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Dealing with Difficult Patients

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We lead off the discussion this evening with getting a poll of how many of the attendees had occasion to deal with a patient that they would say was “difficult”. It was universal that we all come across patients that are hard to care for no matter what speciality we practice in. When asked what makes a patient “difficult” there was a wide variety of answers. Read More

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Staying Committed to Family

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Tonights study centered on the difficulties we have fulfilling our responsibilities and commitments to our spouses and families despite the enormous time obligation we all have as practicing physicians. We began by expressing how we have experienced this conflict in our families. We shared the feelings of guilt and disappointment of missing important events in our children’s lives and how in some cases it has torn real rends in our relationships within the family.
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Humility in Practice

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It being the day after the Super Bowl we opened our discussion on humility talking about the tendency of some football players to celebrate every play they make with what some may label as an outrageous display of self-promotion. We talked about what may lay at the root of such behavior. Self-promotion and arrogance are the opposite of humility. We then opened with a reading from 1 Peter 5:5-6 which counsels us to clothe ourselves in humility because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Read More

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Value of Suffering

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What is the most common reason that non-believers have for not believing in God – particularly the Christian God? They are not being able to understand how a supposedly all-loving God could allow so much pain and suffering in his children. It is a hurdle that many simply can not get over. As physicians we see so many people in pain and suffering. Dealing with people in this condition is what our vocation is all about. It is essential to have a clear understanding of this topic lest, we too, fall prey to our doubts.
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