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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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Multitask at your own peril
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
While driving to work one morning, a billboard for a high-end hotel caught my eye. It said, "Yes, you can have it all. You deserve it." Well, whether or not I deserve it is unclear, but I know I can't have it all. I have limits and I become distracted, just like everyone does. And that's when mistakes can happen. Sometimes these mistakes are simply inconvenient, but sometimes there can be serious consequences. Let me explain.
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Several months ago, I was invited to speak on the evening of April 26. There were a number of confirmatory emails, and there was no doubt about the date. When I entered the date into my calendar, however, I was distracted or busy, or both, and the date that I put in was April 27. By absolute luck, I happened to pick up the mistake and there was no harm, but can you imagine being invited as a speaker and then not showing up? How incredibly disrespectful that would be to the audience.
So this was a powerful wake-up call for me. Do not multitask. I can't do two things at once and do them both justice.
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