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COMPASSION IT.

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In a healthcare system beset with stress, cynicism and burnout this inspiring doctor shows how easy it is to find joy in a solo medical practice, earn a great living, and fulfill the ideals of compassionate and loving patient care.

I just read Pamela’s amazing book, “Pet Goats & Pap Smears“. I don’t think any book in recent times has given me more joy, love and inspiration. I downloaded the book for my Kindle 11pm one evening and finished it the next afternoon. In the meantime I did a day’s work in the OR and had the whole team in stitches of laughter by reading some of her short stories.

The Foreword of the book is written by Patch Adams, MD. I don’t know if any of you have met Patch Adams but he’s a seriously crazy doctor, made famous by the film starring Robin Williams. Having a medical consultation with Patch must be something like finding yourself suddenly in the middle of the hilarious improvisation show on TV, “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” – full of laughter and outrageous gags. Don’t get me wrong, I intensely admire Patch Adams but a recommendation from Patch is not guaranteed to impress physicians in the mainstream medical system.

Many people have written off Pamela Wible as another crazy doctor, hopelessly idealistic and wildly impractical. I beg to differ. This review is written by an anesthesiologist with a lifetime dedicated to patient safety and quality improvement. I’ve sat on national committees and advised the World Health Organization. I am not a crazy doctor (although some may dispute that!)

In my view, Pamela’s medical practice is more grounded, sensible, practical, cost-effective and patient-centred than just about anything else we witness in our crazy healthcare system – what Pamela calls “conveyor-belt” medicine. Her practice is also joyous, loving, compassionate, fun, fulfilling and sustainable. Her book is wonderfully inspiring, joyful, quirky, and full of stories that will make you laugh out loud, feel a warm glow of love, and bring tears to your eyes.

How did Pamela arrive at this happy destination? Actually, through burnout and quitting medicine. Then she had a dream that inspired her ‘Ideal Medical Care‘. Why not just ask patients what their ideal medical clinic would look like and then provide exactly that service? She took this crazy question to nine town-hall meetings, collected a hundred pages of written testimony and then brought her citizens’ dreams to life. Within a month she had set up a flourishing solo practice based on exactly these ideas.

Her influence is not limited to her local community in Oregon. Ideal Medical Practice has now spread to numerous locations around the USA as other doctors discover the joy of truly serving their patients. Even the Harvard Business Review is writing about her practice.

Pamela’s website is a treasure trove of inspiration and resources. Want to set up your own Ideal Clinic? Pamela will help you. Needing to reclaim your vision of joyful practice? Attend her retreat (open to doctors, medical students, nurse practitioners and other health professionals).

Watch her TEDx talk below.

Truly a hero. We love you.

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Compassion Hero: Pamela Wible, MD.

In a healthcare system beset with stress, cynicism and burnout this inspiring doctor shows how easy it is to find joy in a solo medical practice, earn a great living,

Twice the doctor

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TWICE THE DOCTOR: A fabulous new concept in medical volunteering

Many of our medical friends donate time to travel to the third world, providing free medical care, anaesthesia and surgery to the poor and needy. It’s a generous and worthwhile

Rolling Jubilee

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How to abolish medical debt and change the world.

In the USA, 62% of all bankruptcies are caused by medical illness. While the big banks are bailed out, individuals are hounded for the costs of life-saving medical treatment, for

This is just the best, most inspiring, and practical list of ideas for transforming the healthcare experience!

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Designing the ideal healthcare experience: Dr Bridget Duffy

This is just the best, most inspiring, and practical list of ideas for transforming the healthcare experience!

A patient and health professionals reflect on the hopes and ideals of compassionate caring, losing purpose, re-connecting to the heart, being fully present, and re-finding joy in practice.

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An inspirational short film: “Do you see me?”

A patient and health professionals reflect on the hopes and ideals of compassionate caring, losing purpose, re-connecting to the heart, being fully present, and re-finding joy in practice.

Canterbury charity hospital

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In a quake-torn city, volunteers provide free surgical care

In February 2011 the city of Christchurch in New Zealand was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed 181 people, rendered nearly 20,000 home uninhabitable, and has led to demolition

Virtual Hospice

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Compassion hero: “People in the community are more valuable than bricks and mortar”

When Dr Susan Newton and her colleagues in New South Wales, Australia, found their palliative care service overwhelmed with demand the community started pushing for a purpose-built hospice facility. Susan

Pradeep Chopra

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Compassion Hero: Dr Pradeep Chopra, Compassionate Caregiver of the Year.

From the Boston Globe: Dr. Pradeep Chopra often spends 2-3 hours with his patients at the Interventional Pain Management Center of Rhode Island. He sometimes makes house calls. He e-mails

Alys Cole-King

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Compassion Hero: Dr Alys Cole-King

“Three times as many people die by suicide, as in road traffic accidents.” So begins a moving short film about the pioneering work of Dr Alys Cole-King and colleagues at

school of healthcare radicals

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The School for Health and Care Radicals

Following the remarkable success of the first NHS Change Day on 13th March 2013, even the NHS is waking up to the fact that rapid positive change can occur by mobilising large

compassion circles

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UK 'Compassion Circles' Training Site

Our friends in the UK at Frameworks4Change have launched an inspiring initiative called ‘Compassion Circles‘, as part of the NHS Change Day. Here’s their introduction: Welcome! We are really glad

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Dr Robin Youngson lecture at CCARE

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Touching me, touching you.

Opinion by Robin Youngson. Of all the stories I ever heard from a patient, one haunts me the most. Rarely have I seen a patient so profoundly affect an audience

tunring compassion into action

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Compassion is contagious – read this book to 'catch' the bug!

“Turning Compassion into Action: A Movement Toward Taking Responsibility“ by Olivia McIvor. For seven years I have been campaigning to restore compassion to the heart of the relationship between health

Kissing it better

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We just LOVE this site!

Compassionate caring is often revealed in tiny acts of kindness. Kissing it Better is a wonderful source of inspiration for all the simple ideas that can make a powerful difference

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