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Open Book Medicine – a physician coach recommends curiosity

Today was one of those days when I knew why I went into medicine.  Among my new patients were two with complicated medical histories.  One was treated by a physician and improved.  But a second  physician emphatically told her she should never have had the … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Show Up – a physician coach’s perspective

A friend of mine was chastised through her childhood for being too enthusiastic – “people aren’t like that,” she was told.  Instead, she was encouraged to “tone it down,” which apparently made those around her feel more comfortable.  Another friend is committed to … Continue reading

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Our perfect patients: how physicians can mold our practice to optimize everyone’s satisfaction

An internist recently shared a story about an elderly couple – both were her patients.  One day, the woman remarked, “I love you, because you tell me what you think.”  The doctor was flattered that her style was appreciated.  She felt … Continue reading

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The Magic of an Apology – a physician coach’s perspective

Yesterday, I cleared my calendar for the long-awaited delivery of a new dishwasher.  Arriving early so I wouldn’t miss the delivery hours, I imagined having a dishwasher that would work well, with a black face to match all the other … Continue reading

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Tired of Conflict? A physician coach suggests commitment, acceptance and alignment

We live in an atmosphere of perpetual conflict that seems unsolvable and growing by the week. Military conflicts continue to escalate around the world.  Our government is ineffectual, as neither side wants to work together to find solutions. There are many … Continue reading

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Communicating care and concern – in the blink of a patient visit: how physicians can make the most of their time

Recently, I visited a friend in the hospital.  As her condition improved, the nursing staff suggested it was time to discuss discharge planning and called the social worker to make the necessary arrangements .  The social worker entered the room,  remaining close to … Continue reading

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Compassion: a simple way to a more peaceful life – a physician coach’s choice

As I walked through a parking garage the other day, a very surprising thing happened. This garage isn’t well designed – there is barely enough space for cars to drive in and out and some of the parking spots are pretty tight.  The driver … Continue reading

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Medicine by Committee – physicians and patients creating solutions together

I recently filled in for a friend who teaches at a medical school. The curriculum that day focused on professional ethics and the power differential that usually exists between us and our patients. One student asked if physicians needed to … Continue reading

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Which me is needed here?

As a physician, I’m often asked by family and friends to advise them, or at least to explain what might be happening with their health or in their interactions with medical professionals. It usually feels good to use my experience … Continue reading

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A Powerful RX

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Mark Tercek, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, speak at the meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association (check it out http://www.amwa-doc.org).  He laughed as he explained that people often find his career path … Continue reading

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