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Profile: Beekeeper John Haley, MD - 07/02/2019

When Garland ophthalmologist John Haley, MD, is not wearing a white coat taking care of patients, you might find him in a beekeeper’s suit tending to his six beehives.


Improve Your Work-Life Balance with These Simple Steps - 07/01/2019

You’re a busy physician, so you might not always have time to take care of yourself as well as your patients. But taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean focusing on your physical well-being. Your mental, financial, and emotional fitness need to be looked after as well. The Texas Medical Association’s Committee on Physician Health and Wellness can help you assess your work-life balance and determine your core values.


Working Toward Wellness: TMA’s Physician Health and Wellness Exchange Tackles Burnout - 05/28/2019

TMA’s Physician Health and Wellness Exchange helps physicians find ways to fight burnout.


Survey Shows Most Burnt-Out Specialties - 04/26/2019

According to a nationwide survey of health care professionals conducted last year, several specialties have burnout rates of 50 percent or more. Hospitalists led the survey, with 66 percent of respondents feeling burnt out.


Battling Burnout - 04/25/2019

The state most susceptible to burnout is Texas, which registered the lowest morale rate in the Physicians Foundation’s “2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.” Pockets of organized medicine are stepping up to address burnout, to give physicians a place to talk about their problems and grievances, and to rekindle their professional fire.


Reduce Stress and Fight Burnout in Healthy Ways - 04/23/2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Texas Medical Association would like to remind you about free CME courses in the TMA Education Center that can help physicians deal with stress.


Moral Injury: The Pandemic for Physicians - 03/01/2019

We need a safety net for physicians, private psychological support reportable to no one. Otherwise we will continue to see physician burnout and suicide increase. 


There's Still Time To Register For the Physician Health and Wellness Exchange - 02/21/2019

If you would like to learn how to create and promote a culture of wellness for yourself as well as for students, residents, fellows, and your physician colleagues, there is still time to register for the inaugural Physician Health and Wellness Exchange in Houston early next month.


Love Yourself and Your Patients With FREE CME This Month - 02/11/2019

Love is in the air this month, and the Texas Medical Association is reminding physicians to practice some self-care, too. Use the TMA Education Center to catch up on your continuing medical education (CME) credits, and prioritize your personal wellness, along with that of your patients.


Remembering medicine's tailwinds - 02/07/2019

With all these negative things that we physicians face on a daily basis, it is very easy to forget about what is actually going quite well. For some examples, I’d like to present my “Top 5 Medicine Tailwinds.”


Five Ideas for Abstract Submission at the PHW Exchange Poster Session - 01/31/2019

The Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange in February will feature a poster session highlighting the TMA Health and Wellness initiative in academic medicine. The poster session is an opportunity for medical students, residents, and academic medicine faculty members to collaborate on ideas that will help identify best practices for wellness and resilience in academic medical centers.  


Wellness: Make It Your No. 1 Goal in 2019 - 01/17/2019

If you would like to learn how to institute self-help programs at your facility, or if you would like to understand ways to improve your well-being, join TMA and the Baylor College of Medicine at the inaugural Physician Health and Wellness Exchange on Saturday, March 2, in Houston.


Americans Rank Physicians No. 2 in Honesty and Ethics, Again - 12/21/2018

Health care professions hold down the three top spots in the Gallup Poll’s 2018 annual ranking for honesty and ethical standards. Nursing came in first — for the 17th consecutive year — followed by physicians and pharmacists.


Why You Should Take a Sabbatical (And How to Make the Most of It) - 11/20/2018

There are different ways to get away, and how we go about it may depend on where we are in life. During the routine work year, breaks can come in all shapes and sizes, from the afternoon off to a three-day weekend, or a more substantial week or more off for a vacation. These standard breaks rejuvenate us and help us stay focused when we are back at work. A sabbatical is something altogether different


A Sermon Every Physician Should Read - 11/17/2018

Linda G. Fischer, a chaplain with the Palliative Care Team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, offered the following as the opening invocation at the 2018 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on Nov. 10, 2018. This reporter was so struck by the power of her words that I felt every Texas physician would benefit from reading them.


Best of Both Worlds: Surgical Resident, Grey’s Anatomy Consultant Blends the Arts and Medicine - 11/14/2018

San Antonio surgical resident Michael Metzner, MD, blends his passions for the arts and medicine as a Grey’s Anatomy consultant.


Seven Reasons to Attend the Physician Health and Wellness Exchange - 10/31/2018

If you’re interested in exploring how to improve physician health and wellness, here are seven reasons why you should attend the Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange, scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Houston.


Stepping Away From Your Clinical Career? Key Points to Keep In Mind About Re-Entry - 10/17/2018

It is common for physicians to leave clinical practice for some period during their career and then seek to reenter clinical practice. Physicians who are considering a nonclinical career should keep the following key points in mind.


Wanted: You, to Be Featured in Your Magazine - 10/12/2018

You’re a physician, so you do plenty of good work for the people of Texas. But here at the Texas Medical Association, we know you also do plenty of good work outside of your practice, and we’d like to highlight that work to your colleagues. Whatever good you’ve done this year, tell us about it, and we’ll tell readers of Texas Medicine magazine.


Call for Physician Health and Wellness Abstracts - 10/10/2018

The Texas Medical Association Committee on Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation during the upcoming PHW Exchange, set for March 2 in Houston.


Most Texas Physicians Pessimistic About State of Medicine, Survey Finds - 09/27/2018

A majority of Texas physicians feel negatively about the current and future state of the medical profession, and many would not recommend medicine as a career to their children. Those are among the findings of a recent survey of about 9,000 American physicians commissioned by the Physicians Foundation.


Save the Date For the TMA Physician Health and Wellness Exchange - 09/18/2018

How does patient overload affect academic medical center staff, including residents, faculty, and leadership? Which academic medical center’s wellness programs are effective, and which ones aren’t? Those questions and more will be discussed during the annual Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange, Saturday, March 2, 2019.


How to Recognize and Respond to Burnout in a Fellow Physician - 09/07/2018

Physician burnout is distressingly common, yet when you see a colleague struggling you might not be sure what to say or do. Knowing what to look for and how to respond can make a huge difference to a struggling colleague.


Fix the Broken Windows of the Medical Profession - 02/28/2018

It’s no secret there’s an epidemic of physician burnout and job dissatisfaction out there. This is for a multitude of reasons, but everything ultimately boils down to a monumental loss of autonomy and independence among doctors, as there’s been a dramatic shift of power and clout away from individual physicians and toward administrators and the business side of health care.


Physician Frustrations: Who will be our future? - 02/28/2018

We all have stories that we so excitedly told during medical school and residency interviews saying why we should be chosen. Maybe we should think about those stories when a young man or woman approaches us about becoming a physician.