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Medical Boards, Protecting Patients and Helping Physicians – Not Mutually Exclusive

It is frequently said that the primary role of a state medical regulatory board is to protect the public. Unfortunately, this concept has evolved in some regions suggesting there is a conflict between patients and their physicians.[1] In other words, the message can be sent that patients must be protected from physicians. Truly there haveRead More

Physician Health Programs Are Important: Encouraging Early Referrals

(While addressing Physician Health Programs specifically in this blog, the same principles can apply to all types of professional health programs for all the other health professions (dentists, nurses, judges, attorneys, pilots, etc)). Not everyone knows why Physician Health Programs are important. A medical board in a neighboring state without a PHP once asked meRead More

When a Pilot’s Depression Leads to Suicide: 5 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Please note: If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters. The 2015 Germanwings Flight 9525 disaster was devastatingly tragic, where 150 people were killed in light of a co-pilot potentially ending his life by crashing the plane. Although death by suicide does not often occur throughRead More

5 Honest Reasons Why Law Schools Should Teach Mindfulness

Legal work is considered one of the most demanding professions next to medical professionals and executives. Those practicing law experience copious amounts of stress, with the pressure to meet tight deadlines, gather information, and present (without mistakes!) a dire need that determines the success (or the end) of someone’s career. Despite the fact that depression,Read More

What Factors Impact a Pilot’s Physical and Mental Health?

Pilots are required to perform complex procedures with physical demands that can have a direct effect on their mental/physical health. In this demanding profession, pilots are likely to experience reduced sleep, unhealthy eating patterns, and more. Understanding the complexities that pilots undergo in daily life can provide insight as to physical and mental health interventionsRead More

Trauma for First Responders: A Major Need for Healthy Coping Skills Interventions

Please note: If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life matters – healing is possible. First responders witness a variety of emergency situations, from fires to terrorist attacks, medical situations to brutal violence and more. The New York Daily News states that police officers typically witnessRead More

Could Wellness Courses Aid First Responders and Other High-Risk Positions?

First-responders, such as law enforcement personnel, firefighters, dispatchers and EMTs, experience high stress and pressure in situations where immediate attention is required. Traumatic events can leave long-lasting impressions on many in the field, and factors such as high call volumes after the event, being in the service for an extended length of time, having aRead More

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