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A Fresh Look at Resiliency in Medicine

resilience resources Dec 03, 2022

We all know that the term and concept of resilience have been used against physicians (and other healthcare workers) over recent years. The implication was that a lack of fortitude on behalf of physicians was the cause of burnout and moral injury.

 

Resilience is the ability to withstand or bounce back after challenging events. We all know that only the resilient make it through pre-med, MCAT, interviews, medical school, more interviews, and the pressure cooker of residency. Studies...

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Dr Megan Melo hosts me on her podcast, Ending Physician Overwhelm.

overwhelm podcast Dec 02, 2022

I was so grateful to chat with Dr. Megan Melo about coaching in academic family medicine. Listen here.

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Coaching vs Mentoring, A Word for Trainees and External Coaches

This week we are concluding the coaching vs. mentoring blog series in academic medicine. So far, I've offered the impetus for this series and my reflections on it, the difference between coaching and mentoring, strictly speaking, and the approach for core faculty, as I see it. Now, I'm coming full circle to mentoring and coaching related to residents, fellows, and external coaches. 

 

I am often the first professional coach with whom a resident has ever worked. Many...

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Physician Coaching and Mentoring as a Core Faculty Member

We are in a series of blogs looking further into coaching and mentoring and how they differ. This week is intended for core faculty bringing a more intentional coaching approach to your trainees (and colleagues) - Thank You!

 

If we knew nothing more than that leading companies in the corporate world have invested heavily in coaching for their C-suite over decades, we would know enough to realize the importance of bringing it into the medical field, another high-stakes profession....

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Physician Coaching vs Mentoring, Clarifying the Roles in Academics

Last week, I walked through personal reflections about mentoring vs. coaching from the perspective of a former core faculty member and current coach in academics. This week, I want to take a stab at explaining the difference and the overlap.

 

As Faculty. First, let’s think through the five primary ways we relate to trainees. The University of Utah Health, Utah Advancement Coaching Network does a great job delineating four key relationships – Advising, Sponsorship, Mentoring,...

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Reflections on Mentoring and Coaching in Academics, A Coach's Perspective

academics coach mentor Nov 05, 2022

I’ve been thinking about writing on this topic for a while now. However, it wasn’t until a strategy coaching call (the initial exploratory call prospective clients have with me) that I found the urgency to sort through my own thoughts and offer clarity to myself and hopefully to others. During the call with a trainee, she said something that I couldn’t shake. She began the call near tears with, “I told my partner that I guess I’m going to have to pay to get a...

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Retreat anyone?

Retreating – the act of withdrawing from the battle- can be a tactical move to recover, rest, renew and revise strategies. I love the parallel between the military term and our professional careers and even personal lives.  

 

You can have daily mini-retreats - time to yourself or with connections that are rejuvenating. Creating time and space to routinely reflect on what is swirling in our brains, sort through and prioritize our activities, gain perspective, feed our minds...

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An invitation to compare

This week, we are going to visit the topic of comparisons. For those of you that receive my Sunday's Story with Sides twice-monthly email, I apologize for three things. 

1. I'm sorry this will repeat a bit of this past week's email. But hey, as adult learners, it never hurts to revisit topics, right?

2. I'm also sorry, as so gently pointed out by one of my grown daughters, my email did NOT, in fact, have a story. (Don't worry, tomorrow, you'll get your story in your inbox - it...

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Reflections in medicine to shift out of acting mode.

This week I am offering some reflective thoughts to shift you out of actor/actress mode that we discussed last week and into owning and being proud of who you are and how you conduct yourself. This way of being, honors your genuine self and decreases the emphasis on vying for others' approval.  

 

It will be a concise read, but I invite you to spend at least 5 minutes getting granular with your answers. Bonus points for writing them out – which

  1. Moves things to the verbal...
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Exit Stage Right, Helping Physicians Drop the Persona

The more I coach, the more I see a theme emerging. The theme of portraying a character that fits the mold, earns praise and is accepted.

 

We are socialized early in the education process to perform for the approval of others.

 

You are standing on stage. The spotlight is on you. The critics are in the back with their pencils, ready to scribble harsh judgments with any slip or nuanced infraction. So much rides on the published review.

 

“Pass, Honors, High Pass,...

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