How Dr. Mommies can Change the Culture of Medicine

I have only been in practice for 14 years, but I remember the exact reason for my first experience of burnout. Medicine was rigid, and for good reason as we deal with life or death on a daily basis. However, as I looked out into the working world there was no room for flexibility in the traditional primary care practice.  Complementary medicine was looked down upon.  Wanting to work part time was viewed as laziness. As a woman, there was always more to prove, and wanting a family was not encouraged (even amongst other female doctors).  There was no conversation ......
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Why Women and Especially Dr. Mommy’s are at Highest Risk for Physician Burnout

  Physician Burnout has become the new “buzzword” in the medical industry that is the catalyst for ongoing research and the implementation of new “pilot projects” in the academic world of medicine.  However, the research that is being done, is fairly (and predictably) narrow-minded when it comes to teasing out who really is at highest risk for these burnout, depression and even physician suicide. The research indicates that there are several risk factors for burnout including organizational functionality, specialty, age, job satisfaction, work-home conflict, work-life balance, and long work hours.  While the studies include that gender and race play a part in ......
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Vegan Meringue Kisses

Vegan Meringue Kisses, made using aquafaba. The perfect little festive treat! These cute little desserts would look great in a gift box or on a dessert platter at a festive party. Enjoy!! Ingredients Water from 1 can of chickpeas1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar1 tsp Cream of Tartar Directions Preheat the oven to 100°C. Strain the can of chickpeas and reserve the water. Store the chickpeas in an airtight container in the fridge and use for whatever you like. Place the chickpea water in a very clean, dry bowl. Using an electric whisk or stand mixer (with the balloon whisk attachment) beat t......
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A Little Humor Goes a Long Way in Physician Stress Relief 

  The old adage "laughter is the best medicine" is often used, but frequently underutilized when it comes to in the moment stress relief. Evidence shows the physical, emotional, and even spiritual benefits of humor, so why do we as physicians not use it both with our patients in our own lives.  Perhaps we forget in our overworked, stressed and exhausted state the obvious tools that could instantly diffuse stressful situations or during stressful times.  Particularly during the holidays, the pressure increases as a physician. Not only are we expected to meet the normal holiday expectations with family, but also ......
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Burnout: Problem or Perplexity

  When looking at why we as an industry have been largely unsuccessful in combatting the epidemic of burnout that is plaguing our community, we must deal with our approach to solutions. One of the biggest things to distinguish about burnout is that it’s not a problem to be solved.  It’s not a diagnosis to be made, and it’s not a condition to be treated. Burnout is a perplexity; a vicious cycle that must be looked at from various angles and managed through strategy and structure. Let’s break this down a bit further. A problem by definition is something that can be s......
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