The power of your peer group

‘The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group.’ I can clearly remember when I heard Anthony Robbins say this because it turned my life in a new direction. Continue reading

Which is more important, sleep or exercise?

As a doctor you will know that both sleep and exercise matter when it comes to your well-being.   It’s almost impossible to function well with sleep deprivation, and the emotional and physical benefits of exercise are irrefutable.   So if you’re a time-poor doctor and you don’t have time for both, which should you sacrifice? Continue reading

We are all dogs

Classical conditioning is the learning procedure in which a biologically potent stimulus (e.g. food) is paired with a previously neutral stimulus (e.g. a bell). It was first studied in detail by Ivan Pavlov through his experiments with dogs. Continue reading

“He who stops being better stops being good.”

As a New Year rolls around at midnight, it’s a time when people often reflect on the year that’s gone, and look forward to the year that’s coming up.    Or they just get drunk. Continue reading

Saving the best of yourself

How are you going to save some of the best of you for those who mean the most to you in 2017? Sometimes I’m as bad as anyone when it comes to forgetting about what’s truly important. I know my family is the most important thing to me, I tell them they are, but sometimes my actions don’t reflect that.   You know how it goes… Continue reading

Handle the base to live what’s possible

Doctors are high performers. In life, as high performer we aim for our dreams. We shoot for what’s possible, we become fanatical about it, always striving to be better. That approach is rare, and it’s also critical to achieve massive success. However, for many people, ironically, this total focus on their dream causes them to miss out on it. Why is that? Continue reading

Dr Sam Hazledine's Presentation to the World Medical Association

  The Data An American study of over 2,000 physicians demonstrated that 87% of doctors are stressed beyond levels that are productive. A study of over 12,000 doctors found that only 6% described their morale as positive. A recent study in New Zealand showed that over 50% of doctors are right now experiencing symptoms of burnout and over half would not choose medicine as a career again. Our profession is in a crisis. A crisis we hide behind a professional facade. But that’s not even the worst of it.  Continue reading

Evolving the Declaration of Geneva

  The Journey:  Thirty-seven years ago I was born into a family that instilled in me the belief that anything is possible. Thirty years ago my grandfather gave me the idea that one day I might become a doctor. Twenty years ago I decided that I would become a doctor. Continue reading

Graduating and signing the Declaration of Geneva

I can still vividly remember my graduation and reciting the Declaration of Geneva, our modern day Hippocratic Oath, with my classmates. It was a proud moment and I felt thrilled to be entering such a worthy profession. While the Declaration of Geneva is certainly extensive, it is not comprehensive, and I believe it is missing something that is core to our profession. Can you see what’s missing? Continue reading

Elite Performance and How to Maintain It

  With the Rio Olympics still fresh on our minds, it’s topical to talk about elite performance and how to maintain it. There is a body of evidence to show that doctors’ decision-making ability can be impaired at the end of long shifts. Is this unavoidable, or can this be addressed? Continue reading