Wonder, Curiosity, and Gratitude with Dr. Rebecca Andrews
16 min

Rebecca Andrews, MD, is the Professor of Medicine, the Director of Ambulatory Education and the Associate Program Director for the categorical Internal Medicine Residency, and the Co-Chair of the Opioid Task Force at the University of Connecticut. She completed her medical school and residency from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where she also served as the Chief Resident. Dr. Andrews has introduced several unique programs such as the office-based medicine track, a business of medicine course, and a women's health track for future primary care trainees. She is also currently serving as the Governor of the Connecticut Chapter for the American College of Physicians and is actively involved in various committees of the ACP. Her work in medicine has been recognized by many honors and awards, including the Laureate Award, the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award by the ACP, Best Doctors award by Hartford Magazine, Doctor of Excellence Award by Leaders in Healthcare, and many others.

Are you up for a gratitude challenge? Dr. Rebecca Andrews believes that practicing gratitude each day—and recognizing the power of wonder—is what keeps her present in a busy and sometimes taxing career in medicine. Today, we learn ways to organize (and multi-task) more efficiently, to avoid feeling overwhelmed. We learn why learning something new every day is a way to stay connected with the world—and with our colleagues. Most of all, though, spending more time being thankful for our lives and opportunities is the best way to keep us engaged and fulfilled in our careers.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Pause when you’re feeling overwhelmed: Make a list of your priorities and tackle them based on what is most important. 2. Recognize the power of wonder and curiosity—not just in medicine—but in everyday life. 3. Take on a gratitude challenge. Everyday, write down what you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. It will keep you engaged and fulfilled in your demanding career.

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