Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 7/10/2017

“You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.” – Sierra Boggess July is a month of transitions. Starting as an intern, transitioning to a senior or chief, beginning your life as an attending physician, teaching a new class of residents. And no matter how many years you have been

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 6/24/2017

“Everything that is past is either a learning experience to grow on, a beautiful memory to reflect on, or a motivating factor to act upon.” – Denis Waitley I apologize in advance that this Weekly Wellness is personal to me. But I as finished my last shift at Mercy Hospital this week, knowing that after

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Weekly Wellness 6/12/2017

You can choose what kind of day you want to have. Have you ever walked into a shift and heard someone say “just turn around now” because it’s so busy? Or you look at the schedule and see that you’re working with people you don’t always mesh with? Or maybe something’s not going great your

Weekly Wellness

Weekly Wellness 6/4/2017

You deserve to be treated well. That is such an important statement, and such an important part of wellness, that I will say it again. You deserve to be treated well. Patients cannot swear at you, yell at you, racially or sexually harass you. Nurses, techs, consultants, cannot publicly humiliate you, emotionally abuse you, retaliate

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Weekly Wellness 5/19/2017

What is your job as an emergency medicine physician? Move the room? Join several committees? Publish papers? Have good Press-Ganey scores? See more than 2.3 patients per hour? Yes, these are all aspects of our job. But they are not our main job. They are not why we got into emergency medicine. Our main job

Well Aware

Well Aware: Feel the Burn

Burnout. It’s a hot topic in medicine in general, and EM specifically. It seems that every single month one journal or another brings mention of burnout. Even the internists are worried about us: a JAMA Internal Medicine Study found that emergency physicians are the most burned out specialty in medicine, with 65% self-reporting burnout. Let’s

Well Aware

Well Aware: Taking Worry Home

“Don’t worry.” It’s one of the most common refrains in our house, spoken in my general direction. Because I worry about a lot of things. Many of these worries are low-level, background noise. They’ve been kicked into overdrive with recent life changes, and this has prompted a reflection on the ways in which our jobs

Well Aware

Well Aware: Shifting Around

Welcome to wellness! That sounds appropriately optimistic,  but a bit misleading, given that wellness is certainly not a destination to be reached and luxuriated in. Achieving good physical and mental health is a constant process, and almost ironically, it can be quite a struggle to maintain a balance between the rather unique pressures of our