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Thinking about Quitting Medicine by C. Nicole Swiner, MD, and Others

Swiner Publishing Company
$9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9863702-2-9
January, 2017
Nonfiction: Self-help / Entreneurial / Medical
Available from www.Amazon.com

"I thought this book did an excellent job at featuring several individuals from different situational backgrounds. I enjoyed the conversational manner in which each individual's story was written. Succinct, but yet powerful. Thank you to all of the authors for sharing your life stories and for reminding us that one does not need to remain confined to the traditional constructs of medicine."
—Dr. David Pierre

Brought together from various fields of medicine, a team of visionary physicians came together with the shared mission of guiding our current generation of frustrated physicians to finding a path in medicine that is aligned with their ideal lifestyle vision.

From Emergency Medicine, to Obstetrics and Gynecology, to Radiation Oncology, to Psychiatry, to Psychology, to Beauty Queens with combined Law and Medical Doctorates, we’ve brought our best docs together. We’ve brought you medical school professors, entrepreneurs, publishers, locum tenens practitioners, doctors who entirely quit medicine to build virtual worlds, doctors who left the world of traditional practice to do missionary work.

They’ve all come together to share with you their experiences during medical training, their careers and lives after medical training out in the real world, and the feelings and thoughts that called them to consider alternatives to medicine.

C. Nicole Swiner, MD/AKA DocSwiner, is a family physician, two-time bestselling author, national speaker, wife and Mom of two in North Carolina. She loves taking care of the family as a whole—from the cradle to the grave. Her medical interests include Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Pediatrics. For her undergraduate education, she attended Duke University and went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC. She’s lived in the Triangle since finishing residency at the UNC-Chapel Hill and is a co-owner of Durham Family Medicine. She also continues teaching UNC medical students and residents as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Her first book, How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex, discusses the false belief that one person can be all things to all people, perfectly. It can have devastating effects—emotionally, mentally and physically. She hopes this book will serve as a guide for recovering superwomen (and supermen) everywhere to avoid said negative effects, and to make it a little easier and less stressful to take care of one’s self and family.

Her second book (released August 2016), The Superwoman Complex: A Follow-Up Visit, is an international bestseller and takes a more in-depth look into how we fix the issues identified and defined in her first book.

Her third book, the first collaborative one, is also an Amazon bestseller—Thinking About Quitting Medicine. It is a story of thirteen doctors and clinicians that strive to succeed in passions both within and outside of the practice of medicine.

Since 2009, she has been speaking locally and nationally for organizations, groups, high schools, and universities about stress management, health matters, and self-care. She does weekly broadcasts online and on Periscope with PeriGirlsTV, which are interactive and live. She enjoys helping others and doing events in a Q&A format to allow people to ask those questions they may be afraid to ask anyone else.

Along with speaking and teaching, she added publisher self-publishing consultant to her list of duties, as friends and colleagues around her became inspired to write and publish themselves. She published the above-mentioned three books through this company. Through Swiner Publishing Company, she serves as a liaison and “accountability partner” for those wanting to follow in her footsteps to begin a new career in book writing, marketing, social media, broadcasting, and speaking.

In January 2016, she launched her inaugural women’s health conference, called “New Year, New You,” and hosted a sold out crowd filled with twenty-plus vendors, live music, over fourteen speakers, two panel discussions and giveaways. She plans to hold this annually on Duke’s campus.

She can be contacted and all other information is available on www.docswiner.com.

The Polite Society by Ross White

Unicorn Press
$20.00, hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-87775-811-2
March, 2017
Available from the publisher

“Seamlessly the beautiful poems of Ross White’s The Polite Society traverse the page, but then, reading, you are struck by the sense of language as suddenly all the more mysterious—language, that is, as the ultimate system, frighteningly capable of both negotiation and song. If ‘the system’ threatens an all-encompassing politics, which it might, resistance is found in ourselves, our own imaginations. These poems are the proof.”
—Sally Keith, author of River House

The Polite Society is exactly the kind of work we need to be doing as writers and as human beings. In these gorgeously crafted poems, White examines not only our broken system of government but the systems of thought that broke it—and threaten to break us. He does not flinch, and through his deconstruction of the prejudices we have so politely ignored, White offers the hope of reconstructing a society based on open-eyed understanding.”
—Emma Bolden, author of Maleficae

“In poems both brutal and beautiful, Ross White compels us to confront our numbness, our complacency, and our ‘burden / of guilt.’ In the contexts of colonial history, unchecked police and military forces, and both domestic and global unrest, White’s poems revisit and revise notions of the American dream, shedding a bright light on the high cost of engaging in a ‘civil’ society. All the while, White holds himself, his work, and all of us accountable. His poems point to our shared complicity in the brutalities that mar human interaction, from a troubled father-son relationship to the global forces of imperialism.”
—Dilruba Ahmed, author of Dhaka Dust

What is the spirit of our age, and what are the consequences of that spirit? The Polite Society pursues these questions, urging readers to ignore politics in its infamous, decadent sense and focus instead on how we might still work together to flourish together.

Ross White is the author of the chapbook How We Came Upon the Colony (Unicorn Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, Poetry Daily, and The Southern Review, among others. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

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