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Sep 28, 2020

Jane Liebschutz, MD, is the UPMC Endowed Chair of Translational Medicine and Research, the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, a Professor of Medicine with Tenure, and the Director of the Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Liebschutz is a primary care internist whose clinical practice focuses on the care of underserved populations, with a special interest in caring for patients who have experienced the triad of trauma, pain, and substance misuse. Her research focuses on violence, mental health, and intervention to combat the current crisis in opioid use disorders. Dr. Liebschutz has a strong interest in faculty development and physician workforce diversity and she is dedicated to promoting, mentoring, and supporting underrepresented minority trainees. Dr. Liebschutz also directs a physician wellness initiative and has conducted research in the field of physician burnout.

Dr. Jane Liebschutz puts it best: If you’ve made it this far in medicine, you are already a success. Today, she encourages us to trust ourselves: Everything is going to work out, even when we’re feeling uncertain about the future. She teaches us a few things about mindfulness and preventing burnout, keeping an open mind around both colleagues and patients, and how to enhance our own strengths—and leverage them.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. If you’ve made it this far in medicine, you’re already a success. Instead of having anxiety about the future, rely on your past successes to motivate you for more success in the future.
2. Keep an open mind. When you realize that not everyone thinks the way you do, you can have more open and honest conversations, and develop new perspectives.
3. Instead of fixing your weaknesses, a mentor should help you identify and enhance your areas of strength.