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  • Your networth fluctuates. But who you are is not negociable, cannot be compromised, and neveer settle
  • Balance Between Personal and Professional Lives

    1. 1. 10 Suggestions to Create Balance and Enjoyment in Your Personal and Professional Life Neil Baum New Orleans, LA
    2. 2. Why we have trouble with balance? <ul><li>Medical school </li></ul><ul><li>Post-graduate training </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>We take our work home </li></ul><ul><li>We are seldom “off” </li></ul><ul><li>We don’t take the time to recharge our batteries </li></ul>
    3. 3. #1 Be a student <ul><ul><ul><li>You are never done learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine is a journey not a destination </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 5. Be a student
    5. 6. Podcasting
    6. 11. Take home message <ul><li>Always find time to be a student for your entire career </li></ul>
    7. 12. 2. Be ethical <ul><ul><ul><li>Hippocratic Oath - do no harm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to have your action on the front page of the paper on told on 60 minutes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ethic courses (?) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 13. Story of the Jehovah’s Witness
    9. 14. Story of Dr. Seybold
    10. 15. 2. Be ethical <ul><li>Use good judgment </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the day, just do what’s right and in the best interest of the patient </li></ul>
    11. 16. 3. Set priorities-God, Family, and Practice <ul><li>Rabbi Harold Kushner </li></ul>
    12. 17. Set Priorities <ul><li>“ I never met a man (doctor) on hisher death bed who said ‘I wish I would have spent one more day at the office (seen one more patient)’” Rabbi Harold Kushner </li></ul>
    13. 18. 4. Learn to say no
    14. 19. Just say no <ul><li>There is no faster road to burn-out than taking on too many projects and accepting too many responsibilities.  </li></ul>
    15. 20. The “magic” questions <ul><li>Will the obligation enhance my career?  </li></ul><ul><li>Will the commitment take away from my time with my family and friends?  </li></ul><ul><li>Will this obligation lead to balance or imbalance in my life?  </li></ul>
    16. 21. Take home message… <ul><li>It is not a sin to say &quot;no&quot;. </li></ul>
    17. 22. 5. Make a difference <ul><ul><ul><li>You have incredible education and skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are you making a difference in this world? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 23. Three doctors who made a difference
    19. 24. Dr. Bill Krissoff
    20. 25. Example of Dr. Bill Krissoff <ul><li>&quot;Both my sons were hugely affected by the events of 9/11, and Nate was proud to serve in the Marines, as Austin is,&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Closed his Truckee practice, leaving his Reno home, relocating to San Diego and taking on a brand new persona, that of Navy Lt. Commander </li></ul><ul><li>Will serve as a Navy surgeon for three years. </li></ul>
    21. 26. Dr. Paul Farmer
    22. 27. Dr. Paul Farmer <ul><li>Pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies for AIDS and tuberculosis (including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis) in three underdeveloped countries </li></ul>
    23. 29. Dr. Ian Jackson
    24. 30. David Lopez Jackson
    25. 31. David’s Story
    26. 32. David Lopez Jackson <ul><li>A baby abandoned in the Amazonian jungle of Peru suffering horrific facial disfigurement. </li></ul><ul><li>Performed >100 operations on the child </li></ul><ul><li>Then adopted him </li></ul>
    27. 33. What difference are you making? <ul><li>The Dash </li></ul><ul><li>By Linda Ellis </li></ul>
    28. 34. 19XX - 20XX <ul><li>What will your dash say about you? </li></ul>
    29. 35. 6. Control your finances <ul><ul><ul><li>Many students, residents, fellows have debt ~$225,000 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start saving early </li></ul></ul></ul>
    30. 36. Medical School Debt Load of Graduate Doctors 1992-2007* <ul><li>If debt levels increase for future physicians and income levels remain the same, the amount of gross income of future physicians devoted to debt service will increase as well. </li></ul><ul><li>* Private Practice Management, 39 </li></ul>
    31. 37. Take home message… <ul><li>Don’t confuse your net-worth with with your self-worth </li></ul>
    32. 38. Michael Jackson
    33. 39. Was he happy? <ul><li>He weighed less than 133 lbs. He was 5'10&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>His stomach was empty except for a few pills </li></ul><ul><li>He was bald...nothing but 'peach fuzz' </li></ul><ul><li>He had unexplained bruising on his knees and on the fronts of both shins </li></ul><ul><li>His hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds- result of injections of narcotic painkillers given three times a day for years </li></ul>
    34. 40. Bottom line on finances <ul><li>Achieving balance in your life is far more important than the balance in your check book </li></ul>
    35. 41. 7. Find a lifetime partner <ul><li>Can’t do this alone </li></ul><ul><li>Have someone who is on the same page eam </li></ul>
    36. 42. 8. Who are your associates? <ul><li>If you are older, hang out with young people </li></ul><ul><li>If you are younger, have older friends </li></ul>
    37. 43. My neighbors
    38. 45. 9. Exceed patients’ expectations <ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what patients want and give them more of it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what the patients don’t want and avoid it. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    39. 46. Always ask… <ul><li>Would you go to a doctor like you? </li></ul><ul><li>Story of the bathroom </li></ul>
    40. 47. 10. Have fun! <ul><ul><ul><li>Take your practice seriously- not yourself </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine is the most enjoyable profession and it can be the most fun and rewarding </li></ul></ul></ul>
    41. 48. Finally advice from Chris Gardner… Pursuit of Happiness
    42. 49. Pursuit of Happiness <ul><li>“ Always pursue happiness…just start right where you are.” Chris Gardner </li></ul>
    43. 50. From Da Whiz <ul><li>Always pursue BALANCE…just start right where you are! </li></ul>
    44. 51. <ul><li>Have fun: Take your profession-job seriously but not yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Will Rogers, we are all here for a spell, get all good laughs you can. </li></ul><ul><li>Inject a dose of humor into your daily activities: Book </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to tell a joke, you have 5 senses, learn to engage 6 th sense, sense of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter and stress are incompatible. MSG: You can’t be experiencing stress and laughter at the same time. If you want to lighten up a stressful situation find something to laugh about. </li></ul>
    45. 52. <ul><li>Be a disciplined doer and a decider, not a procrastinator.  Nothing adds more anxiety to our lives than having deadlines and commitments that we are having trouble meeting.  If you have several projects looming in the future,break them down into smaller projects and make a calendar marking off the completion of these little projects.  That way you won't be left with a huge project with only days to complete.  Discipline can bring balance to the busy professional: clean out your inbox, fill up your outbox, complete your medical records before the delinquency notice arrives, and look for an endpoint to your day. There will be a new set of mail, results, and problems tomorrow and a clean slate creates a balanced perspective. Confront those challenging decisions: a professional who can decide in a few minutes to recommend radical extirpative cancer operation to a relative stranger ought to be able to decide about the new 3 year lease with a few day's reflection. </li></ul>
    46. 53. <ul><li>4) Learn to say &quot;no&quot;.  There is no faster road to burn out than taking ontoo many projects and accepting too many responsibilities.  The next time you are called to join a hospital committee, to become a member of a board in the community, or to accept an invitation for an evening dinner ask yourself these questions:  Will the obligation enhance my career?  Will the commitment take away from my time with my family and friends?  Will this obligation lead to balance or imbalance in my life?  If the answer is that you aren't furthering your career and if it distracts from your family time,then you should probably turn down these requests.  Remember it is not a sin to say &quot;no&quot;. </li></ul>
    47. 57. <ul><li>A day without a smile is like a day without sunshine! </li></ul><ul><li>And a day without sunshine is like.....night!!!   </li></ul>
    48. 59. Average of 5 M.D.sday* <ul><li>patients seenday 20 </li></ul><ul><li>phone calls returned 20 </li></ul><ul><li>e-mailsday 17 </li></ul><ul><li>prescriptionsday 42 </li></ul><ul><li>review labs and x-ray 31 </li></ul><ul><li>review specialist </li></ul><ul><li>reports 14 *Ann Intern Med 2007;147:693-698 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    49. 60. <ul><li>Work-Mare </li></ul>