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Amor: The Most Valuable Currency Worldwide

By Catherine Florio Pipas, Chief Wellness Officer, CaseNetwork(for other blogs by Dr. Pipas, please visit her website at https://www.catherinefloriopipas.com/blog) “Love” is universally valued. It has no boundaries and rings true in all languages. It is a gift, a virtue and a quality that no law can destroy. We cannot purchase it, order it online, tax, or…

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Permission to Be Well

Resilience is associated with overall wellbeing and lower rates of burnout. Predictors of resilience include cognitive flexibility and attention to personal health habits. But despite possessing the knowledge and skills to promote self-care, we, as health professionals often, for complex reasons, deny ourselves the time and permission to prioritize our own wellbeing. In staying with…

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Resilience Training is the Key to Wellness Initiatives

Over the last six months, I have had the opportunity to interact with over 300 residency programs and medical schools about wellness of their trainees. A vast majority of program directors and faculty expressed how over half of their residents and over a third of their medical students had at least one component of burnout…

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The True Meaning of Resilience

The True Meaning of Resilience I have had the great privilege of working with some of the top psychologists in the resilience field including Drs. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte who authored the book the Resilience Factor. I had the unique opportunity to develop three online resilience programs with them that improved the lives of…

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Creating a Culture of Wellness

I just returned from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) meeting in Toronto. There was a strong focus on resident wellness at this meeting. As I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of program directors, it quickly became apparent that every residency program is moving toward creating their own “culture of wellness.”…

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Wellness Can’t Wait

Wellness Can’t Wait Burnout syndrome (BOS) is a serious epidemic that is adversely affecting between 40 to 75% of our healthcare trainees and professionals. Up to 12% of doctors with BOS express thoughts of suicide, and the rate of completed suicide in medical trainees is double that of the general population. In fact, we are…

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Education Philosophy: Part 2

After 30 years of innovations in medical education and training and conducting hundreds of live and online programs, I have gained some important insights into effective strategies that make educational programs more successful. I would like to share a few of these with you. Blended Education Solutions Medicine requires more complex education and training strategies…

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Michigan State University Incorporates New Online Program – Strengthening Didactic Curriculum, Engaging Residents and Supporting Faculty

The Gynecology and Obstetrics experience offered by the four communities affiliated with Michigan State University provide residents with exceptional diverse rotations in all sub-specialties. As part of this affiliation, the Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners program, consisting of 32 residents, covers two different institutions by itself – a smaller Catholic hospital with about 2,500 deliveries…

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CaseNetwork Medical Hall of Fame: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519, The Original Renaissance Man. A multi-faceted genius, da Vinci exemplified the true Renaissance Man. Painter, musician, philosopher, scientist, architect and inventor, he sought to discover all he could about nature, including the human body. Leonardo used his anatomical knowledge and prowess to create a robot that, in his opinion, was a…

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Depression’s Impact on Hospital Readmission for CHF

In a recent study [i] from the Henry Ford Health System focusing on identifying predictors for early readmission in Medicare and Medicaid patients with heart failure, researchers found that “a psychiatric history of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders as well as impairments in a patient’s ability to think, remember and reason, may well be…

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