Behind the White Coat
Reclaiming the Joy in the Art of Healing


January 9, 2019
Vignettes as told to David McKay Wilson


White clothing reveals character: crisp, clean, capable of riveting attention.

For the physician, the white coat is synonymous with the virtues of altruism, responsibility, duty, respect and compassion. It reminds physicians of their professional duties—as prescribed by Hippocrates—to lead their lives and practice their art in uprightness and honor.

So, if the white coat embodies an expectation (conscious or unconscious) of hope, what happens when the practice of medicine begins to exact a toll on the wearer?

In the feature that follows, nine practicing physicians—in their own voices—bare their jobs and the strategies they employ to relieve potential burnout. As they refocus, they reexamine the awe and wonder inherent in the art of healing.

Marcin Jankowski, DO '05

Marcin Jankowski, DO ’05

Faith Galderisi, DO '01

Faith Galderisi, DO ’01

Karen E. Arscott, DO '86

Karen E. Arscott, DO ’86

Col. Ret. Kary John Schroyer, DO ’97

Col. Ret. Kary John Schroyer,
DO ’97

Courtney Hudson Hinton, DO’ 14/MBA

Courtney Hudson Hinton,
DO ’14/MBA

Gregory McDonald, DO '89

Gregory McDonald, DO '89

Bernadette Meade, DO ’79

Bernadette Meade, DO ’79

Alicia Huff Vinyard, DO ’11

Alicia Huff Vinyard, DO ’11

Dustin Flannery, DO ’11

Dustin Flannery, DO ’11

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