Sara Dill, MD

What if you can have a thriving medical practice (and life) and not feel overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out all the time?

You can!

Sound impossible? Too good to be true? Maybe that’s because you believe that the way to solve your problems is to just work harder. (It’s not.) Or that a good doctor always puts other people’s needs first. (Not true).

I know this is what we learned in med school and residency (or before). It is what we see other doctors doing. And I know that it’s not only accepted that doctors work too much, but actually expected!

But it’s not impossible. It’s not too good to be true.

I can help. I understand all of this.

Sara Dill, MD

I understand the pressures of being a doctor and why it is so hard for us physicians to have a successful career while also having free time and a satisfying personal life.

I’m Sara Dill, MD. I am a board-certified dermatologist and pediatric dermatologist. I went through life getting straight As, following the rules, getting into the right schools (Harvard, UC San Diego, Brown), and believing that the way to be a good and successful doctor was to work hard, always say yes, and put patients (and everyone else) first. And I was successful. And yet I felt perpetually stressed out and overworked and unhappy. After residency, I was always looking for that perfect work-life balance. But it never appeared. And I didn’t know how to change this or even if it was possible.

I was determined to solve this problem. I had worked too long and hard to simply accept that I was going to be overworked and stressed out for my whole medical career! So I took a sabbatical from practice and studied life coaching. I completed two life coach training programs and numerous other courses, read 100s of books, and used coaching to transform my own relationship to work.

I discovered how to take control of my life and stop being just one more overworked and stressed out doctor! And so can you!

What I finally learned is that the solution to feeling overworked and overwhelmed has less to do with the actual hours you work than with your thoughts about your work. Overworking is a symptom. Turns out that being a doctor isn’t the problem. You don’t have to quit medicine to work less and stop feeling overwhelmed.

If overworking is a symptom, what is the cure?

The cure is understanding why you work more than you really want to, in spite of your best intentions, and how to stop.