The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected a painting by Jacqueline Huynh, MD, for display in Washington, D.C. Dr. Huynh’s art was selected as part of the Expressions of Clinician Well-Being, a NAM initiative that promotes awareness of physician burnout or resilience through art.
Huynh’s painting, called “Haunted,” is part of a series she created reflecting her journey through residency.
“At times, I felt I was haunted by the patients I lost. I felt suffocated by the demands on my time and the ever-increasing administrative needs of the medical field,” Dr. Huynh said. “I felt drained. Haunted reflects those unseen spirits I felt, shadowing me constantly, day and night.”
She added, “I had burned out. I was ready to walk away from the medical field.”
Huynh, now in her third-year of residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Medicine – Tucson, eventually overcame the difficult time in her career. She credits art as an outlet that helps her express her emotions as a physician.
Dr. Huynh’s art will appear at a pop-up gallery on Wednesday, May 2 in Washington, D.C. The gallery will occur in conjunction with the NAM meeting, “Establishing Clinician Well-Being as a National Priority,” which will focus on clinician burnout, resilience and solutions to promote well-being.
Mari Ricker, MD, director of the College of Medicine - Tucson Resident Well-being Program, said, “I am incredibly proud of Jacqueline for the bravery she has shown in sharing such a vulnerable time in residency on the national stage.”