Staying healthy and productive in healthcare, in leadership, in informatics is a huge challenge. How are you coping? Here are my musings about Mindfulness, from my blog.

The Narrows at Zion Canyon: a visual travelogue

By CT Lin | May 26, 2021

In November of 2020, my son and I toured the Southwest US. One of our stops was at Zion Canyon National Park, where we were excited to experience the Narrows. It seemed a great way to escape the pandemic and get away. Spend a few minutes on the journey with us!

My code: “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | April 17, 2021

Wait, what?

Forest bathing: what is it good for?

By CT Lin | December 9, 2020

Sometimes it is good to get away. Mind you, this photo is more than a year old (before pandemic), but it makes a few points…

My Failure Resume, redux

By CT Lin | August 5, 2020

Well, it is time to update my resume. It has been a year, I have failed at more things. I’ve read more failure resumes, and I like some of the newer ideas, for example, listing your NON-skills. I’ve added mine. One idea for brave souls willing to try, is to submit both your Regular CV … Continue reading “My Failure Resume, redux”

Doomscrolling. Are you guilty of it? (nytimes)

By CT Lin | July 5, 2020

https://www.wired.com/story/stop-doomscrolling Here is a new term for you: Doomscrolling. I am guilty of this, until I become aware of it and have to wrench myself away. It is a like car-crash in slow motion and you want to know how this horror story ends. CMIO’s take? STOP. Turn it off, go live your life, and … Continue reading “Doomscrolling. Are you guilty of it? (nytimes)”

Pandemic skills: Giving feedback successfully: I Like … I wish … What if … ?

By CT Lin | May 13, 2020

During this pandemic, many of us have been stuck in front of our screens, like talking heads (Max Headroom, anyone?). If “sitting is the new smoking” (or perhaps not), then I’ve been “smoking” a lot. Virtual meetings are draining, and I’m on them up to 8 hours a day, even busier now with all the … Continue reading “Pandemic skills: Giving feedback successfully: I Like … I wish … What if … ?”

Moment of Zen for Mother’s Day

By CT Lin | May 10, 2020

If you’re not getting away enough from all things Pandemic, here’s a nice long-exposure photo from my iPhone 7. Yes, a CMIO with an iPhone 7. And I still love it. At least I have a smartphone, unlike one of my informaticist colleagues. Forest bathing is a thing in Japan and increasingly worldwide, and perhaps … Continue reading “Moment of Zen for Mother’s Day”

UCHealth v Covid-19. The second surge (not what you think)

By CT Lin | April 27, 2020

https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/psychiatry/about/in-the-news/psychiatry-news/mind-the-brain-mental-health-in-the-time-of-covid-19 I’m so proud to be part of a multi-disciplinary, talented group of clinicians. Our Department of Psychiatry is gearing up for what may become the second surge of our pandemic, as we relax the stay-at-home orders in Colorado: Mental Illness. Depression. PTSD. Panic. Suicide. These terms must no longer carry the stigma they do. … Continue reading “UCHealth v Covid-19. The second surge (not what you think)”

EHR v Covid-19. Video Visits: How to Improve the Patient Experience

By CT Lin | April 15, 2020

Executive Summary: We have a global pandemic, daily policy changes, we work from home, have new video tech, and we are learning to communicate and build relationships in new ways. It is easy to forget that there may be a scared patient on the other end, counting on us. How might we improve the patient … Continue reading “EHR v Covid-19. Video Visits: How to Improve the Patient Experience”

Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic

By CT Lin | March 30, 2020

I was chatting with an informatics colleague last week, mentioning that our family had spent some time in Utah recently. He sent me this photo he had taken in Utah recently. Beautiful, no? Are you taking care of yourself? It looks like we are in this for the long haul. Colorado is now under a … Continue reading “Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic”

Has the smartphone destroyed a generation? (Atlantic)

By CT Lin | March 4, 2020

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/ I’ll just leave this here.

Bowling Alone or Kicking in Groups? Wellness concerns…

By CT Lin | February 19, 2020

I’m part of WellDOM, the Wellness initiative within the Department of Medicine at University of Colorado. As such, I continue to support the idea of Sprints, the way we boost physician and team efficiency and effectiveness using the Electronic Health Record. However, we know that a large part of physician burnout and wellness have to … Continue reading “Bowling Alone or Kicking in Groups? Wellness concerns…”

AMA Joy in Medicine recognizes – University of Colorado School of Medicine

By CT Lin | January 22, 2020

https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/sustainability/ama-honors-22-organizations-commitment-cutting-doctor-burnout We are honored to be among the organizations awarded the inaugural Joy in Medicine honor. We applaud the AMA for standing up a framework that all healthcare organizations can pursue, to ensure that the work-life balance of physicians is considering in the coming topsy-turvy days of healthcare. Physician burnout is a national epidemic, with … Continue reading “AMA Joy in Medicine recognizes – University of Colorado School of Medicine”

Giving Advice? How to do it right (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | November 13, 2019

I love this: giving advice is often not giving advice. This Zen statement is not about Zen. Our physician informatics credo emphasizes relationships . “We improve physician and team wellness and effectiveness by building extraordinary relationships and innovative tools.” Extraordinary Relationships come from excellent communication. Excellent communication comes from listening well. Listening well comes from … Continue reading “Giving Advice? How to do it right (NYTimes)”

NYTimes Magazine travelogue photos (Shinrin-yoku, and take a breath)

By CT Lin | October 30, 2019

Is this goofing off, or is this about personal resilience? Like the idea of “forest bathing” (youtube) or shinrin-yoku, I seek out opportunities during the day to pause and reflect, and walk where there are trees. Sometimes this ends up being an online article with lots of nature photos 🙁 . Hey, you do what … Continue reading “NYTimes Magazine travelogue photos (Shinrin-yoku, and take a breath)”

How to Actually Focus on What You’re Doing (NYTimes)

By CT Lin | October 16, 2019

In the blizzard of our daily work and internal and external pressures, maybe think of putting the blizzard aside at times, and focusing on Deep Work (which I reviewed previously) or pursuing ONE Thing (also previously reviewed). Sometimes it takes a second or third exposure (or many more) to have a new idea really stick. … Continue reading “How to Actually Focus on What You’re Doing (NYTimes)”

Time Poverty (HBR)

By CT Lin | August 28, 2019

https://hbr.org/cover-story/2019/01/time-for-happiness This is a ‘wow’ moment. We may pursue wealth as we scramble up the corporate ladder, but we may all experience time poverty. What is the trade off? We don’t usually see our lives as comprised NOT ONLY of the wealth we pursue, but also the precious minutes that pass WHILE we delay gratification, … Continue reading “Time Poverty (HBR)”

Time management regret? (NYTimes) Work-life (im)balance? Start now.

By CT Lin | June 12, 2019

We can all benefit from reminders. And self-forgiveness. And taking a single step, (or creating the “next action”) as David Allen says in his book “Getting things Done (book summarizing video).” Atomic Habits (book summarizing video) is another book with similar suggestions. There are a growing number of books, articles, videos dedicated to this topic; … Continue reading “Time management regret? (NYTimes) Work-life (im)balance? Start now.”

I wanted Vicodin, not Herbal Tea (nytimes)

By CT Lin | December 19, 2018

We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis. It is a crisis, partially, of our own making. In the past decade we physicians were criticized for not adequately addressing the pain of our patients, to the point of creating another vital sign: “pain score.” And then dutifully tracking this score and catering to … Continue reading “I wanted Vicodin, not Herbal Tea (nytimes)”

On Master Cleanse (or, is CT Lin crazy?)

By CT Lin | June 27, 2018

Thanks to @ToddMeier, one of my IT colleagues at UCHealth.  He explained to me the benefits of periodic modified fasting.  This discussion put me on to watching a documentary about the Science of Fasting on YouTube, and then of course reading the book “Master Cleanser“. Of course, I do not subscribe to non-medical claims about … Continue reading “On Master Cleanse (or, is CT Lin crazy?)”

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