First Do No Harm: An Empty Cup of Expected Wellness

If we are to truly live out the “Do no harm” imperative, we must first make sure that we are not being harmed ourselves.  After all, we cannot expect to replenish the empty cup of wellness our patients bring if our cup is empty, too.

How Contagious Discipline Killed the Bear (Market)

A plan that was attempted and failed is always better than failing to plan.  Right?  If you don’t plan at all, you are just guaranteeing failure.  Being mentally, relationally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally disciplined all have guaranteed dividends. But how does discipline kill a bear?

Three Keys to Satisfaction at Work

“How can I become motivated at work?”  Through the ideas outlined by Ryan and Deci, we will discuss the three main factors to becoming self-motivated.  These are Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness.  We will then discuss how they are related to the work of a medical professional.

Compassion Fatigue: An absence of Hesed?

Hesed is often translated as loving-kindness, but it also encapsulates mercy, loyalty, and even compassion.  Hesed seems to be the ideal way that we should think and care about others, particularly our patients.  In a world that is more jaded by the day, Hesed seems to be less and less common.  What is more common now is something called Compassion Fatigue.  Today we will discuss exactly what Compassion Fatigue is and ways that we may be able to combat it’s evil forces.

Wellness: Is it Worth the Cost?

Burnout is both prevalent (in residents and attendings), costly (as much as $250,000-$1,000,000 per physician who leaves because of burnout), and deadly (an estimated 400 attending physicians end their life each year).  Today we answer the following: As an organization does investing in wellness provides a good return on investment?

Physician Burnout: You Aren’t Alone

I used to think this topic (and many other similar topics) were “mushy” topics that people only discussed if they had problems.  I then started to realize that all of us have problems or know someone that does.  We can continue to ignore these topics and pretend they aren’t a problem, or we can step up and combat the issue head on.  Before we do that, though, we have to define the enemy.  What exactly is burnout?

Moderately Frugal: Wealth without Wellness

Quite possibly, this should have been my first post.  A significant portion of this blog is going to be focused on building wealth and my personal journey to get there.  Being a philosophy major in undergrad, this begs the question:  What is the purpose of obtaining wealth?