Burnout: A Peek into a Doctor’s Neuroses (and more)

I’ve been wanting to write more about burnout and develop my life-coaching business to help physicians in burnout for a year now, but I keep starting and stopping, never getting too far, really.   “Mel, you were burned out, life coaching helped you out of burnout, you...

Labels Matter

This was my first speech, given 5/12/2020, as a new Toastmasters member. The objective was to speak for 4-6minutes (I came in at 5min 19seconds) and help the club get to know you while practicing the basics of speech format, eye contact, and eliminating filler words...

When Things Happen Just As They Should

I vividly remember walking out of my first office visit with my new patient, Petra, feeling embarrassed and indignant. The visit had started out pretty standard, as most do.  I knocked, introduced myself, we shook hands, and I took my seat on the stool, she on the...

Let’s Be Bothered by Pay For Performance

Last week I introduced you to Donna and how my interactions with her bothered me.  Were you also bothered by her not wanting to be healthier?  By her accepting herself as she was?  By my judging her?  By my wanting something she had: self-acceptance?  I hope something...

A Pretty Unflattering Blog Post About Me Judging A Patient

I smile remembering the familiar scene: Donna situated in front of the 5 foot long exam table in her oversized wheelchair with her oversized body spilling out the sides, the drone of her supplemental oxygen interrupted with her periodic wheeze.  Her daughter seated in...