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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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Retreats offer chance to recharge and refocus
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
While updating a presentation on health and wellness, I was intrigued by the history of a charismatic, iconic rock-and-roll band that defined a genre of music for 30 years.
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The band consisted of a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, a keyboardist and a percussionist. Their touring schedule was absolutely daunting with hundreds of concerts a year punctuated by punishing travel.
Now what can we possibly learn from a group of rockers? Well, there was an important takeaway for me. These musicians would typically tour for eight to 10 weeks at a time. But before striking out on these arduous journeys, they would isolate themselves in an obscure part of the world to rehearse, reconnect with families and prepare for the upcoming tour. There were occasions throughout their careers when they cut back on these "musical retreats," and the results were absolutely, predictably disastrous. They lost focus. They bickered among themselves, and their music suffered.
So when you're faced with a demanding project or a series of challenges, take a page from this band's book. You need time alone. You need time to focus. You need time to recharge your batteries.
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