Lindsey McAlarnen

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Reflecting on the first month as a new physician

187 Shares<p>July as a newly minted intern: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.<p>The only analogy I can make is you feel like a middle …

6 guiding principles as you enter medical school

101 Shares<p>Dear Jane:<p>Thank you for asking me about my perspectives on medical school. Here are some general principles that you might find useful in …

Is authenticity a luxury in medicine?

60 Shares<p>As physicians-in-training, medical students suppress feelings and mask them under the veil of professionalism. Sometimes however, medical …

Where are we losing America's future primary care physicians?

441 Shares<p>I know where America’s future primary care physicians are, and more importantly, where we are losing them. I am one of them, and I almost …

Being a whole doctor serves patients best

90 Shares<p>From an early age, I was encouraged by my family to consider a career in medicine. I was told it was a well-respected profession, offering …

What are the characteristics of a good primary care physician?

118 Shares<p><i>Next in a series.</i><p>As a general rule, PCPs like people. This was true of them long before they started medical school and it will have only …

30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself. #10 Is An Absolute Must.

Marc and Angel, two passionate writers, life-hackers and “admirers of the human spirit,” have come up with an amazing list of <b>30 things to stop doing</b> …

Help people understand what it is really like to be a physician

188 Shares<p>Throughout our interview, he tackled controversial topics from the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice to the contrasting Canadian …

How Did You Know That You Wanted to Be a Doctor?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>Answer by Andrew Young Shin, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Cardiology -- Stanford University</i><p>Last week, I was covered in blood. The tubing connecting my patient to the life support machine spontaneously ruptured and blood was hemorrhaging …

Whither the white coat and why

72 Shares<p>As a philosophical coda to the 2013 cacophony over Obamacare, health care reform and the notion that doctors and their skills will be needed …

We are training physicians with an eye towards the past

124 Shares<p>How do you ask a person to be the last person to go through an education system that is failing them? Yet we’re doing just that. Every day …

Why doctors commit suicide

2K Shares<p>I’ve been a doctor for twenty years. I’ve not lost a single patient to suicide.<p>I’ve lost only colleagues, friends, lovers — all male …

For the Young Doctor About to Burn Out

Professional burnout is the sum total of hundreds and thousands of tiny betrayals of purpose, each one so minute that it hardly attracts notice.<p>Our health depends in part on health professionals, and there is mounting evidence that many young physicians are not thriving. A recent report in the …

Why I am grateful for Match Day

245 Shares<p>In the past 84 days, I have traveled to eleven different cities, been left stranded in two unfamiliar airports by cancelled flights, met …

11 Ways to Emotionally Thrive

<b>Life can feel like an emotional roller coaster if we let it, but remembering that we have more control over our inner landscape than we realize-helps smooth out the ride.</b><p>Most of us are experiencing major life change and lightening speed personal growth on a regular basis. We can no longer hide from …

Freda C. Lewis-Hall, MD.

My first year in medical school was the most difficult of my life. Medical school is meant to be hard, to wash out those who are anything less than …

Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent, from the case of young Mozart’s upbringing to E. B. White’s wisdom on writing to Chuck Close’s assertion about art to Tchaikovsky’s conviction about composition to Neil Gaiman’s …

The Good Books

Where I come from, when most people refer to The Good Book, they are referring to the Bible. This is not true for my father, because to him, the Good …

Being a mother has made me a better physician

289 Shares<p>Once in a while someone asks me if it is hard to be a mother and a surgeon. Certainly, any surgeon-parent can appreciate that juggling a …

How to Improve at Anything

When you realize how easy it is to improve your performance at anything you care about, you're going to be as grumpy as I was.<p>Maybe you've embraced the mindfulness lifestyle and living in the moment is your goal. Maybe you want to be a better executive, play better golf, or beat your brother at the …

9 Famous People Who Proved You Don't Need To Be Loud To Make Real Noise

Can the meek actually inherit the Earth?<p>Many of the world's most revered leaders have actually been far less outgoing than their public personas would lead us to believe. Through their successes, we learn that being shy absolutely doesn't mean being powerless. Sometimes you need to be quiet to make …

Declining Care From Physicians-in-Training: The Resident's Dilemma

This past week, I had the fortune of hearing the tale of Bob and his bum knee.<p>It all started when Bob picked me up at the end of a busy clinic day in his neon orange Subaru. Given that this particular shared car service promotes friendly conversation, Bob started up the gab by asking me what …

I Am

With the fits and starts in our economy, the pressures on college graduates to find jobs, and the identity makeovers of moms reentering the workplace -- the question of what am I going to be when I grow up no longer just applies to dreamy children.<p>I myself have reinvented my wheelhouse several …

We should not succumb to spiritual darkness

117 Shares<p>It was the first time I had every flunked a test. My fragile ego was shattered. It was my first year at University of California, San Diego …

The process of studying changed the way I think about medicine

152 Shares<p>I’ll start with this: it’s great to be back.<p>I’ve been on hiatus from blogging for the past few months because of the exam I took last week: …

Finding mindfulness in unexpected places

37 Shares<p>I’m not sure I’ve ever been great at being still. As a kid, I joined one activity after another. Not because my parents told me I should. I …