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Anxiety disorders amongst doctors – the elephant in the room?

In my early teens, when on a walking safari, we were charged by an elephant. We lived then in Zambia and this family trip was faithfully recorded on my mum’s...
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The Key to Orienting Incoming Residents and Fellows

I recently had a chance to speak to State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate’s incoming residents and fellows about well-being and self-care.These women and men join our complement...
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True care – it starts with us

We are often taught in life that it is selfish to care for ourselves, and that we need to put the needs of others before our own. We think...
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Doctors’ Health – attending to our own

I recently attended the national Australian Medical Association (AMA) conference, where the importance of doctors’ health was a major focus.Our current President, Dr Tony Bartone, spoke of it at...
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Honouring the body we touch

Touch has been used in healing since ancient times. Touch can be a way of connecting with our patients, a way of expressing compassion. The tender holding of a...
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Do doctors have post-traumatic stress from their training?

I woke early this morning, thinking about an article written by a young female surgeon (1) I had read recently, and I could not go back to sleep. I...
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A knock on the door

30 years ago, a young doctor in overwhelm had planned to kill himself. He is now the President of a specialist College and wrote recently of his despair and...

Trees as Teachers, Trees as Healers

We revere ancient trees, in awe of their size, their age, their beauty and the stories they may have told us if only they could speak, but do we...

Shame and Imposter Syndrome – a Cause of Doctor Distress?

A high proportion of our doctors are distressed – are shame and Imposter Syndrome contributing? Shame has been identified as a risk factor for physician suicide, and that is but...

Fitting in – is it really worth it?

Have you ever considered how often you do things just to fit in, to go along with friends or family, even though you feel that fitting in is something...

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