Category Archives: physician burnout

What makes you come alive? A physician coach asks herself this important question

We recently visited the Dominican Republic, a beautiful nation with many kind-hearted people.  After we pulled off the road with a flat tire, a man came to our aid and helped us access our spare tire. He then returned with a jug … Continue reading

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Work Life Balance – Does it Exist? A physician coach suggests a new perspective on an old challenge

I began my first presentation on work life balance by asking for the audience’s questions. Someone blurted out the big issue on everyone’s mind – does it exist?                     Great question. The answer is … Continue reading

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What are the signs that you’re unhappy? Physician coaching can help you create the life you want to be living

A talented friend of mine worked for a while in a software company.  She liked the people she worked with and the pay was good.  But the work was draining and not creative.  Each time she had a bad day, … Continue reading

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Physician Burnout – Real and Getting Worse. The time to make changes is NOW

Is this familiar? That feeling of emotional exhaustion at the end of a day of seeing patients. Viewing patients as problems to deal with rather than individual human beings who come to us for help. Leaving the office after a … Continue reading

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Take a moment to give thanks – a physician coach’s RX for a happy Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving!  As a child, it was my favorite holiday, as our family came together and the house was filled with the smell of my mother’s delicious cooking.  Our cousins would arrive and we would play until dinner was ready. As … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween! A physician coach looks at those dark, hidden places in herself

Americans love Halloween, don’t you think?  In fact, as our culture is increasingly polarized and each side seeks to be “purely” what they want to represent, the Halloween frenzy seems to increase.  Halloween is a time to pretend we are someone … Continue reading

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Got joy? A physician coach suggests we have a choice in each moment

Last night we saw a young couple we hadn’t seen for several years. While discussing their desire to start a family, I repeated something I’ve often shared: once you decide to have a baby, you never stop worrying. You worry that you … Continue reading

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Do you feel like an impostor? Physician coaching helps us tell ourselves a different story

Sitting on a plane bound for the American Medical Women’s Association meeting, I struck up a wonderful conversation with the man next to me.  A PhD in English and master’s degree in counseling preceded his law degree, which led to an … Continue reading

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Preparing yourself for each day by opening your mind and heart: a physician coach takes a lesson from a travel expert

Yesterday I heard a discussion between Rick Steves and Pico Iyer, two travel experts sharing their love of world exploration.  Having taken many travelers around the world, they agreed that two people can visit the same country and have very different … Continue reading

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Let’s all take a Sabbatical – a quick way to renewal

As a physician coach, I work with people who are overwhelmed and burned out.  The solution is often simpler and more available than they ever imagined. During a recent broadcast, travel expert Pico Iyer discussed his decision to move from … Continue reading

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