Wellbeing Checkup: 5-Minute Chair Yoga
While the job is rewarding, being a healthcare clinician can also be busy and stressful, especially during a global pandemic. Research has shown that mindfulness, meditation, and yoga help to decrease stress. Loren Winters joins Wellbeing Checkup to demonstrate a 5-minute chair yoga session that providers can do anywhere and anytime.
After Hours: Playwriting Psychiatrist
Dr. Donald Fidler, professor in the department of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at West Virginia University, is also a prolific playwright and filmmaker. Dr. Fidler spoke with Psychiatric Times about his love of writing and how it began in childhood; making scenes out of giant popcorn boxes that his dad, a theatre major, brought home from work.
After Hours: Radiologist Musician
Dr. Mark King, interim radiology chair at Ohio State University, was a professional musician at a young age. Later in life, he’s found a new focus for his musical talents. Born out of a personal tragedy, he now coordinates, arranges, and performs in a Christmas concert held in the memory of a young woman who was lost in an arson fire.
After Hours: Dental WINEgenist
Katrina Sanders is passionate about wine, and while building her career as a hygienist she also undertook the study of wine and eventually earned the title of sommelier, or wine expert. Since obtaining her certification she’s found a way to combine her professional and personal passions as she hosts continuing education events pairing wine tastings with hygiene education.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Social Media for Practices
Peter Carlos and assistant Jaycee Leonardo discuss social media and the effects social media can have on practices. After gaining 1.7 million followers on TikTok, they use what they have learned through their own personal experiences with their social media to help practices grow on social media.
After Hours: Instrumental Ophthalmologist
Dr. Inder Paul Singh and bandleader and psychologist Dr. Rahul Sharma are founding members of the band, Funkadesi, which blends Indian music with reggae, funk, and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The band hails from Chicago, with a focus on bridging cultures and educating others on tolerance and understanding through music.
After Hours: Racing Enthusiast
Dr. Rodger MacArthur is an infectious disease specialist and an NIH-funded researcher and also has a love for cars and driving. Dr. MacArthur details the cars he has owned and the cars he has raced in over the years. The story leads to his trip in 2019 to the Ford Performance Racetrack in Utah, an opportunity that came along with his purchase of a Ford Fiesta ST.
Inside the Practice: Inside T-Cell Response
Dr. Lance Baldo will discuss the findings and biggest takeaways from a recent study published in Nature on this topic as well as the importance of T cells and what they teach us about disease, diagnosis, and treatment. He will also offer a description of technology that addresses T-cell response, how it works, and why it’s beneficial to clinicians and patients.
Wellbeing Checkup: Staying Active
Exercise is a significant part of maintaining your well-being, especially when you’re busy with patient care during the day. Dr. Rebecca Seidel, chair of the Emory University Radiology Wellness Committee, has figured out some great ways to stay active, and she shares them here.
Wellbeing Checkup: Having a Hobby for Mental Health
The adage “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” resonates with Jody Feigle. Feigel loves to play golf. Unfortunately, an injury in 2019 forced her to stop playing, but she hopes to get out on the green again at some point. She talks about her love of the game and what it does for her.
After Hours: Virtuoso Oncologist
Dr. Lee Schwartzberg's extensive music background has allowed him to play in multiple bands, including annually at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. The talented medical oncologist uses music to decompress and escape the office in his down time.
Wellbeing Checkup: Good Mental Hygiene in Oncology
Emy Smith, NP, discusses the importance of discussing mental wellness for healthcare providers and researchers within the oncology space, managing her personal mental wellness while juggling her career, stress relieving activities and strategies, and how the oncology space can do to foster more mental wellness.
Wellbeing Checkup: Releasing Stress Through Exercise
How do healthcare professionals maintain a work life balance and deal with job-related stress? Dr. Angela Nicholas, Chief Medical Officer at Einstein Medical Center, discusses how she uses exercise, meditation and time outdoors to release her stress and uphold her focus on patients.
Wellbeing Checkup: Taking Control Over Stress
Many health care providers work long hours and deal with the stress of helping maintain their patients’ health, which can cause an overwhelming amount of stress. Dr. Yelena Janjigian, Chief of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, shares some advice for providers on how to take control over their stress and avoid burnout.
After Hours: Wordsmith Ophthalmologist
Joe Bentivegna, MD, relates how he first started creating crossword puzzles in high school. His passion for wordsmithing has taken him through college and medical school, and today he loves creating them for his ophthalmologist colleagues. He describes the process that goes into putting together a puzzle and shares some examples.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Gut-Brain Connection
Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She is also the author of the acclaimed book, "This is Your Brain on Food", available on amazon. In this segment, Dr. Naidoo briefly explains the connection between the gut and brain, how to slowly adjust our diets to improve our overall mental wellbeing.
After Hours: Bocce Ball Playing Veterinarian
On this episode of After Hours, Phyllis Cassano, DVM, Veterinary Instructor at Burlington County Institute of Technology, talks about her hobby when she clocks out of work—playing on a bocce ball team for her Italian club! She highlights the ins and outs of the sport, how she got involved with the team, the connection it has to her profession, and more.
Behind the Science: Behind Music in the OR
In many workplaces, you’ll find employees listening to music as they go about their jobs, and surgeons, it seems, are no exception to this. For this episode of “Behind the Science,” we spoke to 5 urologists who discuss their music preferences when working in the OR.
After Hours: Rave Reviewz Psychiatrist
Dr. Kamran Ahmed is a psychiatrist, writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur. In addition to his clinical and academic work, Kamran regularly writes for newspapers on mental health, including The Guardian. Kamran has made several films related to psychiatry and started the international medical film festival ‘Medfest’ now in its 10th year. Through his music startup Rave Reviewz, he also launched the ‘Music on my Mind’ initiative to support mental health in the music industry.
Inside the Practice: Inside a Pharmacy Internship during COVID
During her internship with Skippack Pharmacy in the spring of 2021, Erica Mabry helped organize multiple mass vaccination events in the community around Skippack, PA. This included handling logistics for receiving the vaccines, organizing hundreds of volunteers, and managing the thousands of vaccine recipients that showed up for each event. In the video, Mabry discusses the logistics of such events as well as what she learned as a student during the pandemic.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Climate Change and Dermatology
Dr. Misha Rosenbach takes us on a deep dive into climate change and its effect on dermatology. From increases in vector-borne diseases to wildfires causing in uptick in atopic dermatitis, climate change affects more than just the environment, but also our health. Dr. Rosenbach explores not only the effects of climate change, but also provides insightful tips on how physicians can help.
After Hours: Fishing With Dr. Bob
Dr Robert Bransfield talks about his love of fishing. He even has proof of the fish that didn’t get away….he caught a Drum fish in the Delaware Bay this past May. He has been fishing since he was a young boy growing up along the Jersey shore. He has fished from boats, kayaks, and jet skis. As a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Bransfield understands the importance of mental health especially during the pandemic and stresses the need to do recreational activities to get a break from the pandemic.
Wellbeing Checkup: Maintaining Mental Hygiene
Mental wellness is of the utmost importance, especially for those in the healthcare and oncology fields. Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, a professor of medicine, and medical director, Georgia Cancer Center, discusses the importance of maintaining good mental hygiene, as well as the need for outlets and resources to discuss these topics for cancer care providers.
Behind the Science: Behind Patient Needs
With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating emotional strain as well as time away from home for many in the medical field, how are health care professionals finding ways to give patients their best attention and efforts? Several doctors explain the methods in which they channel in on patients’ needs and alleviate stress and distractions, from time management to maintaining resilience and positivity despite the difficulties faced.
After Hours: Rheumatologist, Pharmacologist, & Traveler
Dr. David Liew, a rheumatologist and clinical pharmacologist at Austin Health, loves to travel and has been to over 70 countries and counting! He discusses when his love of traveling began, his favorite places to visit, and where he plans on going next.
Wellbeing Checkup: Sport for Mental Health
Ashish Mathur, PhD, is the vice president of UVDI, which makes ultra-violet light devices for the purposes of disinfection. He’s an entrepreneur, in other words, and loves reading, especially about the industrial titans of their time: the Fords and the Rockefellers. But he also likes exercising, hiking and cricket. He just loves to play cricket, and he loves talking about loving to play cricket.
Wellbeing Checkup: Mental Clarity & Running
Editors of Managed Healthcare Executive, Peter Wehrwein and Briana Contreras caught up with MHE Editorial Advisory Board member David Calabrese. Calabrese is market president of Health Plans/PBMs at OptumRx. In the conversation, the editors learned how Calabrese, an avid exerciser, dove deeper into running to find his physical and mental well-being as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Hours: Elite Race Walker
Stephanie Casey, DO, is a family physician in rural coastal Oregon but since a young age has been a competitive and decorated elite race walker, including participating in Olympic trials and for Team USA at World Cup events. She tells the story of how it started and the bumps along the way.
After Hours: Dr. Borgen Makes Music
Patrick I. Borgen, MD, may be the chair of the Department of Surgery and the head of the Breast Center at the Maimonides Cancer Center, but he also ensures that he makes time for something else he is passionate about – music. In this segment, he discusses his love for music, how he started playing, and his band.
Behind the Science: Behind How Zoom Dysmorphia Has Affected Aesthetic Providers
In the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, communication with outside individuals was scarce and oftentimes hard to facilitate. As people were spending more time looking at themselves while on Zoom, this gave rise to another issue -- Zoom dysmorphia. Over the course of the pandemic, more and more dermatologists and aesthetic providers were seeing an increase in patients wishing to change their appearance through both invasive and noninvasive cosmetic procedures. In this episode of Behind the Science, a group of aesthetic providers give their perspective on Zoom dysmorphia and how it has affected both their patients and their practice.
After Hours: Retina Surgeon Paints Multisensory “Touch to See” Art
Stephanie Skolik, MD, has been putting brush to canvas since childhood. In early adulthood, she had to make the difficult decision of whether to be a physician or an artist. Dr. Skolik chose ophthalmology but never stopped painting, with many works on display in the Huntington Museum of Art. Dr. Skolik takes us on her journey for how she creates multisensory “touch to see” art.
Wellbeing Checkup: Drawing Inspiration From Patients
Oncologists often hold a heavy emotional weight on their shoulders, because while the health of their patients is an utmost priority, cancer is a tornado of a disease that leaves no one untouched in its path. Eunice Wang, MD, Chief of the Leukemia Service at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, shares how her patients inspire her to keep a positive attitude and give her the strength to get through difficult moments.
After Hours: The Joy of Movies and Memorabilia
Ha Kung Wong practices general intellectual property law with Venable LLP of New York. His emphasis is on complex patent and trade secrets, intellectual property transactions and contract negotiations for mergers. In his spare time, Ha Kung likes to indulge his passion for movies, and his interest in all types of movies continues today and his knowledge of movies has become encyclopedic.
Second Opinion: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates - Legal Questions
Pharmacy law experts Ron Lanton and Ned Milenkovich sat down to discuss legal questions surrounding the adoption of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. In the conversation, they discussed potential issues in private businesses, the legality of state mandates, and more.
After Hours: "Science of Standup"
Dr. Harold Bays discusses his background in stand-up comedy and his new Youtube series “Science of Standup” he created during the COVID-19 pandemic while he had more time without traveling, as well as his belief in human as medicine, and the power of comedy and laughter.
After Hours: Dermatologist Starts Own Bakery
Dr. Alma Criseida Berlingeri Ramos explains why it took a pandemic for her to discover her passion for baking and give her the confidence to start her own bakery. She also discussed how she got started, her favorite recipes, and her future plans for the business.
Wellbeing Checkup: Retirement
Joann Anderson has worked with UNC Health Southeastern for 14 years and has led it through multiple hurricanes, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a recent acquisition with the larger UNC Health system. She will retire at the end of 2021, and during her retirement she is looking forward to reconnecting with her family, including having uninterrupted with her 7 grandchildren. However, she doesn’t expect she can completely just quit health care. Anderson continues to have a passion for rural health care and wants to find a way to continue to be involved.
After Hours: Hobbies for Mental Health
William Carroll, PharmD, BCPS, discussed how his hobbies have helped maintain his mental health during the pandemic, including hiking, staying active, and spending time with loved ones. Carroll also discussed his role at Rochester Regional Health and how he experienced the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wellbeing Checkup: Getting Sleep and Keeping Routine
Dr. Monica Mallampalli discusses the importance of sleep and routine as part of the wellbeing checkup. She also delves into the importance of health care providers talking to their patients about anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways women can benefit from exercise and staying active.
After Hours: Bharatanatyam
Dr. Vidya Sundareshan discusses her love of Bharatanatyam, a form of classical dance and music popular in her native southern India. Now an infectious diseases specialist and internist in Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Sundareshan still gives performances and workshops when her schedule permits. Practicing Bharatanatyam, she says, provides the focus and determination to help her become a better doctor.
Wellbeing Checkup: Exercise & Family Time
Sonia Oskouei, PharmD, vice president of Biosimilars for Cardinal Health, discusses some of the ways she winds down after a long day at work and how these habits have developed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Exercise and spending time with family have been her biggest habits, whether it’s playing soccer or going on long walks with her husband and children. She also enjoys the social aspects of playing on a recreational soccer team and is excited about starting tennis lessons and channeling her competitive spirit in new fun ways.
Wellbeing Checkup: Quality Initiative Improves Employee Satisfaction
Fourth-year medical student Loren Jean Smith discusses findings of her recent study, Quality improvement initiative to optimize outpatient triage workflow and reduce burnout, presented at the 2021 American Urological Association Annual Meeting.
Wellbeing Checkup: Feed the Soul
Dr. Indu Subramanian, a movement disorders and Parkinson disease specialist who is trained in mindfulness, shares some of her best quick tips and tricks to bring herself joy in easy and creative ways, particularly for those who have feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Inside the Practice: Inside Oncology-Related Urgent Care
An immediate care facility aimed at bridging the gap between cancer centers and emergency rooms is coming to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP, the advance practice provider chief at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, discusses why having a dedicated cancer urgent care center would improve patient care by making cancer treatment plans seamless while also helping patients avoid exposure to infectious diseases in emergency waiting rooms.
Second Opinion: The Work-Life Balance
In this video, urologists and long-time friends Steven Wahle, MD, and Henry Rosevear, MD, discuss the effects of patients accessing health information and test results before their doctors have reviewed them with them, competing with larger practices, and maintaining work-life balance.
Wellbeing Checkup: Disconnecting
A long and stressful day of work can have a heavy toll on oncologists. So how do they find ways to disconnect after work hours? In an interview with CURE, Dr. Rachna Shroff, associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona and chief of GI medical oncology at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, explained how she finds ways to channel her energy and focus on her own mental health after spending the day thinking about many of her patients who have poor prognosis.
Wellbeing Checkup: Appreciating Weekends
President and CEO of Allegheny Health Network and Managed Healthcare Executive Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cindy Hundorfean, explains that her consistently busy schedule has led to a much larger appreciation for her weekends off where she can spend time with her family. Coming back home to Cleveland from Pittsburgh to visit her children and grandchildren and doing particular activities, such as cooking out, creates time for her to let go of built-up stress from the week and simply relax with the ones she loves most.
After Hours: Love of Photography
Sarfaraz K. Niazi, PhD, is an expert on the biosimilars industry and market trends. However, he also has a passion for photography. He discusses what got him interested in the artform, what he likes about photography, what types of photos he enjoys taking, and what equipment he uses. He also weighs in on big debates within the photography community, such as the ethics of taking candid photos, film vs digital photography, and the use of cell phones as cameras.
Wellbeing Checkup: Positive Affirmations
Fenway Health's Director of Community Impact and Engagement Adrianna Boulin and is currently transitioning from her role as The Fenway Institute's (TFI) Community Engagement Manager where she oversaw a number of the research studies being conducted at TFI. In addition to being a star at Fenway Health, Adrianna is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and talks about giving herself positive affirmations and performing movements such as yoga postures.
After Hours: Spooky and Supernatural
From movies to books about the supernatural, Bren Cole from Fenway Health discusses her love all of things related to horror and scary things. Everywhere she travels, Bren likes to see the local spooky places and haunted houses. She enjoys learning about the history behind many of the supernatural tales. She discusses her trips to different places including New Orleans and the voodoo culture as well as her wish to visit the hotel that is the inspiration for the book and movie The Shining.
After Hours: The Magic of Storytelling
Physicians of every kind have an immense privilege: they get to hear their patients’ stories. In this installment of After Hours, Fredrick J. Matzner, MD, tells the story of how he first realized that he wanted to do therapy and psychiatry and shares his love of storytelling through his act as an amateur magician.
Wellbeing Checkup: Give Yourself a Break
Eric C. Hunter, president and CEO of CareOregon, a nonprofit health plan, shares his best practices for maintaining he mental wellbeing. Hunter says the best way he keeps his wellbeing in check is giving himself a break when needed to avoid burnout at work to better serve his clients. Some breaks can include going for a walk to decompress, or engage with people he knows to see how they’re doing and talk about things on a personal level outside of work.
After Hours: Emergency Medicine Musician
It’s almost a cliché, that music can heal the soul, but a doctor in Michigan uses his own musicianship as a balm against the wear and tear of emergency department work in the time of COVID-19. Keith Reynolds from Medical Economics sat down with Dr. Jasper Yung to talk composers and how music can bring relief to all doctors.
After Hours: Passion for Sailing
A leader in the field of ophthalmology, William Culbertson, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Living on the coast, he has developed a passion for sailing. Come sail away with Dr. Culbertson aboard his boat, Aqueous Humor V.
Wellbeing Checkup: Managing Hard Days
Like other oncologists, Dr. Bernard Fuemmeler loves his job. However, sometimes working in the field of cancer research can take a toll on doctors’ mental wellbeing if they have particularly difficult or stressful day. In an interview with CURE, Dr. Fuemmeler shared how he manages to avoid letting it affect his personal life and emotions.
After Hours: In the Friendly Skies
Major Michael Brisson, DO, is a third-year family medicine resident in Alabama. He came to our attention through the American Osteopathic Association, and we had spoken with him once before, briefly, but did not know at the time that he flies Black Hawk helicopters every week as part of the Alabama National Guard. More inquiry revealed that medicine and aviation have been in his family and his life since he was a child – his mother worked for airlines, his father was a general surgeon— and he learned to fly before he learned to drive. His wife is also a Black Hawk pilot; they met in the Army, courted and married in the Army, and she flew an attack chopper as the chase aircraft when he flew the lead medevac “bird” on rescue missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other theaters. They have 2 beautiful children and lead an otherwise “normal” American family life.
After Hours: Radio Host, Art Collector, Advocate
Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder and president, SisterLove Inc, a 32-year-old sexual reproductive health rights and justice organization, is also the host of her own weekly radio show, “Sisters’ Time/WomenSpeak” on WRFG, 89.3 FM, and an avid art collector and creator. Here she opens up about her passion for storytelling, memorable guests, and her love for handcrafted art.
Wellbeing Checkup: Mental Wellbeing for the Holidays
Makenzie Peterson, MSc, the first Director of Wellbeing at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, breaks down why the holidays have a positive and negative impact on people’s wellbeing while providing helpful tips to help you navigate the holiday season.
After Hours: Veterinary Leadership Book Club
In this episode of After Hours, we are joined by Family Pet Health’s owner and chief empowerment officer Michael Shirley to hear about the Veterinary Leadership Book Club. Shirley explains the importance of the book club and how through reading and discussions, he hopes they can make the veterinary industry a better place for everyone.
Wellbeing Checkup: Wellness As A Mindset
The word “wellness” has become a confusing one for patients because its frequent use and development as an industry can lead different individuals’ minds to different ideas. But, for Dr. Indu Subramanian, the director of the VA Southwest Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers, who is also trained in mindfulness and yoga, wellness is more about lifestyle choices to get on the road to a healthier life. She offers her insight and tips on how to get on that road toward being more well.
After Hours: Passion for Fitness
Aparna Parikh’s passion for fitness started early on with a love for competitive tennis in high school and college. Throughout her time in pre-med, Parikh continued to stay active, but it was a move to the Bay area during her fellowship that gave her an appreciation of the great outdoors. She began biking to work and even swimming in the San Francisco Bay, leading into her first triathlon, which she completed while pregnant with her first child. In addition to discussing her passion for being physically active, she describes how she balances remaining active with saving lives at the Mass General Cancer Center and spending time with her family.
After Hours: Passion for Movies
For many, getting lost in a movie serves a respite from the stressors of day-to-day life. This is certainly the case of urologist Justin Dubin, MD, whose lifelong love of cinema has resulted in the creation of a movie-related podcast and also inspired him to write a screenplay. Dubin is an andrology fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and co-host of the men’s health podcast Man Up.
After Hours: Traveling Together to Capture the Perfect Shot
Friends and colleagues, Drs Alexander Shor and Jim Janakievski practice dentistry in the Seattle area, but whenever they can escape their respective practices, they are headed on a trek to capture landscape photographs of remote and beautiful areas. Traveling around the globe and throughout the US, the two friends continue to seek out grand and stunning moments that they can expertly capture in pictures.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Holiday Season at Emory University’s Cancer Center
On this episode of Deep Dive, Chris Zorn, clinic operations administrator at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, joins us to discuss holiday cheer in ambulatory oncology clinics. Zorn explains how his clinic promotes holiday cheer in a personalized way as well as offers insights into helping patients navigate family holiday visits and wanting to share holiday gifts with their health care providers.
After Hours: Cookie Decorator
Kelly Pillinger, infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialist and PGY2 infectious diseases residency program director at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, discusses how her cookie decorating hobby helps her relieve job stress. She decorates cookies for different seasons, holidays, and events, and started decorating due to the pandemic because it was something she was always interested in.
Behind the Science: Behind Gifts From Patients
Throughout their career, doctors receive memorable gifts from patients – whether it be figurative or literal. Some also find that seeing patients receive benefits from their care is also a gift. In the spirit of the holidays, CURE® asked several health care providers about a special gift they’ve received from patients.
After Hours: Race Car Driving Ophthalmologist
In this episode of After Hours, we will take you to the racetrack, where Patrick Staropoli, an ophthalmologist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, enjoys his weekends behind the wheel of the Jim McCoy Racing Chevrolet. He took first place at Auburndale Raceway in Winter Haven, Florida. Let’s find out what drives this Harvard graduate to chase the checkered flag.
After Hours: Urologist Magician
From the time of the pyramids, people have been entranced by the wonder of so-called magic. A few cups and balls, a length of rope, a pack of common playing cards are the tools that greats like Houdini, Kellar, and Germaine used to enchant the masses. Dr. Neil Baum, professor of urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, is very passionate about bringing that same wonder to healthcare.
Wellbeing Checkup: Manage Mental Health
Nate Royster, RN, offers tips on managing wellbeing while dealing with the day-to-day stress of the pandemic as an Emergency Department nurse working on the frontlines. Royster explained that remaining conscious of his own emotions, acknowledging the impact of his own efforts, and letting it be okay to feel overwhelmed have all been critical to manage his own mental health and wellness, as well as establishing good relationships with the people he’s working with because they are the people who understand what he’s going through each day.
Wellbeing Checkup: Wellbeing in School-Aged Children
On this episode of Wellbeing Checkup, Terry Brenneman, MD, joins us to discuss strategies physicians can use to help parents foster wellbeing in school-aged children as the pandemic and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations continue and school schedules are disrupted.
Wellbeing Checkup: Step Away From Screens
With the unlimited amounts of research, patient communication and other daily job functions at their fingertips, health care professionals often spend countless hours using technology on a day-to-day basis. In an interview with CURE®, Elizabeth Salerno of Washington State University School of Medicine explained how she steps away from the “screen-filled world” and creates healthy mental space when she has free time.
After Hours: Surf’s Up for California Neurologist
Jack Schim, MD, has been surfing since his boyhood in Miami but found the waves much better in southern California where he went to medical school—and stayed. He uses the word “magical” to describe the sport and says it’s part of the self-care that helps him care for his patients.
After Hours: Football Kicking Pharmacist
Before pursuing a career in pharmacy, Dr. Sonia Oskouei, vice president of Biosimilars at Cardinal Health, played soccer from childhood to high school varsity where she was then asked in her senior year to test her kicking skills as a football placekicker. Sonia discusses her experiences as the kicker for her boys’ high school football team and how key lessons she gained through athletics continue to resonate with her today.
Wellbeing Checkup: Combating Burnout
On this episode of Wellbeing Checkup, Lauren Catenacci, PhD, Head of People and Culture at Galaxy Vets reveals the results and significant implications of Galaxy Vets’ 2021 Burnout and Work-Life Balance Study in the Veterinary Profession, plus she shares tips on preventing burnout, enhancing work-life balance, and improving overall mental well-being.
Wellbeing Checkup: Taking Time to Pause
Dr. Indu Subramanian, the director of the VA Southwest Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers spoke on the importance of taking time to pause in conversations with patients and colleagues, and how it can help improve communication and the digestion of information.
After Hours: Beatboxing Gastroenterologist
Dr. Brennan Spiegel is a beat boxer who recently published a video on twitter of him telling the story of COVID while beatboxing. He has been in tournaments and performed at conferences. Dr. Spiegel talked about how he learned he had this talent and how he does it.
Wellbeing Checkup: Lower Your Stress
As a cardiologist and cardiac surgery specialist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Stuart Berger knows what it is like to have highly stressful days at work. In this segment, Dr. Berger discusses the ways he lowers his stress, which includes time with his dogs, having the support of his family, working out regularly, and playing the blues on his trumpet.
After Hours: Love of Exercise
When Betsy O’Donnell isn’t working to treat patients with multiple myeloma at the Massachusetts General Hospital, she is often taking on endurance challenges and exploring her love of exercise. She emphasizes how sports are one of her biggest passions outside of her career, from college sports to even considering participating in sports professionally. Over the years, even after recovering from sports injuries, O’Donnell continues to live an athletic lifestyle by cycling to and from work; in 2020, she even biked over 10,000 miles.
After Hours: Blacksmithing & Woodworking
On working days, Dr. Michael S. Jellinek is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Dr. John B. Herman, associate chief of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. On Saturdays though, the 2 physicians wake up at 6 am, go for an early breakfast at a local restaurant, and then head over to Dr Jellinek’s fully equipped woodshed, situated behind his home in Barre, Massachusetts for a day of woodworking and blacksmithing.
Wellbeing Checkup: Beekeeping
Cedric Steiner is a licensed nursing home administrator in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. He’s also a consultant who specializes in building ventilation and how properly ventilated buildings are crucial in the battle against infection. Outside of work, he details his interest and hobby in beekeeping.
Wellbeing Checkup: Managing Chronic Stress
Stress is the root cause of so many of our chronic conditions, and chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body. In this episode of Wellbeing Checkup, Jennifer Bourgeois, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist and founder of Well and Free, LLC, shares her tips for managing chronic stress, prioritizing rest, and practicing self-care.
After Hours: Drums
In this episode, we’ll hear one of our associates at Medical Economics interview Dr. Michael DeGeorgia, a neurologist at University Hospitals of Cleveland and founding director of the Center for Music and Medicine. Dr. DeGeorgia became interested in the drums as a child, but stopped playing while getting his medical education. His passion reignited while organizing medical conferences in the early 2000s, and in 2006 decided to form his own rock and roll band, The Codes, made up entirely of fellow physicians. Dr. DeGeorgia is also intrigued by music’s use as a therapeutic tool for people who have experienced brain injury.
Wellbeing Checkup: Fitness, Faith, and Family
As health care providers, we are often so busy helping and healing others that we forget to help and heal ourselves. In this episode of Wellbeing Checkup, Frank A. Clark, MD, discusses the importance of mindfulness and the things that keep him healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
After Hours: Playing Polo
Biotricity CEO Dr. Waqaas Al-Siddiq discusses his unique hobby of playing polo and how it not only helps him to relax, but that it forces him to focus on just one thing and not multitask. He offers some insights on playing the game as well as the care of the horses and some insights into the game for those who are not familiar with it.
Wellbeing Checkup: Practice Wellness
Is it true that taking 10 minutes every day to practice self-care can reduce the risk of burnout? Urologist and life coach Diana Londoño, MD, believes so. In a recent interview, she discusses how urologists can practice wellness on a daily basis. Londoño is a urologic oncology surgeon and assistant clinical professor in the department of surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
Wellbeing Checkup: Burnout Management for Nurses
April Kapu, a Vanderbilt professor, acute care nurse practitioner (NP) based in Nashville, TN, and president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), who is here to discuss the future of the nurse practitioner workforce amid healthcare staffing burnout and the extreme fatigue and stress of the pandemic.
After Hours: Wordle
In this episode of After Hours, Gretchen A. McNally, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP, a nurse practitioner scientist with The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute of Ohio State University, joins Oncology Nursing News® to discuss and compete in the daily word puzzle, Wordle, that has taken the internet by storm.
Wellbeing Checkup: Beating Burnout
Burnout is uniquely pervasive in medicine, regardless of specialty, making physicians more susceptible than the average person. Matthew T. Siedhoff, MD, MSCR, discusses warning signs to watch for and shares his habit-hacking tips to refocus your routines and bring wellness back into your life.
Wellbeing Checkup: Companionship of Dogs
Peter Durlach, chief strategy officer of Nuance, shares with Managed Healthcare Executive how he cares for his wellbeing during tough times, like coping with the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic or just a long, hard day’s work. Durlach shared he looks to the companionship and excitement of his golden retriever when he comes home and enjoys its company by playing and walking the dog along with his wife and kids. He shared his dog has been his saving grace because its full of positive energy, radiates purity and is always happy to see you.
Wellbeing Checkup: Health and Wellness Expert
Sonia Jhas, a Health and Wellness Expert for busy health care professionals, talks about layering in self-care so that you can recharge and regroup. To do this, she recommends strategies such as journaling, brief meditation, and breathwork exercises that can be done anywhere.
After Hours: Professional Accordion Player
Mike Middleton, MD, leads a busy life. As well as serving as the Director of Nuclear Medicine and Professor of Radiology at the Scott & White Clinic/Texas A&M Health Science Center, he is also an award-winning accordion player. When he’s not with his patients, you can find him on the cover of accordion magazines and playing at local festivals.
Wellbeing Checkup: Reading & Language
Managed Healthcare Executive speaks with Inovalon Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paige Killian about how expanding her reading further than it typically goes and even her language has created a sense of mental wellbeing and a better understanding of our world. A subject of literature Dr. Killian has been reading more of has been focused on history, more specifically of different countries. She also shared that she is learning Italian.
Wellbeing Checkup: Following Your Passion
Dr. Yehuda Handelsman discusses how he has maintained his mental wellbeing throughout his career as a practicing endocrinologist who has served as president of the AACE and currently serves the medical director and principal investigator of The Metabolic Institute of America.
After Hours: Trail Running, Rowing, and Cycling
Amber Orman, MD, DipABLM, highlights the role physical activity plays in maintaining her mental health, especially concerning all of the joy and grief that comes with being a radiation oncologist. In particular, she loves outdoor activities such as trail running, rowing, and cycling. She also speaks to the role a plant-based diet plays in her and her family’s life and how she supports this lifestyle through her love of gardening.
After Hours: Cooking With Cancer
On this episode of After Hours, Dr. Luis F. Pineda discusses how he combines his work as an oncologist with his passion for cooking. Pineda explains how he created his own program, Cooking With Cancer designed specifically for patients who are afflicted with cancer, caregivers of the patients, and all of those who work in the healthcare industry. The content consists of recipes researched and tested on patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.
Wellbeing Checkup: Relieve Stresses of Pandemic-Related Burnout
Navigating the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic can be difficult for those within the Alzheimer disease field. Seeing patients virtually has been a task for clinicians like Sharon Cohen, but through the appreciation of her job, family, and the small things in life, she’s eased her stress. On this Wellbeing Checkup, Cohen, a neurologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, provided insight on how ways clinicians can find comfort during this difficult time.
After Hours: Aesthetic Appreciation
How can appreciating aesthetics expand our capacity for empathy and imagination? In this installment of After Hours, Harold J. Bursztajn, MD, shares his passions for collecting historical family photos and inspiring works of art, and discusses how these pursuits can help us continue to be curious and kind, even in the face of life’s challenges.
After Hours: Mountain Climbing
Growing up in Utah, Christopher Weight, MD, became interested in mountain climbing at an early life. Today, he has climbed mountains such as Devil’s Tower and the Matterhorn, and he also climbs for kidney cancer awareness through his involvement with the Climb 4 Kidney Cancer organization. Weight is a urologist at Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
After Hours: Piano-Playing Ophthalmologist
Retired ophthalmologist Thomas W. Smith, MD, takes us on a musical journey of bringing music to his practice and his church. When he was seeing cataract surgery patients, Dr. Smith would often record and play his own music in the background in the office to connect with patients as a common bond, as he explains in his narrative. He continues to share his music to uplift others in his community. Dr. Smith’s play list includes tunes from musical theater such as “Without a Song” to big band-era favorites such as “In the Mood.”
After Hours: Keepin It Movin, with Dr. Erin Michos
In this segment, Practical Cardiology sits down with Dr. Erin Michos of Johns Hopkins Medicine to discuss her relationship with running. An avid runner more interested in the experience than the place she finishes, Michos sees running as an outlet for creative escape, a social activity, and help achieve an active lifestyle.
After Hours: Dirt Biking Physician
Moving to Las Vegas nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Steve Evans, chief medical officer of SilverSummit at Centene, became enamored with the sightseeing, nature, and adventure brought by dirt biking, which he continues to do safely with family and friends till this day. Dr Evans speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the trails and mountains he’s traversed while dirt biking, how it’s allowed him to decompress from the demands of his career, and tips for those interested in trying out the sport.
Wellbeing Checkup: Making Connections
When mental health professionals and law enforcement work together, they may be more able than ever to help keep individuals in mental health crisis out of the emergency room and out of jail. In this installment of Wellbeing Checkup, Margie Balfour, MD, PhD, of Connections Health Solutions and Sgt Jason Winsky of the Tucson Police Department provide an update on the latest crisis system developments, including the upcoming 988 mental health hotline number.
After Hours: US Navy Flight Surgeon
In funding his path to medical school, Dr. David Penberthy, medical director of radiation oncology at Bon Secours Southside Regional Medical Center, and current president of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), undertook a military service requirement where he was selected to train as a flight surgeon for the US Navy. Dr. Penberthy speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the exciting experiences he had onboard F-14 fighter jets, how his training as a flight surgeon continues to influence his career in radiation oncology, and what advice he would give those considering a similar path in medicine through the US military.
Wellbeing Checkup: Combating Inflammation
Ryan Urgo, managing director of Health Policy at Avelere, shared how he practices his wellbeing through a consistent fitness regimen and diet. He noted his exercise routines and meal plan that work best for him have really benefited his physical and mental well-being. Urgo added how it important it is to combat one of the negative causes of bad health – inflammation - by staying active and eating healthy foods. He even shared what’s helped him keep going with his routine from the height of the pandemic and on: his family who, as a group, have all committed to their health and wellness as a team.
Wellbeing Checkup: Check in with Each Other
Michael Myers, MD, is a psychiatrist who treats health care professionals and their families. He talks about how HCPs in the wake of COVID-19 are dealing with grief and what he recommends as essential for clinician mental health in the months and years to come.
After Hours: Author
What does Paul A. Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia; internationally recognized expert in the field of virology and immunology; member of the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; and co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine do in his, a-hem, “spare time?” Write books! His most recent one, “You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation,” is a fascinating look at the necessary but at time, brutal toll medical innovation takes to come to fruition.
Wellbeing Checkup: Manage Stress in a New Role
As patient- and population-level issues continue to face stakeholders involved in US health care transformation, finding time to maintain a work/life balance can be a difficult task. Mark Fendrick, MD, co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Managed Care®, and director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, discusses why this balance is important for stakeholders to efficiently manage short- and long-term goals, and what benefits he gained through his recent sabbatical with his new puppy.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Power of Reframing
Sonja Olson, DVM, book author at Heartstorming Wellness, emphasizes the power of reframing and how this shift in perspective can help improve veterinary professionals’ mental wellness. Plus, she shares the inspiring initiatives being made in the field to support a healthier profession.
After Hours: Meditation
Dong Xu, a Curators' Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, discusses the joys of playing ping pong and practicing meditation, and how giving himself the time to enjoy these hobbies helps him better concentrate on his work during the day.
Wellbeing Checkup: Cook for Your Life
CancerNetwork’s Ariana Pelosci spoke with Kate Ueland from Cook for Your Life, a non-profit designed to offer healthy recipes and nutrition tips to patients with cancer, and those who are caregivers. In the interview, Ueland discusses how Cook for Your Life can be a resource clinicians give to patients during the survivorship stage, and using their platform as a tool to educate patients to improve their quality of life.
After Hours: Figure Skating Neurologist
By day, Dr. Rebecca Fasano serves as an associate professor of neurology and directs the neurology residency training program at Emory University School of Medicine. But in the early mornings, and on weekends, you can catch her honing another technical craft: her figure skating ability. Dr. Fasano spoke to Matt Hoffman of NeurologyLive about how she rekindled her childhood passion for the sport and how she balances work, family, and competitive skating throughout the year.
After Hours: Powerful Poetry
With poetry, I can write about what I’m feeling and what I see almost from a distance, and then it helps me get a little bit closer to those emotions that I’m trying to feel and gets them off my chest.” In this installment of After Hours, medical student Madeleine Mendelow discusses how poetry can be a powerful tool for processing our emotions as clinicians and exploring our personalities outside of medicine.
After Hours: Opera Singing Veterinarian
Julia Miller, DVM, DACVD, professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, touches upon her love and talent for singing opera. In fact, before pursuing veterinary medicine, she tried her hand at vocal performance (opera) during undergrad at Indiana University.
After Hours: Music for Infection Prevention
Dr. Alexandra Peters has enjoyed music and songwriting her entire life. Thirteen years ago, she was asked to write English lyrics for a French composer. This led to her writing and performing music within the healthcare industry, including a writing a song for World Hygiene Day. After a chance horseback ride at a fair at age 3, Dr. Peters was instantly hooked. As a teenager, she started focusing on dressage and eventually earned her teaching degree in 3 disciplines.
After Hours: Scotch Enthusiast
Albert S. Jun, MD, PhD, is the Walter J. Stark, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Eye Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. When he unwinds, he enjoys a nice glass of Scotch, and has become an expert on the drink. He is joined by Peter J. McDonnell, MD, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of Ophthalmology Times.
Wellbeing Checkup: Being Okay With Not Being Okay
Heidi Finnes, the President-elect of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, discusses her experience of burnout among medical colleagues in the field of oncology and ways health care organizations and institutes can implement metrics to support the assessment of burnout in the field.
Wellbeing Checkup: Professional Boundaries
Working in palliative cancer care can be incredibly rewarding, but also lead to burnout and anxiety. However, getting an inside look at patient resiliency, as well as setting up appropriate professional boundaries and leaning on the right institutional support can all help clinicians maintain a positive attitude and fulfilling career, explained Kimberly Curseen, MD, director of supportive and palliative care outpatient services and associate professor at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
After Hours: Sailing Oncologist
Having sailed previously in her adolescent years, Crystal Denlinger, MD, FACP, chief scientific officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), joined a local sailing club during the pandemic that reignited her love for the sport. On today’s After Hours, Dr Denlinger speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the experiences she’s had sailing the Delaware river, how the sport has benefitted her general health and career as an oncologist, and general tips for novice sailors.
After Hours: Food and Recipe Blogger
Dan Mikesell, DO, spent 37 years practicing as a pediatrician in Muskegon, Michigan. In 2010, he became Dr. Dan, creator of the food and recipe blog 101cookingfortwo.com, and his hobby has continued since he retired in 2016. His blog began as a way to share recipes with his family while blending his loves of food, cameras and computers. It has had mentions and collaborations with a number of nationally recognized culinary sources. Spoiler alert: Dr. Dan reveals his favorite food and his favorite recipe.
Wellbeing Checkup: Separate Work and Personal Life
Matt Parker, vice president of products at Kyruus and HealthSparq, shares with MHE how he manages his wellbeing each day through activity like walks through nature with his dog, an Australian Shephard, Remy, before and after work. Parker added that making time to separate work with his personal life is crucial to his mental health as these walks really help him clear his head and remember what’s important in life.
Wellbeing Checkup: Summertime Safety
With the summer months finally upon us, the time has come for fun and frivolity. But, all that recreation also comes with its own risks. Ike Devji, founder and managing attorney at Pro Asset Protection, walks us through ways to limit your liability during these “100 deadly days.”
Wellbeing Checkup: Being a Trialist, Clinician, & Academic
For early career clinicians, balancing responsibilities between personal life and a blossoming career can prove difficult. In this Wellbeing Check-up, Muthiah Vaduganathan, MD, MPH, a trialist and co-director of Center for Implementation Science and staff cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses what mental wellbeing means to him and how he makes it a priority to maintain his own.
After Hours: Interest in Fitness
Eleonora Teplinsky, MD, garnered an interest in fitness starting in high school where she ran in track. During her time in medical school, running helped to provide her with a sense of stress relief and freedom, allowing her time to clear her thoughts. It was upon moving to New York for her fellowship that she began training for races and half marathons. In addition to detailing how exercise has positively impacted her life, she explains how her fitness regimen needed to change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Hours: Sneakers to Support Childhood Cancer
Every year in a partnership with Nike, Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital has pediatric patients with cancer and other illnesses help design a collection of sneakers called the Nike Doernbecher Freestyle Collection to help raise funds for the hospital. The 2022 collection, which featured 7 different shoes including LeBron models and Jordan 5s, was released in April. The program has been ongoing for more than 20 years, raising more than $30 million for the hospital.
Wellbeing Checkup: Make Mental Health a Priority
Jan Bonhoeffer, MD, PhD, a global expert on infectious diseases and vaccine safety and a thought leader on efforts to transform how medical professionals care for their patients and themselves, discusses rates of burnout, divorce, and suicide rates among health care workers—particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic—and strategies clinicians can use to tend to their own mental health.
Wellbeing Checkup: 3-Pronged Approach to Veterinary Wellness
Betsy Charles, DVM, highlights a 3-pronged approach to improving veterinary wellness including personal responsibility coupled with community support that leads to change in broken systems. She shares what recently inspired her to approach wellbeing this way, how each component works together and is strong on their own, plus more.
Wellbeing Checkup: When It's Time to Say No
Raj Chovatiya, MD, PhD, discusses the burnout associated with always saying yes. As a busy medical professional and a family man, he stresses the importance of deciding what is most important to you for your own wellbeing. The power of saying no gives Dr. Chovatiya more time with his kids and family and helps prioritize what is most important.
After Hours: Beekeeper
Dr. Christopher Fly, and emergency department physician for 19 years at the Medical College of Georgia, started his beekeeping hobby when his son brought home the idea from high school. The 2 took classes, bought the gear, suited up, and started a hive. His son soon aged out of the interest, but Dr. Fly is still keeping bees and even has a wildflower honey brand—I’ll Fly Away.
After Hours: Competitive Cheerleading
Mackenzie Andrews is a co-founder and chief commercial officer of Nanodropper. In addition to being a neurobiologist and bioengineer, she also is a powerlifting champion and competitive cheerleader. In this segment of After Hours, she shares a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the world of competitive cheerleading.
After Hours: Doubling Down on Community Health
Along with managing the social and health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries, Traci Thompson, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of Humana Healthy Horizons of Florida, recently launched a nonprofit charity clinic named “Dr Traci’s House,” that seeks to improve health equity in a historically underserved area of east Tampa. On today’s After Hours, Dr Thompson speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the social, physical, and mental health care services the clinic provides, how care needs have shifted since COVID-19, and what community stakeholders should consider in prioritizing the health of individuals with limited income and resources.
Wellbeing Checkup: Multiple Ways to De-Stress
Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, infection preventionist, registered nurse, and mother to 2 young boys is busy…and sometimes very stressed, especially the last couple of years with the COVID-19 pandemic. So how does she save herself from burnout, practice self-care, find herself again? She tells Infection Control Today®.
After Hours: Incidental Comics
Publishing cartoons since his college days, Orthodontist Grant Snider balances caring for patients and publishing insightful cartoons online and collected in books. His web series Incidental Comics is the hub of his creative efforts, but he’s also written and illustrated children’s books and had his work published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Kansas City Star, and more. With his most recent book The Art of Living, Snider showcases the introspective nature and overall positive outlook that underpins his work.
Wellbeing Checkup: Education, Empowerment, and Support
How can we support our loved ones in active addiction? In this installment of Wellbeing Checkup, Alex Colyer, founder and president of The Albertus Project, discusses how we can help and empower our loved ones through their addiction and sobriety journey with compassion and support.
After Hours: Promoting Exercise and Well-Being
In recognizing the importance of exercise on her physical and mental health, Shannon Burke, senior vice president and general manager of Health Systems, Synchrony Health & Wellness, maintains an active lifestyle through yoga, biking, and other sports that she loves. On today’s After Hours, Shannon speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the health benefits she’s gained through fitness, how its translated to her productivity both during and away from work, and why having fun and enjoying yourself is key in exercise.
Wellbeing Checkup: Burnout vs Happiness
Burnout has been a topic discussed at length over the last couple of years. However, what some might feel is burnout might actually be unhappiness within the medical field. Dr. Rebekah Bernard talks about the differences between professional burnout and the lack of satisfaction by physicians in their practice. She also discusses self-care strategies to help physicians avoid the former and help them maintain the latter to want to stay within their field.
Wellbeing Checkup: Cooking From Scratch
Nathan Allen, Senior Vice President – Healthcare Provider Solutions at Firstsource, discusses his love for the outdoors and how spending time with his family and furry friend outside in his Western New York hometown benefits his mental health and wellbeing. Nathan and his family also picked up cooking early in the COVID-19 pandemic to find something new and fun to do. They have continued to create recipes from scratch since. One of the many meals they make from scratch is homemade pasta and pasta sauce.
Wellbeing Checkup: Managing the Burden of Skin Conditions
Psoriasis and other skin conditions have been associated with quality of life and mental health issues among patients. Effectively managing the physical and psychological burden of these conditions requires therapeutic management, but exercise and other self-care activities can also prove important to achieve positive outcomes. On today's Well-Being Checkup, Patrick Burnett, MD, PhD, FAAD, chief medical officer of Arcutis Biotherapeutics, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on behavioral health risk factors for patients with skin diseases and nondrug-related strategies that may prove helpful in managing symptoms.
Wellbeing Checkup: Martial Arts to Destress
Dr. Alok Patel is one busy clinician. He is a physician, journalist, and producer, a special correspondent for ABC News, who regularly appears as an on-camera expert for several news outlets, and co-host of PBS/NOVA’s “Patentalogic” show, a digital series on the science of parenting. He is also a pediatric hospitalist at Columbia University, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco. One of his ways to absorb the daily stressors of his very busy life? Martial arts, which he does whenever it is needed, including during the 4 minutes he has before a child is being helicoptered in from another location for emergency help.
After Hours: Top Gun Pilot
Before Tom Cruise took his aerial exploits to the silver screen in the original Top Gun movie, Steve Schallhorn, MD, was a Top Gun pilot. He is a board certified and licensed ophthalmologist in private practice in San Diego, California, clinical professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco, Chief Medical Officer for Zeiss and chairman of the Optical Express Medical Advisory Board.
Wellbeing Checkup: The Key to Community Wellness
“Community involvement is really key to a sense of belonging and really feeding our soul as we think about maintaining our mental health.” In this installment of After Hours, Lauren Zuchman discusses BeWellPBC, as well as how maintaining our mental health is good both for individual mental health and for overall community wellness.
Wellbeing Checkup: Meditation for Maintaining Wellbeing
Abdelaziz Mohamed, MD, discusses how meditation allows him to stay aware of his thoughts and helps him understand himself better. He also notes how the practice may benefit patients with chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, regarding fatigue, pain, and general discomfort.
Wellbeing Checkup: Finding Passion and Purpose in Your Profession
On this episode of “Wellbeing Checkup,” Donny W. Suh, MD, finds his love for practicing pediatric ophthalmology grows stronger with each passing year. Suh credits his passion to finding purpose. He offers two tips to fellow physicians and his residents and fellows for managing the stressors of daily practice and for getting a good night’s sleep. He also shares his journey in a book called “Catching A Star,” with all proceeds going to a medical mission program.
After Hours: Football Fan
Along with practicing intellectual property law at Venable, Ha Kung Wong, JD, an advisory board member of The Center for Biosimilars®, is the host of a podcast called Football Garbage Time where he discusses all the latest news and updates in the NFL and fantasy football, as well as pop culture. On today’s After Hours, Ha Kung discusses what first sparked his love of sports, his future plans for the podcast, and his early predictions for Super Bowl LVII (57).
Wellbeing Checkup: Burnout Avoidance
Featured in this wellbeing segment are five up-and-coming healthcare leaders who were recently featured in Managed Healthcare Executive’s annual Emerging Industry Leaders series. In it, each healthcare leader was asked a number of questions with one in particular on how to avoid burnout. Respondents shared similar responses that tied to their wellbeing. For example, respondents avoided burnout by making time for self-care, spending time with family and friends, making time for their hobbies like tennis and more.
Wellbeing Checkup: Keep Your Feet On The Ground
Sabine Hazan, MD, Founder and CEO of Progenabiome, is an expert on the gut. Her lab led groundbreaking research on the relationship between COVID-19 and the gut, but she also believes that health, more specifically gut health, can be impacted by our relationship with nature and one another. Tune in as Dr. Hazan offers wisdom about holistic gut health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing Checkup: Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment
Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN, NEA-BC, FAWM, FAAN, recently presented during the 2022 Oncology Nursing Society Bridge on Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment. After her presentation, Laskowski-Jones, who is Editor-in-Chief, Nursing2022: The Peer-Reviewed Journal of Clinical Excellence Health, Learning, Research & Practice, sat down with Oncology Nursing News® to discuss discusses ways that nurse leaders can help their staff feel valued.
Wellbeing Checkup: Secondary Traumatic Stress
On this episode of “Wellbeing Checkup,” Angie Arora, MSW, RSW, veterinary wellness coach, educator & advocate from Toronto, Canada, explains that veterinary professionals experience especially high exposure to secondary traumatic stress as they work with both patients and clients. Arora describes that there is a gap on how to process the effects of such trauma and delves into the importance of self-regulation and how this can address this problem and promote well-being.
Wellbeing Checkup: Limiting Exposure
Katie Huffling, executive director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments in Mount Rainier, Maryland, shares some advice on ways you can help your patients (and yourself!) become a more educated consumer and reduce the levels of toxic chemicals in your everyday products. The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments is the only national nursing organization who focuses primarily on the intersection of health and the environment.
After Hours: The ReMissions
When Patrick Hwu isn’t leading research and clinical efforts as the president and chief executive officer of Moffitt Cancer Center, he is jamming out with fellow doctors as part of his band, The ReMissions. The group’s name symbolizes a clear mission at Moffitt Cancer Center: providing excellent care in the hopes of achieving cure in their patients. Hwu details his experience as a guitar and piano player, the teamwork that goes into performing alongside his fellow bandmates, and the diverse selection of genres he enjoys playing ranging from blues to Motown-styled songs. Above all else, Hwu emphasizes the number 1 rule he puts in place for himself, his bandmates, and anyone else who might be interested in picking up a musical instrument: to have fun.
Wellbeing Checkup: Ways to De-Stress
Audrey Friedman, MSN, RN, CLNC, Oncology nurse at UC Health University of Colorado Hospital, shares how she found her techniques to destress after a shift at the hospital. She also gives her advice to other health care workers to find their own methods to settle and find their center again.
Wellbeing Checkup: Recognizing Stress as a Risk Factor
At the American Heart Association’s 2022 Scientific Sessions, a pair of studies leveraging data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis described the impact of work-related and financial stress on cardiovascular disease risk. While on-site at AHA 2022, Practical Cardiology sat down with study investigator Erin Michos, MD, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, to learn more about the results of this study and how they underline the importance of mental wellbeing in holistic health.
Wellbeing Checkup: Mind-Body Therapies
Ariana Pelosci, assistant editor with CancerNetwork sat down with Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, to discuss how he focuses on his health. In the interview, Mao spoke about using meditation and other mind-body therapies to help center him and help to create a life-work balance.
After Hours: Boosting Brain Health Through Music
“I find music is really a key instrument in regulating my brain health in all sorts of different ways.” In this installment of After Hours, Harris A. Eyre, MD, PhD, shares how listening to different types of music helps him both productivity and relaxation.
After Hours: Finding Leisure in Exercise, Whiskey, and Wine
Along with managing the day-to-day operations of a cancer clinic and advocating for value-based care delivery, Kathy Oubre, chief operating officer of the Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Louisiana, is a self-described “gym rat” who enjoys exercise at the gym and long hikes with her family. On today’s After Hours, Kathy speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the benefits she gains from her active lifestyle, as well as her growing collection of unique wines, bourbons, and whiskies that she shares with her husband, David.
Wellbeing Checkup: Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression (PPD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) in pregnant and postpartum women are severely underdiagnosed and undertreated. What can we do to help these patients? In this episode of Wellbeing Checkup, Anita Clayton, MD, of the University of Virginia and Nathan Bryson, PhD, of Reunion Neuroscience discuss PPD and MDD diagnoses in pregnant and postpartum patients, as well as the potential of more convenient, faster-acting psychedelic-derived treatments for PPD and MDD.
Wellbeing Checkup: Overcoming Burnout in Radiology
Radiologist Jonathon Lee, MD, shared insights from his experience on the insidious nature of burnout, emphasized the link between work-life balance and productivity, and discussed a recent partnership between the teleradiology service provider vRad and the behavioral health consultancy VITAL WorkLife to help promote well-being for vRad teleradiologists.
After Hours: Racing for Patients in the Boston Marathon
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Howard Weinstein trains and participates as a runner every year in the Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. For 25 years, he has been running alongside his patients to raise money in support of pediatric cancer care and research. Weinstein describes the origins of his passion for running, details his yearly training program, and recounts the long-lasting memories involving the personal triumphs of his patients in the marathon.
Wellbeing Checkup: Preventative Health
Preventative care is an important part of maintaining your health and wellbeing. Colleen Patel, PharmD shares her definition of preventative care, its importance, and her favorite ways to practice it. As a pharmacist and financial coach, Patel believes some of the best investments you can make are in your mental and physical health.
Wellbeing Checkup: Promoting Equitable Health Care
Recently appointed as vice chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) new Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Directors Forum, Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD, a thoracic surgeon and assistant professor at City of Hope, speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care on advice she would give to resident doctors and other health care professionals just entering the health system in promoting health equity in their practice and managing marginalized communities.
Deep Dive: Deep Dive Into Workforce Talent
Rebekah Martin, senior VP of reward, inclusion, and talent acquisition at AstraZeneca, discusses recruiting talent in pharma, including finding and keeping the right talent, identifying and nurturing talent (students, specifically), and diversity in the workforce.
After Hours: Award-Winning Fiddler
Dr. Robin Downing talks about a fascinating musical talent she has—playing the fiddle! In fact, she even was named an award-winning old-time fiddler during her time in practice in Northern Wyoming. She details this experience along with other stories associated with her fiddle playing and how it has offered a source of joy in her life outside of vet med.
Wellbeing Checkup: How to Help a Colleague in Emotional Distress
It is common for physicians to mask their emotional distress in front of colleagues and patients, making it crucial for clinicians to be on the lookout for signs of distress among their peers, according to Rebekah Bernard, MD, family physician and national speaker on physician wellness and practice management. Dr. Bernard shares common signs of emotional distress to be aware of, discusses how to start a dialogue about mental health with a colleague, and offers 3 suggestions for physicians on connecting with peers and caring for their own wellbeing.
After Hours: Author of "Untangled"
“I have noticed that many people are tangled in a very dysfunctional cycle of trauma either as individuals, families, or communities.” In this installment of After Hours, Omar Reda, MD, discusses Untangled, his 5-component model of care that he uses to help individuals in communities around the world heal from trauma.
Wellbeing Checkup: Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
This segment talking about the health impact of being on a plant-based diet. Author Denise Stegall, who wrote the book: "Healthy Living, Happy Life- A Practical Path to Finding the Healthy Lifestyle that Works for You", discusses how to implement a plant-based diet, offers some resources on finding recipes, and the ancillary benefits associated with being on a plant-forward diet such as aiding with climate change.
After Hours: Oil Painting and Mindful Art
Tracey McGrath, PharmD, created Bliss Arts Co. after spending over 18 years in retail pharmacy. She became a mindful art coach who provides resources for women to use mindfulness techniques and meditation in their art practice to keep out judgement of themselves and their work. She also created a course designed specifically to help women create more calm and peaceful awareness in their lives using mindful art.
Wellbeing Checkup: Living a Satisfying Life
Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, chief of the Division of Oncology and Hematology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and co–editor-in-chief of the journal ONCOLOGY, discusses how she combats stress and burnout, the importance of living a rich and satisfying life outside of work, and how she and her colleagues maintain a healthy work-life balance.
After Hours: Innovation and Social Impact
Radiologist Tobias Schifter, MD, discussed his multicultural background, a driving mission to increase understanding and unity among people of different religions, and his work as CEO of the Israel Latin America Network (ILAN), a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring innovation and social impact in the Latin American community.