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Reflections and Mercy
Reflections on the true story that we've shared with you over the past week. The story continues to influence our family and to bring us to reflect on the nature of what it is to be a good person.
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May God Be With You
1944 Ukraine: May God Be With You - The tension is unbearable as Mark and Julie McLaughlin share "the story". Part 2 of a moving drama about regular people swept up in the winds of history.
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The Good Samaritan
A Story of 1944 Ukraine: The Introduction Too often, we seem to skim over what the story of the Good Samaritan is truly about. What is Mercy? What is Faith? How does one choose to be the Good Samaritan?
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Medical Burnout - A National Crisis
Medical burnout video taken from the August session of NeuroRounds, the number one online venue for medstudents, pre-med, and healthcare professionals seeking to raise the bar of their skill level.
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Finding The Switch : Next Level Wrestling
The tools that allow us to wrestle and compete at the highest level don't change over the years. Sometimes what changes is that people forget the basics and need to be reminded of what they've always known.
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Moments of Choice
In this video Dr. Mark McLaughlin shares a youth coaching experience and provides tools and hints for your own coaching responsibilities. It's about choices and responsibility.
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Day In The Life : Daybreak
Join practicing neurosurgeon Dr. Mark McLaughlin on the way to the hospital. It's the dawn of a neurosurgeon's day. Learn the thoughts and the process.
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Day In The Life Episode 2
Mental preparation, Med Student Teaching Rounds, Patient preparation. There's to surgical prep than hand hygiene. Join Dr. Mark McLaughlin for this glimpse into a neurosurgeon's day.
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Back to School, 30 Years Later
I recently attended the 30th reunion for my medical school class at Virginia Commonwealth University. The trip included great memories and some reflections on the future of medicine.
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Cutting For Stone
I just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese and my mom is smiling down from Heaven above. Twelve years ago she gave me an autographed copy that she got when Dr. Verghese was passing through Short Hills, New Jersey
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Day In The Life Episode 1
A Neurosurgeon's Day... from early morning start, through a long day of surgery, teaching, and patient care, to making a contribution to the lives of others on a daily basis.
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8 Meditations : Mark McLaughlin Wrapped 2021
Here are eight of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations that I found great meaning in over the course of 2021. He is foundational in Stoic thought and philosophy, and Roman Emperor in his spare time.
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Journal : Year 1
2021 was the first year I ever took up journaling. Here are the top ten pearls that I found when I reviewed it. It was well worth the effort and time, and I heartily recommend it to anyone.
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2021 Book Challenge
In 2021, I set a goal/challenge of reading 2 #books a month. Happy to say that I achieved the goal. My reading list is here.
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Eight Lessons From 2021
Another year of Covid has made many of us reflect and review our approach to life. My Eight Lessons From 2021.
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Jacob Brawler And His 22 Sons
A tale of the War of Independence. An article by my father Dr. John J. McLaughlin. The story of Jacob Brawler And His 22 Sons
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The Power Broker
What Robert Caro’s The Power Broker Taught Me about Linking History and Current Events. Book Review and More.
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All The Light We Cannot See
A short book review of All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Limitless April 14 2021
LIVE STREAMING at 7:00 pm on April 14th Living Your Limitless Life: A Brain Surgeon's Approach to Longevity - A virtual presentation. Dr. McLaughlin shares tips for a happy, healthy, and productive life. He uses actual cases to illustrate how you can take control over many of the risks to your well-being.
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Mercer-Presentation-May19
Living Your Limitless Life: A Brain Surgeon's Approach to Longevity - May 19th at Noon : Mercer County Surgery Center
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Matterhorn Book Review
A review of "Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War" by Karl Marlantes. With a son of my own following a career as a Marine, this was an intriguing and challenging book.
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High Performance for Athletes
December 8, 2020: High Performance for Athletes. A motivating presentation for Dakine Warriors. Dr. McLaughlin joins the competitive athletes from the Dakine Warriors..., a top volleyball club in the Pacific Northwest.
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With A Heavy Heart
Last week I met with our non-profit organization, Trenton Youth Wrestling, to determine our stance on resuming normal activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We considered many factors... most importantly, the overall social and moral question:
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Alchemy of Wrestling
The Alchemy of Wrestling. A short video inspired by the work of Jordan Peterson. Who knew that you could connect the story of ancient alchemists to Harry Potter and ultimately wrestling? Dr. McLaughlin puts on his "Coach Mark" hat to inspire a group of wrestlers.
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William & Mary Tribe Speaker Series
Dr. McLaughlin with the Womens' Soccer Team at William & Mary. An inspirational message about seizing the moment and retaking control. Because it's important to believe something good will happen.
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Virtual Event With Dr. McLaughlin
How do we make sense of the senseless? On July 15th, 2020, people from as far afield as Russia and Canada came together to listen to Dr. McLaughlin help us make sense of it all.
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Your Best Life - Spine, Brain, and Mind Health
A powerful presentation at the CentraState Healthcare Foundation Workshop in the spring of 2016. Living a full and rich life. Actionable intelligence from Dr. Mark McLaughlin.
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COVID-19 Reflections
A strategy for thinking about COVID-19 and coping with these challenging times. Using the IRISE method to guide your thinking. Dr. McLaughlin applies Cognitive Dominance methods to the problem.
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The 3 Secrets to Cognitive Dominance
Watch presentation to the Old Guard of Princeton. It's a stage previously occupied by Albee, Dyson, J Seward Johnson, Kahneman, Reinhardt, Tilghman, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Albert Einstein!
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The Power of Platforms Full Presentation
Video of The Power of Platforms - Complete Presentation. this is a powerful message for Executives, Athletes, Entrepreneurs, and anyone facing challenges and decisions. Here are the tools you need.
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Highlight Reel: Power of Platforms
Highlight reel from Dr. McLaughlin's presentation "The Power of Platforms". Dr. McLaughlin is a noted author, coach, inspirational speaker, and neurosurgeon.
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20 Years a Neurosurgeon
On this twentieth anniversary of my graduation from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurosurgery Residency program. What have I learned? What will I do differently in the years ahead?
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3 Essential Skills for Elite Performance in Health Care
Review of Christopher Ahmad’s book SKILL: 40 Principles That Surgeons, Athletes, And Other Elite Performers Use to Achieve Mastery, along with my pick of the top three skills for neurosurgeons to adopt.
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Dreams, Platforms, and Choices
Reaching the Platform means different things to different people, but for everyone, the journey requires the combination of a set of virtues and principles that range from dedication to hard work and faith.
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Dorothy Klenke Nash, M.D. : Pioneer Woman and Neurosurgeon
Today, women neurosurgeons remain a rare species; they represent only about 5% of the total in the United States. But at the time Dr. Nash became one, they were even scarcer; there weren’t any at all! She was the very first neurosurgeon of her gender in the U.S.
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Another Day In the Frontal Lobe: Book Review
Firlik covers the entire territory of being a neurosurgeon, the highest of highs and lowest of lows. The need for a surgeon to be a ray of hope, as well as the relater of harsh truth. Dealing with surgeons with big egos. Recognizing when a seemingly straightforward condition may indicate a potentially fatal brain infection.