Countering The Groundhog Effect

We’ve got a groundhog waking up and bulldozing our back yard, even though snow is forecast today. It’s pretty good at just putting its head down and pushing through almost anything in its path including leaves, sticks, small rocks, flowers, and so on. The groundhog's single-minded digging has helped uncover bones and pottery of old … Continue reading Countering The Groundhog Effect

A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

I got this interesting brochure in the mail a few days ago from Mayo Clinic, “Healthy Living Program for Physicians: An immersive experience that will benefit you and your patients.” There are several sessions a year at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota. I am not minimizing the importance of the center … Continue reading A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

I saw Dr. George Dawson's post about Dr. Michael Weinstein's commentary entitled "Out of the Straitjacket" in the NEJM published on March 1, 2018. I agree that Dr. Weinstein's experience is compelling and he specifically mentions burnout, a key factor critically important in his depression. Physician burnout fits with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March … Continue reading National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

Winston the Mascot and Other News

I've been pretty busy in the last few weeks, but even for a smokejumper, things settle down temporarily. Just a few items in between fires. Looks like the name for the new Psychiatry Consult Service mascot is Winston. I just got back from a walk with Winston. Folks down at the gift shop are used … Continue reading Winston the Mascot and Other News

Work Together to Reduce Physician Burnout

I'm pretty sure many of you are getting ominous mail from AARP, Inc. (or the artist formerly known as Prince...oops, I mean, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons): "Our records show that you haven't yet registered for the valuable benefits of AARP membership, even though you are fully eligible because you are a … Continue reading Work Together to Reduce Physician Burnout

Pedometer Daze or the 10,000 Hour Rule

This afternoon a colleague and I were talking about something or other and the topic turned to how many steps I take on a given day on the consult service. I minimized it. He also mentioned something about the significance of  the number 10,000, I guess as it might relate to gaining proficiency at anything, … Continue reading Pedometer Daze or the 10,000 Hour Rule

What Shall I Retire To?

The other day one of the residents sent me this link, which he thought I might enjoy. I replied that I'd seen it before and actually posted about it shortly after it had been published. The residents know I have "causes" on which I spend a fair amount of energy and the Maintenance of Certification is … Continue reading What Shall I Retire To?