It’s not (only) about the starfish

I thought about the rather corny starfish story when I was driving home after clinic today. You know the one. It goes something like this:

A man was walking along a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked, he could see a young boy in the distance. As he drew nearer he noticed that the boy kept bending down, picking something up and throwing it into the water. Time and again the boy kept hurling things into the ocean.Continue reading

You signed up to be a doctor, not a martyr

Dear doctor,

I need you to be healthy. When I come to you for help, I need your “A” game. I need you sleep enough. Eat healthy food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables. I need you to exercise regularly and take time to take care of your own physical, emotional and spiritual needs. I need to you use the bathroom when you need to. I need you to stop and take a deep breath when you are frustrated. I need you to deal with your relationships in healthy ways. Get the help you need to be healthy. Take time for yourself. Find quiet space for creativity. Enjoy the sun on your cheeks on occasion.Continue reading


Welcome to the Institute for Physician Wellness! Wellness doesn’t happen once, at a special moment on a particular day. There is no “ah-ha” I’ve done it. It occurs over time, a trend of habits that add up to support good health despite the circumstances of medical training and practice.

I wish a lifetime of healthy habits for all physicians. Let’s support one another.