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There are Many Paths to Recovery

Drug addiction is a treatable chronic brain disease. Recovery is possible, but it is not always easy. One of the most important components of recovery is finding and participating in a supportive sober network. Although many people try to go through withdrawal on their own, they often find it unpleasant, uncomfortable and difficult, and so … Continue reading

Factors To Consider In End-Of-Life Decision-Making

Advances in medical science and technology are rapidly escalating, creating the possibility to, among other things, procreate absent sexual intercourse, as well as to prolong life almost indefinitely. It is the latter subject that this Article explores. Physicians and other healthcare providers are often faced with complex decisions about whether to terminate life-prolonging treatments, such … Continue reading

Physician Accountability for Wellness in Today’s America

This essay won Medical Student Category third place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” The rapidly growing numbers of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in the United States are startling. With the rising number of Americans with so many medical co-morbidities, … Continue reading

For the Greater Good…

This essay won Medical Student Category second place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” America loves superheroes. Good versus evil, sacrifice for the greater good, saving lives, and saving the day. We dream of these heroes and try to embody their … Continue reading

Independence is Old News: How Doctors Can Provide Better Patient Care

This essay won Medical Student Category first place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” Do you remember the scene in the movie Mean Girls where everyone in the mall begins acting as if they were wild animals, fighting at a water … Continue reading

Wellness for me… Wellness for you

This essay won Resident Category third place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” “The light in me salutes and honors the light within you.”  My favorite yoga class always ends this way.  There’s just something about having just spent the last … Continue reading

PHYSICIAN HEALTH AND WELL BEING: What Keeps You Awake at Night?

I recently asked 10 physician colleagues this question: What keeps you awake at night? Some of the answers were predictable. Some were surprising. Some were downright inspirational. Here they are. See what you think. A solo, rural physician in his 60’s recently retired due to “the hassle factor.” He still enjoyed patients and caring for … Continue reading

We are the Problem. Are We Willing to be the Solution?

This essay won Resident Category second place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” Medical schools have a tradition where students are bequeathed a white coat. These coats announce to all and sundry that we are about to start our shaky foray … Continue reading

The Conversation has Changed

This essay won Resident Category first place in our second annual essay contest “Healthy and Happy doctors provide better care: define barriers and solutions to physician wellness.” What we need now is more than just a pill. Genomes have been sequenced. Immunotherapy and personalized medicine have arrived. Billions of dollars have been spent. Many sleepless … Continue reading

The Elephant in the Room

Opioid addiction is an unfortunate epidemic which has recently surpassed motor vehicle related injuries as the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2014, CDC reported that 18,893 deaths were related to overdose of opioid medications. And, sadly, Kentucky is the most afflicted state. (Graph 1 displays the rate of death from … Continue reading