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Welcome to  AdelMED Insights

We all know that our health care system is overly complex and stressful, whether you’re a patient, a practicing health professional, or a leader.  Each AdelMED Insight is formulated to help you avoid the potholes and obstacles that lie ahead. We’ll do this with educational pearls, some entertaining anecdotes, and how-to’s for leaning in and staying true to our shared mission.  Together, we can pave a smoother path forward! 

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YES or NO Questions May be Hazardous to Healthy Relationships

YES or NO Questions May be Hazardous to Healthy Relationships

A common communication problem: Although important questions often have complicated answers, sometimes we ask things in a way that shuts people down.  When someone poses a question that calls for “YES” or “NO” as the expected answer, the person doing the asking often...

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What Do Drugs & Booze Have to Do With It ?

What Do Drugs & Booze Have to Do With It ?

In these days of societal upheaval and pandemic-related stress, misuse of alcohol, cannabis, and psychoactive medications is rampant.  This applies to the general public, as well as to many doctors, nurses, and other professionals.  By maintaining a heightened awareness of substance misuse, we have the potential to help many, many people.

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No One’s in Charge

No One’s in Charge

During these solemn high holy days of repentance and reckoning, millions of Jews around the world beseech God to stop Covid-19 from spreading and ending lives.  Although it can be soothing and reassuring to believe that the universe is governed by a supreme being who...

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Flying to the Sweet Hereafter

Flying to the Sweet Hereafter

The human condition:  We’re born, and it takes us a few decades, more or less, to learn how to fly.  Fortunate circumstances and luck may be our lot.  Perhaps the flight isn’t too turbulent and the food is plentiful; maybe we even have some fun, get to help some...

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Why Would an Experienced Psychiatrist Become a Coach?

Why Would an Experienced Psychiatrist Become a Coach?

My eight years as the director of Physician Health Services taught me that most physicians who are failing to thrive DO NOT suffer from a substance use disorder, nor are they mentally ill, neurotic, or challenged by personality disorders like pathological narcissism.  No, the majority of docs I have worked with were letting their frustration and irritation with our highly imperfect health care system get the best of them.

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Embrace Dialectical Thinking! (and grow while you’re at it)

Embrace Dialectical Thinking! (and grow while you’re at it)

That’s the mantra I repeat when I catch myself getting worked up about a deep-seated belief, idea, or cause.  Understanding the flip side of the equation helps me to neutralize powerful negative feelings like righteous indignation, bitter disappointment, and utter...

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The Joylessness of Harried Medical Leaders

The Joylessness of Harried Medical Leaders

How sad when a PCP calls saying, “My chief warned me that if I don’t dramatically improve my productivity, I’m going to be terminated.”  Such doctors are often patient-centered listeners who cannot bear to shift from healer mode to assembly line mode. Some of...

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Reckless Accusations of Mansplaining?

Reckless Accusations of Mansplaining?

Each gender equity situation has its own unique qualities. It is up to thoughtful front-line leaders, in conjunction with their teams, to sort things out with level-headedness, curiosity, patience, and respect. Ideally, they will talk with one another and listen hard. Respectful dialogue may propel them beyond the current impasse. Soklaridis et al. suggest “creating a ‘safe space’ where men and women can talk directly about concerns…”

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Are you a Healer or a Widget?

Are you a Healer or a Widget?

In the “Show-Me State” of Missouri, physicians receive their licenses from the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.  Seriously!  This quaint term harkens back to a time when newly minted doctors had a relatively easy time realizing their desire to...

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