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Where Do You See Yourself in Eleven Years?

A recent Harvard Business Review article entitled “Career Plans Are Dangerous” suggests that the where-do-you-see-yourself-in-five-years question is essentially irrelevant in the modern world. “…increasingly, the world is not this predictable. And it is in settings of high uncertainty where traditional … Continue reading

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Never Let Them See You Sweat

One workday a few years ago, I had to be at a semi-formal family function by a certain time. Of course, of all clinic days, this one was even more hectic: multiple consultant phone calls, phone messages marked with “red … Continue reading

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By My Side

EMRs and iPads may come and go, but I can count on one thing. I realized this last week, when I walked into a couple exam rooms without it. I felt suddenly naked and out of sorts when I entered … Continue reading

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A Question for the Reader: White Coats

One of the easiest Halloween costumes is to put on a white lab coat. You would be instantly recognizable as a doctor. I am exploring the White Coat further. What does it mean to you as a patient or a physician? … Continue reading

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Focus on the Mission, Not the Score: Healing the Doctor-Patient Relationship

I recently read a post entitled “Patient Satisfaction and Doctor Requests – What’s the Score?” The post addressed the patient perception that doctors are not empathic and the physician perception that patients want to get what they want in order to … Continue reading

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A Letter to my Readers: An Inspiring Story

  Dear readers, At a time when there is so much bad news in the media, I came across this touching story. It speaks for itself, but for doctors, it is a humbling and rejuvenating reminder of exactly what role … Continue reading

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Certainty, Uncertainty, and How Patients Respond to Both

The Harvard Business Review recently presented an interview with Zakary Tomala, the author of a Stanford Business School study regarding certainty and uncertainty. The surprising finding? Experts are more persuasive when they’re less certain. “The phenomenon at work here is … Continue reading

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