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We Need More Women Leading The Healthcare Industry

  According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, nearly 80% of workers in the health care and social assistance field are women. They outnumber men four to one in the industry, yet they still make up a vast minority of healthcare leaders. The need and push for more women in roles of leadership is a prominent issue that applies to all areas of the workforce, but studies have shown it is especially important in the realm of healthcare and medicine.   A 2015 study from the Center For Talent Innovation titled The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Mak...
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Need a short time out? Take it!

Today I want to share with you an example that made me sad to listen to but at the same time, it reiterates the importance of physicians gaining new perspectives in short conversations. Last week I spoke with a gynecologist in private practice who told me that he couldn’t remember the last time he took a vacation. His wife and children frequently travel to the beach and overseas, but he just cannot take time off from his practice. When I asked him how he felt about not having vacations, he replied that he is glad that he can provide this lifestyle to his family, but sometimes he does feel res...
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3 Tips to End 2015 with Joy, Peace, and Connection

Thanksgiving is behind us. For many people, this is now the time where everything gets busier even though this is supposed to be the quiet, reflective time of the year. Just yesterday I talked with a physician who has clear signs of burnout and mental exhaustion and she doesn't want anything more than work-life balance and a break from all the chaos and overwhelm. When I asked her when she is ready to make some healthy changes, she told me that she doesn’t have the time right now due to all the holiday obligations. She mentioned all the reasons and excuses why she had to chase her to-do list a...
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Does The Ideal Physician Job Really Exist?

Heck, no!” I hear many of you yelling. “I’m sick of being a physician.” “I still like medicine, however my job sucks …” In an article from HealthLeaders Media, “For Stressed Docs, Where to Turn?”, the author writes: A recent survey and report by Physician Wellness Services, a Minneapolis, MN-based company that counsels physicians and hospitals on wellness and related issues, and Cejka Search, a St. Louis, MO-based physician executive search firm, shows more physicians are getting stressed and it’s getting worse. …How bad is the problem? The survey shows that 87% of 2,000 physicians repo...
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concession to the grocery store woman

For the last many years of my medical training, I have grown accustomed to intermittent feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty.  As perpetual learners, most physicians balance medical knowledge with some degree of uncertainty and "is this the right treatment path for this patient?", as every patient-diagnosis pair is unique and most don't fit tidily into treatment algorithms.  In fact, we are taught to deal with uncertainty and self-doubt in medicine so that these feelings don't cripple decision-making or cause unnecessarily and potentially harmfully conservative treatment plans or overuse of ...

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