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The mysterious effects of what we say – a physician coach considers our intention and our patients’ experience

On a recent plane ride, I sat next to a man who told me his harrowing, near death story of remaining in a coma for weeks after suffering a catastrophic medical condition.  Fortunately, due to excellent care and a dose of … 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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Speaking up – an important service to society in the eyes of a physician coach

On a recent trip, I volunteered to help with physicals for some aspiring baseball players. Part of the evaluation was asking each person if he used smokeless tobacco, an unfortunately common habit among baseball players. Surprisingly, a good number acknowledged they did. … Continue reading

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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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