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Need a Job Change? Use This Tip from Mountain Climbers

Sometimes we just need to focus on finding a basecamp. Climbers whose goal is scaling Mount Everest first spend time in one of two basecamps. They don’t expect to hop from the foothills to the summit. They recognize that they will be healthier and have a been chance...

Taming Perfectionism with Surfing

Being detail-oriented, conscientious, and self-critical helped me make it through the hoops required to become a physician. But I’ve learned in the years since that perfectionism and being highly focused on achievement can get in the way of living life to the fullest....

Dream Big, Then Get Practical

It is so easy to lose sight of your dreams. Remember the passion that once kindled your interest in your field, or a particular hobby, or in mastering a sport or skill? For me, and for many of the physicians I’ve worked with, it’s not so much about forgetting a dream...
The Mindset Change You Need Today and My One Big Regret

The Mindset Change You Need Today and My One Big Regret

Here’s what I wish I had thought when in training and practice: “Hey, wait a minute. Hold on here. I deserve a life!” I wish I had questioned whether all that self-sacrifice was necessary, healthy, and a good long-term strategy. Instead, I put my head down, pushed...

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Recovery for Super-Achievers

Recovery for Super-Achievers

To a super-achiever, the world can look like a series of tasks to check off, finish lines to cross, mountains to surmount. Seeing the universe through this lens has real benefits: being a go-getter and motivated to excel is highly rewarded in our society. It’s no...

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Sexism in Medicine: Alive and Well or a Dying Breed?

Sexism in Medicine: Alive and Well or a Dying Breed?

By Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH; Nadia Obaed, Dieula John, MD; C. Elena Cervantes, MD; and Miriam Zylberglait Lisigurski, MD Thirty-five years ago, as a first-year student, I (DWS) wrote an article for my medical school’s student-run newspaper titled, “Sexism in Medical...

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Helping Physician Moms Navigate Their Busy Lives

Helping Physician Moms Navigate Their Busy Lives

Caren, 37, is a pediatrician with two daughters, 11-months-old and 3-years-old. She’s married to an orthopedic surgeon who’s in surgery 3 days a week. They moved to the state 5 months ago and have no family members or close friends in the area. Both daughters attend a...

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Are You a Pachyderm Heading for Burnout?

Are You a Pachyderm Heading for Burnout?

If elephants are chained to a stake in the ground when young, they will not attempt to dislodge it when older. Their long-held belief that they are captive remains, even when their strength makes freedom possible. It’s their mindset that holds them in place, not their...

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