A blog filled with resources to help you discover your best life and balance work-life as a leader
The healthcare system is rapidly changing and becoming more and more complex—and yet, the majority of the administrators and decision-makers are not the people who have the most influence in the lives of patients. They are not the people who have years of medical experience, who understand the challenges of caring for individuals, families, and communities. The current healthcare administration is comprised mostly of executives with no medical background. This often leads to hospitals and medical offices being managed with the primary objective to manage the bottom line. Physician leaders are essential to having a better healthcare system. Physician leaders know how to make communities healthy whilst being economical. Instead of being put in a box and limited to the singular role of seeing patients, physicians need to be encouraged to assume leadership roles such as medical director, chief medical officer, chief information officer, department chairs, and more.
What do you do when no one understands your vision? How do you conquer the voices of doubt and negativity? It’s a place I’m sure most of you are familiar with—when you have a vision when you have a goal, and no one seems to understand or support your idea. Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a new business or taking your organizational team to another level or in a different direction. It could be any shift or change that you're making in your life.
Sometimes the feeling that no one supports you or your vision can cause you to become paralyzed. It could stop you dead in your tracks and impede your progress, it could cause you to postpone your dreams.
Many of us could have experienced this in the early stages of our lives. As children, we dreamt big and let our imaginations run wild. But we also thought about all of the things we wanted to become and achieve when we grew up. There were most likely people who supported you and encouraged you to follow your...
In today’s world, as we are going through changing and possibly challenging times, I believe there are three skills that you as a physician leader need to have. We all know that across all industries, especially healthcare industries are dealing with rapid change—structural change within their organizations, personnel change within the workforce, and strategical change within leadership. And with change comes the ability and the skillset to be able to successfully adjust to that change and help others with the transition alongside you.
The first skill that all leaders should have, and should master, is the art of listening. When we think about listening as a skill, we tend to oversimplify it and think of it as something we do every day and that should be expected of someone in a leadership position. But, in truth, there is an art and a skill to effective listening—listening to encourage growth within your team, listening to...
"Leadership is a choice, not a position"-Stephen Covey
Leadership is a calling that is embraced as an act of service. It is a choice one makes in order to create change. When that choice is made you must show up as your true, authentic self. There are 5 qualities that an authentic leader must possess in order to create change in their organizations, transform the lives of their teams and impact communities.
No. 1 Purpose
What is your purpose as a leader? Why do you do what you do? What fuels you and drives you to foster change? What do you believe in? What energizes you? Who do you want to help? Without a purpose, without a why, the road to success becomes much harder. People will follow you and remain loyal because of your why not because of what you bring. Answering the above questions will bring clarity to your role. It will help you push past adversity. It will shape and transform your journey.
No 2. Personality
Your personality is what makes you unique. It is the...
According to research by the Mayo Clinic in 2016 there were 9 strategies presented to help prevent physician burnout. One of the strategies is to provide resources to help individuals promote self-care.
As much as we don’t want to admit it, there is some responsibility that we have for fighting back against burnout. As physicians, we are taught not to ask for help and to put the needs of other before our own. Women are guiltier of this as they are also caregivers for their family members and carry the bulk of the responsibilities at home. Unless we break the cycle of putting our needs last, we are going to continue to see high rates of burnout and increased exodus from the field of medicine.
What is Self-Care?
We are conditioned to think that self-care is all about massages, yoga, meditation. It’s much more than that. It’s a commitment you make to yourself to take care of your mind, body and spirit. Self-care is as necessary as the air you breathe, so...
February is Heart Health Month; a time when we increase awareness about the effects of heart disease, especially in women. We know the statistics all too well. 1 out of 3 women die each year from heart disease. We also know that heart disease is preventable. We encourage our patients and loves ones to take care of their hearts by reducing their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, by eating healthy, exercising and reducing their stress level.
How much of this advice do we take on ourselves? When was the last time you checked in with yourself? How much stress are you dealing with right now? Stress is hard to quantify, but if you are having feelings of overwhelm on a daily basis, this chain of events can eventually lead to health problems and increase your risk for heart disease.
As women we spend so much time taking care of everyone else, that we put our own needs and sometimes our health on the back-burner. We are by nature caregivers, problem solvers and nurturers. We carry...
“It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.”- Philip Green
As a woman, nurturing your friendships can get lost in the hustle and bustle of your busy life. Pursuing or being in a leadership position comes with increased responsibilities and long work hours. Couple this with raising a family and trying to squeeze in some me-time, it can result in putting your friendships on the back burner. The journey of graduating from college and then moving on to graduate school, can change the way you live your life. You may have moved to a different, unfamiliar location which makes it difficult to sustain the close relationships that you once had with your friends. It also brings on the new challenge of trying to get to know new people and establish new friendships.
As a woman advances in her career, it’s important to maintain those friendships she had in her younger years. Your life will begin to take...
This article originally appeared on Thrive Global
Physician burnout is not only a major medical crisis, but it has also become a public health crisis. Most physicians enter the field of medicine because they want to make a difference in the lives of the patients they serve, despite the long hours and time away from their family and friends. However, when it becomes difficult to keep up with the demands of longer hours, more administrative work, less time for family and social interactions and increased personal demands, they face the risk of burnout. Some physicians will reach a point where they feel like leaving the profession that they once loved.
The holidays are approaching fast and that means shopping, family gatherings, and office parties. The hustle and the bustle of the holidays can often lead to stress. Just thinking about the many things we must do to prepare for this special time of year can cause an overwhelming feeling. Holiday stress can also lead to irritability, emotional eating and anxiety. Below are some tips to stay stress-free and healthy during the holidays.
Stay organized with a to-do list or calendar that allows you to list your tasks for the day. This frees your mind from having to remember every detail and allows you to check off tasks as they are completed.
When developing your to-do list, prioritize the things that are the most important to you and successfully complete those events first. It’s better to do less and be more efficient with less stress than to do more with a great deal of stress and inefficiency.
Lack of sleep can...
Today I had my annual mammogram and was reminded of the importance of practicing prevention. I too, fell into the trap of not making this a priority. I was due earlier this year but never took the time to schedule it. After 2 letters from my primary care physician reminding me that my annual mammogram was due, I finally made the appointment. As a physician I know the importance of practicing prevention and preach this to everyone.
However, I fell into the trap of putting everything else first ahead of my own health. Never again. Today, I put a reminder in my phone for my annual screening next year and will not rely on a letter as a reminder to get this life saving test. After all, I am responsible for my own health, the CEO of my life and my own best advocate. The same goes for you.
The article below was originally published 10/17/17 and now contains updated screening recommendations from ACS.
A screening mammogram not only can detect breast cancer...