May 2019 Newsletter

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…

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Tracy Sanson
10 Ways to Stay Out of My (Floridian) Emergency Department

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:

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Tracy Sanson
Connecting with Your True Self

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…


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Tracy Sanson
Doctors & Social Media: Some Tips

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…

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Tracy Sanson
3 Quick Tips for Mentors

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…

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Tracy Sanson
April 2019 Newsletter

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…

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Tracy Sanson
Recognizing Physician Burnout and What To Do About It

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

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Tracy Sanson
March Newsletter

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…

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Maria Patterson
February Newsletter

Hello, friends and family,

I want to begin February by extending warmth to anyone who may need it.
 
This time of year is cold and grey. Long winters— both literal and those trying times in our lives— are challenging and, often,

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Tracy Sanson
Suicide Prevention Week

Every day, we lose a physician. This is a public health crisis.

We can treat depression. Suicide is preventable. And yet, in America, we lose doctors on a daily basis. In their homes, in hospital chapels, in parking lots, on rooftops, they decide that the life of a physician is not one that they can bear.

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Maria Patterson
Dear Future Doctors

There are children just beginning their academic lives who have already decided they want to join our ranks. Somewhere, a kindergartener has declared to her mother that she will be a doctor someday. She has the same calling—a life in medicine—that each of us had and chose to pursue. This dedication to easing the pain of others is beautiful but not without peril.

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