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Wellness Section Newsletter - Fall 2016

Changing of the Guard, but not the Mission


Reflection on Wellness Section Newsletter Editorship

LevinMay2013It is three o’clock in the morning and I just came into the house after watching the meteorite shower early this morning. As I pondered the journey which the amazing flashes of light took before I saw them, I reflect on my journey for the last 4 years, as the Wellness Section Newsletter editor/secretary. I am honored to have had the opportunity of not only serving the ACEP organization, but to continue to contribute to the profession which I truly love to have been part of since first starting my practice back in 1977. Over the last 11 years, it has been through championing wellness and preventing burnout among our colleagues- as I myself was a statistic of burnout, causing me to leave active practice. I left active practice with so much more to offer not only for our patients, but for our profession. This year we hold new elections for the next Wellness section newsletter editor/secretary and I look forward to the transition.

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Photo Essay #2


Let’s agree not to be so 'on the go' that we can't stop for a few seconds... to look, listen and feel all they ways that we are blessed. It can happen in the time it takes for us to take one deep breath.  

• I woke up way too early at 4 am.
• This is what I saw.
• Keep a gratitude journal.
• Québec Canada.

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Our Counter-Phobic Reactions to Recognizing That We are Burning-Out

From multiple surveys and studies over the last decade, it is clearly evident that the physician rate of burning-out has been climbing to epidemic rates of 50% or higher. The resulting exhaustion, cynicism, and/or ineffectiveness can correlate with poorer patient care. And, yet, we remain satisfied with our work and burn-out has been addressed only slowly, spottily, and sporadically. How can these seemingly contradictory truths that cause a sense of cognitive dissonance be explained?

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Annual Wellness Section Meeting Announcement

Following are the details for our annual Wellness Section meeting:

Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Tradewinds B – North Convention Center, Mandalay Bay


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Photo Essay #1


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THE PAUSE: Promoting Health and Wellness for Emergency Physicians

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Theresa

Time outs in Emergency Medicine are quality measures intended for the safety, health and well being of patients. Correct procedure, correct patient, correct location, correct medication, correct instruments, etc., must be meticulously verified. Emergency Physicians carry out these team based efforts with skill, precision and professionalism.

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Eat Healthy for Wellness

Yes, we all do know this – what you put in is what you put out.

But who has the time?? That is our excuse. But we HAVE TO MAKE TIME – it is for our wellbeing – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 

And remember, you cannot pour from an empty vessel. If you are well, this will translate to better care of your patients and your loved ones.

So, no excuses! Do some grocery shopping and cook!!!

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Wellness Section Elections

Chair-Elect Candidates (alpha order)
Arlene S. Chung, MD
Michael Goldstone, MD, MPA, MPH, FACEP

Newsletter Editor Candidate
Matthew L. Wong, MD, MPH

View each candidate's bio and proposed platform

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