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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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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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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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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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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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What do you want in your suitcase?

It’s been a busy few months, full of several wonderful trips.  French Polynesia where we were rained on daily; hot, sunny Dominican Republic; Mammoth Mountain and its crisp days; and Philadelphia with bitter cold and wind.  For each trip, I packed the same … Continue reading

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How are we each good? A physician coach debunks “better”

There we sat: 32 accomplished professionals from around the world.  Physicians, human resource professionals, career counselors, organizational development specialists, coaches – even 3 police officers.  Each day of our recent training in the Myers-Briggs personality inventory assessment ended with a quiz.  As the … Continue reading

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Being a rose seed: a physician coach looks at growth with anticipation and trust

It’s sometimes hard to answer the question, “What kind of doctor are you?”  I resist the temptation to answer, “a good one, I hope.”  Instead, I explain that I care for patients with vein disorders but am also a physician coach, … Continue reading

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Be the Re-decider! A physician coach’s RX for a less stressful life

Many years ago our daughter signed up for a summer program, excited about the experience she anticipated she would have. What she encountered was quite different, and she instantly knew the program was not right for her. Although she was … Continue reading

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