Stellar Doc - Amaryllis Sanchez, MD
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Where did you attend medical school?
Penn State University College of Medicine
Where did you do your residency?
Halifax Medical Center
Why did you go into medicine?
I went into medicine to help people. I strive to care for the soul and minister to the spirit while treating the body, and have been able to do this for 25 years. An incredible privilege.
What makes you a #stellardoc?
Honestly, the #stellardocs are the ones caring for patients during this pandemic. I'm here to support my colleagues, advocate for their needs, help them recapture joy and meaning, remind them to not neglect what's most important while caring for others, and empower them to stand up as advocates for themselves, their teams, and their patients.
What hashtags describe you?
#passion #perseverance #advocacy #faith #courage #vision #servantleader #connection #RecapturingJoy #mom
What would be some phrases or characteristics that describe you as a physician?
Committed to every patient and to excellence. A caregiver to caregivers. Unafraid to call out injustice and mediocrity. Caring for the soul, ministering to the spirit. Educator. Meticulous. Empowered. Inspiring. Love and admire my colleagues. Proud geek. ;)
What you are passionate about in healthcare?
I am passionate about empowering my colleagues to stand up, speak up, and lead medicine again. I am passionate about caring for people with excellence and compassion. I am passionate about the importance of a solid science foundation and appropriate education and training for every medical professional in the healthcare team. I am passionate about advocating for physicians as leaders of the healthcare team. And I am a passionate advocate for all these things at the local, state, and national levels.
Where can readers learn more about you and your work?
My website is www.faithfulMD.com. My facebook business page is Impact Writing & Coaching. I hope to release soon a Facebook page for my book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, but it's not live yet.
How has the COVID-19 crisis affected you as a person/physician/business owner?
As a person and woman of faith, this has first brought me to my knees in prayer for my community and our nation and then given me another opportunity to advocate for the needs of physicians and the medical team. I've had to advocate intensely with perseverance, diplomacy, and wisdom in my local community to ensure social distancing happens; I'm certain my efforts have made a significant difference, so I'm grateful I've been able to do this. Much of my work has been postponed or canceled (presentations, workshops, seminars for physicians and students I was scheduled to provide). On the other hand, my work with med students and residents through an organization called FACTS (I'm a senior writer and editor for FACTS, and one of 2 physicians on staff) has increased, since we teach a 2-week online elective for med students & residents. I love working with med students! I'm glad I'm already credentialed in telemedicine, which I will likely do much more in the coming weeks/months. Also, this new reality may be the catalyst for me to create online content around my new book for physicians, Recapturing Joy in Medicine. I believe COVID-19 will transform our nation in ways we do not yet anticipate. More than anything, I am deeply grateful to have all my children home and feel blessed for the ways I've been able to contribute to the health of my community and our colleagues in mind, body, soul, and spirit during this crisis.
Quotes that define Dr. Sanchez:
A few quotes from my book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine: "Take every opportunity to bring that sacred patient-physician relationship back to the center of all you do." "As physicians, we have more power than we exercise." "Our patients need us because we are human, not in spite of it."
#StellarDoc is the brainchild of Dr. Leah Houston, Founder of HPEC: The Digital Physicians Guild | HIMSS Author | Public Speaker | Blockchain Enthusiast| Futurist |www.hpec.io