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    5 TED Talks for Busy Dermatologists

    You appreciate big ideas, but have little free time. You could use a jolt of intelligent inspiration, but not if that requires jumping down (well, clicking through) the Internet’s rabbit hole of rubbish.

    Instead, here are five bite-sized carrots — short TED talks that will resonate with smart, busy dermatologists.

    If you’re hungry for insight to improve your work and personal life (or heck, if you just want to relax while short videos are beamed into your eyeballs), consider these presentations as tasty brain treats. From the thousands of short talks curated from TED conferences, these five are especially worth watching:



    “How do we heal medicine?” by Atul Gawande

    If you think medical systems are broken, and that doctors should focus more than they currently do on treating patients, check out this talk by an articulate doctor and writer. “We can’t know it all, and we can’t do it all, by ourselves.”


    “Your body language may shape who you are” by Amy Cuddy

    What do your patients think when they see your non-verbal communication? Does your body language reflect your best self, and how can “power posing” boost your chance of success? This talk by a social psychologist can do your posture — and confidence — wonders.


    “How to make stress your friend” by Kelly McGonigal

    Raise your hand if you don’t regularly feel stress. (Searching for people … searching …) In high-impact fields like medicine, stress is common — but it is necessarily bad? This psychologist encourages people to view stress as a positive, and to channel it into the act of reaching out to others. Your blood vessels (and your friends) will thank you.


    “How to gain control of your free time” by Laura Vanderkam

    After studying how successful people spend their time hour by hour, this time management expert discovered something important: We don’t build the lives we want by saving time; we build the lives we want, and then time saves itself. This video is 11 minutes, 54 seconds well spent.


    “The power of vulnerability” by Brené Brown

    One piece of research fundamentally changed the way this brainiac (and great storyteller) lives and loves. Her point: Connection is why we’re here. It gives our relationships purpose and meaning. But vulnerability is a prerequisite of connection, and that’s not always easy. This talk is equal parts funny and moving.


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