Finding Moments of Self-Reflection with Dr. Kathryn Jobbins
18 min

Kathryn Jobbins, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate. Dr. Jobbins completed her Medical school and  Residency in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA where she also served as the Chief Resident. She also did a residency in surgery at The Cleveland Clinic—South Pointe Hospital. Dr. Jobbins has a strong interest in Resident education and leadership. She has also been the recipient of the Early Career Leadership Award by the American College of Physicians and the Kevin T. Hinchey Resident Teaching Award at the Baystate Medical Center.

How can we be successful if we don’t even give ourselves space to fail? That is the question Dr. Kathryn Jobbins asks of us. Today, we explore what it means to break past limiting beliefs of not feeling good enough. And she encourages us to change our thinking: We can do anything we put our minds to with hard work and determination. At the same time, she urges us to be compassionate towards ourselves, to self-reflect often, and to slow down when we need to. Our role as physicians is imperative: We care for patients, and we seek to impact the world in a positive way. In order to continue on the path of health and success, we must take steps in our personal lives to avoid burnout, because we cannot adequately care for others if we are not taking care of ourselves.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Believe in yourself that you can do anything that you put your mind into with hard work and with a growth mindset. 2. Self-reflection is one of the most important tools to help us grow as humans. 3. Be realistic and practical in setting your goals - work hard but be kind to yourself.

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