The Power of Reflection

May 18, 2020

Medicine is a rich, complex journey full of developments and often fulfilling experiences, peppered with uncertainty, responsibility and emotional intensity. Taking time and receiving support to reflect on these experiences is vital to your personal wellbeing and can positively impact patient safety. Medical mistakes happen more frequently than any of us would like. The NRLS …

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Resurrection from COVID 19

May 12, 2020

This last weekend, I went to visit my mother, with my three children. They live in an old house in Arlesheim, a beautiful old city with a cathedral. My parents live together in an old house which used to be the bishop’s guesthouse.  As we got close, I drove up in front of the building, …

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The Unspoken Collateral Damage of the Coronavirus pandemic.

May 4, 2020

Ahnjong was admitted to the hospital for failure to thrive, as a four-month-old baby girl. When I examined her, she had extraordinarily thick skin that reminded me of the skin of an elephant, with deep cracks in it, many of them bleeding. Her face looked like a dry mask: dry and cracked like the soil …

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Dying Alone in the ICU

Apr 20, 2020

As I was peeling off the personal protective equipment in the emergency practice, I was on my way to pick up my things and leave to go home. Just at that moment, Ingrid came rushing down the stairs. I have worked with her in the intensive care for 20 years, where she is one of …

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The Virus Just as Dangerous as COVID19

Apr 13, 2020

As a pediatric physician, I have met with hundreds of families over the last weeks concerned about the COVID19 pandemic. It is a real challenge and stretching our healthcare resources to the maximum. But there is another infectious disease I have also had to address, which is just as serious, and just as grave of …

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A Fresh Look at ADHD

Mar 24, 2020

A Fresh Look at ADHD “I love your haircut, Joel. It looks like a crown, or like one of those hats which Egyptian priests wore in ancient times.” The young boy smiled as he passed by me and sat down on his chair. The notes in his file told me he was 12 years old, …

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Steffi Is Afraid of the Jab

Feb 29, 2020

“Steffi and Peter Meyer, please.” A family, who had been sitting in the corner of the waiting room, all stood up together. The father was tall, with short gray hair, and a three day beard. His wide open eyes conveyed a simple warmth. The mother was shorter than her husband, wearing leather boots, stylish jeans …

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Kindfulness – Patience with Patients

Jan 29, 2020

As a medical professional, it can often be difficult to predict what your day will bring to your door. Suffering of all kinds is likely to present itself in the course of your working week and it can be helpful to have some tools that will support and buffer you. One of those tools is …

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Mindfulness: Bringing Presence to your Practice

Oct 8, 2019

When was the last time you felt awake, aware and fully engaged? Probably more recently than you might think. It may be a surprise to learn that mindfulness is your natural state.

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Global healthcare workers co-create a new future at Heart Based Medicine Summit 2019

Aug 12, 2019

Heart-Based Medicine puts compassion back into healthcare during this San Francisco event. For Immediate Release Contact: Dr. Jan Bonhoeffer Date: June 27, 2019 San Francisco – Doctors, nurses, yoga instructors, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals are expected to descend upon San Francisco from Sept. 12-14 for the Heart Based Medicine Summit 2019. The Heart …

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