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Physician – Time to Invest in Yourself: Work-Life Balance, the Needs of the Patient, and Medical-Legal Risk Management

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Do you feel as if you race from patient to patient and procedure to procedure without time to pause and reflect?  Do you feel that you are melting down both physically and emotionally?  Do you feel ill-equipped to give the best patient care if you’re not healthy yourself? Are you concerned that patients continue to succumb to preventable chronic diseases despite trying to educate for healthy lifestyles?  Do you feel as though your patients’ care is becoming so fragmented that something important might get missed?  And you might be held accountable?

If so, this book is the ideal resource to help you turn things around.Physician - Time to Invest in Yourself:  Work-Life Balance, the Needs of the Patient, and Medical-Legal Risk Management is the new book by Authors, Timothy Paterick, MD and Elizabeth Ngo, MD.  Via this new book, it is possible to meet your life goals through a series of simple yet powerful steps that can change how you view your job and your life.

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Timothy E. Paterick, MD, JD, MBA and Elizabeth Ngo, MD

Unprecedented challenges beleaguer the practice of medicine, including disparities among legitimate patient needs, the resources to meet these needs, market forces transforming healthcare, and the physician’s need to understand how to confront these challenges.

By reading this book you gain:

  • The wisdom and tools to confront the challenges of a medical career and the struggle to maintain the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Practical techniques to sustain your body, mind and spirit.
  • No-nonsense risk management strategies and the increasing risk of allegations of negligence.
  • Strategies to meet the daily demands of your challenging medical career

We believe the book has the potential to transform the reader’s personal and professional life.  Designed for practicing physicians and those in training, (and available in print and convenient eBook,) the frank dialog between the authors, Dr. Tim Paterick and Dr. Ngo is like eavesdropping on their conversation about practice and life balance!  You’ll appreciate the sense of community here; knowing you are not alone will boost your confidence and give you actionable strategies for your work and your life.


The Purpose of the Book
Part One - The Toolkit
  • Chapter 1: Essentialism
  • Chapter 2: The Necessary Intelligences
  • Chapter 3: Eat Right, Exercise, Rest, and Play
  • Chapter 4: Living a Life that Matters
  • Chapter 5: Time for Introspection
Part Two - The Journey to Becoming a Healthcare Provider
  • Chapter 6: The Medical School Year
  • Chapter 7: Internship and Residency
  • Chapter 8: Fellowship Training
  • Chapter 9: Searching for the “Ideal” Professional Job
Part Three - Going Out to Practice
  • Chapter 10: Gaining Perspective in a Chaotic World
  • Chapter 11: Making Choices: The Libby Zion Case
  • Chapter 12: What Risks Do You Face in Your Future?
  • Chapter 13: Doctor - It’s Your Own Life
Part Four - The Present State and the Future of Healthcare
  • Chapter 14:  The Changing Face of Healthcare
  • Chapter 15: The Physician’s Role in Changing Health Behavior
Part Five - The Medical Legal System
  • Chapter 16: The Anatomy of a Lawsuit
  • Chapter 17: Are Doctors, PAs, and NPs a Liability Risk?
  • Chapter 18: The Intersection of Medical Education, Patient Care, and Law
  • Chapter 19: Medical Staff Peer Review
Tim Paterick

Timothy E. Paterick, MD, JD, MBA, is a practicing cardiologist with a passion for preventive health measures, sports medicine, and teaching residents and fellows medicine and young people basketball. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Elizabeth NgoElizabeth Ngo, MD is a practicing cardiologist by day and an artist/writer by night. Her clinical interests are cardiac prevention and advanced cardiovascular disease. A first generation immigrant, Dr. Ngo has experienced firsthand the cultural, psychological, and financial struggles of coming to a new country and starting from an insolvent background.


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