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Namaste: Physician and Nurse Wellness Focus Dedicated to addressing the unique needs of physicians and nurses with a focus on wellness preservation and burnout prevention.


Staying grounded and centered during this crisis is a difficult task for everyone. A saving grace is we are not alone in our collective feeling of worry and uncertainty. We want security, and we want to feel as if we have control in a world where we now lack both. Staying present grounds us into the present moment, and it is possible to find a little joy in these moments.


More than ever, we need to be the light in the darkness.


Dr. Ed Ellison, leader of one of the world’s largest groups of physicians, pulls back the curtain on one of medicine’s most critical issues: Doctors are suff...


Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Out of the Straitjacket


Below is a clip from an interview we recently conducted with Dr. Natalie Leigh Trent, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she investigates the mind-body practices of yoga and mindfulness for health and wellbeing. She obtained her Bache...


Provider burnout is an increasingly serious problem for those of us in the medical profession. Sure, individuals in other professions get frustrated


Dr. Chris Dawson, an intelligent surgeon and loving father, kills his children & himself. Here's why. (& how you can prevent future physician suicides).

It's simple. It's powerful.

It's simple. It's powerful.

Counting your blessings on Thanksgiving is great, but being grateful every day will change your life.


After an individual has dedicated years to the study and training of medicine, it can be devastating to reach the point of burnout — a state of career exhaustion that can drastically affect a physician’s productivity and his or her patients’ care. In 2015, 46 percent of all physicians participating…


I will soon have some new posts. I recently relocated, and I have some thoughts to share.


I’m a surgeon. I’d like to think that I’m resilient and well adjusted, having gone through medical school and rigorous surgical training. I’ve been a doctor for 13 years and…


First coined in 1992, the idea of compassion fatigue in caregivers is one of the causes for physicians to feel burned out. Dr. D**e Drummond, who


In three months my wife, daughter and I will be moving to Bemidji, Minnesota as I have recently accepted a position with Sheridan as the Chief of

It's finally off the ground...

It's finally off the ground...

Last week, with the gracious assistance of a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital and an expert IT specialist, I approved the submission of a 9 question

This book is a great read on how we can become more resilient and more engaged.

This book is a great read on how we can become more resilient and more engaged.


“Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.”
― Jack Kornfield


A worthwhile seminar...

Lecture - 'Compassion and the Caregiver'

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:30pm

Caregivers include family members, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and chaplains. Fatigue and burnout can hit anyone in a caregiver role who takes on this very important task in the lives of loved ones and patients. Join us for a discussion of the difficulties faced by caregivers, but more importantly, the cultivation of compassion as the overarching motivation for this difficult work.

Mary-Frances O'Connor, Ph.D, Department of Psychology will explore how we can't 'run out' of compassion, but we can improve our self-regulation skills in the face of difficult situations in order to decrease fatigue and burnout.

This talk is part of the "Conversations on Compassion" lecture series presented by the Center for Compassion Studies and sponsored by Tucson Medical Center's The Core.

The Core at La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, suite 277 (On the Upper Level)
Tucson , AZ
United States
See map: Google Maps
Arizona US
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Compassion Studies
Leslie Langbert
[email protected] (link sends e-mail)
Center for Compassion Studies Conversations on Compassion


New Year's Resolutions. Every year we hear people talk about New Year's resolutions, and every year, I silently cringe a bit when I hear or see a laundry list of things to 'change.' As the saying goes, old habits die hard. To exact change requires a mountain of discipline. Everyone is 'motivated' to change because they want to change. Discipline requires an iron clad commitment to make the change happen even when obstacles are thrown right in front of you. And it's precisely those 'obstacles' which derail most people's plans for change. A great example of this is someone's desire to 'get back in shape' or 'lose some weight.'

The first two weeks of January, gym memberships spike every year. By the middle of February, a huge percentage of those who started working out have just up and quit. Why? First and foremost, there was no plan. Studies have shown it takes about 2 months to change a habit or create a new one. After 30 days of working out, some people feel defeated by a lack of progress and stop.

Enter the personal trainer. Hiring a personal trainer is one of the best things you will ever do even if you get one who is not the 'best.' Good personal trainers will tell you how to get from point A to point B realistically and most will ask very involved questions regarding your diet and sleep habits (if you don't eat right or sleep well--this has to change as well.) Hire a personal trainer and workout at least 8-10 times per month with the trainer for 3 months. It will be the best $1,500 you ever spend on yourself--ever.

Getting enough exercise is a noble goal, and so is weight loss. There are numerous ways to accomplish getting enough calories burned, etc. You need to find your fitness style and routine and a personal trainer can help you:

Group Classes: Scheduled times, fun, set start and finish.
Studios: More intimate, more feedback, set start and finish.
Cross-fit: Not a fan. Too fast paced with too much weight leads to injury.
Orange Theory: Taking High Intensity Interval Training a notch up with a formal HR monitor. Great results.
Workout Buddies: Getting 2 or 3 friends together for a run or a weight lifting session is a lot fun.
Rogue/Solo: I am in this category. I go when I can, do what I want for as long as I want and move on. (I know what I am doing because of my own personal training experience from years ago.)

The reason I emphasize personal training is because of the key word: personal. A trainer can show you how to lift, give you suggestions on routines lasting 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, etc. In summary, they can set you on a custom path AND make you accountable, and in the beginning, being accountable is necessary.

Weight training is an awesome way to lose weight, get toned and feel great. And if done properly, you won't injure yourself. Women are particularly reluctant to lift weights because there is an irrational fear about bulking up. Bulking up is hard to do, getting toned and developing muscle isn't, and since muscle burns more than fat, an increase in muscle means an increase in metabolism.

Go get a book, hire a personal trainer, stick to it and make it happen. Set up small goals over a realistic period of time, and change will happen. Changing your physical body will have enormous impact on your mental resiliency, self-confidence and stamina....namaste...



85 Norman Vincent Peale - Clergyman and author Norman Vincent Peale is one of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century. An ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Peale's sermons were simple, direct and dynamic. They were regularly broadcast on radio and later telev...

Tomorrow I will be presenting a seminar on medical student well being for the students on clerkships here in Tucson, Ari...

Tomorrow I will be presenting a seminar on medical student well being for the students on clerkships here in Tucson, Arizona from A.T. Still University. My main point: ask for help if you need it. We need to change the culture of medical training.

On December 6, 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study on the mental health of medical students throughout the world. The findings are alarming. Nearly 27% of current

Accepting this truth opens a universe of possibility.

Accepting this truth opens a universe of possibility.

Every 90 days due to security. My next one will be some combo of this...:)

Every 90 days due to security. My next one will be some combo of this...:)

Humor always helps....

Humor always helps....


Concerns about the mental health of future physicians have existed for decades. For example, in 1936, Strecker et al1 described 4 levels of impairment of psychologic functioning of medical students. In this issue of JAMA, 80 years later, the studies by Rotenstein and colleagues2 and by Wasson and...


Wellness starts in medical school and residency. It's essential we take care of the next generation of physicians and teach them how to take care of themselves and each other.


Change is a constant. We are afraid of change because it means we might lose something. It means the past is no longer present. Change means evolution, but change also means opportunity. It also means life itself may become even more abundant than it already is.

Burnout prevention needs to start early and it needs to be continuous throughout our training.

Burnout prevention needs to start early and it needs to be continuous throughout our training.

As much as the problem of burnout receives attention, little has changed. As she moves from medical school into residency, here is one new doctor’s prescription for a cure for the problem.


D**e Drummond has written a book on physician burnout and has a website called: Check it out.


This Gen X family medicine faculty member has swung completely over to the side of the millennial generation’s quest to redefine the medical workplace.




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