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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Learning from the past helps us move forward
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
The holidays are over and we're now into the sometimes bleak months of the new year. The word "January" comes from the Roman god Janus who looks back on the past year but also at the same time looks forward into the new year. So what can we learn from last year that we can apply to the upcoming year?
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As I reflect on the insights and encouragements from our blog readers, two themes stand out.
- The importance of listening to our higher power. Many sacred writings and scriptural passages tell us that a higher power or divine force will give us a sign, an insight to direct our lives. Rarely is this a lightening bolt — usually it's a quiet message that gives us guidance. And if we listen to that message, we'll do the right thing.
- The importance of asking a fundamental question. What do we hope to accomplish this year? If that goal is not written down it does not become concrete, and a year will have gone by and nothing will have happened. If we wish to exercise, finish our education or enhance our skills, the time to start is now.
So the question for each of us is very simple: What is it that we need to do for ourselves this year? Let's write it down, and let's map out a strategy to achieve that goal. Share with us your plans for 2010.blog index