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Dr. Anoop Kumar

Physician Burnout Challenges Our Assumptions

I probably set a record for the earliest a physician ever burned out: less than a year after earning my MD. Some may not call it burnout; it could just as well be called “internship.” I call it burnout because beyond the exhaustion and can’t-take-it-anymore, there was a gnawing sense that something fundamental was missing […]

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Medicine and Meaning: Thoughts On Change

Ever notice how quickly things can change in the ED? One minute things seem to be well under control, the next minute several alarms are going off, three nurses are simultaneously asking for you, and there are no inpatient beds available. How’d that happen so quickly? In emergency medicine, we are experts in change – […]

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Lessons From My Last Hospital

When you work with a team of great people for several years, you grow together. You learn together. You succeed and fail together. I had the opportunity to be part of such a team in the ED for the past several years. Recently, I moved to a new hospital, which has given me time to […]

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“Death is not the greatest loss in life…”

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins We all know that some day we will die. But what if that day were today? Many movies have explored life and death, often humorously, as in the 2007 movie “The Bucket List.” […]

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