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Ancient Wisdom for Modern Medicine: A Martial Arts Perspective on Career Satisfaction

June 1, 201513 min
Host: Maureen Whelihan, MD

The increasingly recognized concept of a clinician's "work-life balance" is critical to thriving and avoiding burnout, but the philosophy behind this balance remains poorly understood. Some argue that adequate time alottment to one's priorities is the key factor in sustaining a positive medical career trajectory, but a select few believe that time allocation alone is not enough. Dr. Michael Foley, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix, argues in favor of what he calls work-life harmony, where aspects of meaningfulness, relationships, and wellbeing better guide one's life and career decisions. Joining host Dr. Maureen Whelihan at ACOG's Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, Dr. Foley applies a martial arts-centered perspective on medical careers based on his extensive experience as a seventh-degree black belt and the founder of The Center for Humane Living.

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