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: 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…

BLOG: Turbocharge your marriage

March 3, 2017

My wife Marie and I just completed serving as co-instructors in a weekend marriage retreat where we helped couples understand and enact several tried and true habits…

BLOG: Tame the demon of burnout

February 1, 2017

Data are clear. Burnout remains on the rise with estimates approaching 50% prevalence for subsets of health care workers. Increased intrusion of third parties, the…

Blog: Follow the four agreements

January 4, 2017

In his masterful work, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz artfully conveys the powerful wisdom of the ancient Toltec Mexican culture. The venerated spiritual truths…

BLOG: Are your circuits overloaded?

December 1, 2016

The information explosion has been upon us for some time. Our brains are bombarded with a continual barrage of patient-related information, electronic records and an…

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