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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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Asking the right questions to make 2016 sparkle: Physician Coaching for everyone

The first day of the year was filled with delights.  A chance encounter with the brave members of the Polar Bear Club of San Diego as they ran into the Pacific Ocean for their annual dip (cold, though not as frigid as Lake … Continue reading

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Looking for the perfect gift? Here’s a daring suggestion!

The holidays are upon us – and with them, the stress of finding that perfect gift for our families, friends, colleagues and employees. Advertising comes at us from all angles and we wonder what each person on our list might … Continue reading

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Beware the pedestal! Physician coaching may save you a painful fall

As healthcare providers, we see many types of people.  With each encounter, we want to establish rapport and build a relationship that will allow intimate and sometimes difficult conversations and will help our patient trust us enough to share their concerns … 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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Self-compassion: a physician coach’s recipe for a long and fulfilling career

I once worked with a beloved physician whose skills were excellent.  Unfortunately, a patient initiated a malpractice lawsuit. Hurt by the experience, the doctor never returned to practice. Another physician was unable to face her patient’s post-operative DVT. She avoided contact, refused to speak … Continue reading

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Bring on the Emotions! A physician coach values all emotions for the wisdom they offer

The Hollywood blockbuster, Inside Out, is a cute, entertaining collaboration of talented animators and storytellers at Disney and Pixar.  I love when something is new and innovative – and this movie is just that.  Although the movie is aimed at kids, the audience is … Continue reading

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Good communication – simpler than we think: Coaching Physicians to enhance their relationship with patients

Last week I had the opportunity to speak about communication to a large group of family physicians.  Given that primary care doctors are pushed to see patients in ridiculously short visits, I titled my talk, “Communication Skills to Make a … Continue reading

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