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Burnout, Plaguing Physicians, New Study Shows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:20
Noted Doctor Warns of Threat to Patients; Offers Tips

More than 45 percent of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, according to the first national study on the topic, and that concerns noted physician and professor of medicine emeritus Dr. Paul Griner, (, author of “The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine.” 

“Burnout can lead to misdiagnoses,” Griner says. “As I emphasize in my book, it’s vital to spend time talking to and listening to patients – thorough patient histories and observation and a good physical exam are often the difference between an accurate diagnosis and a wasted battery of unnecessary diagnostic tests.”

Burnout can be characterized by, detachment, diminishing empathy and emotional exhaustion – all of which can impede a physician’s ability to thoroughly and accurately assess patients, Griner says.

The Archives of Internal Medicine study, published in August, surveyed 7,288 physicians, and assessed them using the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Nearly half, 46 percent, reported at least one symptom of burnout. Specialties that were most at-risk were family medicine, general internal medicine and emergency medicine -- those that benefit most from taking time to listen to patients because they are often the first point of patient contact, Griner says.

He notes that strategies to address this problem must recognize that burnout begins early in one’s medical career, during medical school and throughout residency training.

With 59 years in medicine, as a practicing hematologist and internist, professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Griner offers these suggestions for overwhelmed physicians:

• First, take care of yourself. It sounds simple, but it’s something doctors repeat so often to patients, they’ve often ceased hearing the words: Eat well, get adequate rest and exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself physically is fundamental for coping with stress and the negative emotions, such as frustration and anger, that can come with working in any field.

• Take time to nurture relationships. Having meaningful relationships with colleagues and co-workers can make your work more gratifying. Take some time – even a few minutes a day – to get to know them. They can provide a sounding board, a sympathetic ear, or ideas for solving problems. And you can do the same for them. Devote more time (at meetings and lunch) to the rewarding aspects of medicine, sharing patient stories and humorous anecdotes, and less time on frustrations.

• Actively listen to your patients and pay attention to what’s going on in their lives. It will not only help you give them better care, you’ll find it makes your work more interesting and satisfying.

• Do what’s necessary to achieve a work-life balance. If you are not spending relaxed time with your loved ones, having some fun outside of work, or enjoying interpersonal relationships, you are at a greater risk for burnout. Just as taking care of yourself physically is vital, so is taking care of yourself emotionally. If necessary, identify a colleague who seems to have achieved this balance and spend some time with him or her.

• Participate actively in health reforms that will return a greater level of control to physicians and their patients. These include payment for value and greater patient participation in decision-making about care. Reorganizing primary care practices to allow more time for complex patients and recognition by insurers that excessive hassle is bad for patients and physician are also vital. These changes should lead to more satisfied patients and physicians and less burnout.

Preventing burnout needs to start early, Griner says. Teachers must give medical students and residents the tools to cope with and reduce the stresses that cause it.

“This is not the first survey that’s found a heightened level of burnout among physicians. We know it’s a problem,” Griner says.

“Doctors need to be in tune with their patients, asking, listening and connecting the dots. They can’t do that effectively if they’re burned out.”

About Paul Griner, M.D.

Hematologist/internist Paul Griner has had a 59-year career in medicine. He is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was a consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital, senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and consultant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Mass. He has written or co-written 130 journal articles, book chapters, and books on clinical medicine, medical education, and health policy. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was president of a number of national medical organizations, including the American College of Physicians.

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail opens Nov. 24 at The Old Creamery Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:12
Amana – It’s almost Christmas Day in the 100-Acre Wood but Eeyore has lost his beautiful tail and is even gloomier than usual. Can Pooh, Piglet, Tiger, Owl and the whole gang help find Eeyore’s tail in time for the Christmas party? Come and find out as The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences brings you A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, complete with lots of music and fun.

The show opens Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. on the Main Stage in Amana. The cast consists of Jeff Haffner of Cleveland, Ohio; Ian Zahren of South Amana; Elizabeth Higbee of Tonganoxie, Kansas; Nicholas Hodge of South Amana, T.J. Besler of Manchester, Kaitlyn Skaggs of Cedar Rapids, Jackie McCall of Marengo and Eddie Skaggs of Cedar Rapids.

Directed by Sean McCall of Marengo A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail runs through Dec. 15. Tickets are $8 per person and all seating is reserved. Show times are 11 a.m. on Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30; and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday Dec. 6.

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail is based on the stories by A. A. Milne with book, music and lyrics by James. W. Rodgers.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats are still available. Reservations for this show are highly recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit us online at

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company has been bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest for 41 years.

The Old Creamery Theatre 2013 Calendars are now available! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Friday, 02 November 2012 13:47

Amana – The Old Creamery Theatre 2013 calendars are now available for purchase at the theatre’s box office and concessions or by mail.

Besides wonderful photographs of your favorite Old Creamery productions from 2012, the calendar is a great way to know exactly what shows are playing with all titles/dates and times listed. All proceeds help support the theatre.

Cost is $10 per calendar or $12 by mail.

Stop in and get yours today or send your check for $12 to:

2013 Calendar
The Old Creamery Theatre
39 38th Ave., Amana IA 52203
Attention: Promotions

Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company has been bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest for 41 years.


For the first time ever in Theaters, The Doors: Live at the Bowl ‘68 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenna Smith   
Friday, 02 November 2012 09:02

The band’s historic performance re–mastered in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound to bring the definitive version to cinemas for the first time. 

Coming to the Giant Screen in Davenport Saturday, November 10 Shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
DAVENPORT – The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68 is widely held as the band’s best performance ever captured on film. Now for the first time fans can watch the complete version in digitally re–mastered glory as the entire concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of Hello I Love You, Texas Radio and the Big Beat and Spanish Caravan. The film opens with a special feature of interviews with the band talking about what it meant to perform at the Hollywood Bowl and the enduring significance of this concert. More than 40 years after their debut album, The Doors’ music and legacy are more influential than ever before. Though they’ve had scores of imitators, there's never been another band quite like them and this film will appeal to their many fans – both their original followers and a younger generation discovering The Doors now.

Tickets: $11/Adult; $10/Senior/Student/Military; $8/Youth
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Philadelphia, PA – SpectiCast, in association with More2Screen and Eagle Rock Entertainment, is pleased to announce that this November it will distribute The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68 to cinemas across the country. The Doors supplied plenty of  post Independence Day fireworks on July 5, 1968 when the legendary quartet played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert that is considered to be the band’s finest on film. Fans will be able to experience the acclaimed live set – the only complete Doors concert ever captured on film – in a brand new cut, with remixed stereo and a 5.1 Surround Audio soundtrack taken from the original multi–track tapes, then painstakingly re–mastered using 16x9 High Definition digital transfer. Says keyboardist Ray Manzarek of what is now an astonishing audio experience: “You hear it as if you were actually at the Bowl, on stage with us.”

Led by late frontman Jim Morrison, Manzarek and fellow band members John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar) thrill the live audience at the iconic Bowl with a set that includes previously lost performances of Hello, I Love You, The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat) and Spanish Caravan. Making this even more of a must–see event, Live At The Bowl ‘68 features a wealth of new documentary material, including interviews with the band, their friends and colleagues and other never–before–seen footage.

Jeff Jampol, Doors manager and producer of the film said: “The Doors’ live performances were a shamanistic journey into dark rock and roll psychedelic theater – a swirling mixture of rock ‘n’ roll heat, poetry, danger, drama and unbridled musical virtuosity. Captured at the height of The Doors’ magical powers, in one of the world’s greatest venues, this brand new restoration, edit and mix, corny as it may sound, made me fall in love a hundred times, all over again.”

More than 40 years after their debut album, The Doors’ music and legacy are more influential than ever before. Though they’ve had scores of imitators, there’s never been another band quite like them and this film will appeal to their many fans – both their original followers and a younger generation discovering The Doors now.

SpectiCast provides unique alternative content to the over 400 theatrical and non-theatrical venue with which it works in North America. “This film is a excellent addition to SpectiCast’s growing series of concert films,” said Mark Rupp, Co-Founder and President of SpectiCast.

“We are thrilled to be able to give audiences across the country the opportunity to experience this film on the big screen for the first time.”

About the Production

The Doors: Live at the Bowl ‘68

Running time: 91 minutes

1. Show Start/Intro
2. “When The Music’s Over”
3. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
4. “Back Door Man”
5. “Five To One”
6. “Back Door Man” (Reprise)
7. “The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)”
8. “Hello, I Love You”
9. “Moonlight Drive”

10. “Horse Latitudes”
11. “A Little Game”
12. “The Hill Dwellers”
13. “Spanish Caravan”
14. Hey, What Would You Guys Like To Hear?
15. “Wake Up!”
16. “Light My Fire”
17. Light My Fire (Segue)
18. “The Unknown Soldier”
19. The End (Segue)
20. “The End”

About SpectiCast

SpectiCast is the fastest growing all-digital private network company in North America, distributing film, cultural arts events, and alternative content to both theatrical and non-theatrical venues. SpectiCast's proprietary Digital Theatre Network™ delivers the highest quality digital audiovisual experience using state-of-the-art Internet-protocol technologies operating over a network that has worldwide reach.

SpectiCast provides exhibitors with a low cost and high quality digital deliver system to exhibit the world's best independent film and alternative content. For distributors and content providers, SpectiCast provides access to hundreds of art house, independent, and chain theaters as well as performing arts centers, museums, schools, and other non-traditional exhibition venues. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA.


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