Thursday Review: “Disenfranchised Grief and Physician Burnout”

This November, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to some of the literature available on Resilience and Burnout. We’ll be examining how storytelling and narrative are essential to healthcare providers’ well-being.Nov. 2 | Nov. 9 | Nov. 16 | Wed., Nov. 22 | Nov. 30 Grief for Patients and for Physicians It’s easy enough to […]

Thursday Review: “Physician Burnout: Coaching a Way Out”

This November, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to some of the literature available on Resilience and Burnout. We’ll be examining how storytelling and narrative are essential to healthcare providers’ well-being.Nov. 2 | Nov. 9 | Nov. 16 | Wed., Nov. 22 | Nov. 30 “What’s my motivation?” It’s a simple questions at the heart […]

Thursday Review: “The Association Between a Sense of Calling and Physician Well-Being”

This November, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to some of the literature available on Resilience and Burnout. We’ll be examining how storytelling and narrative are essential to healthcare providers’ well-being.Nov. 2 | Nov. 9 | Nov. 16 | Wed., Nov. 22 | Nov. 30 Healthcare As More Than a 9-To-5 Looking at work satisfaction […]

Thursday Review: “Correlates of physician burnout across regions and specialties: a meta-analysis”

This November, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to some of the literature available on Resilience and Burnout. We’ll be examining how storytelling and narrative are essential to healthcare providers’ well-being.Nov. 2 | Nov. 9 | Nov. 16 | Wed., Nov. 22 | Nov. 30 Facets of Burnout Quantitative research about burnout is usually traced […]

Thursday Review: “Telling Is Listening”

Mechanical and Mutual Exchanges I was originally introduced to Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “Telling is Listening” through Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings. She has a terrific discussion of Le Guin’s metaphors about communication as we think it is vs. how communication really works.

The Examined Life Conference 2017

The Examined Life Conference is a gathering for the medical humanities hosted by The University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. The conference is focused mainly on the intersection of writing and medicine, and is cross-pollinated with the literary chops of organizations like The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and The Iowa Review. Dr. David Thoele, the […]

Thursday Review: “Forming a Story: The Health Benefits of Narrative”

Telling a story is good for your health In the Journal of Clinical Psychology, James W. Pennebaker and Janel D. Seagal study a group of students instructed to write about a traumatic experience, and then measure both the mental and physical health outcomes of those students. The results were measured against a control group, who […]

Thursday Review: “Challenges to physician-patient communication about medication use”

Do Patients Actually Take Their Medications? There is a growing drive to move healthcare, specifically the doctor-patient relationship, from a “benevolent paternalism”1, 2 to a system where patient and physician co-create a treatment plan which gives the patient both the best health outcome and the best quality of life. By most indications, that drive to […]

To Begin: What Illness Takes

Hello, world (from Southern California)! My wife recently took a position at the University of Southern California, so I’m writing this from sunny Los Angeles. I’ve been using the ideas ideas for MeaningWell in practice for a few years: that knowing how to tell a good story and listen to one even better can cement […]