Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants on December 18, 2017. The news is unrelenting about the serious problem college campuses have with student drinking. At Penn State, a 19-year-old man died while at a fraternity drinking party. A 20-year-old at Florida State died at a fraternity pledge party, and … Continue reading Can the college drinking problem be solved?
Abby Zeveloff, LCSW, MPH I first really discovered insomnia during pregnancy - first hormonal changes that would have me up at 3:00, awake and alert, then excruciating carpal tunnel that flared whenever I was on a flat surface. Being woken by my body shifted to being woken by my mind - the quintessential staring … Continue reading Reconsidering Sleep
By Rachel Caspar, MD My first responsibility as a physician is to take care of myself. I cannot care for my patients until my own needs are met. After experiencing depression as a medical student, I now recognize burnout as a life and death issue. I use a number of practices to prevent recurrence by … Continue reading What Helps Me Manage Depression
By Jessica Jones, MD Many people, mental health professionals and patients alike, are curious about the growing movement of lifestyle interventions promoting brain wellness. There is growing scientific data on how behaviors like mediation, exercise, nutrition, and even time spent outdoors benefit mental health and increase resilience to stressors. The traditional interventions of psychiatric medication … Continue reading Moving from Illness to Wellness
By Kara Frame, MD I don’t remember the exact lecture or rotation, but somewhere along the course of my medical school education, I was taught this powerful lesson: a person is capable of changing how she thinks. Of course, people have natural tendencies- leaning more positive or tending toward a more pessimistic outlook- but to … Continue reading Choosing Gratitude
By Amy Locke Burnout is a popular topic of discussion among health care professionals, but preventing it often eludes us. While burnout is common in many professions, it is particularly present in healthcare. It is estimated that about half of all physicians in the United States suffer from burnout with numbers rising rapidly. Burnout is … Continue reading Physician Wellness and Resilience