Saturday, February 22, 2020

Accolades for Recapturing Joy in Medicine, and Great News!

I'm super excited to announce 
is now on the shelves at 
Barnes & Noble stores!

Now available at Barnes & Noble stores!
This is a hard-to-achieve wonderful endorsement of the work, since they review thousands of books for shelf placement each year. I am SO grateful to know this well-researched, unique, practical resource for physicians, the medical team, and those who love and work with them will now be available more widely during a time when it is desperately needed.

I am also thrilled to announce the book was listed in Dr. Kenny Lin’s Top 10 Health and Healthcare Books for 2019! It is heartwarming to see all the years of research, writing, and editing bear fruit. Hooray!!!
Stay tuned for information about book signings and events I hope to coordinate both locally and perhaps even around the country when I travel this year to speak. So far, I’ll be in San Antonio, Kansas City, Washington, DC, and possibly in San Diego as well as various cities throughout Florida. And if the book is not yet available at your local B&N store, just ask them to order it and they will. This will help keep it on their shelves, so ask away!

Thank you to everyone who continues to encourage me as I write, advocate, and speak to inspire and empower those who care for others! And here’s the link if you’d like to leave a book review on B&N; apparently that helps get the word out. Thank you so much in advance!

Dr. Mari (Amaryllis)

Consider gifting your physician (or a resident, med student or fellow you love!) with a copy of the book to celebrate National Physicians Day (March 30, 2020) and National Physicians Week (March 25-31, 2020)! It would be a perfect gift!

For an excerpt from the book on the power of advocacy, read Finding Our Voice: Advocacy in Action.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Contest for Medical Students!

Do you know any medical students? These are the students who spend high school and college volunteering to serve their communities. Their sacrifices to secure an outstanding education sometimes begin as early as middle school. Most of them seem naturally driven to both service and excellence. They are at the top of their class academically, pass the MCAT, and choose to apply to medical school in the midst of a national healthcare crisis. They recognize they're signing up for a tough journey and, still, they go for it. 
I am extremely proud of them! After 25 years in clinical medicine and as a national expert and keynote speaker in physician wellness, burnout prevention, and recapturing joy in medicine, I also feel a deep sense of responsibility to educate and support them.

And I enjoy every opportunity to see them having fun and being creative, making time to invest in their life outside of medicine.
As National Physicians' Week approaches (March 25-31, 2020), Physicians Working Together has partnered with several organizations to offer a Medical Student Talent Contest once more. Learn about it HERE and help us spread the word! 
Dr. Mari

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