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A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News

A Clinician's Guide To Delivering Bad News
The result of my patient’s right breast biopsy was sitting on my computer desktop. I felt a knot form in my throat and my heart rate speeding up. I knew clicking the result would confirm the diagnosis I suspected when doing her breast exam earlier in the week.  Invasive moderately differentiated ductal carcinoma, Focal ductal carcinoma in situ, solid type, grade 2, Core biopsy of lymph node showing extensive involvement by metastatic carcinoma. I took my time digesting the words on this extensive report and thoughts filled my mind. It all came down to one thing – My patient had brea......
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Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?

Dressing the Part: Is It Just as Important in Advancing Medical Careers?
Every day, we get bombarded by picture-perfect images of flawless aesthetics - and it seems like there is no getting away from it. We can’t turn on the television or scroll through our social media accounts without feeling pressured into submitting to what is expected of us. Naturally, we have to do what we need to do to make sure that the extent of this pressure is properly managed. For instance, if you start feeling like you are not worthy enough because you do not look like you just stepped off a magazine cover, then you need to recalibrate the way you respond to that pressure. When it come......
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3 Steps to Achieving That Elusive Work-Life Balance in Your Medical Career

3 Steps to Achieving That Elusive Work-Life Balance in Your Medical Career
When you first decided to become a doctor, it may have felt like a calling, but a medical career can soon overtake your entire life, consume every minute of your day, use up all your energy, stretch your patience to the limit, demand your constant attention, and start taking a toll on your relationships. Before you know it, you're staring burnout in the face. The career that was going to afford you a fulfilling life has quickly become the thing that consumes it. But, all is not lost. Achieving that elusive work-life balance in your medical career is not impossible. In fact, it could be as ea......
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Selecting a Residency Program in Line with Your Clinical Knowledge & Skills

Selecting a Residency Program in Line with Your Clinical Knowledge & Skills
Some prospective medical professionals know exactly where they wish to specialize before they even begin med school. Others are drawn to a number of specialties and have a harder time picking a residency program that will fit them. If you are still unsure what path you wish to take, keep the following in mind. Ask yourself which of your skills you value the most. How do they fit in with the residency programs and specialties you are considering? Skills that range from a high level of manual dexterity to a high level of emotional intelligence to a knack for problem solving can give you ideas w......
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Physician Success With Teeny Efforts …

Physician Success With Teeny Efforts …
  The Term “Grit” Is In The News At Present.If you didn’t already know this, “Grit” is the term coined by psychologist Angela Duckworth to describe a quality that research has shown to be a key predictor of success in life. In her recently released book of the same title (A), Duckworth elaborates on just how powerful the combination of passion + perseverance is, and how it can be developed intentionally. What Does This Have To Do With My Post Today? I’ve been intrigued by this topic for some time, in a somewhat abstract way. As a m......
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