Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year Blessings!

As a new year approaches, I love to look back and recall the blessings of the previous year to welcome the next year with a grateful heart. So here is my summary of some of the many blessings 2019 brought as I look ahead to 2020: Counting Blessings Toward a Happy New Year!

May 2020 be filled with purpose, meaning, and joy as we all let go of the past, learn from its many lessons, and embrace the new.

Have a blessed and healthy New Year!

Dr. Mari

Friday, December 20, 2019

Helping Patients with Dementia: Crocheting for a Cause

Katherine Gantz Pannel, DO
Many patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia develop anxiety, which can present as mental wandering and significant restless fidgeting. My thoughtful friend and colleague, Dr. Katherine Gantz Pannel, wanted to do something about it and came up with Crocheting for a Cause. You may read about this heartwarming project and learn how to get involved (or donate supplies) HERE!

 I wish you all a meaningful and blessed Christmas!

Dr. Mari

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bouncing Back to the Midwest: From Surviving to Thriving

This week, I was blessed to travel to Minnesota to present the closing keynote at a physician wellness conference. It was special to return to the Midwest, having moved south from Wisconsin nearly 13 years ago! I spent precious time with old friends and made new ones. I attended sessions that both inspired and challenged us. It was a meaningful time to refuel, restore the heart and soul, and connect with people who care as much as I do about the central patient-physician relationship.

You may read more about my experience HERE, which includes a photo of the little Olaf my colleagues and I got to create. He may not be baby Yoda, but he's pretty cute!


Dr. Mari

Friday, November 15, 2019

Inspired by Students, Blessed by Patients

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with pre-health students at a college campus. It was a blast to be in that environment, sharing stories and information sprinkled with hope to young people with big dreams. They were insightful, inspiring, and full of curiosity.

Driving home, I kept thinking about their energy and excitement, and this made me think back to the many blessings I've accumulated over 25 years in medicine.

I loved my time with them so much and wrote about it here.
Enjoy it, and feel free to share!


Dr Mari

Monday, November 4, 2019

Pursuing Wellness with Future Attorneys

Last week, I had the very meaningful opportunity to discuss wellness, mental health, and burnout prevention with the students and some faculty members at A&M College of Law. It was a very special day that brought back many memories of my mom's days in law school while I was in high school. It also made me realize that, regardless of our different areas of work, we are all living during very stressful times ... and we all need to support one another, be patient with each other, and perhaps also be kinder than necessary. Wouldn't that make the world a much better place?

We all have a story, and we are all going through situations others may not even know about. The need for empathy and compassion has never been greater.

I wrote about the special day HERE. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Dr. Mari

Monday, September 23, 2019

Speak Up! My Article on the Power of Advocacy

This week, the Florida Medical Association published my article, The Power of Physician Advocacy. It is an excerpt from my latest book in which I share some of my story as an outspoken advocate for patients, high standards of medical care, patient safety, and physicians.

Medicine is increasingly complex, and physicians need more support than ever. To that end, I continue to write, advocate, travel, and speak to all who invite me to give a voice to both patients and physicians around the country. As in my book, I bring an inspiring message of hope that is informed by 25 years in medicine as a physician leader who is also a coach for physicians.

With the recent publication of Recapturing Joy in Medicine, I've been thrilled to see the book serve as a bridge between patients and their physicians. I keep hearing stories of patients who have read it cover to cover and then give it to their physicians as a gift. So heartwarming, and a wonderful and unexpected blessing.

I am blessed to serve at the state and national level in various ways and I am so grateful, in particular, to three organizations (FMA, FAFP, and AAFP) for so many opportunities to make a meaningful difference for our profession and for our patients. The patient-physician relationship remains the most rewarding aspect of practicing medicine for most physicians, according to the latest survey by The Physicians Foundation. My article on the power of physician advocacy is one more way to encourage and empower my colleagues to speak up for our needs, the needs of our teams, and our patients. This requires that we work together and nurture meaningful relationships with one another, that we may have more courage, wisdom, and discernment to fulfill our crucial role as advocates!
From The Power of Physician Advocacy. Florida Medical Magazine, Sep 2019
Though we often feel like we must be superheroes (and who doesn't love that awesome graphic!), together we are stronger!


Dr. Mari

Photo credit: FMA Magazine, Sep 2019. Quote by Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Incivility, Wisdom, and Second Chances

This week, one of my articles published in Family Practice Management, a practical and highly relevant peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In the article, I share stories from my 25 years in medicine, along with ways I've learned to apply wisdom and discernment sprinkled with creative compassion to tackle tough clinical encounters while guarding my heart.

Find the link to the article here and feel free to share it with others! The title of the article is Incivility in Healthcare: Strategies to De-escalate Troubling Encounters.


Dr. Mari

Below are links to a few more recent articles and posts from my new website:

For an excerpt from my latest book, Recapturing Joy in Medicine, read The Power of Advocacy: My Article on KevinMD.

Courageous Humility: Wisdom for Female Physicians

When Physicians Gather: Unexpected Blessings