By: Marlana Li, MD I learned how best to define “grief” during my time as a hospice volunteer in college. I had wondered how to succinctly describe that “pit in your stomach,” “weight on your back”, “heaviness of heart,” etc. that people experienced after significant loss or disappointment. During my volunteer training, I became familiar … More Good Grief
By: Amy Locke, MD, FAAFP Physician well-being is a major focus of many physician organizations and is frequently highlighted in popular media. Some have described the root of the problem as a disconnect between expectation and reality. This is a helpful framework for situations that result in disappointment. I recently rented a house on Airbnb. Eagerly … More The Case for Personal Resilience Strategies in Changing the Focus from Burnout to Wellbeing
By: Anna Holman, MD When people ask me what I do for work and hear that I’m a family medicine resident, they often follow-up with “So, are you a doctor?” My answer is usually “Technically, yes…” I still feel a little odd introducing myself as a doctor. I can’t quite own it, despite years of working … More It’s more than luck: Learning from Imposter Syndrome
By: Susan Pohl, MD, FAAFP My opening confession is going to be easy to accept. I am not an expert in nutrition. I do not have a degree in nutrition, I did not study at a culinary academy, and I don’t have a nutrition business to promote. Personal nutrition, however, is a topic that reveals … More Personal Nutrition Life Hacks
By: Jason Lippman, MD The motto of “exercise as medicine” has become a common phrase due to the progressing epidemics of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain that have ties to diet and body habitus. I prescribe it multiple times a day to my patients and I try to take a daily dose myself. But … More Fit but unhealthy: A reflection on overtraining
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 … More Can the college drinking problem be solved?