Prescription Comedy

An Unlikely Antidote to Physician Burnout

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Pub Date 09 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2021

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The secret to healing from physician burnout, re-connecting with loved ones and rediscovering daily joy resides in an unlikely place: the comedy club.

In Prescription Comedy, author Dr. Pranathi Kondapaneni shares her personal journey with burnout and how an almost accidental foray into the world of comedy proved key to her cure.

What you’ll discover:

*  Why so many physicians succumb to burnout and suffer a loss of faith as they toil under the weight of a medical system that doesn’t value connection

*  Where the true value of comedy truly lies: in cultivating a connection with the audience that extends far beyond making them laugh

*  How Dr. Kondapaneni’s personal quest to improve the physician-patient communication bond led her to discover and explore comedy

*  Simple lessons that can help you defeat physician burnout

“In sharing my journey, I aim to help fellow physicians who feel downtrodden, disenfranchised, and disenchanted by the weight of this medical system,” says Dr. Kondapaneni. “Unless one has walked in the shoes of a shattered physician, it’s hard to understand the swamp which can swallow a physician whole.”

This book was written for physicians, who are often seen as lucky to have a stable, well-paying career. They ultimately carry the burden of treating our most precious resource: health. Couple this responsibility with a broken healthcare system, and physicians face a hefty load indeed.

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

—Mark Twain

The secret to healing from physician burnout, re-connecting with loved ones and rediscovering daily joy resides in an unlikely place: the comedy club.

In Prescription Comedy, author Dr. Pranathi...


Advance Praise

"Loved the easy-to-read insight of a doctor who turned to comedy to cure her burnout. It was an inside look at the joys and frustrations of being a doctor and how burnout is wide-spread. It was also interesting that something like doing improv and stand-up comedy can refresh the spirit and teach communication skills. A must-read for doctors and anyone looking for a new way of dealing with other people.;

A useful book with valuable strategies to avoid burnout and to regain one's motivation... meant for doctors, but very relevant for teachers as well! Highly recommend!"

"Loved the easy-to-read insight of a doctor who turned to comedy to cure her burnout. It was an inside look at the joys and frustrations of being a doctor and how burnout is wide-spread. It was also...


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Well, as Jack Benny might have said, this book is a very pleasant surprise. It is about how a physician, with burnout, discovers how comedy restores balance to her life. She sounds like a wonderful physician and much of her book focuses not on creating yucks and laughs, but on using comedy and improvisation as a way of connecting with human beings. Her books is very compassionate, easy to read, has a good bibliography, and her heart shines through. I am a CPA, and I do use humor in my communications with my clients (and the IRS, funny people). I completely agree with all of her points in the book, and I find the book very life affirming and positive. Just what the doctor ordered, eh?

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I enjoyed this book. The author did a nice job sharing a bit about the medical industry and the challenges that physicians face, as well as causes of burnout and communication issues between doctors and patients. She also shared some personal and informational anecdotes about improv, stand up comedy, and comedic writing. I wish that the author had shared more personal stories (medical or comical) as well as some (fictional or real) comedic stories. She shared that one of her writing pieces was about speed dating to choose a doctor, but she didn’t include that writing in her book, I would love to have a glimpse into her more fictional or personal narrative stories as I think she has some great potential! This was a quick and relatively easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning a bit more about life as a doctor and/or a comedian! I hope to see more stories from her in the future! Thanks NetGalley and Ingeium (publisher) for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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I needed this. This has been the hardest year in my profession and this book was the cure for my slump. Incredible, I am so thankful that the author wrote this

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I enjoyed this book, I found it an interesting read looking into the life and stresses for the medical professionals. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for a review. I will be putting this review on Amazon too.

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I enjoyed reading Prescription Comedy: An Unlikely Antidote to Physician Burnout by Pranathi Kondapaneni. Unfortunately, I see many parallels in my profession of nursing with burnout as well. #PrescriptionComedy #NetGalley

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I really enjoyed this knowledgeable book. In Prescription Comedy, author Dr. Pranathi Kondapaneni shares her personal journey with burnout and how an almost accidental foray into the world of comedy proved key to her cure. What you’ll discover: * Why so many physicians succumb to burnout and suffer a loss of faith as they toil under the weight of a medical system that doesn’t value connection * Where the true value of comedy truly lies: in cultivating a connection with the audience that extends far beyond making them laugh * How Dr. Kondapaneni’s personal quest to improve the physician-patient communication bond led her to discover and explore comedy * Simple lessons that can help you defeat physician burnout A must read!

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