Category Archives: physician fulfillment

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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What’s your style? It’s a good one! A physician coach suggests that we each bring who we are – with confidence

Recently I watched a class of first year medical students practice communication skills with a “standardized patient,” an actor playing the part of a newly diagnosed diabetic.   The students were tasked with explaining diabetes and negotiating a plan for … 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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Work-Life Choices – a physician coach reframes our quest for balance

Work life balance is a very hot subject. Recently I Googled the topic and up popped 189,000,000 entries! When I first checked several years ago, there were 30,000,000 entries. In spite of having 159,000,000 more explanations,  we’re not any closer to finding that … Continue reading

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Finding a Sense of Where You Are: a physician coach finds her way back

Each spring, as high school seniors await their college responses, I always remember when our own children applied to college.  I recall our son’s essay, which centered on an experience playing baseball.  Since then, I’ve learned that college admissions officers groan whenever … Continue reading

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Physician Coaching 101: Why Doctors Can be Happy About Doctor’s Day

Today is National Doctor’s Day. Who knew? In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the law designating March 30th national Doctor’s Day. Historically, the appropriate gift for a doctor was a red carnation. Ironically, the red carnation is a Spanish … Continue reading

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Let’s take a stand for medicine and our lives

Here’s an unsettling piece of news: Geneia, a Healthcare IT company, recently queried 400 physicians and found they scored 3.7 out of 5 on a “misery index.” Heather Lavoie, COO of Geneia, commented, “It’s a little alarming and shocking at … Continue reading

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The right time: a physician coach suggests we open our minds to new possibilities for ourselves

Years ago we considered whether our just-5-year-old daughter should start kindergarten or wait until she was older. “She’ll be one of the youngest in her class,” warned the teacher. The school prided itself on rigorous academics and kindergarten had a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Unhappiness: A Physician Coach suggests we get better at feeling, not just at feeling better

Many years ago I saw a patient who was anxious about undergoing treatment. She came in wearing boxer shorts purchased by her son that were intended to help her have a lighter attitude – they had yellow smiley faces on … Continue reading

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