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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job - Tip 3

Are you ready for this morning's jolt of "joe for the soul"? Today, Professor Rao reminds us that where we put our attention is what happens to us. As esoteric as it sounds, it translates practically in this way: Imagine you have a patient you dislike. Mrs. Smith complains endlessly about her children, your office staff, her job, her aching back and her mysterious undiagnosable body aches. You feel a sinking sensation when you see her name on your schedule. You begin to dread her visit (consciously or unconsciously) because she symbolizes everything you can't stand about clinical pract......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job - Tip 2

Your fresh brew today, delivered courtesy of Professor Srikumar Rao,  is a short video reminding us of the role of gratitude and thanks in our lives. This is a very touchy subject, as a common refrain I hear from my physician coaching clients is "I knock myself out at work, day and even all night, and I hardly ever hear a word of thanks - those ungrateful patients/colleagues/clinic managers never acknowledge what I do for them! I feel so unappreciated" Well, Dr. Rao has words for you ... and remember, taking control of your own happiness is NOT EASY! Watch and listen to The Fallacy of E......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job - Tip 1

As frustrated as you may feel on the job, being an overworked, underappreciated physician, and as much as you yearn for new circumstances to relieve your stress, it may be too big a challenge to step away from your physician livelihood right now. So, how does one develop excellent coping skills? Professor Srikumar Rao (author of "Are you ready to succeed?" and "Happiness at work") believes that our happiness comes from and is largely experienced on the INSIDE. From the quality of our thinking, feeling and interpretation of events. The stuff we DO control. I have the privilege and excitin......
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Physician burnout & physician happiness - 2 sides of the career coin

The Entrepreneurial MD's November newsletter tackles the issue of physician burnout, and finding happiness at work. Here's an extract from the full article: As many of you know by now, I have long been fascinated by the subject of happiness – what it is, how we find it, how we create it – and especially happiness at work. So my eye is always caught by anecdotes and information in which there is an absence of happiness, or a secret to finding it! I was recently alerted to a new study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, titled "Surgeon Distress......
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When overwhelm becomes the norm for physician moms

9-13-10overwhelmedWarning - this is a "peek inside my brain" post. I am an overwhelmed physician entrepreneur and mom at present! In the course of establishing and growing a business, of whatever kind, there come spells in which everything seems to pile up at once. It's an experience that frazzles the nerves, makes one want to run away from the job, and turns one into a grump to live with. With back-to-school tensions running high (my daughter's), a computer that went on the fritz for 4 days, two upcoming presentations, creating a new program, and being in the midst of a long hard look at where I want t......
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