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Ninety seconds for the patient

Ninety seconds for the patient

By Ron Epstein, MD

So often we listen to respond, not to understand. As doctors, we are trained to respond; we are doers, we get to the point, take charge and fix.

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Considering who a physician is

Considering who a physician is

By Mick Krasner, MD

In many ways, choosing a career in medicine offers opportunities found in a few other professions. It can be described quite simply as the opportunity to work within one’s integrity.

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The ambiguity of grief

The ambiguity of grief

By Ron Epstein, MD

Having recently lost my mother to a long illness, the Orpheus myth speaks to me personally. A different kind of love, admittedly, but the themes of longing, grief, uncertain endings, loss, redemption – looking back and not looking back – sing clearly with me.

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On Timing

On Timing

By Fred Marshall, MD

I have been thinking about how to create spaciousness in my clinical encounters with patients and their families, and have discovered that focusing on creating space in encounters with myself and my family may be the best place to start. 

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Child’s Play

Child’s Play

By Richard E. Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED

As a medical student, I enjoyed pediatrics because it involved paying attention to the ever-advancing developmental capacity of patients.  For example, young infants would play peek-a-boo with me—a total stranger.  Their immature brains were already programmed to recognize my face as human, but unable to realize that I was still present…

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Possibility and Play

Possibility and Play

By Mick Krasner, MD

If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye, which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating as possibility?

Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

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Getting Back to Basics

Getting Back to Basics

By Ron Epstein, MD

Frequently I am asked to describe how practicing mindfully is integral to good medical practice, yet it is sometimes difficult to put it into just a few words… yet through distractions and daydreaming, putting things off and writing and rewriting, I came to a new clarity. I might not have put it all this way had I been provided the same opportunity even a few years ago. Like all important ideas, it grows and evolves and has a life of their own, and we only catch glimpses of its truth. So, here is mindful practice, with a date stamp, May 2, 2022.

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Returning to Our Senses

Returning to Our Senses

By Fred Marshall, MD

Perhaps for us to engage in compassionate action in the world, we must practice the freedom that comes from gently releasing our narratives and attending as fully as possible to the ever-enduring moment. Perhaps we must come back to our senses.

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Aspirations- An Inspiring Focus for our Practice

Aspirations- An Inspiring Focus for our Practice

By Mick Krasner, MD

I have been thinking a lot about the traditional paradigm in medicine of defining patients by their problems. This framing that focuses on deficits, deficiencies, and things to be fixed permeates the ways in which well-being and ill-being are approached. And more than that, this paradigm defines the nature of the challenges facing us as health professionals. We speak of burnout, exhaustion, objectification, unhealthy teamwork, moral distress, and other experiences of being part of a flawed system…  

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Furious to Curious

Furious to Curious

By Ron Epstein, MD

In the chaos and frustrations of the seemingly endless pandemic and societal upheavals, it’s so tempting to look for someone or something to blame, the “evil other” who, by virtue of differences in perspective or beliefs, is crafted into a justified target for anger. Whatever your beliefs about the pandemic, racism, guns, reproductive health, government and money, more than ever in recent memory, there’s a target – it’s them, not us. 

There is another way…

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