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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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Tidings of stress and frustration
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Most of us know what we need to do to preserve our health, wellness and serenity. We know that we must take care of ourselves. We know that we need adequate rest and nutrition. We know that we need to manage our time and stress. Yet despite this knowledge, we often stumble and lose our way, as I did recently.
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Before departing on a professional trip for several days, my wife and I decided that, for once, we would send out holiday cards before the end of December. We poured through several hundred photographs and selected a dozen to use for our cards. I created a folder on the desktop of my computer and put the pictures in it. This isn't rocket science you're thinking, but let me tell you the rest of the story.
After a few minutes, the doorbell rang for a delivery. It was an important package that required photo identification and signing multiple forms. It was 15 minutes before I went back to the computer. And then the phone rang. It was a telemarketer asking if I would participate in a quick survey. I respectfully declined, but there went another five minutes. I hastily completed the work on the photos and hurried off to prepare for the trip.
Upon returning, I couldn't remember how I'd labeled the folder. Nor could I remember where I'd put it — was it on one of the three laptops or one of several jump drives. After much time and irritation, I was able to find the folder and finish the cards. What should've taken a stress-free and pleasant 25 minutes evolved into 90 minutes of frustration that probably eroded the lining of my stomach and raised my blood pressure.
Although I often warn others about the pitfalls of multitasking and the tyranny of the urgent, I didn't heed my own advice. It was a good reminder that if we don't eliminate distractions and focus on the task at hand, even a simple job can come to feel like a burden.blog index