Connections

“Making a connection” can sound trite, but it can also be the difference between a good and bad day for a physician. Making connections, deepening relationships over good conversation, and becoming more reflective in the quiet moments about things that are...

An Oath for 2018

The New Year is a good time to think about goals, hopes and aspirations for the coming year. In that spirit, I wanted to share with you a tradition The University of Minnesota Medical School has begun. Each year the incoming medical school class creates their own...

A Mindfulness Ritual for Busy Days

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an hour in the middle of a busy workday to practice mindfulness, meditate, pray or renew yourself?  Most physicians don’t have that kind of time. (Actually none that I am aware of).  Because of this reality, I’m always on the lookout for...

Acceptance is Not the Same as Approval

There is much in the practice of medicine that physicians cannot control:  fluctuating reimbursements, legislation, and patient behavior – to name a few.  How doctors view and manage these uncontrollable things can have a major impact on their stress level. ...

Physicians and Marriage

“At our wedding, we had made vows to each other, but before I met him, at his medical school graduation, he had made vows to his future patients. Our marriage was private, but his profession was not.”                                   “Is There a Doctor in...

Delivering Messages of Joy and Pain

In my last post, I referred to Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s memoir “When Breath Becomes Air.”  Kalanithi died prematurely of lung cancer.  He wrote this book as he was dying, which might explain the depth and perspective with which he looks at his life as a...