To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.
— Dr. Edward Trudeau
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Healers know how to respond to suffering. We diagnose the problem, we treat the symptoms, we comfort the patient. We wash our hands and go on to the next room. 

And yet, we are suffering. We work in increasingly broken systems. We ourselves are increasingly broken and burned out. What is the problem? How do we treat the symptoms? How do we comfort the suffering? Health care is long overdue for justice.

Ultimately it comes down to a commitment to my own ethical stand: doing our part to help build a world where we respond to suffering not by inflicting even more suffering on each other, but where we respond to suffering with healing.
— Sidney Dekker, Just Culture

I have two jobs: Emergency Physician and Simulation Educator. As the line between these two worlds blurs, I see restorative just culture as the thread connecting them. I look forward to exploring that thread here. What is it? How do we build it?

 

Without justice, we will not find joy. Without joy, we cannot bring justice.

I am a woman, a new mother, a physician, a citizen, and a teacher. I am both inspired and troubled. Inspired by the good work of people trying to eliminate suffering, build community, and share love. I am troubled by actions and systems that work against them.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Why justice?

Justice is about fairness and accountability. By shining a light on what is broken, we can fix it. This means broken systems and incorrect actions and honest mistakes. If we hide our faults out of fear, we can never overcome them.

Why joy?

Humans are wonderful and messy. We are beautifully imperfect. By focusing on what we do well, we can fix what we do wrong. We may break, but we can heal. We are resilient.

I hope that this platform can encourage you to share your joys, share your challenges, and share your solutions. Please hold me accountable. I will mess up sometimes. I look forward to your kind and constructive feedback.

Shannon McNamara, MD