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Work-life balance: A skill, not a privilege

According to Randi Zuckerberg, executive, entrepreneur and sister of billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a smattering of nonstop days doesn't necessarily spell doom for work-life balance.

3 more rules for effective (less confrontational) communication

A few weeks ago, I offered three suggestions for effective communication. The next three may sound obvious but can require a bit more conscious effort than some of us realize.

Physician-to-physician advice on how to conduct end-of-life talks

For insight into how one primary care physician addresses end-of-life planning and advance directives with his patients, I spoke with Craig M. Wax, D.O. (pictured), a family physician in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, host of Your Health Matters on Rowan Radio and frequent speaker for physician and public audiences.

Patient experience tip: Forget customer service and show sincerity

It's been seven weeks since my odyssey to heal a badly fractured wrist began, and I'm happy to report that it's just about over. Through this journey, I've made stops to numerous...

10 facts about female physicians

Almost always when we talk about physicians (within FiercePracticeManagement and in general), we mean the profession as a whole. Yet about one-third of the physicians in the United States are...

Professional growth: Why capability is king

Career paths, for most, are anything but straight. We may hit bumps when least expected--and even more surprisingly--discover opportunities in the aftermath of a hard landing. Sometimes the tracks...

3 practice-retention strategies borrowed from hospitals

Today, more than ever, running any type of healthcare organization is an all-hands-on-deck enterprise. Building a strong crew isn't easy. You need clinicians and employees who are not just highly skilled, compassionate and reliable, but who also fit the culture of your practice.

3 rules for effective communication (and when to break them)

The perfect communicator doesn't exisit. Rather, the art and science of exchanging messages is one we continue to hone throughout our lives, regardless of job title. As a writer, perhaps I'm...

3 more ways to turn bad luck into fortune

Good news: A little more than a week post-op, I'm typing this commentary with both hands! While a broken wrist isn't a circumstance I'd wish on anyone, the lessons it continues to bring...

3 life lessons from a broken wrist

You may have noticed that last week's FiercePracticeManagement was written by more of an ensemble cast than usual. That's because my second-favorite typing hand has been out of commission...