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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,...
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From being bored to enriching life

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I work as an eye doctor and people sometimes ask me: Don’t you get bored with what you do? Well the answer is: No,...
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National Physician Suicide Awareness Day: We Refuse to Forget

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September 17, 2019 was the second annual National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. As I wrote here last year, it is a day to commemorate...

World Mental Health Day – true health is for everyone, every day

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It was recently (10/10) World Mental Health Day. This is a great initiative, and to be celebrated for raising our awareness of things that...
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Why half our patients don’t tell their doctors life-threatening details

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I recently read an article stating that nearly half of patients who were surveyed online admitted they don’t tell doctors potentially life-threatening details of...
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The Fragmentation of Medicine

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I have witnessed many changes within medicine over the last 30 years – one of which has been the increasing fragmentation of medicine despite...
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The Art of Repose

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I have learned a lot about the art of repose lately. I learned it by breaking my big toe, which was a painful way...
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The Clock Is Ticking

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In these days of evidence based practice where generally the prize goes to the best evidence money can buy, it is refreshing that occasionally...
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The Key to Orienting Incoming Residents and Fellows

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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...
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When doctors make mistakes

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Doctors make mistakes. No-one really likes to admit it or think about it or talk about it, but it happens all the time. We are...
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Are you trapped in time, or surrendered to space?

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I used to live life ruled by time. I was not a very obedient subject, and was always running late, but it ruled me,...

Self-care when the doctor is the patient

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It is well known that doctors generally make terrible patients. We self-diagnose, self-treat, delay getting help from an appropriately trained person who is not...