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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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Herbie, DMD & Me…..

Herbie, DMD & Me…..

Earlier today I overheard my dentist, a wonderful fellow named Herbie, say to the patient in the room next door: “I could retire whenever I want to but I love what I do.  So why in the world would I retire?” I’m almost embarrassed to write that I feel exactly the same...

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The Horror of Darkened Hearts

The Horror of Darkened Hearts

In 2016, I published A Tale of Two Epidemics in the Harvard Health Blog. Sadly, our current pandemic has joined with health professional burnout and the opioid epidemic to gobsmack us with virus-infused spittle. Although doctors and nurses have stepped up heroically...

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Oh No! I’m Covering the Practice of a Dr. Feel Good…

Oh No! I’m Covering the Practice of a Dr. Feel Good…

Every now and then, a physician in a group practice or clinic setting disappears abruptly.  Sometimes this is due to illness or a family problem; occasionally the doctor has encountered a professional difficulty of one sort or another that precludes them from...

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Why Most Physicians Have Had It With Snake Charmers

Why Most Physicians Have Had It With Snake Charmers

The majority of my coaching clients are physicians.  It isn’t easy for them, these days.  For the most part, doctors are rational types who believe in science, data, and facts.  They have trouble understanding why so many of their patients seem to have signed on as...

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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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