Physicians receive no training on how to leave a practice professionally. The expectation is that you will be there forever and ever, amen. But this is just not realistic. So let me give you my top 10 tips on how to leave your practice well should you make this decision.
I specifically remember that morning. I got up from bed, looked at my husband and said, “Today really is a new day!” I felt free.
When faced with big decisions, many times we feel self-imposed pressure to make a choice now and be done with it. This is not a good place to make decisions from. So, before you turn in your notice, DECIDE TO NOT DECIDE! Give yourself some time and room to breath to contemplate this more.
Whenever I talk about toxic work environments inside of healthcare, I start to feel like I'm "revealing family secrets" by being honest and open about what I have observed and personally experienced that takes place in healthcare.
I say we call BULLSHIT on continuing to function in status quo of healthcare. I believe the first step is we (the doctors) must be as healthy as possible (mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically) in order to have the energy to oppose detrimental workflows, overbearing policies, aggressive patients, unfair practices, inappropriate expectations, etc.
Once as a collective of healthy leaders, we can do amazing things! But first...healer, heal thyself!
I sometimes wonder if the trend towards unfriendliness in medicine has developed as a way of trying to hold ourselves emotionally together.
Children are happiness experts. Who else can sit in a poopy diaper, stinking to high heavens, while playing with a cardboard box and a rock and have a fabulous time all the while. Find a ray of happiness today.
Anger takes away the calm, the peaceful, the rational. In our anger, we no longer are neat and put together. It exposes our raw emotions and wounds. We do stupid things as rage happens.
Have you ever said, "OH MY GOD why did I just yell at the kids!" or "WHY am I so angry?!" or "I shouldn't be angry!"
You are not alone. Anger is a part of being human. It's part of our brains and make-up. It's a stress reaction/instinct, like "fight or flight". Did you know that behind sexual attraction/arousal, anger is the 2nd most powerful emotion we experience!
In the heat of the moment, it's impossible to think and tease out your feelings. Here's an example that took me years to figure out...
This is a reflective piece I wrote immediately following my experience after attending Leader Development Days (LDD) hosted by United Methodist Women (UMW) in St. Louis MO Nov. 11-13, 2016. Find out more about UMW HERE
You are full of worth and worthy of love despite whatever or whoever have suggested otherwise.
This poem is dedicated to one such mom who needed to know her support group still stands. Like a trusty sports bra, hangs on tight until the very end!
Motherhood, in all its glory, has started. It’s begun
Everyone loves a baby and talks about all the fun
A thank you for sharing your life and stories with me. Please know you will not be easily or quickly forgotten.
Guess what, your doctor can do NOTHING about your diabetes. SHOCKED? That's right, as your doctor, I can’t help you manage your diabetes if you take no interest in helping yourself. The only person who can change the course of this disease is YOU!
Let me be honest about this topic, talking about sex is uncomfortable. It’s even more awkward when you talk about it with your grandmother!
The fact is 100% of humans will die at some point in time. By having a plan set up for your family ahead of time, you will make a hard situation somewhat easier to handle
When giving the best care, is remembering self-care
Are you a caregiver for your spouse, parent, family, or friend? Caring for someone else can be a rewarding but totally overwhelming responsibility.