be used to reading about.
Whether “dis-ease” happens in absolute terms or why it exists solely to those directly involved in the healthcare field is one of the core principles driving examination of burnout in the medical field.
In the healthcare industry, in which discussion about burnout seems to be hidden behind fears, identities, lies, and validated by egocentricity, the admittance of one’s ability to be exhausted discourages physicians from seeking the help they need.
There’s angst in asking a healthcare professional about their health; it’s a black hole of shame leading to endless anxiety in the unknown. But in the age of rising anxiety and depression among healthcare workers, we must be able to create more opportunities for workers to admit when they need help.
That’s why Dr. Simon Maltais, a cardiac surgeon in one of the world’s largest healthcare providers, shares his journey as a doctor and how he overcame personal challenges that forced him to almost end everything.
In Healthcare Anonymous: Put Yourself First To Avoid Anxiety, Addiction, and Burnout, you’ll be taken on a journey that empowers you to understand the healthcare workers system and the high prevalence of the hidden dis-ease and its critical impact on our society.
Dr. Maltais meticulously describes a framework in four parts to help the reader understand the suffering behind the masks of those seen as heroes.
Part one shows the reader how susceptible healthcare workers are to burnout, anxiety, and addiction. Maltais calls it “the silent-upbringing” of a fatal illness by offering readers an inside look at the relationship to the agent (susceptibility), host (healthcare professional), and environment (working conditions). Dr. Maltais aims to disrupt the connection between the agent, host, and environment to find a solution for a commonly spread diseases in the medical field.
Readers will engage in Simon’s story in a way that helps them understand how diseases spread by comparing a doctor’s journey to a model that is often utilized for studying health problems. These are both conceptual and necessary for developing an awareness of healthcare disease.
In part two, Dr. Maltais’s writing style tells a story that takes readers behind the scenes through the sole purpose of understanding how burnout occurs. Through scientific research and personal reflections from decades in the medical field, readers will see how burnout slowly creeps into the lives of medical professionals without any warning signals.
In one of his most challenging years, Dr. Maltais shares how the pandemic and many other issues behind the masks doctors wear professionally and personally were like Molotov cocktails waiting to ignite a bigger flame.
As readers, Dr. Maltais aims to inspire us to find a place of solace, knowing the discomfort inherent to such examination of ourselves and those who we hold in high regards, such as doctors.
Part three sheds light on the clinical manifestation from triggers discussed in previous chapters. Dr. Maltais weaves in science with personal stories in a way that turns pages effortlessly as readers get lost in the journey of those who have suffered devastating consequences from the internal and external problems healthcare professionals face.
To uncover the onset of symptoms, Dr. Maltais shares stories in four distinct categories: physical, psychological, behavioral, and personal. In tear-breaking stories, the reader will be left with an awareness of the complex conditions healthcare workers face in today’s world.
To wrap things up, Dr. Simon Maltais strategically brings in an outside perspective in psychology to help readers with a framework to shift outcomes in the field. Expanding on the vertex mentioned in part one, part four hones on the importance of the environment and gives readers actional steps to prevent burnout while emphasizing the significance of healthcare professionals putting themselves first.
With the world in a constant state of worry as we embark on the third year of the pandemic, Dr. Maltais’s story looks at pivotal events that take you on a journey into the world’s largest industry with an open heart and mind to uncover some controversial topics.
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