Help Me Train Doctors

The Human Resources department of a large managed care company wants to hire me to train their doctors how to practice the kind of Pink Medicine I spoke about in my TEDx talk, which I’m also writing about in my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself. It’s long been a dream of mine that, after leaving the conventional health care system, healing myself, and learning how I believe health care can be practiced, I would one day enter back into the system to teach the doctors, who are like I was six years ago, doing the best they can but failing to optimize their healing superpowers.

It’s the ultimate hero’s journey to leave your reality, venture into the unknown, slay your dragons, heal yourself, garner pearls of wisdom, and bring back the gifts of the journey to those you left back home.

The doctors are my home. I had to leave in order to heal, but I am ready to go back and make my mark.

Suddenly, I have my chance.

The invitation launched me into something I’ve been meaning to do for months – writing a training manual for doctors which outlines what I will teach, not just to this managed care organization, but to many more as word spreads.

The 9 radical truths I plan to teach doctors include:

  • The mind can cure the body, and as doctors, we should encourage self-healing.
  • If we’re not mindful, doctors can hex, as well as heal.
  • The loving support and attentive presence of a physician are vital to the self-healing process.
  • No disease is incurable, but some cures only come from within or through Divine intervention.
  • We must expand how we define health and healing to include all the facets of what makes us whole using the Whole Health Cairn model (Learn more about the Whole Health Cairn here.)
  • As doctors, we must order laboratory tests and seek biochemical diagnoses, but we must also encourage the patient to identify any emotional/ psychological/ spiritual factors that may be contributing to the disease process.
  • Patients know their bodies better than doctors do. To optimize health, doctors can educate, illuminate, and offer treatment recommendations, but patients must write The Prescription for themselves.
  • There’s a difference between healing and curing and as doctors, we have the power to facilitate both.
  • While patients are responsible to their illness, their illness is not necessarily their “fault.” Some patients may do everything “right” and still be sick if it’s part of the Master Plan.

Each truth makes up a whole chapter in my book, so I have much to say about each one, but spelling out what each truth means is not the point of this blog post. Getting your help is!

Help Me Train Doctors

This is your chance to get your voice heard. As I write this training manual for conventional doctors, I’d love to get your feedback. What do you wish you could tell your doctor but you’re too afraid to say it out loud? What message would you love to have another doctor deliver colleague-to-colleague? What piece of wisdom can you share about how you’ve developed a healing relationship with your physician?

How might we help patients feel more heard, respected, empowered, and loved?

Please be gentle. Remember, most of these doctors are doing the very best they can, but they’re so wounded and depleted by a system that leaves little room for self care and many are as in need of healing as their patients.

Also remember that these doctors are limited to 15 minute slots with their patients. I won’t be able to grant them more time, but I can help teach them how to better serve you within that limitation.

Please speak your genuine, unapologetic truth with compassion for those who are trying to serve you.  I promise I’ll pass along your feedback.

Either leave a comment here or join the rousing conversation on my Facebook page.

With love, gratitude, and a vision of my profession healed,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.comPink Medicine Revolutionarymotivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about Lissa Rankin here.


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for posting

Rachel R.
Rachel R6 years ago

I hope it goes really well! I am becoming much better at talking to Drs. My husband suggested Dr shopping until I found one I could relate to. I think it's good advice and drs shouldn't be offended. Sometimes we just gel with some people better than others. I also wonder whether you have read The Holographic Universe. Your books sounds a lot like it (but obviously would include more up-to-date research!)

Margaret R.
Margaret R6 years ago

I fee that each of us has an internal wisdom about our body/minds and that when we ask or suggest a possible issue or treatment plan that we should be taken seriously. It could be even explained why our ideas may be dismissed. I believe the honest listening and honoring the patient is a major way to gain a trusting partnership. Skill, listening and presence are important to the health of the patient. I also would like to see more physicians be advised to take courses that include the use of alternative and integrative treatments that are less invasive. Trying some of these first could save money as well as save side effects.

Ann Marie K.
Ann Marie K6 years ago


I was hoping as much for you -- to re-enter the health care system in such a way. Of course, it will be a challenge and an uphill battle -- but changes have to start somewhere, and there need to be pioneers. I have a relative around your age who is an OB/GYN. Coming from our particular family circumstances, I'm sure she would have expected a lot more "respect" than she has gotten for becoming a doctor -- not that we all don't recognize what a great accomplishment it is. But many of us are "independent" thinkers, read/research a lot, and are aware of the many negative aspects of the medical, pharmaceutical, and food industries. Some of us would like to see her "embrace" the wholistic approach some day. She is not totally oblivious to the issues, and she finds it hard to deny the truths (we supply many facts); but, as I'm sure you'd understand, she has a lot to "protect" and, therefore, often resorts to taking a defensive approach.

I may have to enter the world of Facebook to follow your story -- I'd like to see how this progresses and share more "stories". In case I don't get around to it (or not for a while), I'll post one specific comment below -- but I do have several personal experiences, as well as stories from people with whom I've come in contact that illustrate notable deficiencies in the medical profession/health care system that can be and should be addressed.

Ann Marie K.
Ann Marie K6 years ago

Fortunately or unfortunately, patients must be their own advocates for their health. (In the case of children, parents must be the advocates.)

Those who realize this, like myself, should not be subjected to the "rolled eyes" or condescending attitude that comes from arrogant doctors. I have been healthy my whole life and have only "needed" doctors for pregnancy/delivery and check-ups for myself or my kids. For the most part, I have been "lucky" and have dealt with respectful and competent doctors. But even with my relatively limited contact with the medical community, I've been involved in several situations in which I had differing opinions from the "experts" -- and, if I had the time to go into detail, I would explain how I knew myself/my children more than them; I cared more than them what would, ultimately, happen to myself or my children; and I do enough research that I, often, know more about the specific situation, as it pertains to me, to make a more informed decision than them.

Doctors should be aware that there are those like myself who see doctors as they should be -- someone working with the patient to help them make informed decisions. Ideally, that is how all would view the patient/doctor relationship.

Colin T.
Colin Taylor6 years ago

I would say "fix, heal .... the problem, root cause, issue and the symptoms go away, don't just give me a pill to cover up the symptoms".

I know in some cases this is not possible but in a lot of cases it is. Society has learned to rely to much on a pill to just deal with the symptoms instead of working on the real problem. Fix the problem and the symptoms go away.

Pamela K.
Pamela K6 years ago

I would ask all doctors-in-the-making to read "Not as a Stranger" by Morton Thompson

Vero Gall
Past Member 6 years ago

There is nothing I won't say to my doctor when it relates to my health. (I tell when we meet that “I’m one of THOSE patients, so pawn me off on a colleague if you don’t want to deal with that.” Fortunately I have found several doctors who like a challenge.) So in that respect I can't add anything, but here is what I would like all doctors to learn. Sorry it's so long.

1. I understand that sometimes you need to objectify patients to survive the emotional minefield you work in. But always stay respectful. Respect requires that you take the time to answer questions. It forces you to be patient and ask "Do you have any questions you would like to ask?", to make the effort to read body language AND respond to it. Respect saves lives without taking the emotional toll on you that compassion does.

2. Manage expectations and education your “customers”. As a business teacher specializing in services, this is one of the most common errors I see. You only have 15 minutes face-to-face so can’t cover everything. I understand that but truthfully many of your patients don’t. Give patients the information they need to help you. I can’t tell you how many doctors I’ve heard sigh with impatience or show irritation with a patient when, from my side, the root of the problem is the doctor’s lack of skills at informing patients how they could assist him/her. Some of these are easy and painless such as having information in the waiting room