Inspiration & Hope

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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Counting Blessings Toward a Happy New Year!

As a new year approaches, I like to end the year with intention by giving thanks and counting my many blessings from 2019. As always, the richest blessings involve people, and this year brought me new friends as well as deepening of special friendships. I am so grateful. Top 10 Blessings from 2019 Our oldest […]

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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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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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Recapturing Joy in Medicine is Now Available!

MEDICAL STUDENTS, RESIDENTS, FELLOWS, ATTENDINGS, FACULTY MEMBERS, and EVERY PHYSICIAN in PRACTICE: THIS IS FOR YOU! My latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, is NOW AVAILABLE!!! It’s been a tremendous privilege to research, write, and work on this project for years, including pursuing further training (beyond being a Board-certified family physician) as a health and […]

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