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Doctor's Dozen: Twelve Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness

by Catherine Florio Pipas Dartmouth College Press
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Burnout affects a third of our population and over half of our health professionals. For the second group, the impact is magnified, as consequences play out not only on a personal level, but also on a societal level and lead to medical errors, suboptimal care, low levels of patient satisfaction, and poor clinical outcomes. Achieving wellbeing requires strategies for change. In this book, Dr. Pipas shares twelve lessons and strategies for improved health that she has learned from patients, students, and colleagues over her twenty years working as a family physician. Each lesson is based on observation and research, and begins with a story of an exemplary patient whose challenges and successes reflect the theme of the lesson. Along with the lessons, the author offers plans for action, which taken together create the framework for a healthy life. Each lesson concludes with resources and a “health challenge. ”

Preface GÇó Introduction: The Twenty-First-Century Health Conundrum GÇó PART I. SELF-AWARENESS GÇó Lesson 1. Be Present GÇó Health Challenge #1: Practice Mindfulness GÇó Lesson 2. Ask Questions GÇó Health Challenge #2: Complete a Self-SWOT GÇó Lesson 3. Build Resilience GÇó Health Challenge #3: Perform a Self-Assessment GÇó Lesson 4. Write Your Story GÇó Health Challenge #4: Practice Self-Reflection, and Keep a Journal GÇó PART II. SELF-CARE GÇó Lesson 5. Fill Your Own Tank GÇó Health Challenge #5: Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Spirit GÇó Lesson 6. Establish Trusting Relationships GÇó Health Challenge #6: Give and Receive Feedback GÇó Lesson 7. Replenish 24-7 GÇó Health Challenge #7: Complete a Time Log GÇó Lesson 8. Nurture a Healthy Environment GÇó Health Challenge #8: Model Wellness GÇó PART III. SELF-IMPROVEMENT GÇó Lesson 9. Embrace Change GÇó Health Challenge #9: Initiate a Personal Health-Improvement Tool GÇó Lesson 10. Make Healthy and Authentic Choices GÇó Health Challenge #10: Construct a Cost-Benefit Analysis GÇó Lesson 11. Rewrite Your Story GÇó Health Challenge #11: Seek an Alternate Lens GÇó Lesson 12. Celebrate the Journey GÇó Health Challenge #12: Practice Gratitude GÇó Acknowledgments GÇó References GÇó Index

“In A Doctor’s Dozen, Catherine Florio Pipas, MD, MPH brings her experience and that of 12 patients to provide 12 important strategies for health and wellness. . . . A gold mine of insight and good practical advice. . . . There are a few books that medical students, residents, and practicing physicians find the time to read that have a profound impact on the meaning one gets from the work of doctoring. This is such a book. I recommend that A Doctor’s Dozen be dog-eared and on the bookshelf of anyone in family medicine education. You may need to buy multiple copies since you are likely to give it out to learners in distress.”
CATHERINE FLORIO PIPAS is a professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.