Self-care for ER Physicians: Practical Strategies to reduce physician stress and burnout

I found the following discussion of practical strategies on ER physician self-care by Golberg and Barnosky (2009) very interesting. My signature program of physician coaching promotes many of them. The maintenance of wellness is critical in achieving a satisfying and productive career as a competent emergency physician. Wellness can be defined as the optimal state of health and well-being achieved through the active prevention of illness. Emergency medicine as a specialty was still in its formative years when concerns first surfaced regarding...

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Physician leaders: Stand in the stew and serve the horse to your people!

Defining Reality: Primary Job of a Leader A thousand year old Celtic story and a corporate consultant agree: defining reality is the primary function of a leader. Leadership for Celtic chiefs and kings in Wales and Ireland involved embracing a sense of indebtedness and literally immersing themselves in service. Chiefs accessed these virtues through the instruction of magnificent horses, according to Gerald of Wales, a 12th century Welsh bishop. When he came to Britain with the Normans, Gerald was so impressed with widespread accounts of...

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Physicians, preserve your capacity to enjoy and express the Imaginal

┬ęDaniel Hayes CoachDanHayes 2011 The Problem: Loss of your imagination This age of information technology (IT) may hurry up your accounting information system, but it is bad for your soul. The era’s emphasis on numbers and quantities is likely to be eroding your ability to imagine. And you should consider taking action to preserve it. With its focus on information that is competitively conveyed or stored in “bits,” “bites,” and numbers, the IT era promises every advantage of quick access to data–and...

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