I had the chance to e-interview soon to be FEBI Coach Beth Potter about her work and FEBI.
Beth Potter, MD, is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). She has focused her career on providing healthcare to underserved communities, and has taught medical students, residents and practicing physicians throughout her career.
1) How have you used FEBI in your work?
I have found the FEBI to be very useful in my daily work. I am a primary care physician/teacher and medical director for employee health and wellbeing. I find the energy patterns helpful in thinking about how I should approach the work I do. When I am working on a project or part of a group, I try to understand the energy patterns of those I am working with. It can help me figure out how to frame an idea depending on the style of the group or individual. In the organization where I work, I recognize that the current leaders are very heavily weighted towards organizer/driver. It helps me understand what types of patterns will work best for working on or proposing projects in this environment.
2) Why have you decided now to get FEBI Certified? How do you think it will help you in the future?
I feel the FEBI is a very helpful tool to and I would like to share it with the resident physicians who I work with. I feel this is a tool that has the possibility of helping them understand their own style and how that can work best with others. The rate of burnout is quite high in medicine and particularly in junior physicians. I see the FEBI as a way to help prevent burnout by helping learners recognize their natural pattern/style. They can learn where they might get stuck or overuse their dominant pattern especially in stressful situations and how to expand to other patterns.
3) Is there anything you would like to let people that are interested in FEBI know?
The FEBI is very intuitive. The fact that you can experience each pattern with a physical activity or practice is instructive. Also the ability to strengthen patterns through physical actions is powerful. The FEBI is a wonderful tool.
Beth will become a FEBI Certified coach this spring!