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 [...]
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 [...]
Today is #GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Today, in honor of [...]
When Physicians Lash Out Medicine is a high-pressure environment. It’s also an ongoing-learning environment where more experienced physicians are expected to show younger colleagues best practices and share their expertise with colleagues in allied fields, like nursing. Sometimes the high-stakes, high-speed, life-or-death [...]
A quarter of US physicians are over 65 and about 11 percent of the active medical labor force is between 65 and 75. Accordingly, a lot of attention has been focused on how organizations can make sure aging practitioners are still cognitively and physically able to perform at a level ensuring patient safety and optimal [...]
Impact of Stress Whether it’s a deadline at work, a full schedule of after school activities, or simply not having enough time in the day, we all experience stress. We know stress is bad for our health – it can negatively impact our mood, increase anxiety and even increase our blood pressure. However, did you know stress can [...]
Potential Physical Implications of Burnout Burnout—defined as persistent emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue and cognitive weariness—may negatively affect physical health more than previously believed.
Physician Resilience is More Than the Ability to "Bounce Back" Many physicians dislike the term “resilience”—especially when it is seen as something they lack—and something they’re solely responsible for getting. They see themselves as very resilient already. After all, they are used to functioning at a high level under [...]
Summer Fun Today is the first official day of summer! With no school, summer camp and family vacations, summer is a busy time of year, and it can be difficult to fit in physical activity. Here are a few suggestions for getting in your daily physical activity while enjoying quality time with your family this summer.