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How Often Should You Be Replacing Your Stethoscope?

How Often Should You Be Replacing Your Stethoscope?
You'll hear different answers to this question depending on where you ask. Most manufacturers recommend replacing your stethoscope every 2 years, but as one user on allnurses.com forum so eloquently puts it, "It would be in a company's interest to have us all buying new equipment every 2 years." This is a pretty valid point, which brings us to question... How to know when it's time to replace your stethoscope Many medical professionals will go years or even decades before replacing their stethoscope. Check out medical forums and discussion threads on the topic and you'll find a lot o......
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The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family

  While being involved in a car accident is never a good thing, once you become a parent, being involved in a car accident can be a truly terrifying experience. In addition to worrying about your own injuries, you are naturally extremely worried about the safety of your children. Unfortunately, auto accidents are not all that rare, with one auto accident occurring every 60 seconds across the globe. Each year in the United States, nearly 3 million people1 suffer minor to severe injuries from a car accident, with about 43,000 auto accident fatalities1.  In fact, motor vehicle accide......
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Top Tips For Staying Healthy In A Fast-Paced Medical Career

One of the biggest challenges that medical professional face is staying healthy in our ever changing fast paced lives. While we work in a field that promotes health and wellness for our patients, given the demands and responsibilities in our own lives, it is often difficult to focus on our own health.  In our increasingly busy lives, the demand of balancing social, academic and work obligations takes away from the time invested into ourselves. I have learned through my journey through medical school, my constantly changing schedule, my all day study sessions, night shifts, and endless com......
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The Connection Between Ayurveda and Yoga

The Connection Between Ayurveda and Yoga
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian alternative therapy that uses holistic methods to promote good health. This traditional healing is solely based on three main classical texts, the Susruta, Vagbhata and Charak. According to these texts, there are five elements that make up the human body - earth, water, fire, air and space.   When these five elements combine in the body, they form three Doshas called Pitta Dosha (fire & water), Vata Dosha (space & air) and Kapha Dosha (water & earth). What Ayurveda does is it restores balance and harmony of the body, mind and spirit. Any disrupt......
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Volunteering To Recharge Your Passion For Medicine

Volunteering To Recharge Your Passion For Medicine
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”-Winston Churchill Long hours coupled with work and family responsibilities can often leave us feeling drained. If we are not careful about balancing our work and personal lives, we can experience dissatisfaction with our career and a lack of focus and drive. A recent article written in HBR.org by Ran Zilca, the Chief Data Science Officer at Happify, Inc. found that after analyzing data from their app, two things were important to being satisfied with work: having a life outside of work, and having the money to afford it. Our......
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Design A Career for Impact not Hours

  We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.                                                                                                                                 Albert Einstein You have invested years of yo......
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How to Detect and Address the Early Signs of Alcoholism in Your Patients

If you were to base your opinions solely on the answers your patients give you, you'd probably be surprised to learn that one in six adults binge drinks about four times a month. And these adults are consuming an average of about eight drinks in a sitting. Are your patients glossing over their binge-drinking habits? Or are you among the lucky few whose patients all abstain from alcohol? Not likely. As a doctor, you know what it's like to be on the other end of the stethoscope. Even if you feel comfortable with the doctor who is asking about your drinking habits, you want to tell them what they......
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The Secrets For Working Single Moms To Stay In Shape

As a single parent, you have two pairs of shoes to fill, but one matters more than the other.   Hence personal needs like getting back in shape and looking good become a little bit more difficult to achieve when your daily schedule has already been planned out to take your kids into account. And because most diets are too complicated and expensive to follow, achieving your health and fitness goals can become less possible as time goes by.   Apart from exercising and eating a proper healthy diet, there are other secrets for losing weight effectively. If you are a single mom who is w......
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5 Factors to Determine the Best Drug Addiction Treatment for Women

Every addiction story is different—just like every addict is different. However, there are a few factors that can make a big difference when considering the many available detox and rehab options. For instance, there are major differences in addiction between women and men, which stem from a variety of factors. There are also cultural, racial and ethnic considerations, with some demographics being more prone to addiction than others. Women have one-of-a-kind needs when entering rehab, and choosing a suitable facility is the first step towards a successful life of addiction management. If you ......
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Why Dr. Mommy’s are at Highest Risk for Physician Burnout

WIth the wide awareness of Physician Burnout, it has becoming the catalyst for ongoing research and the implementation of new “pilot projects” in various academic institutions.  However, the research that is being done, is fairly limited when it comes to who really is at highest risk. Studies show that there are several risk factors for burnout including organizational functionality, specialty, age, job satisfaction, work-home conflict, work-life balance, and long work hours.  Additionally, the studies include that gender and race play a part in the increased risk for burnout, howeve......
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15 Ways To Spring Into Action And Achieve Balance

15 Ways To Spring Into Action And Achieve Balance
  Spring is here and with any new season we witness change. Daylight lasts longer, the flowers bloom, the air is warmer and the streets are filled with walkers and bike riders.  Spring can be a wonderful time to get rid of old habits and adopt long lasting healthy behaviors that allow you to reconnect with loved ones and reclaim your sense of wellbeing. “I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” –Anne Lamott In an earlier blog post, we looked ......
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8 Tips To Relieve Back and Joint Pain

If you work in an office behind a desk, you may be too familiar with how back pain feels like. The pain can range from slightly hurtful to downright unbearable, and somehow, we continuously put stress on our backs and joints without taking some relief.   Everyone can experience joint and back pain. The issue doesn’t target any age, gender or race. Your joints and back muscles experience wear and tear on a daily basis. It can be due to many different factors but it’s usually coming from strains from your body weight and activity.   Sometimes, the pain can be caused by trauma, tendoni......
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Simple Ways Dr. Moms Can Be Present With Their Children

Simple Ways Dr. Moms Can Be Present With Their Children
As a working mom, we know how important it is for us to have regular, meaningful connections with our children. We're not just talking about the routine mom duties like dressing them, getting them out the door and off to school, making sure they eat and excel academically. But the memories that will last a lifetime, that sustain us when we have to work long hours and when we are away if duty calls. These are memories that we also want our kids to have to make them feel like they are always connected to us, to let them know that they are at the top of our minds and that they matter more than th......
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10 Ways to Reduce Your Household Expenses

If you’re in the health and medical industry, sticking to a budget can be tough. You work long hours, your income might be constantly changing, and it can be tough to take care of daily tasks while trying to prioritize household expense reduction. However, no matter how large or small your budget, there are always ways to reduce your household expenses. Start by tackling what you know—how can you utilize your career in the health and medical industry to save money and go a little greener? Consider these ten ways to reduce expenses, save more and be kinder to the earth: Complete regular home e......
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Dr. Mommies! How Committed Are We to Our Suffering

There's a saying, "pain is in evitable, but suffering is optional". However, some people thrive inside of complaint.  These people, when presented with potential solutions to the problem, argue and invalidate all possibilities presented. Sounds familiar? Being a physician advocate in the battle to lower physician burnout and prevent suicide in doctors, I am disheartened to see this phenomenon in our community.  While there are front line physicians and even physician leaders) who gladly get on board, looking at and for new solutions to what seems to be an unsolvable problem, many of ......
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10 Tips for Properly Educating Your Child About the Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol

Everyone remembers “the talk” with their parents (no, not that one). In some cases, we remember the lack of a talk. During the 1980s and 90s, it was all about DARE classroom presentations. Some parents believe in openly and responsibly drinking in front of their children to model good behavior, others are vigilant about preaching the risks of drug and alcohol use (not to mention abuse), and still others take a don’t-tell-and-hope-the-kids-don’t-ask approach. What really are the best ways to educate kids about drug and alcohol dangers? Start young, and be consistent. Talking about life’s tempt......
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New Jersey Mom Talks Balancing childcare and a Career as a Doctor

New Jersey Mom Talks Balancing childcare and a Career as a Doctor
Carrie Kislin and her husband of New Jersey had five nannies in four years, and the stress of keeping up with them was incredibly difficult for her, and the family. They had a wonderful first nanny for their daughter, but after moving and needing to hire a new nanny, their luck fell flat. Constant anxiety became a theme for Carrie came when the nannies were not dependable. “We had one pulled over multiple times on her way to work, another who was chronically stuck in traffic, and one who claimed her alarm clock didn’t go off due to a power outage.” Keeping a nanny for longer than a year just ......
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Innovative Strategies to Burnout: Physician Coaching & Physician Retreats

free black womanOne of the most memorable times from my family medicine training days, was the annual residency my intern year. It was the year of the World Cup, and a bonding experience that would later save my life.  Being able to be with not only my residency class, but also the faculty in a relaxed and empowering environment brought a sense of safety that allowed me to reach out to one of my classmates less than a year later when I was a pill bottle away from taking my own life.  I was fortunate, as I know physicians who didn’t make it because they felt they didn’t have support.   So m......
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4 Breakthroughs in Women’s Healthcare in the Last 10 Years

Some women can’t fathom a time when mammograms were painful or full body mole mapping wasn’t the norm. For younger women with the Mirena IUD, the thought of having a menstrual cycle might even seem like a distant dream (or nightmare) from their teenaged years. In fact, the recent increased interest in IUDs, particularly the Mirena which is known for often causing menstrual cycles to lighten or disappear completely, was especially regaled as women feared the loss of birth control options with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. However, many of our favorite medical breakthroughs are relative......
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CME Information for 2017

CME Information for 2017
Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs are often required for those with careers in the medical field to maintain a medical license.  Because medical knowledge and technology expands frequently, healthcare workers must keep up to date with the latest innovations in medicine to better serve patients.  CME programs are geared toward specific areas of the medical field and medical professionals must check with their state laws to make sure they are meeting CME requirements for their individual field.              CME prog......
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