5 Themes from ICPH to Help Support Physician Health

The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) was held in Toronto from Oct 10-13 and addressed many issues leading to stress and burnout. There were over 500 registered attendees from 16 counties and every panel, workshop and presentation was standing room only! This level of interest, energy and participation was a [...]

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How to Diffuse a Workplace Bully

Workplace Bullying We have all heard stories about workplace bullying, and many have experienced some type of bullying in their lifetime. In a 2017 study from the Workplace Bullying Institute, 60.3 million workers have been affected by bullying.

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How to Build Cohesive, High Performing Care Teams

For healthcare organizations, delivering care is about more than having great physicians, providers and clinicians and enabling them to diagnose and treat the right conditions. It’s also about having every clinician aligned and contributing to a common, organizational vision and working together as a cohesive team to do the [...]

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VITAL WorkLife Growing with Two Additional Clinical Leads

New Clinical Leads I am I am very excited to introduce two new Clinical Leads, Gary Barnes and Stephanie Sherman, who are joining our Physician Intervention team! Our Physician Intervention program supports physicians who are struggling with performance and/or disruptive behaviors, so they can regain their well being. As [...]

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Challenges of Slowing Down and How to Avoid the Pitfalls

When physicians face the prospect of reducing their practice hours or challenges in heading toward retirement, they usually find themselves dealing with a profound crisis of identity.

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Cognitive Testing of Physicians: Making the Best of the Controversy

In the face of research showing the medical profession is rapidly aging (see our blog post "Projections on the Graying of the Physician Labor Force" for more details), there have been a number of initiatives to establish regular testing of physicians’ mental and physical fitness as they age—to make certain their cognitive [...]

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Download the Infographic: Withstanding the Silver Tsunami

The American medical profession is aging at a rapid rate. In 2015 nearly one in four practicing physicians was at least 65 years old, prompting many to question whether a mandatory retirement age should be set in place.

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Projections on the Graying of the Physician Labor Force

The American medical profession is aging. One in four US physicians is over 65 years of age and those between 65 and 75 constitute about 11 percent of the active medical labor force. In addition, writes Amy McCullough on the Society for Vascular Surgery website, “many physicians over the age of 56 indicate plans to retire in [...]

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Stressed out and anxious? What's the difference?

Stress and Anxiety I get a lot of questions in my private practice about stress and anxiety. Questions like, “How do I know if I am just feeling stressed out or if I have anxiety?” “Is there a difference?” I can say with confidence—everyone experiences one or both at one time or another.

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Make the Most of Aging Physicians' Wealth of Knowledge

There have been expressions of concern in many medical quarters over how best to handle physician aging. As practitioners grow older they may experience reduced cognitive and physical capacity. With patient safety rightly paramount for all concerned with healthcare—and given some, admittedly inconclusive, evidence indicating [...]

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