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Images I Can’t Unsee

Sure, there are happy images from my clinical days—before I left primary care for a writing career—like the sheer joy of birth when suddenly another live being entered the room; the relief on a patient’s face at being heard and helped; the grateful smiles from...

Why We Need Rituals, Now More than Ever

A few weeks ago I started a ritual that I’ve only done once before, and come August, won’t do again. I began creating a “movie” for my 18-year-old son to mark his leaving home. Three years ago, I spent several months before my daughter left for college creating a...

We kept arguing at home about COVID-19 safety. This simple exercise helped.

Last week my husband Sam and I started arguing. Frequent episodes of bickering about what used to be regular household decisions like whether we need to go to the grocery store. After several days of really resenting his take on almost everything, I realized we were...
Is Collegiality a Ghost in Your Organization? Try This.

Is Collegiality a Ghost in Your Organization? Try This.

When my co-author and I interviewed Christina Maslach, PhD, social psychologist and professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, for our book, I was struck by her observation that of the six domains she and her colleagues had identified...

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The Dimension of Leadership That No Leader Should Ignore

The Dimension of Leadership That No Leader Should Ignore

El Pescadero, Mexico In a previous post I mentioned Leading Change in Healthcare: Transforming Organizations Using Complexity, Positive Psychology, and Relationship-centered Care, as an interesting take on creating positive organizations. I had an opportunity to speak...

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Moving Forward Because Burned Out Clinicians Can’t Wait

Moving Forward Because Burned Out Clinicians Can’t Wait

Health care organizations are moving to address clinician burnout with a real sense of urgency. It is now commonly accepted that burnout is widespread among health care professionals and has serious repercussions for patient safety and the quality of care....

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Musical Theater: a Vehicle for Humanizing Medicine

Research has demonstrated the benefits of integrating the humanities into medicine. What about bringing medicine to the arts? There are countless examples of physicians in literature: John Keats, Williams Carlos Williams, Anton Chekhov, Abraham Verghese....

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Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, ACC

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