Inspiration & Hope

Vital Resources for All Physicians

This week was National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, which provides an opportunity to share information and resources for all physicians to have at their fingertips. This is vital not only for each of us but also to support our colleagues and normalize conversations about our wellbeing … during traumatic experiences like this lingering pandemic, and […]

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My Response and Gratitude for the 2021 AMA Inspiration Award

I am grateful to the American Medical Association for honoring me this week with the AMA Inspiration Award alongside such brilliant Women in Medicine. The brief video with the award recipients is here. It has been my privilege and a heartwarming blessing to continue to support and advocate for my colleagues throughout the pandemic. I’m […]

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Moment of Wellness: The Sun Will Rise Again

Just as things were starting to get better, the Delta variant changed everything. And this was not the change we were hoping for! Yet, I want us to remember that some things have not changed. Many important things, in fact, remain the same. I believe it will help to recall this when exhaustion hits us […]

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A Moment of Wellness: Lessons Learned

As I think back to previous New Year celebrations, never had I/we needed the hope of a New Year as in 2020. As I note in the next Moment of Wellness, Lessons Learned, the word ‘uncertainty’ describes much of our experience in 2020, and we gained proficiency at balancing life on its shaky ground. Shockingly, […]

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Crafting A New Reality with Purpose

Stirring Hope. Igniting Faith. Inspiring Action. That is the purpose I chose for my original blog, which I started a decade ago. Looking back, it’s amazing how those carefully chosen phrases have fueled my teaching, writing, coaching, speaking, workshops, retreats, and all my work with physicians and medical teams for more than fifteen years. Before […]

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Surprised by a Song: Gifts from a Study with Women Physicians

What a month July has been so far, and it’s not even halfway! This weekend has been a blessing, beginning with the first zoom session of our new book study for women physicians of Recapturing Joy in Medicine. We are coming together for mutual support, learning, and to empower one another — and what a […]

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A Teenager Spreads Hope in the Pandemic

A few weeks ago, I received a message from one of the moms at my children’s school. She wanted me to know her 12-year-old son is 3D-printing “ear savers” for people wearing masks all day, particularly medical professionals and all first responders. From paramedics and firefighters like his cousin to physicians and labor & delivery […]

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Your Daily Dose of Hope … in Song (Not by Me!)

Oh my goodness, this video just made my week! Throughout this pandemic, I have seen and heard so many inspiring songs, poems, art, and expressions of courage and love. I am thankful for each of them, and feel like we all need to see or hear at least one a day. Don’t you think? So […]

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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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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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