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Masks: are you wearing one?

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It’s 2020. The Year of the Mask. Whether you are a medical professional or not, you will have been asked to wear them, discern their worth, determine which type is best for you, consider their real purpose and deliberate on where you stand with respect to the health benefits they may offer you personally or the population as a whole.
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Diary of a Doctor’s Wife

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These moments have taught me to become adaptable and go with the flow. My own solid rhythm is paramount these days, otherwise disappointment and frustration come knocking. Trust me, I have tried to control it and wanted it to be another way and it doesn’t work.
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Remembering Dr. Lorna Breen on National Physician Suicide Awareness Day

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September 17, 2020, marked the third annual National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. This is a day to remember physicians who have taken their own lives.
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Anxiety in the body – Anxiety in Medicine; Deconstructing our ‘Normal’

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Let’s be honest, as doctors and health professionals we learn to live with anxiety in the body. Not all at once perhaps, but by degrees.
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Lighthouse

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We are each and every one of us a lighthouse, designed to shine bright and light the way for others. It is for us to let that light out and shine in full, reminding everyone we meet that they too are that light, for this light lives inside us all, and we are all here to shine and light the way home together.
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Self-care Moments: A moment with our body

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We have been living in this body of ours our whole life, but how many of us live every day with a deep awareness and appreciation of our body?
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Self-care Moments: A moment to breathe

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We have been breathing since the moment we were born but no-one teaches us how to breathe, and we usually do it with very little awareness of what we are doing, while we are busy doing other things...
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Self-care Moments: A moment to stop

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We tend to think of self-care as something we need to ‘do’ and we are already doing so much that we think we cannot do another thing and thinking about ‘doing’ self-care just makes us feel even more exhausted…
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Giving Physicians a Private Place to Turn

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For several months, I have been following news about the Physician Support Line launched by Dr. Mona Masood, a Philadelphia psychiatrist (1,2). As a...
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Being married to a doctor

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What is it like, being married to a doctor? My gorgeous wife is an eye surgeon; we have been together for 16 years and...
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A Dance

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My husband often works at the hospital at night and so as the saying goes, we are two ships passing, living a dance where...
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The ABC of Self-care

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We are familiar with the acronym ABC when it comes to CPR, but what is the ABC of Self-care? CPR is a dramatic event...
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CrazySocks4Docs, COVID-19, and Hope

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The Twitter phenomenon #CrazySocks4Docs was created by Melbourne, Australia cardiologist Dr. Geoff Toogood, who speaks and writes openly about his lived experience with anxiety...
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Age is no barrier to medicine

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I have come to medicine later in life.  I was 32 when the impulse to study medicine came, 34 when I sat the entrance...
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Physician Heal Thyself: What Medical Training and the Body have taught me about Truth

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While it would be nice to pretend otherwise, I did not embark on a career in medicine for altruistic reasons, to earn a good...
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Coronavirus and contagion: what are we passing on?

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My husband works as a doctor in a hospital so I am frequently reminded of the constant demand health professionals are under. On a...
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Easter in the time of Coronavirus: the only way ‘out’ is ‘in’

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Easter in the time of Coronavirus will be a very different Easter for most of us. As the world descends into chaos around us...
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The antidote to mental health stigma amongst doctors: humanity

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Mental health stigma amongst doctors I grew up watching Superman. Impressive guy … leaping tall buildings and all that. Just the kinda thing a young...
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Coronavirus: isolate physically, but don’t socially isolate 

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We are in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, and being told to socially isolate if we have travelled overseas recently, been in contact...
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The Contagion of Fear – the Coronavirus Pandemic and Medicine

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We are currently in the grip of a worldwide panic over COVID-19, or 2019-nCoV, the novel coronavirus pandemic. As I write, supermarkets are being stripped...
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A Doctor’s Wife

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I met a beautiful man several years ago and we fell in love instantly. He was not working as a doctor when we met...
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The Healing Power of Self-Disclosure in Physicians

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As part of my clinical research on lived experience in physicians, I recently interviewed a retired California urologist, William Lynes, MD. Although we’ve never...
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Why bring love into medicine?

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The words love and medicine are rarely used in the same sentence. Not many people say they love taking their medicine. Not many doctors...
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Is there a cure for loneliness?

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I recently read an article in the Lancet on loneliness (1). Loneliness is not new news, but the condition has now assumed the status...
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Self-care: who is the self we are caring for?

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Self-care is a common topic of conversation these days, and we may think we should be doing more of it, but what is it?...
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This is Going to Hurt

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One of the joys of having a Christmas/New Year break is having the time and space to read. I recently read a book called:...
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Reflections on Christmas Day

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It is the day after Christmas here in Australia and still Christmas Day elsewhere in the world. I love that I have friends in...
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Harnessing Grief Into Action: A Tribute to a Remarkable Woman

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Dr. Sangeeta Mahajan is a remarkable woman. She is a consultant anesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, England. She...
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Mentors, Sponsors and Gender Inequity

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I recently attended a conference and heard a presentation delivered to female surgeons which addressed the subject of mentors, sponsors and gender inequity in...
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The purpose of food: to satisfy the senses or to nourish the whole body?

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I recently read an article on the use of food as medicine in cancer patients … it was complicated and left me feeling confused,...