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2018 Holiday Season

by Candice Rettie

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s letter to the editor of The New York Sun in 1897 is timeless. “Please tell me the truth.  Is there a Santa Claus?” she asked.  Her letter is based in hope, and a belief in something that can’t be seen.  Francis P. Church, the Sun’s editor, assured Virginia: “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and […]

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The Importance of a Nurturing Learning Environment

Lessons Learned from Loggerhead Turtles

by Candice Rettie

This past summer, in a blog I wrote about the importance of learning and working environments, I mentioned the recommendations from the Macy Foundation’s April conference, “Improving Environments for Learning in the Health Professions.” Amy Barton, a panelist at the Consortium’s own conference in June, was an invited participant at the Macy Foundation event. I […]

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Mentoring in Action

Box of Chocolates

by Candice Rettie

We’ve all had horrible days.  In this longer-than-usual post, I’d like to share an extraordinary example of mentorship that was forwarded to me.  Dr. Dan Wilensky responds electronically to a trainee who recently wrote in her online reflective journal about a particularly difficult day.  Dan is a family practice physician, an active primary care provider […]

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NPs Lighting the Way

Shooting Stars

by Candice Rettie

It is midnight dark. Streaks of light race across the sky.  In mid-August, despite being a buffet for mosquitoes, I love to watch the Perseid meteor showers.  The first time I experienced the magic of a “falling star” I was 5 or 6.  I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that’s also my […]

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