Of the many facets of my working life as a physician and educator, the thing I love most is speaking. I speak to all kinds of groups, to all kinds of people...Read More
Warm August greetings to all of you! It has been a celebratory summer so far. I’ve been able to travel with my incredible daughters, celebrate the wedding of my beautiful niece Corinne, and am still basking in the glow of the World Cup win by the United States Women’s National Soccer Team.Read More
You’re expecting a tidy, empowering list here, aren’t you? I’ve done this— gone searching for tips, ideas, inspiration on how to do more in my day— Be More Productive! Do Everything (and More)!
Memes float around reminding us that we have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce— and look at all that she is able to accomplish! The times is ours…Read More
Increasingly, medical schools are embracing the importance of narrative medicine, the ability for physicians to construct stories about the experiences of their patients in an attempt to be able to see and work with a more complete picture.
Physicians are scientists. We are also human beings, storytelling creatures. We must …Read More
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 …Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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,Read More
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…Read More
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 …Read More
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…Read More
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…
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:Read More
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…
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…Read More
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…Read More