Work & Life Balance

The Lessons of Blue Ice

Stepping onto one of Antarctica’s many islands, we were stunned by the otherworldly array of icebergs on the beach. Each shape was unique as if a sculptor had spent hours intentionally creating its distinctive point...Continue Reading

Collaboration 2.0 – Leading with Intention

Congratulations to Vein Magazine and the AVLS on their new collaboration! The coming together of people, organizations or entities usually begins with such a sense of excitement, as we consider the possibilities the colla...Continue Reading

Enhancing Our Contributions to a Multidisciplinary Team

Medicine is clearly a “team sport.” As vein and lymphatic specialists, we know the care of our patients is enhanced by various medical and allied health specialists who contribute their expertise. Yet, we may...Continue Reading

Words Matter

We Americans are proud of and passionate about the freedoms we enjoy. This issue has been difficult during the pandemic,further dividing us. If my freedom impacts you in a way you dislike, where does my freedom end? Do we...Continue Reading

We Each Deserve (and need!) a Creative Life

AT A RECENT gathering of medical students, a talented colleague, both skilled pediatrician and avid weaver, encouraged each student to cultivate a form of creativity in their life. The wisdom of this advice has become cle...Continue Reading

Maintaining our Wholeness as Physicians in the Age of Covid-19

by Helane Fronek Physicians were struggling with epidemic levels of burnout – before a pandemic upended our lives and strained our coping mechanisms. Anxiety has risen as we fear our and our loved ones’ health...Continue Reading

Your Own Personal Secret to Work Life Balance

Google “Work Life Balance” and up pop 20,600,000 entries, many of which have tempting titles like The 5 tips to Work Life Balance. The way I see it, if it were as easy as 5 tips, we would have figured it out b...Continue Reading

Try A Little Mindfulness

Have you noticed that word mindfulness popping up in all sorts of places lately? As busy healthcare professionals, we are mindful of many pressing things – the worried patients in our waiting room, the unread stack...Continue Reading

2013 Just Might Be the Year for Some Resolutions

As the new year approaches, we often consider how our lives could be different. Unfortunately, as many of us have experienced, those well-intentioned ideas rarely serve to change anything, especially our sense of being ab...Continue Reading

The Opposite Is Also True

I recently spent an hour with a confused patient whose physician had quickly scheduled a procedure without much explanation. Increasingly squeezed for time, even those physicians who tend toward explanation may leave this...Continue Reading