For many doctors, the experience of medical training and practice internalizes values of hard work and sacrifice of personal needs in the name of patient care.

While noble and often necessary, the result can be learning to live with extraordinary stress rather than reducing it manageable levels. Physician wellbeing depends upon many individual, systemic and cultural factors.

The BASICS series of articles explores a personal resilience paradigm for physicians over six domains: physiological, psychological, social, intellectual, community and spiritual.