Month: December 2016

Healing The Hidden Pain of despair and hopelessness!

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A PHYSICIAN’S PLEA.

A junior doctor. A simple question.

“How am I supposed to go on caring?”

At the time, suggestions abound.
Work-life balance. Self-care. Hobbies.
Remembering our initial calling.
Remembering we still make a difference.
Remembering our love for medicine
and the privilege we have as caregivers.

Then the realization-
I don’t know the answer.

I only know that I have witnessed around me-
at every stage of training and practice-
evidence of emotional exhaustion.
Dissatisfaction.
Disillusionment.

Burnout.

So this is my plea.

A plea-
to students,
to colleagues,
to practitioners,
but–even more–
to myself.
A plea as we
embark further into
the world of medicine.

A plea-
never to lose the satisfaction
we experience in caring for others–
the thrill savored
when we supported our first patient,
the warmth felt when families embrace us,
entrusting us with their care,
their health,
their lives.

A plea–
to preserve our love,
our burden,
our heart–
for mankind.

That despite challenges faced,
we refuse to lose what we have gained.
That despite the obstacles
in an ever-changing environment–
despite the self-doubt, criticism, personal struggles–
despite the constant immersion into death and suffering
and the consequent self-preservatory layers
of emotional shield–

Despite everything.

That we would continue
to feel,
to love,
to enjoy–
Medicine.
Our patients.
Our calling.
Life.

Because this is my hope for the future.

That we would never lose the simple joy of helping others.

HER STORY

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Smiles. Laughter. Tears. Groans. Hugs. Hope.

Poetry & Medicine

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“So how does it really feel to be handed someone’s life…to fight for that life…only to lose the very thing you were aiming to save…?”

Over the last couple of years, I have often encountered these sorts of questions… questions regarding my days and nights living and working as a physician. I had initially created this blog as a way to share my experiences through a medium that I felt could only begin to do this complex profession and all of its players some degree of justice. It was my way of capturing, assimilating, and articulating some of my feelings… the moments of joy, contentment, frustration,guilt, loss, and acceptance…that I have experienced since my introduction into the whirlwind realm that is the art of medicine and patient care.

However, over time, Musings has evolved to become less a simple portrait of the days spent as a caregiver, and more simply a reflection of all that lies beyond the white coat—the tears and chuckles, fears and hopes of life—in other words…a beating, human heart.

With love,
Phoebe (aka ‘PuppyDoc’)

What we Believe is listening and empathizing can have a profound effect on biological and functional health outcomes as well as patient satisfaction and experience of care. Further, encouraging communication on all levels among healthcare team members influences the quality of working relationships, job satisfaction and has a profound impact on patient. It is highly appearing that our health is in some ways strongly dependent on other people. Social support and social interaction have a positive influence on human beings’ physical and mental health. It lowers occurrence of stress, depression, anxiety and also highly affects our endocrine-immune system. So at the end we can say People need People.   Lawrence Laganelli

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You.

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Lawrence Laganelli

lawrencelaganelli@insidemedicalassisting.com

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There is a Quiet Desperation In Healthcare, It's a Human Issue!

Susan is the co-founder of Healing HealthCare Systems, a thought leader and knowledge expert on how the environment of care impacts the patient experience. She is a well-published author, having written articles and whitepapers for major healthcare journals and periodicals focusing on noise in hospitals, speech privacy, patient safety, elder care, and other related topics. Susan writes about the patient experience in a weekly blog on this website and is also a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post’s “Power of Humanity” editorial platform dedicated to infusing more compassion into healthcare and our daily lives. Susan has also been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” as a hospital noise expert. She earned her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University, where she also holds a Master of Arts degree. Susan was previously awarded a graduate fellowship to Stanford University where she completed her Master of Arts in Musicology.

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Contact Information: smazer@healinghealth.com 

Learn more about Susan at: healing-systems

What we Believe is listening and empathizing can have a profound effect on biological and functional health outcomes as well as patient satisfaction and experience of care. Further, encouraging communication on all levels among healthcare team members influences the quality of working relationships, job satisfaction and has a profound impact on patient. It is highly appearing that our health is in some ways strongly dependent on other people. Social support and social interaction have a positive influence on human beings’ physical and mental health. It lowers occurrence of stress, depression, anxiety and also highly affects our endocrine-immune system. So at the end we can say People need People.   Lawrence Laganelli

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You.

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Lawrence Laganelli

lawrencelaganelli@insidemedicalassisting.com

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“Excellence is the Result of Caring more than others think is Wise, Risking more than others think is Safe, Dreaming more than others think is Practical, and Expecting more than others think is Possible.”
Ronnie Oldham

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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This Medical Assistant Walks The Talk In Humble Compassion With Gratitude For Being Able To Serve Others

What Others Say about her

Sachin Gupta, Physician at Kaiser Permanente

I knew Patricia from her work in the Fremont Pulmonary Hypertension clinic. You won't find a more organized, easy to talk to, team oriented person than her. The clinic thrived during her time working there!

Beth Newman, Rheumatology Specialist at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Autoimmune & Rare Disease

Patricia went above and beyond her job responsibilities in order to understand a rare disease. She attended programs & studied the different types of medication available to the patients for this rare disease all on her own personal time. She has a passion for learning and providing the best possible care for patients. Thanks, Beth

George Lai, Physician

I knew Patricia since she was one of my medical assistants when I worked in Fremont Kaiser. Not only we Patricia friendly to myself and our patients, she went beyond her duties in anticipating what I needed for the patients. She is a great asset for any organization.

Peter Hendler, Head of Clinical Engagement for the Americas. IHTSDO SNOMED

Patricia impresses me constantly with her intelligence, creativity and deep general knowledge. If first I was impressed with how little I had to explain to Patricia for her to know exactly what to do. Later I found, on a wide variety of subjects both medical and general, that she is an encyclopedia of accurate information. She is wonderful to work with, energetic, cheerful...more

Karen Pimentel, Physician at The Permanente Medical Group

Patricia is a very efficient and detail oriented medical assistant. She is an asset in any clinical setting.

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What we Believe is listening and empathizing can have a profound effect on biological and functional health outcomes as well as patient satisfaction and experience of care. Further, encouraging communication on all levels among healthcare team members influences the quality of working relationships, job satisfaction and has a profound impact on patient. It is highly appearing that our health is in some ways strongly dependent on other people. Social support and social interaction have a positive influence on human beings’ physical and mental health. It lowers occurrence of stress, depression, anxiety and also highly affects our endocrine-immune system. So at the end we can say People need People.   Lawrence Laganelli

“If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”  ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

The Voice of Medical Assisting” Podcast will introduce you to impactful, at times, deviate from the conventional, and present personal experiences, ideas, people that affect and Influence the profession and You.

120 120

Lawrence Laganelli

lawrencelaganelli@insidemedicalassisting.com