On Medicine and Mortality
Boost Your Own Confidence by Boosting Others
This week, I’m sharing passages from beautiful books written by healthcare professionals, thoughts on medicine and mortality by Rana Awdish, Paul Kalanithi, Atul Gawande, and Lee Gutkind.
From In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish
“We cannot define success as beating death because …
July Newsletter - Roadtripping
It is difficult to understate the importance of self-confidence in our lives. It can motivate us to try new things, allow us to feel secure in our authentic selves, and help with responses to stress and anxiety.
Confidence lags in each of us, from time to time. There are a number of things we can do…
On the Humanity of Physicians
Last month, I started summer the right way— with a road trip. I drove from southeastern Illinois through Ohio and Pennsylvania. I drove to have lunch with my daughter, Connor, in Massachusetts and, on my way to spend time with friends in Maine, decided to visit…
Working Harder On Yourself Than Your Job
When a patient and their family enter the Emergency Department, they want desperately to believe that the doctors they are placing their trust in will know exactly what to do and will execute any necessary medical care flawlessly. We want this, too. Our patients and their families want…
Giving Up Defeating Self-Talk
Work harder on yourself than you do your job. I say it in so many of the talks and lectures that I give. Work harder on yourself than you do your job. While I think this principle is true for any line of work, it is especially difficult for many physicians to hear and internalize. We are hardwired to work diligently on whatever task is in front of us. And so often,
June Newsletter ~ I Dare You
Researchers estimate that, on average, we have 70,000 thoughts per day. 70,000! The bad news? Around 80% of those thoughts are negative. Many of those negative thoughts are ones we have about ourselves— thoughts that we aren’t good enough or smart enough or qualified enough. And the majority of those self-defeating thoughts are lies…
On Gender Equity
It’s hard to believe that June is already here!
Last month, we celebrated two of my daughters graduating from college and my youngest completing her sophomore year. Now, my family is preparing for …
Emotionally Intelligent Physicians
Last month, an article in Time noted that, though the pay imbalance between men and women in medicine has been documented, the gap is getting worse. Additionally, as noted in Time, “Despite the often-quoted statistic that women in the U.S. make 80 cents for every dollar earned by men
Building Work Environments Friendly to Every Season of Life
Emotional intelligence, the ability to be cognizant of your emotions and to be in control of how you express them, is a critical skill for those in positions of leadership and for the maintenance of healthy interpersonal relationships. It is an incredibly important skill for physicians— both personally and professionally.
Our work environment is high-pressure, ever-shifting and— at times— draining. I try to be mindful that…
May 2019 Newsletter
As outlined in my e-book, Generational Harmony in Healthcare, there is currently an unprecedented generational diversity in our places of work. From Traditionalists to Gen 2020, our hospitals are staffed with professionals born anywhere between…
10 Ways to Stay Out of My (Floridian) Emergency Department
May is a month of many celebrations.
Saturday, May 18th is Armed Forces Day. As a veteran of the Air Force, I want to extend my gratitude to all of the men and women who serve and have served in our country’s armed forces, including my dad David, my brother Greg, and my nephew Matt.
And as I prepare for my first Mother’s Day without my mom…
Connecting with Your True Self
Welcome to Florida, a state rich in beauty and wildness, known as much for its ability to provide relaxation as for its unpredictability.
I’ve been a resident of the Sunshine State for over two decades and, while I love the endlessly warm weather, it is a place that doesn’t know a dull moment.
As an Emergency Physician, I can attest that Florida offers its own special breed of dangers. Here are a few ways to stay out of my ED:
Doctors & Social Media: Some Tips
It is not uncommon to respond to a situation or behave in a way that leaves you saying,
This is not who I am. This is not who I want to be.
A number of factors that can lead to this sort of response…
3 Quick Tips for Mentors
Social media has added depth to the ways we communicate about practicing medicine.
I really enjoy this portion of the job— considering who we can reach and how we can communicate beyond the scope of clinical practice.
In January one of my personal sheroes, Esther Choo MD, gave truly sage advice…
April 2019 Newsletter
I often give lectures on a personal favorite concept— the 12 people you need in your life: 3 who inspire you, 3 people who would die for you, 3 people who understand and support you to your core, and 3 people you promote and champion…
The Time is Now for TIME’S UP Healthcare
At the beginning of March, our family said goodbye to my mother, Marcia Sanson.
My mom was a proud native of Belleville, Illinois. She lived there all her life aside from the military moves we made as a family. She died in Belleville on the evening of March 3rd. I am grateful…
When To Say Yes, When To Say No
March 1st was the official launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare, an initiative dedicated to banding healthcare workers together against sexual harassment. An affiliate of the TIME’S UP movement, TIME’S UP Healthcare seeks to create an equitable and safe work environment for…
Recognizing Physician Burnout and What To Do About It
Common early-career advice is “Say yes to everything.”
Before saying yes…
Last month, Dr. Carol Pak-Teng opened up to the New York Post about her experience of burnout and depression as a resident. She also recounts the response of her colleagues when another resident jumped to her death from a building in Manhattan.
“The other residents weren’t even that shocked
March Greetings ~ Spring is on the way, a beautiful time for new beginnings and thinking about the areas of our lives in which we want to continue to blossom.
Whatever season of life you may be in, I hope that you’ll take some time this month to celebrate, reflect on, and honor whatever process of growth you may be in.
As the days become longer and steady sunshine returns, I wish…