Sunday Special 04 – “There is Room for Faith in Medicine” with Dr. Harry Karydes

Faith in Medicine with Dr. Harry Karydes

Sunday Special 04 – Many people are afraid to express their faith in their career.  Sometimes that’s because they’re afraid of retribution.  Most of the time, it’s because of a fear of rejection.  But, there is room for faith in medicine!  Dr. Harry Karydes has great insights into how one can express one’s faith in their medical career.

If you’ve wondered what you can do to show your faith in your medical profession, this conversation will inspire and encourage you!  Dr. Karydes has spent a lot of time writing and speaking about emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness.  He’s an expert on the subject and he is passionate about helping people find their spiritual foundation so they can have the fulfilled life they deserve.

If you’ve felt burned out, fed up, confused, or just plain tired, this is an incredible episode for you!  Join Dr. Harry Karydes and me as we explore the idea of finding room to express our faith in the medical profession.


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“Spirituality absolutely needs to be a part of your overall wellness, both personally and professionally.”

 – Dr. Harry Karydes


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Free Resource: The Body of Christ – A 14-day devotional series for healthcare professionals

This is a medically-themed devotional series with Bible passage discussion, reflection questions, prayers, and action steps to take each day.  It’s a great series, and you can download it for free below.  Special thanks go to Nicole Byrum for contributing 7 devotionals to create week 2 of the series.  It’s a great mental health-themed series subtitled, “The God of All Comfort.”  You should also go check out Nicole’s blog here.  Download the devotional series for free!


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Dr. Harry Karydes

Dr. Harry Karydes is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist and currently serves as the medical director of the emergency department.  He completed his residency and fellowship training at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago.

Dr. Karydes knows what it feels like to be pulled in five different directions at work and at home. He discovered that success at work and home begins with the individual. He helps overwhelmed physicians, residents, medical students succeed professionally and personally. His mission is to give you the courage and tools to learn, grow, and thrive in the important areas of your life. To live a life of focus and balance.

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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to the episode. 
  • 02:19 – Subscribe to The Scope of Practice Podcast and leave a review.
  • 02:42 – Today’s Bible verse is Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
  • 03:33 – Introduction to Dr. Harry Karydes
  • 04:31 – Dr. Harry Karydes shares how he came to faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior.
  • 06:02 – Over the last 50 years, Americans have been participating much less in religious activities.  That may be contributing to the increase in depression and anxiety in the country.
  • 07:50 – Often, non-believers see Christians who are still sinning and become jaded or cynical about Christianity.
  • 08:49 – The decrease in religion in America and resultant poor spiritual wellness contributes to physician burnout.
  • 10:25 – According to Dr. Harry Karydes, burnout isn’t a new phenomenon, but it used to be more of a mid-career issue.  It’s now making its way down to early career and young physicians.
  • 11:51 – Senior attending and veteran physicians need to set a standard that it’s ok (even expected) to ask for help and seek guidance when they’re having trouble.  
  • 13:07 – A lot of the problems of burnout come from the way that medicine is practiced now.  We are expected to see more patients and do more work with less support and fewer resources.
  • 15:50 – Unfortunately, many physicians don’t turn around from burnout until they hit a rock bottom point.  
  • 17:30 – If you’re experiencing symptoms of burnout, you need to be in a community of people that can help you.  Don’t allow yourself to be “siloed.”  
  • 20:08 – The Scriptures teach us that we are community-oriented creatures.  We need to be in a community of believers.  
  • 21:23 – While in the COVID shutdown, it’s important to maintain a hold on communal worship, and fortunately we can leverage technology to do that.
  • 22:59- Modeling behaviors is a great way to open up opportunities for conversations about faith with our patients and coworkers.
  • 24:17 – Dr. Harry Karydes has a great way to take time to open up a conversation with coworkers.  When someone dies, he gathers his team and says, “Let’s take a moment to pause and honor (insert name), who was a family member, friend, and was well loved.”  People can pray, hold hands, and show love to each other.
  • 26:17 – There are a LOT of serious Christians in medicine.  We shouldn’t be afraid to speak the name of Jesus!  
  • 28:36 – Dr. Karydes shares examples of his mentors.
  • 30:18 – In our medical schools, we are starting to see more organized Christian organizations and Bible studies forming.  
  • 31:33 – As an emergency medicine physician, Dr. Karydes gets a lot of opportunities to work with the hospital chaplains.
  • 32:15 – In order to be a good mentee, you need to find a good connection with someone who will work with you.  That doesn’t need to be the most popular or most well-known physician in their specialty.  Take the relationship seriously.  Come prepared with questions.  Ask for their help, and be specific!  If they give you a connection to someone in their network, go meet that person!
  • 35:31 – Your mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be in your specialty.  It doesn’t even necessarily have to be someone in the medical profession.
  • 36:13 – Your mentor may not have all of the answers.  They may just be further along their journey than you.  You don’t need the top layer of the pyramid necessarily, but you may need the next step.
  • 37:41 – Just because you’re flawed doesn’t mean you can’t be a mentor.  
  • 39:55 – We all have spiritual gifts.  Don’t despair if you don’t meet the perfect picture of what you imagine a mentor should be.  You may be exactly what someone needs if you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.
  • 42:27 – Dr. Harry Karydes shares his parting advice for our listeners.
  • 43:55 – Connect to Dr. Harry Karydes and the Medicine Revived podcast.
  • 46:40 – Summary of the episode.
  • 48:07 – Free resource: 14 day devotional series called “The Body of Christ”
  • 49:31 – Signing off!


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