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And the band plays on

Tears course slowly down my face as the marching band approaches the bend.  Soon, the last row will be in sight.  There - the tallest tuba player.  Focusing intently, he is unaware of the tears or my feeble attempt to capture the moment with my outdated camera phone.  The band marches on, their joyfully loud music fading a little as I realize I am standing here in this crowd crying. It is hard to name all the emotions swirling around me in this moment.  Pride for my son's hard work and excellence, joy for being able to share this moment with him, love for the little boy he was, the young man......
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Print Books Never Lose Battery Life at Bedtime

digital bedtime storiesThe  Joan Ganz Cooney Center has come out with some interesting studies about print books and e-books, and their peppy cousin the enhanced e-book. The results, which you can read at Digital Book World, are significant not only for the learning they show among young readers, but also for the perceptions parents have about the way young people read. Look for a complete report on the survey by the end of this summer. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect. One study showed that kids, ranging in age from 3 to 6 years, preferred reading an e-book to a paper book. And it looked at their comprehen......
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Preventing physician burnout - is there a secret recipe? Part 1

The recently published Medscape's Physician Lifestyle Report: 2012 starts to tell the story of what it is to be a physician in the US today, beginning with an overall "happiness" rating.   Approximately 1 in 3 physicians -- both men and women -- rated themselves a 5 and 40% rated themselves a 4 (suggesting "pretty happy"). The average happiness score for physicians who responded was 3.96, which is on the cheerful side but not overwhelmingly happy. When looking at happiness ratings by specialist, the 5 happiest were rheumatologists (4.09), dermatologists (4.05), urologists (4.04), oph......
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Could Your Medical Knowledge Be Turned Into Copywriting?

It's easy to see why so many physicians contemplating a non-clinical business or career change feel a sense of nervous excitement and apprehension about branching out on their own. After all, you've put a ton of time into becoming this highly-trained professional, and being a doctor could be all you've ever known. Starting your own non-clinical business can be a nerve-wracking experience. Perhaps you're wanting to get out of clinical practice but are still looking for that "perfect" business idea to take to the next level. Thankfully, there are many non-clinical career options that will not o......
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Use the power of the visual to communicate with your audience

Decoding Your Medical BillsI get sent a lot of content, aimed at physicians, to potentially post on The Entrepreneurial MD Blog and most of it is irrelevant or way too cheesy for the likes of you, dear reader. Once in a while however, something piques my interest as it is thoughtful or provocative. This time it's an "infographic" (contemporary lingo for cool images that are designed to convey information quickly) that caught my eye. The information is largely "duh" for most of my physician readers (although I found some of it interesting) but I offer it to you as a way to stimulate your thinking about the ways in which ......
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well, well, well...

here we are. I've been thinking a lot about time lately - how we spend it, how it passes, that it marches on whether we want it to or not. Some current times: 28 weeks pregnant 9 weeks left of residency 16 weeks until boards 14 weeks of maternity leave (what is THAT?!) 2 new daycares in our new city (the infant daycare we chose is inside the high school) 1 new primary care job 4 days a week at my new job (which day should I take off?) 4 more overnight ICU shifts 16 t-ball games left and one amazing life! The dream lives on :) Yes, we have finally decided on a future after residency. Having ......
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Networking your way efficiently to a new non-clinical position

I recently received this communication via my other website (Women Leaving Medicine) and thought it pointed enough of a question and commentary that I decided to share a portion of it and my response with you. “I am the primary bread winner in our family.  We have two boys - 3 and 1.  My husband is going back to school for his Masters while he also juggles being the primary care giver for our boys.  I left emergency medicine almost three years ago and did a preceptorship in treating a disease that is medical as well as cosmetic. I now work for a big corporation and the job allows me to be ho......
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This is a friendly reminder to give yourself the same good preventative care that you give to everyone else. Here's the Center for Disease Control's suggested screening test list .I know this sounds obvious, but come on, really, how many of you follow through with your own care? After all, how can someone juggling a zillion patients and parenting responsibilities possibly make time for a doctor's appointment?  And, of course, doctors well know the myriad of discomforts and indignation of a colonoscopy or mammogram.  However, so often these are just excuses -- actually our ambivalence simply i......
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Simple SEO strategies are needed for your physician business website

How much business does your physician business website deliver to your door? Do you even know? My first website was admired for its good looks but I can't honestly claim it ever drove a single client to my doorstep. Now, whereas I kinda like how The Entrepreneurial MD looks, that isn't what matters to me any more. How it performs as a relationship- and business-building tool is what really counts. The reason I value this so much is that marketing can be very expensive. Ads, booths at health fairs or conferences, 4-color brochures, even traveling to places to give speaking presentations f......
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Cybils Awards Show Parents the Very Best Books for Kids

The 2011 Cybils Awards recognized the very best in children's literature, and this year is special because it is the first year picture book apps are included.
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Concerns about Komen

Despite all of the wonderful good the foundation has accomplished, I have a concern with Komen beyond the current brouhaha.    Consider Wikipedia's summary: "Since its inception in 1982, Komen has invested nearly $2 billion for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S., and through partnerships in more than 50 countries...Susan Goodman Komen, was born in 1943 in Peoria, IL.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33.  She died of the disease at age 36 in 1980.  Komen's younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker ... founded the S......
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Can introverted physicians succeed at networking for success?

When asked about my circuitous physician career and how I have made it happen, I can probably best describe my "strategy" as "opportunistic". What I really mean is that I have always come up short on having a 10-year career plan (it must be the Aquarian in me who rebels against too much structure), and instead have followed my nose and instincts for opportunities that have presented themselves over the years. And no, those opportunities are not just the result of sheer good fortune, although I do feel fortunate. They have arisen as an outgrowth of my ongoing efforts to build and mainta......
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Mothers with Cancer Help Page

Today Susan Niebur died from inflammatory breast cancer.  An astrophysicist and mother of a 4 and 6 year old, Niebur posted a link to  Mothers with Cancer Help Page in a final post on her blog "Toddler Planet." Blogs offer such an oddly intimate, novel way for those in medical fields to peek into what the  experience  of illness really is.   We see such a limited piece in  clinics and on hospital floors.  Here, in a final post, Niebur shows how to rise above terminal illness -- as her blog evidences she did right along.  She helped others even as her own situation was dire. Just a couple of w......
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question parenting

Parents have answers. Especially doctor moms. We have been studying for so many years.  We just need to impose our hard won answers on our kids.  We tell. Kids listen and do.  I use the term "Answer Parenting" to refer to such parenting via administering answers and agendas. Such "Answer Parenting" can be tempting but has short-comings. First, the approach generally peeves the child. Who likes to be told what to do? And, who likes to deal with a peeved child? Second, the approach doesn't allow the child to practice figuring out an answer or to practice using their own growing little seats of ......
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The physician business owner and healthcare reform

What do you really know about healthcare reform? And do you even care? The past few years have thrust healthcare into the limelight, with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA) in March 2010. And confusion has reigned ever since. Once in a while, I come across good explanations that attempt to demystify the PPACA. As much as I'd like to be an ostrich with my head in the sand, mainly to escape the rancor and fury of those decrying the Act and the cries of those begging for meaningful change, I can't escape its impact on my clientele and readers. For ......
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Secrets to greeting the New Year from a physician business owner

For most of us physician business owners, the beginning of a year is a time filled with hope and intention. "It's going to be a(n even) better year. I’m going to be better at X, Y and Z"! we tell ourselves. I mentioned previously that I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. I have discovered them to be grandiose and difficult to achieve, leading to a sense of failure and self-flagellation when we fall short and find ourselves back to square one a month or so later. What, if instead of focusing on these "ideal" outcomes, we paid more attention to the process... the journey? How would......
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Cinderella: The Top Picture Book App of 2011

CinderellaWe've kissed a lot of toads this year in app-land. Or maybe a more apt metaphor for this post would be along the lines of wedging our feet into a lot of ill-fitting slippers. And while we've also stumbled across some real gems (see last week's post on the Best Picture Book Apps of 2011), our heart belongs to one big winner for the year. I'd like to devote this space to my No. 1 picture book app for 2011 with a few reasons why. So let's cut to the chase and reveal our winner. Drumroll please. . . Nosy Crow's Cinderella takes a familiar tale and makes it extraordinary. Young readers can follow......
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A roadmap to creative thinking for the entrepreneurial physician

As someone who was educated in a very traditional school and then university model, I am envious of my 9-year old daughter's learning opportunity in 3rd grade. Her new school emphasizes project-based learning, social-emotional learning (higher EQ and therefore fewer therapy bills later in life???), group collaboration and multiple path problem-solving, as opposed to the largely unquestioning rote learning I endured. My latest mid-life crisis is manifesting as a quest to foster my own creativity and overcome the inhibitions of my earlier learning experience - reshape my neural pathways......
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As a physician business owner, how will you define success?

When I coach entrepreneurial physician clients, one of the questions I often pose is "How will you define your success?" Obviously, this question requires considerable introspection, even though the most obvious answer upfront tends to be "When the business is up and running, and I'm making good money." The 10th and final Rule of successful entrepreneurship in Bill Murphy Jr's "The Intelligent Entrepreneur" addresses similar questions - Play the game for life. Yes, success can be measured by the amount of money a business makes, or puts in the owner's pocket. But for most successful entreprene......
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The results of an entrepreneurial physician depend on one "must-have" mindset

In all the years of interviewing successful physician entrepreneurs for my Conversations with Trailblazers podcasts, there is one consistent piece of advice that physicians have shared, and this belongs to Bill Murphy Jr's Rule Number 8 in "The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How 3 Harvard Business School graduates learned the 10 rules of successful entrepreneurship". Persist, persevere, prevail. In fact, Chapter 20 of the book opens with this reinforcing quote from President Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than un......
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