How does rock climbing help you manage stress, achieve work-life balance, and/or contribute to your overall health and well-being?
I have found rock climbing to be a perfect balance to counteract the rigors of our specialty. Although often exhilarating, the life of an emergency medicine physician can at times be a grind both mentally and physically. The amount of mental focus and physical determination along with the strive for accomplishment of completing a difficult route can really be uplifting; resetting you for another busy day. It can really bring another dimension to your life. In addition, the values of rock climbing fit the emergency medicine specialty in more ways than one. Continuous micro-improvements, trust in your team members, and the understanding that we all have our own strengths and weaknesses, are only few of the values that I have gleaned from my time climbing.
Brian Ichwan, MD, is an emergency medicine resident currently in the Stanford/Kaiser residency. Brian has a strong focus in delivering care to the underserved. He has published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and has had international medical trips to Guatemala and Myanmar.