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Physicians leaving medical practice – What’s the next chapter in your story?

A recent dialog on the LinkedIn SEAK Non-Clinical Careers Group page was sparked by this (all names removed): I have retired from medicine after 42 years. I attended SEAK in Chicago and it only served to highlight my dissatisfaction with medicine as a career. I am now a bartender. I am planning to do private duty bartending and uniformed chauffeuring. I think medical care has lost its charm. I started out in trauma and I couldn't get enough of it. I delivered babies, did c-sections and appy's, set bones. It was a gas. But the greed of other doctors for money and time off to the detrimen......
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Is your online physician profile hampering your success?

Calling all wannabe physician entrepreneurs or physician job searchers! When last did you spend any significant money on something without first doing some research on-line? Can't remember? Well, guess what ... that is also true for anything that YOU, as a physician, want to "sell". Be they your services working in another medical practice or a non-clinical physician executive position, or as an entrepreneurial physician with a service or product for your target market! Have a terrific resume? Did a top-notch interview? Got an outstanding website with all the bells and whistles? And y......
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As an entrepreneurial physician, are you lonely at the top?

It's been many months since I wrote about "The Intelligent Entrepreneur", in my quest to share insights from Bill Murphy's fine book describing the 10 rules of successful entrepreneurship. Last time, I highlighted Rule #4, You can't do it alone! I love a paradox, and this next Rule #5, You must do it alone, flies smack in the face of the earlier one. As much as you need the support of a team and the encouragement of family, friends and colleagues, in the end, it's all up to you. In other words, it's lonely at the top! In my Conversations with Trailblazers' Podcast series, I've had the......
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Does entrepreneurial physician success require luck?

I am a fortunate person. There’s so much that is right in my life, at home and in business. Yes, I have worked hard and still do so, but I’ve had much luck as well. And I’ve often reflected on it. So it isn’t surprising that an online article from the Harvard Business Review this week caught my eye – “Why Some People Have All the Luck”. What was most interesting was who wrote it – Anthony Tjan, described this way: “CEO, Managing Partner and Founder of the venture capital firm Cue Ball. An entrepreneur, investor, and senior advisor, Tjan has become a recognized business builder.” A h......
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Never say never

LifeFlight lands and the flight nurses come running down the hall, chest compressions underway, into a room with our waiting code team. I run the PEA arrest code with a team I've worked with countless times before, everyone efficiently doing their part. After 4 cycles of CPR, finally, a shock-able rhythm. 48 hours of drips, arrhythmias, shock, complications, desperation, tears, and hope. Slowly, the young mother starts to respond to her husband keeping vigil at her bedside. Extubated and with normal vital signs, she transfers out of the ICU on day 5 – only to be replaced 30 minutes later ......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 10

This is the final sip of coffee for your soul in the series from Professor Rao, author and creator of the hugely successful "Creativity and Personal Mastery Program". This pithy clip, Your Boss is the FedEx Guy, is a bit harder to get your mind around. It reminds us that even lousy bosses, cranky patients, or hostile colleagues that dump their toxic and frustrating "stuff" on us are merely the Delivery Guys -- handing over the packages of  "bad things", but not in control of your REAL sources of happiness or joy. Enjoyed this? You can catch all prior 9 tips by following links at the bott......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 9

As children, we were raised to care greatly about the opinions of others - Martha Beck calls this part of ourselves our Social Self in her book "Finding Your Own North Star". It's the Social Self's job to help us fit in, belong to ur "tribes" or communcities, and avoid shame and embarrassment. Sadly, our Social Self quickly learns to run the show, and reminds you through constant internal mental chatter how good/bad/superior/inferior you are compared to everyone else. We can no longer hear the message from our Essential Self. This little clip, What are others thinking about you? reminds......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 8

It is difficult for physicians to buy into the idea of miracles. Our scientific brains rationalize that miracles are for the "believers" and the "faithful" but they have no place in the world of science and medicine. Professor Rao sees something different. What if there really are no coincidences? Or what if we decided to call a coincidence a "Miracle" instead? What would that do for our sense of well-being? Maybe it's true that Miracles Happen Every Day. Go here to access earlier "coffee for the soul" tips from Professor Rao. You'll be able to trace your way back to the first tip by ......
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What Pottermore Spells for Readers, Writers

J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling's announcement yesterday that will be the clearinghouse for all things wizardly has been met with mixed response. The Washington Post yawned. Publisher's Weekly said it's "not a gamechanger." Pottermore will offer games along with more writing around Harry, wands, and other aspects of the best-selling books. So what? Well, for readers, writers, and illustrators, this news is magical. And here's why: It opens the ebook door for younger readers. Currently, the YA and adult markets have been swept up by ebook revolution. And the introduction of picture book apps has ......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 7

I recently read "The Art of Possibility" by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, and the opening practice in the book (the first of twelve practices to "transform professional and personal life") is called "It's All Invented". In this java jolt today with Tip 7, Professor Rao reminds us that we view the world through egocentric lenses - many of our interpretations of life's experiences and our interactions with people place US at the CENTER as the star in our own drama. What if that experience that you found so frustrating/mean/humiliating/spiteful/hurtful etc really wasn't about you at all? ......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 6

All the current research into happiness demonstrates that experiencing gratitude - naming it, and truly feeling it - contributes substantially to one's sense of happiness. Those who feel grateful also have better health, with better sleep, better mood and lower incidence of depression and anxiety. What are you grateful for? And when you actually pause to enumerate your list, what do you feel? Notice the shift in your body and mind. Try the small exercise in The Power of Shifting your Focus . Catch the earlier clips in this series here. If this series is speaking to you and you are interest......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job – Tip 5

Ready for your "soul coffee sip" today? How often do you complain that you don't have enough time? Even for the little things in life - the niceties like greeting staff and colleagues? Do you find yourself charging into the hospital or your office radiating the "don't bother me now - I'm a very busy person" attitude? What might be different if you were to slow down just a fraction, generate an authentic smile and listen for a moment to the responses from others? Listen to Time or Attitude - see what it takes to start your day off in an entirely different way! Select here if you misse......
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Put up or shut up

Many people have felt it necessary to comment on my choice of career of late.   One of my own (Dr. Karen Sibert) has published an editorial in the NY Times chastising me and thousands of other women for choosing a balance between work and life. I'd like to set the record straight on something.  I do not have an obligation, moral or otherwise, to work full time as a physician.  I do not "owe" society my life, my happiness, my balance, my being.  I am a better physician when I have some time away to replenish the well.  Today for morning......
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Boost your Physician Happiness Quotient on the job - Tip 4

How often throughout at day do you think "this is bad", "she is horrible", "oh no, this is NOT GOOD!", "that's terrible"? Probably way more than you realize. In his book, Happiness at Work, Professor Srikumar Rao tells a story about a champion swimmer sidelined by injury at he was training for the US Olympics team. The clincher occurs when what this swimmer had labeled bad, so bad it was almost of disastrous proportions in his mind, became his ultimate advantage when it mattered most! The way we label things, events and people is only as good as our ability to foretell the future! Watc......
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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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over-scheduling our kids

As high achieving moms, many mom docs are prone to push their kids hard.  Daily I struggle to hold myself back from falling victim to this tendency.   Every time I schedule the kids' tennis lessons, I wonder if they shouldn't have just one more lesson?  Should they have a tutor to get ahead in math or Spanish or Something?  An extra class?  Singing lessons? How hard to push?  How much to schedule? David Brooks' NYTimes opinion piece reminds me to slow down and to let the poor tortured kids slow down too.  Brooks points out that college grads need to be able to explore and to find their own pa......
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feel less guilty when you travel

My six year old's newest obsession is   The website provides a little picture of the chosen specific airplane (you just plug in airlines & flight number) with its exact location shown on a map plus planned flight path plus flight time countdown.  What an amazing way for a child to feel a little more connected to you, even when you are in the sky and unreachable.  Plus, it can't hurt the geography education.

My little one is utterly charmed by this one.  Enjoy.
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Author skips the Big Six and heads right for your e-reader

E-book author Megg Jensen takes her young adult fantasy novel straight to digital format -- skipping the traditional route with one of the Big Six publishers and heading right for your e-reader.
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