Don’t Let Me Burn(out)

Bit by bit I see chipping away

My once unbridled enthusiasm every day

I want to channel my energies in one place

On my patients, but my cognitive space

Is occupied by umpteen tasks unproductive

I have no more bandwidth left to give

Any more to this hallowed profession

With a heavy heart I make this confession

In documenting information meaningless

In jumping hoops through a convoluted process

In trying to please all those in power above me

I am missing the forest for each imposing tree

I fear what would happen if I no longer cared

For my patients’ well being- some days I worry I am there

I find feelings of sympathy ebbing out of me

How would I be a doctor without empathy?

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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