The Heart-Centredness of Medicine
by Dr Olivia Ong

AU $32.99 + $5 postage

Doctors are the cornerstone of community health and wellbeing.

Doctors have an extremely important job, one that is the culmination of years of hard work.

They dedicate their lives to helping others and at times are faced with literal life-or-death decisions. But often they are so busy taking care of others, they neglect to take care of themselves, which can lead to burnout.

They feel overwhelmed and exhausted, struggle to keep up with it all, and in some cases may wish to leave medicine entirely.

In The Heart-Centeredness of Medicine, Dr. Olivia Ong shares principles, strategies, and heart-based tools that you can use to manage your stress and improve your life.

Dr. Olivia draws on what she found through her own experience with burnout and what she has learned since through study and coaching her fellow medical peers to bring you this invaluable book.

About the Author, Dr Olivia Ong

Founder and CEO of Dr Olivia Lee Ong, The Heart-Centred Doctor

Dr Olivia Ong is known as The Heart-Centred Doctor. She is an established pain physician working in private and public practice in Australia.

As a result of an accident that left her paralysed from the waist down, Dr Olivia found out exactly what it’s like to be on the other side of the healthcare system. She spent years as a patient in hospitals and rehab facilities in Australia and the US in an attempt to regain some of the capabilities that had been torn away from her. Little did she know – she was going to get a whole lot more than she’d bargained for.

Among other things, coming out the other side of the dark place she was in, inspired Dr Olivia to start a business to address the unspoken toll that doctors bear when they don’t find the support they need to stay well.

As a medical leadership coach and mentor, Dr Olivia helps busy, high achieving doctors avoid burnout and exhaustion, and achieve a balanced life through her Life Transformation for Doctors Program.

This book is dedicated to doctors all over the world. “I want you to feel supported and know that you are not alone.”

You can find out more about what Dr Olivia does at https://drolivialeeong.com/.

About the Author, Dr Olivia Ong

Founder and CEO of Dr Olivia Lee Ong, The Heart-Centred Doctor

Dr Olivia Ong is known as The Heart-Centred Doctor. She is an established pain physician working in private and public practice in Australia.

As a result of an accident that left her paralysed from the waist down, Dr Olivia found out exactly what it’s like to be on the other side of the healthcare system. She spent years as a patient in hospitals and rehab facilities in Australia and the US in an attempt to regain some of the capabilities that had been torn away from her. Little did she know – she was going to get a whole lot more than she’d bargained for.

Coming out the other side of the dark place she was in, inspired Dr Olivia to start a business to address the unspoken toll that doctors bear when they don’t find the support they need to stay well.

As a medical leadership coach and mentor, Dr Olivia helps busy, high achieving doctors avoid burnout and exhaustion, and achieve a balanced life through her Life Transformation for Doctors Program.

This book is dedicated to doctors all over the world. “I want you to feel supported and know that you are not alone.”

You can find out more about what Dr Olivia does at https://drolivialeeong.com/.

Book Reviews

Jack Canfield

Helping you to find your way back to your soul is what this book is all about. With any luck, putting the oxygen mask on yourself first will become second nature to you, and you won’t have to go through what Dr. Ong and countless others have gone through in the way of physical and emotional breakdown.
I think you’re going to be inspired by this book. And I hope that you take the messages within it to heart.

Jack Canfield is the Co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series and The Success Principles™: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Dike Drummond MD

Dr. Olivia Ong MD uses her own lived experience to share 12 ingredients of a recipe for wellness and fulfillment for the modern physician. Things they don’t teach in medical school like self-compassion, gratitude, mindfulness and more. She illustrates each one with stories from her own life as a pain physician and her personal journey back from a spinal cord injury that forced her to learn to walk all over again. Her stories and these ingredients will help the physician reader put more heart and soul back into your life and your practice.

Dike Drummond MD is the CEO of TheHappyMD.com

Dr Aston Wan

Dr Olivia Ong described in this book her journey and struggles as a female doctor and how she learnt and grew from her unfortunate experience of spinal cord injury. She showed much authenticity and passion in helping other doctors. I enjoy reading this book and appreciate the “secret ingredient” she learnt and shared. Many doctors, in particular, female doctors, who struggle with professional, personal and family demands will resonate with her experience. This book provides many practical tips that many doctors would find handy to help handle many challenges as doctors, to grow, and to become a more resilient, happier, and fulfilled person. I strongly recommend this book.

 Dr Aston Wan is the Director of Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management, St Vincent’s Hospital Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Dr Eric Levi

This is a moving and powerful personal account of a physician who has navigated the detours of life with grace, strength and dignity. Dr Ong has allowed herself to be deeply vulnerable about her life journey so as to provide practical hope and encouragement for others. These are the kinds of things they don’t teach us in Medical School. Her life story is a testament to the truth and principles written in this book. I am grateful for Dr Ong’s courage in sharing her life with us. I believe many will find inspiration in these pages.

Dr Eric Levi is an ENT Surgeon from Victoria, Australia

 

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