Did you know that physicians are more likely to die by suicide than individuals in any other career? When we go to the doctor, the last person we expect to need care is our physician. How can we, as a society, foster a healthy atmosphere for providers? Lynette Charity MD is an Anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience “putting people to sleep.” Her medical career journey began as a child overcoming the obstacles of growing up in the projects in segregated Virginia and as a teenager, attending a predominantly White high school. She graduated from that high school with honors and after attending Chatham College for Women in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating with a BS in Biology-Chemistry, she received her MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. After her Anesthesiology residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, she completed medical fellowships in Neuroanesthesia and Obstetrical Anesthesia at UCSF Moffitt Hospital in San Francisco.
She achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. while teaching Anesthesiology residents and becoming an Asst. Chief of Anesthesia and Operative Services at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Charity resides in Gilbert, AZ with her husband of 40 years, Dr. Anthony Sado. They have two adult children and an 11-month old grandson who made them move from a small condo in a gated retirement community to a big house with a big backyard and a pool! When not being a babysitter, she enjoys memoir writing, improv and an occasional stand-up comedy open mic. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at