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The Stress of the Pandemic Drove These Doctors to Retirement

Stephen Rockower is an orthopedic surgeon in suburban Rockville, Maryland. He’d built his own practice for more than a decade with a partner, and things were busy and going well. Then, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many cities, including his own. Residents in his area began delaying care, not wanting to expose themselves…

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Expressive Writing and Mindful Meditation are among Techniques that Help Physicians Cope with Pandemic-related Stress

For the past two months, physicians, nurses and occupational therapists at the University Hospital of North Tees in England have engaged in atypical activities. Every three weeks, they trade their masks, gloves and stethoscopes for a pen—and write about their thoughts, memories and feelings. The two-hour online sessions, led by Siobhan Campbell, a senior lecturer…

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