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Having trouble coping with the demands of your profession? Self-examination can make your work more meaningful and manageable.
"Margin" is the space that exists between oneself and one's limits. The author, a physician, describes how focusing on margin in several key areas (emotional energy, physical energy and time) can revitalize physicians who feel overloaded by the demands of their profession.
The author, a clinical psychologist, describes how physician burnout can manifest in being attracted to a patient and what can be done about it.
Some physicians take regularly scheduled "retreats" as a means to prevent burn out and stay enthusiastic about medicine. This article discusses the benefits of taking personal retreats and provides direction for those interested in incorporating retreats into their lives.
In this article, family physicians share the practical tips they use to get more satisfaction out of their patient interactions and their workday.
The authors show how to rediscover the meaning of practicing medicine by learning to identify your personal needs and values.
Small changes can make a big difference in how you deal with the pressures of practice.
As a facilitator of weekly physician support groups for 18 years (and as a minister), the author has seen a radical change in physicians' awareness of their need for spiritual sustenance. In this article, he defines spirituality and offers physicians' stories about how recognizing their own spirituality has helped them prevent burnout. He also offers suggestions about how to respond to a patient's request for spirituality in their treatment regardless of one's personal spiritual beliefs.
When practicing medicine feels more like labor than a labor of love, take steps to heal the healer.
The author reviews the importance of learning how to maintain life balance and offers practical tips for physicians -- many of them based on his experience as a practicing FP.