How to Use Your Well Being Resources: WorkLife Concierge

Have you experienced any of these scenarios? Your spouse’s birthday is in three days and you’ve been too busy to buy a gift. You have always wanted to take tennis lessons but have never followed through on signing up. You have a gala tomorrow night and your suit hasn’t been pressed. You dread shoveling the driveway when it [...]

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A Promising Future: The Millennial Impact on the World of Medicine

There’s been a good deal of attention recently on the graying of the medical workforce, but at the other chronological end, millennials (by some influential definitions, adults born after 1982) are also having a major impact on medicine, constituting as they do, anything from a quarter to a half of physicians in certain [...]

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Deepening relationships, recognition for healthcare support in 2018

This week VITAL WorkLife was admitted as a Network Organization which supports the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well Being and Resilience. Closing the year strong takes extra effort from everyone, and this recognition to be included in an elite group of organizations dedicated to reversing [...]

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When A Physician Lashes Out Part 1: The Incident

The nurses in the corridor outside O.R. 6 could hear it, and when they heard it they cringed: the voice of Dr. Cliff D. in full explosion. “You take out the retractor because I tell you to!” Indistinct reply. Dr. D. again, louder: “Oh, for God’s sake!” Another reply, also indistinct. Dr. D.: “Gita, I run this show ‘til we’re [...]

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Estate Planning: The What, the Who, the how

What is estate planning? Estate planning is taking legal and financial steps to protect your wealth and ensure your wishes are carried out in the event of your death or incapacity. According to Fidelity, estate planning is a part of financial planning that is often neglected. Fidelity estimates half of the population does not [...]

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Can I have a drink when the day is over?

There’s nothing wrong with one or two drinks after work. Or is there? As I write about substance abuse concerns for us physicians, I could have easily started with worst-case scenarios, or cautionary tales. Some of the risks of alcohol use have been known for decades, if not centuries. But what about moderate use? When does [...]

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Download the Infographic: 5 Warning Signs of Disruptive Behavior

More than 95% of healthcare executives claim to witness disruptive physician behavior on a daily basis1, resulting in increased turnover rates and lost productivity. Similarly, nurses called disruptive behavior the single most important contributing factor to lowered job satisfaction and morale and 31% said they knew at least [...]

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Relationships are the key to happiness

In medical school, the goal is to survive. To push through. You make it through residency, get your first “real job” and then everything will be great. Right? Wrong. In medicine, you are expected to be perfect. You don’t make mistakes. And you don’t share your feelings. This perfectionist mindset and all of its flaws has [...]

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Smart Tips to help You Stay Healthy for the Holidays

When some people think of the holidays, they are overwhelmed by unpleasant thoughts of large family gatherings, travel, excessive shopping, financial worries and endless “to do” lists. Not to mention the added temptations of comfort foods, sweet treats and holiday drinks. With all this added stress it’s no wonder people turn [...]

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