Can Music Mend Physician Burnout?

There’s a great song by Don McLean called “American Pie”. The chorus talks about “the day the music died”. I thought about that song in my hospital a couple years ago, when the music died there, too. I’ve noticed that our physician burnout and nurse frustration have increased in the years since the music died. Could it be coincidence? Continue reading


Musical Preferences May Reflect Cognitive Style

New research highlights the connection between a person’s cognitive style and musical preferences.

Two new studies suggest that people with a tendency toward empathizing prefer mellow music across a multitude of genres, while individuals with a bias toward systemizing prefer music that features high arousal and complexity.

Researchers also report that empathy levels are linked to a preference for mellow music within a single genre and negatively correlate with preferences for intense music. Continue reading

Doctors and nurses are being overloaded with menial tasks


I’m no economist.  In fact, I have never taken any business or accounting classes in my life.  But it doesn’t take a formal education to get this.  We are speeding down the wrong path.

The call at three in the morning woke me from a deep sleep.  I fumbled and strained to hear the whispered voice of the apologetic nurse.  Apparently Mrs. Thompson had scraped her arm against the wheelchair, and suffered a minor abrasion.  No harm, no foul.  Except that ever since the state had come in and eviscerated the nursing home protocols, extra precautions were being taken.  Some things just won’t be left till the morning anymore. Continue reading

Confessions of a burnt-out physician


I’ve wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember.  As a teen, the

helping others.  Better yet, pediatrics offered the ability to work with families and children of all ages and developmental abilities.

For fifteen years, I lived, breathed, and worked toward my goal to become a pediatrician. In college, I studied the foundational cornerstones of science and humanities and Continue reading

Stigma Influences Psychiatrists in Disclosing Their Own Mental Illness

Although doctors are at an increased risk of developing a mental illness and have a higher rate of suicide than the general public, a survey of psychiatrists has found that many of them would avoid telling others about their condition.

Tariq Mahmoud Hassan, MRCPsych, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Queen’s University in Hamilton, Canada, and Continue reading

Telltale Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

The Secret Lives of Doctors


Recently, when my parents came for a visit, a couple things happened that made me realize something important. Even after more than twenty years of my being a doctor, my parents have no idea what my daily life is like. And, it occurred to me that if they have no idea, then surely my patients have no idea either.So, just in case you have any patients out there who are wondering what it looks like on the other side of the curtain, here goes…

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Want to know why your doctor is late? Read this.

One of my biggest pet peeves in life is tardiness. I hate it when other people are late. It’s as if they are not respecting my time.  But you know what? I hate being late myself even more.  In fact, I cringe at the thought. Conscientious, successful people are on time.


So you can imagine that nothing irks me more than being late myself. But I am late — 10 minutes, 30 minutes, sometimes Continue reading

This Way In: A Day in the Life of a General Neurologist

by Benish, Sarah MD

 Have you ever wondered what a typical day might look like for your neurologist? Or why they make the decisions they do? We asked Sarah Benish, MD, a general neurologist at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology in Edina, MN, since 2007, to give us a snapshot of her typical day. Dr. Benish, who is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, mainly sees patients who have been referred by their primary care provider, but occasionally they come from emergency room physician referrals or referrals from other specialists.
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