John D. Kelly IV, MD, is an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses his blog on helping surgeons reduce stress while achieving balance in their practices and families.

BLOG: Life lessons from Mom

January 8, 2018

The holidays were bittersweet for me this year as we recently buried my mother. Loretta T. Kelly lived a full 93 years and indelibly impressed three generations of…

BLOG: Forgo judgment for resiliency

December 6, 2017

One of the most effective ways we can maintain our energy stores is to sidestep negativity and untoward emotions. Negativity robs us of our life force and depletes…

BLOG: Patient-related outcomes: A novel way to prevent burnout

November 6, 2017

The age of outcomes is upon us. In fact, payers are demanding health care providers collect data on exactly how well they do their job as perceived by the patient. These

BLOG: Maintain boundaries to stave off burnout

October 6, 2017

Burnout rates continues to increase among health care providers and it seems there is no end in sight. In short, burnout is the manifestation of energy depletion. Our…

BLOG: Gratitude – Don’t leave home without it

September 14, 2017

We are endowed with free will. We decide moment to moment on the things we choose to give our focus and attention. Those of us who decide to focus on all the good in…

BLOG: Are you an approval addict?

August 2, 2017

Everyone has an innate need to experience a connection with others and feel appreciated. However, when the approval of others becomes a chief driving force in our lives…

BLOG: Avoiding burnout is your choice

July 3, 2017

The burnout prevalence rates continue to increase with no apparent end to this disturbing trend. One recent study cited the prevalence of emotional exhaustion amongst…

BLOG: Blessings and gifts from ‘Big Mike’

June 6, 2017

My best friend from college was recently diagnosed with a serious illness that required major surgery. “Big Mike,” as he was affectionately known, was a…

BLOG: Lessons learned from legendary coach Chuck Noll

May 3, 2017

Football draft season is upon us and excitement looms over which teams will gain a competitive advantage. However, true success in the National Football League is not…

BLOG: Hobbies are the fun way to avoid burnout

April 5, 2017

Do you have a hobby? If your vocation in medicine has not left you any room for outside interests, you are on a fast track to emotional exhaustion. The adoption of a…