"I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion."
-Billie Jean King
Articles, Resources & Links
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1071213 - WMJ article by Rachel Naomi Remen about "Recapturing the Soul of Medicine"
http://www.physiciansguide.com/dochlth.html - Physician's Guide to the Internet.
Nice array of articles emphasizing physician health. Topics include general tips for staying well, stress management, and an introduction to one form of mindfulness meditation
http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/selfcare.htm - About.com articles on self-care
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/tocrender.fcgi?iid=116276 - Western Journal of Medicine articles centering on physician wellness
http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/faculty-dev/wellness/home.cfm - University of Virgina physician wellness site.
http://www.washington.edu/provost/initiatives/balance/ - University of Washington wellness site
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/hrs/wellness/healthplus.htm - Vanderbilt faculty and staff wellness program
http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/ - Healthcare renewal site, with blogs by MD's about an array of topics, including self-care
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/HealthToolsIndex/HealthToolsIndex - Mayo Clinic Calculator - helps with assessment of your risks for various illnesses
http://www.preventdisease.com/healthtools/tools.html - Another resource for gauging your health in various areas
http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/... - Links to a "Healing the Healer" book list on Amazon.com, with a large listing of potentially relevant books.
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A major magazine annually lists top-rated physicians in the country. Generally, these are based on physician peer ratings and supplemented with information from patient surveys and physician-treatment patterns. While most physicians look forward to reading their names in the list..., those not impressed with the survey are the physicians' spouses.
"We pay the price," said the nonphysician husband of a Midwestern winner. "We do the chores, plan family and social activities, and arrange most other activities of daily living. What most concerns us is that our physician-mates give so much emotional support to their patients and colleagues that there is often very little left to share with us."
-From an article by Dr. Xenakis in the 6/97 issue of Cortlandt Forum
"[M]y wife and I had to come to realize one of the chief difficulties of the family doctor -the constant drain upon the emotions. To stand helplessly while relentless organisms destroy a beautiful mother, a fine father, or a beloved child, creates terrible emotional distress; and this feeling is increased by the necessity of suppression. That is why the average lifetime of family doctors is 55 years, most of them succumbing to functional impairment."
-Joseph Jerger, MD, written in 1939