Holland Kaplan, MD

Holland Kaplan, MD


Holland grew up in the Dallas, Texas, area and went to college at Texas A&M University, where she studied philosophy and biology. Her initial career goal of becoming biologist-ethicist who specialized in the duck-billed platypus deteriorated when she discovered that there was no job market for this career. Her love of complex ethical dilemmas, physiology, and connecting with people drove her to pursue a career in medicine, and she completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She finished her training in Internal Medicine at Baylor and is now serving as a Chief Resident, while happily living in Houston with her wife, Jenn, and their dog, Padfoot. She hopes to pursue a Clinical Ethics fellowship next year and, ultimately, work in academic General Internal Medicine and Clinical Ethics. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, running, playing basketball, and visiting the Houston Zoo.

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October 26th, 2020

Futility as a Cause of Burnout in Residency

At the beginning of my residency training, one of our program leaders defined burnout as “work out of proportion to meaning.” In a sense, I think this also defines futility – performing a disproportionate amount of work compared with the results or meaning you are deriving from the work. The proposed causes of burnout in […]

September 3rd, 2020

“Never Waste a Crisis”: Perspectives from History and Today

The mantra “Never waste a crisis” has stuck with me for the past several months. This statement was reportedly made by Winston Churchill in the 1940s, during World War II. However, a well-known internal medicine faculty member and leader at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. David Hyman, who recently passed away, also gave us this […]

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