Phew! It’s been a very full time since the publication of my 4th book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine. It’s also been fun and so meaningful, since I’ve had the opportunity to speak to my colleagues in various settings. Here’s an abridged summary of what I’ve been up to these last two months, some of what’s coming up soon, and a fun bonus!
Grand Rounds, Workshops, and Main Stage Presentations
In May, I was honored to speak to Florida family physicians at the FAFP Spring Summit in Orlando (more about that wonderful weekend here). I then traveled to Arizona to present at a physician wellbeing conference about ways to recapture a sense of meaning and purpose in medicine and in life (I wrote about that here). While visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, these magenta blooms among thorns reminded me that it is possible to thrive in tough environments, though it is nearly impossible to achieve it on our own, and it is much more fun in community!
A few weeks later, I was blessed to give back to my old residency program by offering a Grand Rounds presentation on physician wellness and burnout prevention with an emphasis on leadership and advocacy. The medical staff, residents, and students as well as the attendings from my training (still there after more than 20 years!) were so gracious. What a joy to see them all again! I was thrilled that each graduating resident received a signed copy of Recapturing Joy in Medicine. Such a special way to come full circle after my days there as an intern and, later, as chief resident! I’ll always be grateful to them for encouraging me to become active in medical leadership at the state level as a young physician.
Publications/Interviews this month
The Orlando Sentinel published our podcast interview and an article about my book and work supporting and empowering physicians at the state and national level.
I enjoyed a podcast interview with anesthesiologist Dr. Eric Larson, host of The Paradocs Podcast. Check it out and subscribe to this interesting, informative, and entertaining podcast!
KevinMD.com published an excerpt from my book about the power of advocacy. With so many opportunists seeking to profit from people’s suffering while exploiting physicians’ work ethic and our dedication to our patients, I continue to inspire my colleagues to stand up, speak up, and lead medicine again!
I was interviewed by Florida Medical Business Magazine and published in the article, “Rejuvenating and Enjoying Medicine Again” (p. 6-7) along with FMA president, Dr. Corey Howard.
Family Practice Management published my poem for physicians, “A New Lexicon for Physicians,” in its May-June issue and blogged about it in their online publication, In Practice. Thank you, FPM!
Just For Fun!
Our oldest son graduated from Duke University in May, which was, without a doubt, one of the happiest days of my life! Our Hamilton-themed celebration featured delicious ham-Burr-gers, A. Ham Rolls, King George scepters (chocolate-covered pretzels), and more (thanks to our daughter’s creativity!). I knew Graduation Day would be awesome, but I was surprised by Pure Joy! How special to support our children in making their dreams come true, and seeing them not “throw away their shot!” I am so proud of all our children — the joys of life that matter most!
LOCAL BOOK STUDY KICKOFF DINNER & CHAT
JULY 11, 2019
We are starting a local book study for female physicians to go through Recapturing Joy in Medicine together, get to know one another, and create community. Please contact me if you are a local female physician who would like to join our group. We hope to see you there!
BOOK LAUNCH & BRUNCH!
AUGUST 4, 2019
Winter Park, FL
The official book launch and book signing event for Recapturing Joy in Medicine will take place August 4th. I will speak about my motivation to write the book, how I overcame major hurdles along the way, and my joy in seeing the book already making a difference! Please contact me to find out details of this exciting event. I couldn’t be happier and feel incredibly blessed to get to encourage and help equip my colleagues during a tough time in medicine. I have much hope! Reach out to me to find out more about these upcoming events, and until then…
Remember to be good to yourself!