Antidotes to Burnout

Recapturing Joy During a Pandemic: A Few Thoughts and a Poem

What an unprecedented time! We have all seen our lives completely disrupted by the COVID-19 global crisis in countless ways and, yet, I have seen my colleagues rise above the challenge and lead change with grace, and with the same commitment and heart of service that characterizes our calling. I am proud of you and […]

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Celebrating National Physicians Day During a Pandemic

Today is National Physicians Day! As I write about this interview to honor my physician colleagues and help protect them and our communities, so many faces keep going through my mind. I have connected by phone, email, or text these last two weeks with so many physicians to offer support, a listening ear, and ensure […]

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Next Stop: Grand Rounds!

I am excited to announce I’ve been invited by the Psychiatry Residency Program at UCF College of Medicine to present Grand Rounds on February 27, 2020. I will discuss physician and team wellness in a different context than you’ve likely heard it talked about. I’ll explain what I call the Triple Whammy and how it […]

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Medical Students: Show Off Your Talents!

“You’re Not Alone, Doc!” That is the message I want to help spread, especially to medical students, residents, and young physicians who are new to our challenging yet deeply rewarding profession. Over twenty-five years in medicine, I’ve learned the importance of community. Physician isolation is more common than it used to be, and grassroots organizations […]

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A River of Physician Wellness: Join Us in April!

From the Beach to the Desert to San Antonio’s River Walk! Are you a physician in need of inspiration, fellowship, and some R&R? Are you looking for a meaningful conference that won’t stress you out but will leave you rested and refreshed? I know what you’re thinking … this is obviously not a physician conference. […]

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Crocheting for a Cause: An Update!

Last month, I wrote about my colleague and friend, Dr. Katherine Gantz Pannel, whose love and concern for her patients led her to start Crocheting for a Cause. The movement began with a simple idea to bless her patients with dementia who struggle with anxiety. This makes them fidgety, and she noticed they appear to […]

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Crocheting for a Cause: Physicians Making a Difference

I have spent the last decade, and especially the last five years, teaching about the state of healthcare in our country. In particular, I raise awareness about how the busine$$ of healthcare is dismantling the noble profession of medicine and attempting to destroy the central patient-physician relationship that drew physicians to medical school in the […]

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From Surviving to Thriving: Let There Be Light!

What a joy it was to travel to Minnesota last week to make new friends, learn from fellow experts in wellness and burnout prevention, and provide the closing keynote at a physician wellness conference! It was lovely to be greeted by the daughter of a physician friend from  Florida. She drove me around breathtaking landscapes, […]

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From Surviving to Thriving: Join Us in December!

I am thrilled to be traveling to Minnesota the first week of December. Yes, you read that right; it will be awesome to visit Minnesota this winter! I used to live in Wisconsin and have wonderful memories of driving to Minnesota to visit the Mall of America, one of our children’s favorite destinations at the […]

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Mentoring the Next Generation: Recalling Our Vocation

This week, I had the heartwarming opportunity to speak with pre-health students at Florida Southern College. It was so inspiring to hear their enthusiasm for pursuing a career spent helping others. Their questions were insightful and their curiosity, refreshing. As usual, I painted an accurate picture of what medicine is like in 2019 while imparting […]

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