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By acknowledging our inner experiences, fostering benevolence towards ourselves, and sharing our suffering, we are more likely to keep a growth mindset and learn through difficult experiences.
Jean Whitlock, Trinh Mai, Megan Call, and Jake Van Epps

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Freudian Slippers

The best stories move us deeply, striking an emotional and inspiring chord. Huntsman Cancer Institute director of nursing Sue Childress shared the following essay, first composed for a Huntsman writing group, and we loved the way it tied intimate insights gathered at the bedside with the positive transformation Sue was lucky to witness outside the hospital. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a pun as strong as “Freudian Slippers.”

Workplace Aggression

Workplace aggression occurs so frequently in health care that it’s often accepted as “part of the job.” Patient Safety nurse coordinator Connie Phelps describes some of the work being done at University of Utah Health to help shift that paradigm.

Peer Review: What I Learned at Utah Advanced Communication Training

In November 2017, hepatologist and liver transplant specialist Juan Gallegos-Orozco completed the inaugural Utah Advanced Communication Training seminar. Accelerate sat down with Gallegos-Orozco to talk about UACT and how it changed his perspective on communication.

How To Master The Art of Communication

From pediatrics to palliative care, a common thread runs through physician Joan Sheetz’s career: effective communication. That explains how she ended up co-directing UACT — Utah Advanced Communication Training that focuses on tools to enhance patient and peer interactions.

Five Ways to Have a Serious Conversation

Palliative care physician Paige Patterson is an expert at having tough conversations. We asked how she engages patients about their wishes, worries, and plans for the future. For Paige, having a process makes serious conversations easier.

Improving Wellness: 40 Champions, 20 Projects, 12 Months of Progress

A year ago, University of Utah Health decided to tackle a major problem in health care today: burnout. Forty people – and their teams – spread across an enormous health system took on the challenge. We sat down with family physician and co-director of the Resiliency Center Amy Locke to learn about what works in improving faculty and staff wellness.

Our Community's Best of Utah

We're wrapping up our new faculty welcome with a short list from Accelerate's advisors on where to eat, what to do and a few locals-only insider tips.

Wendy Hobson-Rohrer: Five More Tips For Faculty

We were amazed by the traffic to Ryan and Ellen’s post on advice for new faculty. So we were thrilled when pediatrician and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education Wendy Hobson-Rohrer asked to write a follow-up! She knows from experience that navigating a career in academic medicine is more jungle gym than ladder. Here's her top five tips for all faculty.

Is Grit the Key to Success in Work and Life?

In Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth argues that an individual’s grit is a better predictor of long-term success, more than talent or IQ. Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Director of strategic initiatives Chrissy Daniels shares three key insights from the book and shines a light on Utah's grit.

Five Ways to Cultivate Empathy

We have learned that wisdom from the community comes in many forms. Sometimes the most interesting perspectives appear in the comments as a footnote to a peer's post. Here are five ways to cultivate empathy—curated wisdom from the comments.

Investing in Empathy: The Power of 15 Minutes

Empathy is our cognitive ability to understand, communicate, and respond to another person’s perspectives, experiences, and concerns. Pediatrician Diane Liu reflects on the very real challenges of nurturing empathy in the face of the relentless demands of practice.