An excerpt from The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Defining moments shape our lives, but we don’t have to wait for them to happen. We can be the authors of them. What if a teacher could design a lesson ...

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Many years ago, on a busy day in my obstetrics and gynecology office, one of my partner's patients came in for "bleeding, early pregnancy." Since my partner wasn't in that day, I saw the woman, whose name was Sarah. After we'd talked a bit, I examined her and did an ultrasound. As I'd expected, she was having a miscarriage. Feeling sorry that Sarah had to hear it from me, rather ...

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Since the birth of our nation, labor unions have existed in one form or another in the United States. Unions are a force to protect the "working population" from inequality, gaps in wages and a political system failing to represent specific industry groups. Historically, unions organize skilled workers in a specific corporation, such as a railroad or production plant. However, unions can organize numerous workers within a particular industry. Known ...

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There are a couple of times a year when there are no house staff to be found anywhere in the hospital or the outpatient practices. These include the holiday and end-of-year parties, resident retreats, and the annual house staff picnic. The house staff picnic is a particular favorite among the interns and residents, a full day away from the hospital, dressed like civilians, fun in the sun, barbecue, softball with their ...

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Brooklyn, New York, Spring of 1992. As I looked out of the New York City taxi window on Avenue T, I saw the building. It had always appeared to me as the most magnificent building I had ever seen that housed people in need of rehabilitative care. I was happy; I was ready, I was in great spirit. “Let’s do this!,” I thought to myself as I stepped out of ...

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They say laughter is the best medicine. I really hope that’s true, because I tend to use a lot of it at work. There are two ways it can go: One, it can open up the appointment, setting the patient and physician more at ease and facilitating open and honest dialogue. It makes the visit enjoyable, maybe even fun, and can boost satisfaction. Or, it can seem like the doctor ...

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I am going to discuss something that is really important for women. It’s going to get a lot of criticism, and it’s OK. I can take it. Your clothing. That’s right. I am here to tell you that what you wear, and how you dress, matters. Why? Because how you feel in your clothes affects the way you walk, talk, smile, interact, and well, lead. Don’t mistake what I am saying. I am not going ...

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Physicians can use social media to proactively define themselves online. A KevinMD keynote video excerpt.  I'm currently considering opportunities for 2018: Please visit my physician keynote speaking page to find out more.

A few years ago, as numbers of burnout, depression, and suicide among physicians continued to rise, the notion of “joy in medicine” was conceived. From conferences and books, to support groups and consultants, another health care-related industry popped up around improving provider satisfaction and fostering workplace wellness. It was well-intentioned, as these things often are, but like the familiar adage about roads and good intentions, joy in medicine seems poised ...

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Within doctors’ examination rooms, operating rooms and waiting rooms, clinicians and other staff know the importance of empathy. Caring for patients and loved ones extends beyond one’s medical skills. It also requires a good heart. As sign-up time for 2018 medical insurance approaches, patients look for a meaningful differentiator in health care providers when deciding whether to stick with their health plan, their primary care provider, and other doctors. On the ...

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