Update, December 13, 2015
I launched this blog in April, 2015, inspired by a writing conference for healthcare professionals. My goal was to explore practices in self-awareness and communication to help patients and physicians connect, for the benefit of all. I meant to put the same flashlight in the hands of both parties, to help them find their way to each other through the dark forest of our healthcare system. Since then, I realize that the physician-patient relationship is not necessarily unique or distinguishable from other relationships. “How you do anything is how you do everything,” goes the saying.
Hereafter, I mean to broaden the scope of this blog. I will include reflections and conversations on relationships of all kinds, in an effort to move us all toward healing connections, in and out of the medical arena.
Now that there is some content on the blog to scroll through, I aim to post twice a month, rather than every 10 days.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you find something that resonates with you here.
I am a general internist in Chicago, Illinois, mother of two, almost native Coloradan, and Northwestern alum. I want to leave the world better for my having lived, by cultivating the best possible relationships between all who know me, and all whom I influence.
My premise: Patients and physicians have control over one thing above all else: our relationship with each other. Relationships live and die by communication. Barriers on the obstacle course of patient-physician communication loom large and formidable. Our system fails us over and again. And it falls to each of us, within the system, to find our way to connection and healing relationships.
In this blog, I explore practices: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and communication, among others. I share stories from practice, friendship, marriage, parenting–life! Because all relationships impact us and teach us. Our relationships save us. And through these practices, with some laughs and Aha! moments along the way, we can save the physician-patient relationship.
Join me on this crazy, idealistic, fascinating journey! Look for new posts on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of the month–I will do my best to keep up!
Please note, all content on this blog is my own, and does not represent the opinions or policies of my employer.