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Combining Medicine with an Innovative Career

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“Dr. Netter’s contribution to the study of human anatomy is epochal. He has advanced our understanding of anatomy more than any other illustrator since the 16th century, when Vesalius introduced drawings based on cadaveric dissections.” ~ Michael Debakey M.D. Frank Henry Netter (25 April 1906 – 17 September 1991) initially began his working career as …

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Allow Yourself to Dream and Commit

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“Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help …

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The Power of Perspective Shifting

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What can happen when we are faced with a situation that requires us to shift perspective? As eloquently stated by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith: “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” We get consumed by proving ourselves “right”, …

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The Authentic Art of Assertiveness

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What Holds Us Back from Being Assertive? Are we fearful of being seen as too aggressive, bossy, pushy? Are we uncertain of the legitimacy of our beliefs?  Are we trying to make others happy or protect their perceived vulnerability? Do we not really understand what assertiveness is? Probably a mixture of all of these and …

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The Unique Power of Self-Leadership

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Self-Leadership represents the cornerstone of being able to fully function as a thriving, self-determining individual. A working definition from Andrew Bryant and Ana Kazan (2012) describes it as follows: “Self-Leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and actions towards your objective/s.” Bryant and Kazan’s definition encompasses: Cultivation of a powerful vision Creation …

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Do Physicians Know Their “Soft Skills”?

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When I think of the physicians that I have known who I find truly inspirational, it is their soft skills, in addition to their hard skills, that truly set them apart. They might have been world famous, but their humility, compassion, humor, ability to listen resulted in patient care and leadership that transcended the science of …

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Physician Career Change-Impact has Many Faces

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How can you leave clinical medicine and still make a difference? What can replace the privilege of hearing a patient’s story and being part of another human being’s journey through illness, sorrow, joy, relief?  Bearing witness to the gamut of human experience and emotions is after all the essence of being a physician. Yet, there …

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Physician Career Transition- Shifting from a Noun to a Verb!

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“We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing-an actor; a writer–I am a person who does things–I write, I act–and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”          Stephen Fry Brainstorming …

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Burnout Needs Big Picture Thinking

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  In her 2017 comprehensive paper, “Finding Solutions To The Problem Of Burnout“, early and preeminent researcher Christina Maslach clearly articulates the importance of looking at all aspects of the burnout epidemic in order to address how to solve it. Importantly, she reiterates expanding the focus from trying to fix the people, to shining a …

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