Career

Making your “Hidden Curriculum” Visible

The “hidden curriculum”, symbolizes those forces and behaviors, both good and bad, that we observe and absorb throughout medical education and training. The question is whether we are fully aware of and above all, in agreement with the playbook that we are following? Without a conscious reckoning with this powerful, pervasive undercurrent in our lives, […]

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Creating Career Change: An Act of Creativity, Courage, and Commitment

When it comes to career change, despite months and even years of contemplation my clients come to me because they feel stuck, frustrated and hopeless. They can easily list what is wrong with their job- financial renumeration; unhappiness; dissatisfaction; lack of respect; loneliness; boredom; lack of autonomy; conflict – to name just a few. Despite

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Beyond resilience: the urgent call for “soul talk” in medicine

(as published on Kevin MD) – https://www.kevinmd.com/2024/01/beyond-resilience-the-urgent-call-for-soul-talk-in-medicine.html  Burnout: “an erosion of the soul caused by a deterioration of one’s values, dignity, spirit and will.” Christine Maslach (The Truth about Burnout by Maslach and Leiter)      “Shredding of the soul.” Rita Nakashima Brock (Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America) The word

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Misalignment of Values: The Canary in the Mine

Discovering the profound dissonance between their values and those expressed, overtly or covertly, by their workplace is a common theme with many of my physician clients. Initially, they may experience a degree of relief at recognizing that this conflict underlies much of the frustration, anger, anxiety and even sadness that they are experiencing with their

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The Transformative Skill of Receiving Feedback Well

I was so infuriated by a client’s emotional account as a recipient of lousily delivered feedback, that I immediately began to pen a blog on the inadequacies of feedback. This has long been an area of concern in medicine, given that feedback provides the backbone of how we learn. Concerns range from feedback underuse (sometimes

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Physicians: Are you designing your career or is it designing you?

Have you thought about this question? At some point in our careers some form of this question will probably arise. Ideally, it would be something that we might reflect upon before we are in crisis. For years, we as physicians are focused on acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to practice our profession. Skills that

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