Author Archives: Helane Fronek

About Helane Fronek

Over the past 28 years I have had a fascinating and fulfilling career in medicine, initially practicing as a general internist and then as a procedural specialist, caring for patients with vein disorders. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC- San Diego School of Medicine, I’m thrilled to be teaching medical students crucial communication skills along with many other aspects involved in the practice of medicine.

An Invitation to Become an Emotionally Intelligent Leader – free webinar 8/30/17

Our tweet chat last night was filled with great ideas and the sharing of many issues that confront physicians who wish to lead from their passions but are worried they will get tripped up if their emotions come out at … Continue reading

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The Secret to Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Leader – please join me for a tweet chat Tuesday, August 22nd!

The value and power of Emotional Intelligence are well accepted. In fact, how we manage our own and others’ emotions can determine our own effectiveness as a physician and a leader.   It’s my pleasure to invite you to join … Continue reading

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Let’s ASCEND to a more effective flow of communication with our patients. A physician coach shares a useful mnemonic

Communication, as they say, is a two-way street.  For several years, we have taught medical students the art of communication.  They learn to develop rapport with patients through eye contact, body language that conveys interest in what the patient is … Continue reading

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The Art and Power of Saying “NO” -Physician coaching clears the path for fulfillment and impact

It’s a common experience- someone asks us to do something and, while our heart and gut are screaming, “NO!” we hear the word “yes” come out of our mouth. Why and how does that happen? And, more importantly, how can … Continue reading

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Speak Out to Heal our Divide and Get What you Want. A physician coach offers a simple, 3-step process

Physicians report increased anxiety among patients, who cite the political climate as a major source of distress. “Our country is divided,” we often hear. Preferring not to consider others’ opinions, we remain in the echo chambers of shows that feature … Continue reading

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What are you tolerating?

Most physicians are hard-working, driven people.  We wouldn’t have gotten where we are without that drive, ignoring opportunities that might have been more fun so we could gain knowledge and skills to care for our patients.  People are surprised when they … Continue reading

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We’re all in transition: physician coaching can help us navigate ours

Several months ago I received a phone call from my cousin Steve, who I’ve spoken with only intermittently over the years.  I’ve admired Steve as the stay-at-home-dad for his two daughters, who grew into successful, dynamic and authentic women.  Steve is a … Continue reading

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Let’s Dust off our Ethical Compass – and map our way back from burnout

Physicians have long felt the pull between our natural desire to please our patients and our professional and ethical commitment to provide care that’s in our patient’s best interest. When a patient requests an antibiotic and we know their viral illness … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with yourself – the antidote to physician burnout

In the first weeks of  medical school, a colleague asked, “What do you like to do?”  My response still saddens me: “I used to like to cook, and I used to like to read and I used to like to run.”  It … Continue reading

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YOUR Year in Review: physician coaching helps you design a great 2017!

2016 – it’s certainly been a tumultuous year throughout the world.  We’ve all experienced  hope, fear, concern, passion and so many surprises.  For some, there’s been a growing desire to insulate ourselves from the rest of the world, while others have sensed an … Continue reading

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