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Authority and Vulnerability

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses how healthcare professionals need both authority and vulnerability in their practice of healthcare. Vulnerability can help to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, as well as further the work of the gospel.

A Lack of Self-care in Healthcare

Why do we as a profession care for ourselves so poorly? We learned in training to work long hours and ignore our own needs, even needs as basic as food, sleep and toileting. And for many of us, this just became a way of life. Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses why self-care is so important for healthcare professionals.

Treating the New Chronic Pain Patient

The Point Blog | By Amy Givler, MD | November 30, 2017

Around her hospital, Dr. Amy Givler is known as “The Wall” when it comes to opioid prescribing. She simply doesn’t believe they benefit the vast majority of patients who receive them, especially for chronic pain. In this week’s blog post, she discusses why she is convinced opioids actually lower the pain threshold, as well as strategies she’s developed to help her patients.

Sharing Experiences and Decreasing Isolation in Healthcare

As a Christian healthcare professional, do you ever feel a contradiction between those two parts of your identity? Do you ever feel that your faith is not welcome in healthcare, or that your medical identity is not welcome or—even worse—is taken advantage of in the church? Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath discusses this topic in today’s post on The Point blog.

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

The top 10 causes of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, are Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), accidents, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, chronic renal disease and suicide. Some of these conditions are not preventable, so a more pertinent question is, what are the addressable risk factors for morbidity and premature death in general? And how do we focus on them with our patients?

Where Did My Joy Go...and How Do I Get It Back?

Articles | September 01, 2017

Looking over the edge of burnout, Dr. Betsy Manor had to ask herself, “What changed?” Did she make the wrong career choice? Does she care about people less? Is healthcare changing too much? In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Manor shares how she overcame burnout to find joy again in healthcare.

The Two Diagnoses

Articles | September 01, 2017

There was a time, a few decades ago, when most everyone interested in bringing together healthcare and the Christian faith was familiar with Dr. Paul Tournier and his work. In this article published in the fall 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Wilson Grant explores how Dr. Tournier's message and style of medical practice is increasingly relevant to today’s healthcare professionals because he anticipated the loss of personal touch in the practice of healthcare.

Gratitude Journals and Healthcare: How Can They Help?

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Autumn Dawn Galbreath focuses on the recent study of gratitude. The results from these studies have a surprising impact on healthcare as well as a positive association with patient wellbeing.

Connecting with Patients

The Point Blog | By Amy Givler, MD | June 29, 2017

Dr. Amy Givler examines the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the challenges. Sometimes just feeling “heard” is enough to move the patient forward on the path toward healing. Sometimes empathy is all that is wanted. Quality communication leads to better health outcomes. The doctor-patient relationship itself is therapeutic.

A Life Broken by Overmedication

Articles | By Sandy Dettmann, MD, DABAM | June 01, 2017

In this article published in the summer 2017 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. Sandy Dettmann shares her personal experiences with overmedication and how it influenced her personal life, her family, her career and her mission in life. 

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