Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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This podcast answers the question, "what should we have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb's cycle?" It is a practical guide for practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve. Physician and non-physician experts are interviewed on a wide range of topics to help us help our patients, practices, colleagues, communities and most of all, ourselves.

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Luana Colloca, MD, Ph.D., MS, is a physician-scientist, professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Director of the TL1 program, Chair of the Pain and Placebo Special Interest Group for the International Association for Study of Pain Society (IASP), and steering member and treasurer for the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies of Placebo (SIPS). Prof. Colloca holds an MD, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and a masters in Bioethics.   She completed a post-doc training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and a senior research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA.  Prof. Colloca received several prestigious awards such as the IASP Wall Patrick Award for basic research on pain mechanisms. Prof Colloca leads an NIH-funded research portfolio on endogenous pain modulation including placebo/nocebo effects and other nonpharmacological interventions such as virtual reality at the School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore.    We talk about the placebo effect and its evil twin, the nocebo effect, and the dicey ethical territory that comes with recommending an intervention that you know only works if the placebo effect occurs. We also discuss the ethical dilemma of the nocebo effect, in which we prime patients to feel more pain by warning them about impending pain. Today's Sponsor is Locumstory. For more information visit: doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory

Dec 3

39 min 15 sec

Carmen Brown, MD, is an author, blogger, practicing OB-GYN, and managing partner and founder of ExpatMD. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son. We talk about how she ended up practicing down-under, how to make it happen, what some of the differences about practicing down there and focused a bit on practice of OB-GYN. She dispelled some myths about limitations to practicing abroad and we discussed a little about what it’s like being a black woman in down under. Dr. Brown has been overseas for over eight years and has become passionate about helping other physicians realize their options to live and work overseas. After assisting several doctors find jobs in either New Zealand or Australia, Dr. Brown decided to start ExpatMD, a full-service consulting firm dedicated to helping American doctors achieve their dream of becoming an expat.  She also published ‘ExpatMD: Your Guide to Living and Working in Australia and New Zealand as a Physician.’ She also writes a blog about life as a doctor mom with a child with Autism at www.autismdrmom.blogspot.com  You can follow her on LinkedIn or Instagram @ExpatMD  or on Twitter @DoctorCarmenB  or @AutismDrMom    Today's Sponsor is LocumStory. To find out more visit: Locumstory.com

Nov 26

36 min 3 sec

Kate Mangona, MD, began practicing as a board-certified pediatric radiologist in 2015 after completing a 6-year medical school program at The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Radiology Residency at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, MI, and Pediatric Radiology Fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.    Dr. Mangona is a supportive physician’s wife and mother to three little girls and a mini poodle. She and her husband Victor, a pediatric radiation oncologist and tax code enthusiast, are active and passive real estate investors in over 3 thousand multifamily units and single-family rentals including a luxury Airbnb and lead a Multifamily Masterclass course where they teach others how to passively invest in real estate to grow their wealth as they sleep.  As a certified life coach, Kate hosts the Medicine, Marriage & Money podcast and leads the Medicine, Marriage, & Money Coaching Program where she helps married women physicians with children spend less time arguing with their spouse, and more time reigniting the sparks once felt during their honeymoon.    We discuss the non-financial challenges that are specific to being in a dual physician couple and then we talk about money, like double student loans, talking to your spouse about money, their path to real estate investing, and handling 3 kids under 4.  Looking for your next locum tenens assignment? Go to www.financialresidency.com/locumstory to learn more! 

Nov 19

25 min 32 sec

After experiencing paralyzing burnout as a newly-minted primary care physician, Dr. Diane Shannon made the hard decision to leave practice and pursue a career in writing. Her focus for 20 years has been drawing attention to ways to address clinician burnout, system inefficiency, and patient safety problems. She is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, which was published in 2016.  Her personal experience with burnout and her desire to support clinicians motivated her to become a certified coach three years ago. She now helps clinicians gain clarity on their goals, increase their bandwidth, overcome barriers, and improve their professional and personal lives. Dr. Shannon attended Williams College, Jefferson Medical College, and Harvard University. She completed training in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and practiced general internal medicine before making the shift to writing and coaching.  This interview was suggested by Dr. Tam Tiet, a family physician at Sutter Health so thank you for the suggestion, Dr. Tiet. We’ve spoken in the past about burnout from the physician perspective, but what can health systems do in order to address burnout? That was the topic for today’s discussion. We discuss the importance of physician retention and how we can accomplish that, addressing gender and racial disparities in compensation, retention and promotion, and what all of this has to do with pebbles in shoes.   Today's sponsor is LocumStory. For more locum tenens information, doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory is your final destination.

Nov 12

33 min 1 sec

Talya Miron-Shatz, PhD, is a leader in research at the intersection of medicine and behavioral economics. She is professor and founding Director of the Center for Medical Decision Making at Ono Academic College in Israel, senior fellow at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest in New York, and a visiting researcher at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge. Miron-Shatz was a post-doctoral researcher at Princeton University, and a lecturer at Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of over 60 academic papers on medical decision making. She is CEO of CureMyWay, an international health consulting firm whose clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Samsung.   She wrote the book Your Life Depends on It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices About Your Health. She wrote it for patients and clinicians alike. We discuss how patients are frequently overwhelmed with the information we give them. How to give it to them in a more digestible way, while still being time efficient, how we can tell if they are understanding us and how to tell if they don’t plan on following our recommendations. She also teaches us how to increase the chances that a patient will choose us as their doctor. Find her at www.talyamironshatz.com   Today's Sponsor is Locumstory. To find out more visit: doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory  

Nov 5

42 min 13 sec

I’m re-releasing this episode because of how critical it is. In my quest to be taught how best to have a fruitful discussion with those hesitant about the vaccine, I interviewed two science communicators, a social engineer, a lawyer, an expert in cognitive biases, and a motivational interview and of all of those, the last one was the most powerful tool for moving the needle on those hesitant to get the vaccine.  Motivational interviewing comes from addiction medicine, but using it for vaccine hesitancy actually precedes the COVID pandemic. It is used for new parents who are considering forgoing their newborns' vaccines. Mandates are going to get some to get the vaccine, but for others, a conversation with their trusted physician can be a powerful thing. Dr. Joseph Weiner teaches us how to use it to help our patients with vaccination and other decisions.  Dr. Joseph Weiner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where he co-directs the four-year curriculum in Physician-Patient Communication and Interpersonal Skills. Thinking and writing about how patients and clinicians communicate with each other has been a major interest in his career. This episode is sponsored by CompHealth Just head to financialresidency.com/comphealth and see what locums can do for you financially.

Oct 31

29 min 23 sec

I’m re-releasing this episode because of how critical it is. In my quest to be taught how best to have a fruitful discussion with those hesitant about the vaccine, I interviewed two science communicators, a social engineer, a lawyer, an expert in cognitive biases, and a motivational interview and of all of those, the last one was the most powerful tool for moving the needle on those hesitant to get the vaccine.  Motivational interviewing comes from addiction medicine, but using it for vaccine hesitancy actually precedes the COVID pandemic. It is used for new parents who are considering forgoing their newborns' vaccines. Mandates are going to get some to get the vaccine, but for others, a conversation with their trusted physician can be a powerful thing. Dr. Joseph Weiner teaches us how to use it to help our patients with vaccination and other decisions.  Dr. Joseph Weiner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where he co-directs the four-year curriculum in Physician-Patient Communication and Interpersonal Skills. Thinking and writing about how patients and clinicians communicate with each other has been a major interest in his career. This episode is sponsored by CompHealth Just head to financialresidency.com/comphealth and see what locums can do for you financially.

Oct 26

49 min 8 sec

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Two weeks after that tragic day, The Onion, the famed comedy newspaper, put out an issue with jokes about 9/11. How did they do that? Scott Dikkers, one of The Onion’s founders teaches us how. His rule is that comedy is meant to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.” That’s why they put out that issue. To comfort the afflicted. As physicians, that’s what we do! How can we be funny, even in the face of tragedy? Mr. Dikkers teaches comedy writing and has turned what seems unteachable into a science. He has described funny filters and all comedy fits into one of those filters. He teaches us which are the best for the exam room, how to recover from a failed joke, how to work humor into our office visits and lectures, and what jokes comedians can’t use, but we can!   Scott Dikkers founded the world’s first humor website, TheOnion.com, in 1996. A few years earlier he helped found the original Onion newspaper. He’s served as The Onion’s owner and editor-in-chief, on and off, for much of the last quarter century.  He led The Onion’s rise from small, unknown college humor publication to internationally respected comedy brand.  He is also a New York Times best seller, and Peabody Award winner.  He documented his process for creating humor in his book, How to Write Funny, and the second in the series, How to Write Funnier, and next on the way, How to Write Funniest, which are the basis of the Writing with The Onion program he created and teaches at The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Scott offers other courses and free resources for comedy writers on the How to Write Funny website. Today's sponsor is CompHealth. To find out more visit financialresidency.com/comphealth 

Oct 19

45 min

This was one of my favorite interviews. I was a fledgling podcaster at the time when I interviewed Dr. Stephanie Sogg, a clinical psychologist at the Harvard Weight Center. She had been quoted in an article in the Huffington Post that lambasted physicians for not knowing how to talk to our patients about their weight. Interviews like this were the reason why I started podcasting. I emailed her and asked her if she could teach us the right way to have these discussions and she agreed! Talking to patients about their weight is fraught with landmines created by inordinately complex psychosocial issues. It is very easy to alienate a patient. Dr. Sogg teaches us the power of language and this has come up in other interviews since. Changing racial language from minority to minoritize and slave to enslaved changes the perspective of the listener. It subtly influences how that person is perceived. The same applies to discussing weight; when we change our language about body habitus to be less stigmatizing, it subtly influences the listener, be it our patients, students or colleagues. We also need to change the way we talk about food. According to Dr. Sogg, the only bad food has gone bad, tastes bad or is poisonous. Dr. Stephanie Sogg is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She has treated patients with obesity at the MGH Weight Center since 2003. Dr. Sogg earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1998, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Harvard Medical School. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Sogg conducts research on obesity and bariatric surgery, and the intersection between obesity and addiction, and has published widely on obesity and related topics. She is an author of the Boston Interview for Bariatric Surgery, and of the official ASMBS Recommendations for the Pre-Surgical Psychosocial Evaluation of Bariatric Surgery Patients. She is the director of the Weight Center rotation for Behavioral Medicine psychology interns, and is active in national and international scientific obesity and weight loss surgery societies. She is currently serving as a member-at-large on the Integrated Health Executive Council for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Today’s sponsor is Locumstory. You can find out more by visiting: www.locumstory.com 

Oct 10

57 min 48 sec

This episode is going to flip the script. I’m going to be the one interviewed. I was interviewed by Dr. Indu Partha, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tuscon, on her podcast, The Ajo Way, Primary Care Pearls from South Campus. We talked about dizziness. If you are an otolaryngologist like me, you can stop listening now, but for everyone else who finds dizziness to be mystifying, this will be a good primer to understanding otologic causes of dizziness. We aren’t getting granular here; no need to differentiate the saccule from the utricle. You’re getting lost in the weeds. If you have trouble differentiating postural dizziness from positional vertigo, this episode is for you. 

Oct 8

57 min 59 sec

Dr. Junaid Niazi is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who works as a primary care physician for a large healthcare organization in the upper Midwest by day and by night he’s known as Prosperous Life MD. He is a physician life coach and he blogs and coaches physicians on all things wellness, productivity, finances, and careers. He also has a group coaching program to help physicians complete their charting at work and that’s why he’s on the show today. His interest in charting also landed him as an Information Services Medical Director, where he optimizes the EHR for physician use and patient care.   He is going to help you conquer your charts and go home on time! How? By standing over you and forcing you to finish the chart before moving on to the next patient! How? By convincing you that whatever you can do with that extra time is going to be more rewarding than whatever it is you’re doing to waste your time instead of charting.  Are my kids more fun than scrolling on Twitter? Usually. What’s your reward? Finish your charts!!! We also talk about Parkinson’s Law, why it isn’t some forgotten formula from physics class or your neurology rotation, and how realizing its truth will help you get stuff done. He’s also anti-To-Do list? Why are to-do lists the devil and make you feel like garbage and ultimately less productive?   Dr. Niazi completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and residency at the University of Minnesota. He is married to a pediatrician and has two rambunctious toddlers. Today's sponsor for the podcast is Locumstory. To find out more visit - doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory

Sep 29

38 min 32 sec

Dr. Linda Street is a board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist and Life Coach who focuses specifically on Physician Negotiations. She is the Founder & CEO of Simply Street MD Negotiation Coaching where she helps female physicians take charge of their lives and negotiate for the salary they deserve. She lives and breathes to close the gender gap, starting with you! She also hosts the Simply Worth It podcast where she discusses physician contract negotiations. Find her at www.simplystreetmd.com We start out discussing how it is critical to change your mindset when you finish your training. You have been the toilet paper on someone’s shoe for the last decade and now you’re the prize, so negotiate like it. One of her main points is that you’ll never know what you can get unless you ask. Negotiation isn’t a zero-sum game with a winner and a loser, so there is no reason for it to be an adversarial relationship. It is about finding a way to work together. And think about your priorities – it isn’t just about money. Are you burned out and need a change of pace? or looking to supplement your income? Then maybe locum tenens is for you. Reach out to www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory to learn more.

Sep 22

33 min 21 sec

Jen Barna, MD, is a board-certified practicing radiologist, and founder and CEO of DocWorking, a company that helps physicians achieve their best in life and medicine by providing expert coaching, courses, and other resources in the form of a subscription called DocWorking THRIVE. Jen and the two lead coaches at DocWorking, Gabriella Dennery, MD, and Master Certified Coach Jill Farmer, started DocWorking: The Whole Physician Podcast in February 2021, now ranked as a top physician podcast. I’ve had a few physician coaches on in the past, and she has come the closest to convincing me to actually get a coach myself. We discuss why she decided to start a business that revolves around coaching physicians, without actually being the coach herself, and how she got it started, her other business ventures, including Qelse (https://www.qelse.shop) an e-commerce boutique that creates designer walker/mobility bags, stroller bags and caddies. We also discuss some of her most valuable takeaways from having been coached and why an outside coach should be part of residency training. Dr. Barna’s subspecialty is breast imaging, and she practices in the northeastern US since 2006. She earned her medical degree and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. She earned a masters degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University in New York. Try the Deputy app for free by visiting -doctorpodcastnetwork.com/deputy

Sep 12

33 min 58 sec

Dr. Sarah Smith is a family physician and charting coach. She specializes in helping physicians with our charting backlog so we can get home on time without the looming cloud of unfinished charts and callbacks.  We discuss how to add efficiency to your day by making sure you are laser focused on your patient and you aren’t finished until that chart is closed. This frees up mental space for the next patient, making that visit a bit more efficient. By the end of your morning, have a plan for how you are going to tackle callbacks. We also discuss dictation, scribes, templates, and how this is all easier said than done. She went to medical school at the University of Western Australia and has worked in primarily rural communities as a family physician, and is now in Edson, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Smith is a certified life coach and knows firsthand the experience of never being done and having unfinished charts and inboxes begging for your attention.  She has hundreds of hours of experience coaching many physicians in the outpatient setting with improving their office and workplace efficiency and finding solutions to getting their work done during their clinical day. You can find her at chartingcoach.ca.   To learn more — and try Deputy out for free — go to www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/deputy

Sep 6

35 min 6 sec

Michael Reddington, CFI is a certified forensic interviewer and the President of InQuasive, Inc., a company that integrates the key components of effective non-confrontational interview techniques with current business research for executives. Using his background in forensics, and his understanding of human behavior through interrogation, Reddington teaches businesses to use the truth to their advantage. And now he’s teaching it to physicians. We first learn what a forensic interviewer is and why there should be more in the world. We talk about trust, how to gain it, keep it, and avoid losing it, mostly through how we demonstrate how we’ve been listening. Patient diagnoses are sometimes part of their identity; we talk about an approach that can help if you are about to change a long-held diagnosis and how to interrupt a patient without alienating them. Reddington received his bachelor's degree in business administration and management from Southern New Hampshire University, and received additional education on negotiation and a leadership degree from Harvard University. He has led over one thousand programs and educated over ten thousand participants from companies, government agencies and executive groups across the world. Find him at InQuasive.com.   The sponsor for this week's episode is Vive Funds. Reach out to Veena and her team at Vive Funds to find out how you can be a successful investor too! Vive Funds creates opportunities for you to build your portfolio. You can find out more by visiting: www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/vivefunds 

Aug 29

40 min 20 sec

Jonathan Howard, MD, is double boarded in Neurology and Psychiatry and as he puts it in his Twitter profile, the author of several non-bestselling neurology textbooks. That’s not why he’s being interviewed. H wrote his own book on fallacy and errors in medicine entitled, Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes: A Case-Based Guide to Critical Thinking in Medicine. I keep trying to interview him about the book and he keeps changing the subject! In the last interview, we discussed cognitive biases in vaccine hesitancy and used by antivaxxers and this time we talk about how biases influence how we perceive the danger that covid-19 poses to children. He teaches us about the contrast effect and why it can be used to dangerously minimize the impact of COVID on children, but how we also need to use contrast as a frame of reference when determining risk. Dr. Howard did his residency and fellowship at NYU, where he is now an associate Professor of  Neurology and Psychiatry, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis. He is the neurology clerkship director and director of neurology at Bellevue. He can be found on Twitter at @JHowardBrainMD and blog articles on sciencebasedmedicine.org.  If you want to boost efficiency across your practice and make staff scheduling easier, try the Deputy app. You can try this award-winning technology for free by going to www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/deputy 

Aug 27

52 min 26 sec

Omar M. Khateeb is a marketing leader based in Silicon Valley. He actually started out going to med school before going into marketing. He has developed marketing strategies at two publicly traded surgical robotic companies through their IPOs as well as co-founded and successfully launched a consumer product for men’s fashion. Having successfully crowdfunded and launched a consumer product, Omar brings his knowledge of B2C marketing through digital channels to a B2B world. His areas of focus are category design, driving adoption of new technologies, and developing strategies to channel attention towards generating demand. He is currently the head of growth at Gentem, an end-to-end billing and revenue cycle management company for physician practices. His career in marketing has made him a student of influence, so we discuss Robert Cialdini’s 7 principles of persuasion and how and why physicians should be utilizing them with our patients. These are reciprocity, scarcity, authority, commitment, consensus, likability, and unity. You can follow with Omar on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@OmarMKhateeb) or Youtube (Mind Loom with Omar M Khateeb). For a free billing assessment with Gentem: https://gentem.com/request-demo/

Aug 18

50 min 9 sec

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Maria Soriano Young, M.A. is a Communication Manager for the Chair of the Heart, Vascular, & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Her background includes 11 years in higher education, having taught a variety of courses at John Carroll University, including business communication and first-year writing, directed the Writing Center, and coached graduate assistants to become effective teachers. Their book, Captovation: Online Presentations by Design, is one of the first comprehensive guides to crafting, revising, and delivering online presentations that are engaging and effective. We first go through the basics of presentations and common pitfalls, like huge, packed slide decks. We then go through the intentionality of the online presentation, from staging, to vocal tonality and cadence, and various ways to keep the audience’s attention from props to the chat function to pregnant pauses and more. And we end on the challenge of the hybrid lecture. Are you coaching curious or a coach yourself looking to improve your services? Then head to doctorpodcastnetwork.com/PhysicianCoachingAlliance to learn more. 

Aug 8

52 min 39 sec

Nate Brown is a perpetual student of the world’s greatest experiences and the people who create them. Having spent the first decade of this career managing a complex technical support environment for Occupational Health and eLearning software, Nate transitioned to Customer Experience 2015. After authoring The CX Primer, Brown was dubbed the “CX Influencer of the Year” by CloudCherry in 2019, and a top global CX thought leader by over half a dozen organizations and associations. As a passion project, Nate created CX Accelerator, a first-class virtual community for Customer Experience professionals. Nate currently serves as the Chief Experience Officer for Officium Labs and can be found at a variety of conferences speaking and training on the CX topics he loves. Find his podcast at Podcasts — Officium Labs We discuss the brand promise – what does your brand stand for and what promise is it making and what expectations are you setting? He teaches us about the peak-end rule. Your patients will remember the first and last impressions most, so what are you doing to maximize their experience at those key points. When his daughter had surgery at Vanderbilt, they were given a “journey map,” so they’d know what their day was going to look like and this concept could be applied to many of our patients’ journeys. Lastly, with a coming “great resignation,” what we can do to create a culture of appreciation within our practices. This week's sponsor is Advice Media. Don’t delay booking your demo today for a $60 Amazon Gift Card and some awesome insight on how to improve your digital presence, go to www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/advicemedia 

Aug 5

58 min 42 sec

Dr. Jeff Bailet is president and chief executive officer of Altais, a subsidiary of Blue Shield of California. Altais was formed to help physicians and their practices reduce administrative burden, spend more time with patients, and improve access to quality, affordable health care. Dr. Bailet has more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience having served as executive vice president of Blue Shield of California’s Health Care Quality and Affordability division, executive vice president at Aurora Health Care and President of Aurora Health Care Medical Group and CMO of PacMed Clinics, a multispecialty medical group in Seattle. He also currently chairs the federal Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Like me, he’s a board-certified otolaryngologist having completed residency at UCLA and holds a master of science with concentration in Environmental Health. Given his breadth of leadership experience, we discuss how he arrived there, advice he’d give up and comers and then broader questions like where he’d like to see change about the US healthcare system and why physicians need a seat at the table. We also talk about trends physician practices, why smaller practices are good for patients, and what to look for if you’re considering merging with a larger practice or selling your practice. As a physician, you routinely check your patients' health. But when was the last time you checked the financial health of your practice? Request your free revenue cycle assessment and learn more from today's sponsor, CareCloud, at www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/carecloud

Jul 28

45 min 30 sec

Jessica Elizabeth Isom, MD MPH is an early career community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism projects. Dr. Isom draws on her psychiatric training and humble background to connect across differences in power, education, and perspective to foster a collaborative approach to achieving racial justice and equity in medicine and beyond. She gives us a framework for addressing racist patients, family members and guests. This is three steps and works in many situations. Call it out, leverage the institution and set a limit on the behavior. Interrupt. Educate. Set limit. She also gives us ways to address racist language from attending to attending or even trainee to attending. We also discuss when it is OK for a patient to request a physician of a certain gender or racial background Dr. Isom is currently an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center in Boston where she is providing expertise on antiracist transformation of staff and programming with a specific focus on the opioid use disorder services. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership. She currently serves as a leader within the American Psychiatric Association Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists and has been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Currently, she is devoting considerable time to growing her consulting company, Vision for Equity LLC(vision4equity.com), which she intends to expand into a nationally sought out team of antiracism coaches and organizational trainers. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @drjessisommdmph. Are you too busy to build the professional digital presence your business needs? Then reach out to Advice Media at www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/advicemedia.

Jul 20

39 min 25 sec

Kyle Bradford Jones, MD, FAAFP is an Associate (Clinical) Professor in Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah in 2012. Since then, he has worked at the Neurobehavior HOME Program, a clinical program for individuals with a developmental disability, where he leads the Primary Care and Utilization Management Teams. He is author of the best-selling and award-winning book Fallible: A Memoir of a Young Physician’s Struggle with Mental Illness.  We started with how he realized that he was struggling with his mental health, how it has become an asset in his patient care (and caring for his colleagues and trainees), some surprising data about the frequency of mood disorders and suicidal thoughts in our trainees, and how we need to give ourselves some grace in light of all of the paradoxes we are forced to grapple with in healthcare. Are you too busy to build the professional digital presence your business needs? Then reach out to Advice Media at www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/advicemedia

Jul 16

34 min 1 sec

After training near me at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn in neurology and neurophysiology, Dr. Scott Abramson moved cross country and joined Northern California Kaiser Permanente in July 1979 and retired from the Neurology department in San Leandro in 2020. For over 25 years, he had been involved in the communication mission at Kaiser Permanente, which all started at Toastmasters. He has been a physician coach and communications instructor. His two favorite courses were: “The Secret of Happiness” and “All the Wisdom We Need To Be Joyous Physicians Can Be Found in Country Music.” For over 20 years, he wrote a monthly column in our Kaiser newsletter on communication issues such as, “The Three Most Intelligent words a Physician Can Utter,” “Why I failed to cure my wife’s headache” and The Most Important Words One Can Say to the Bereaved.” Several of these stories have been published in medical journals. Some can be found in video format on YouTube channel: http://doctorwisdom.net/ For the interview, we played a few of his favorite vignettes and he would expand on them. He’s a fantastic storyteller and, as usual, a few concepts you can start applying with your patients now. Dr. Errin Weisman is passionate about creating sustainable careers for women and fundamentally changing the toxic culture of healthcare one woman at a time. Check out her podcast Doctor Me First at doctorpodcastnetwork.com/doctormefirst

Jul 9

42 min 8 sec

John Miller was born in 1958 in Ithaca, N.Y. His dad, Jimmy Miller, was the Cornell University wrestling coach and a small-town pastor. This is probably why John finds it so natural to coach and teach! At 18, John asked 16-year-old, Karen, to a movie and a few short years later they married in June 1980. Hired by Cargill off the Cornell U. campus to be a “grain trader,” John and Karen lived in three states in five years, finally settling in Minneapolis, MN. In early 1986, John began a new career providing leadership and sales management training to Twin Cities’ corporations from all industries. This is how and when John created QBQ! The Question Behind the Question. Throughout a decade of selling and facilitating training for executives and managers, he discovered the incredible need for personal accountability. In 1995, he chose to become a keynote speaker, titling his sessions “Personal Accountability and the QBQ!”—even though some people told him that “personal accountability isn’t a topic.” John’s speaking career took off and he began writing books, gaining the new title of “author.” As physicians we are problem solvers, but sometimes, especially when it doesn’t apply to patient care, we might not be asking the right questions, so he helps us reframe our questions to help us be better managers, bosses, and team leaders. This is all about personal accountability, so if this isn’t your speed, switch back over to Tim Ferriss’ podcast. We talk about personal accountability when it comes to managing our staff, managing our patients, and working in large institutions that don’t love you back. Do you need real, unbiased answers to your questions to see if Locum Tennens could be a fit for you?  Go to locumstory.com OR doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory and get the answers.

Jun 27

36 min 12 sec

William O. Cooper, MD, MPH, is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy. We discuss the Co-worker Observation Reporting System (CORS) and Patient Advocacy Response System (PARS), which use co-worker and patient unsolicited complaints to give physicians feedback. It turns out that a few outlying physicians get the bulk of the complaints, and these physicians also account for a large percentage of complications and malpractice lawsuits. They have a system for making sure the physicians are getting this feedback, and learn about it in a constructive way such that most of them stop being those outliers, or the toxic systems that caused them to be such outliers are addressed. If you were being a jerk to your patients or your staff, would you know it? Would you know if you were the outlier? Would you course correct? Dr. Cooper is an internationally recognized expert in medication safety in children. The results of his research, published in journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, have led to changes in policy for prescription drugs at the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, and the European Union and have influenced prescribing practices for multiple specialties, including pediatricians, obstetricians, and psychiatrists. He has served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and recently provided testimony to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labors, and Pensions on the use of psychotropic medications in children. Dr. Cooper received an M.D. degree from Vanderbilt, completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Cincinnati and served as a pediatrics chief resident and then completed his M.P.H. at Vanderbilt as a fellow in Academic General Pediatrics, where he stayed on as faculty. Dr. Cooper has directed an active research program in pediatric pharmacoepidemiology funded by NIH, AHRQ, FDA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2008, Dr. Cooper founded the Department of Pediatrics Office for Faculty Development, where he leads efforts to recruit and retain faculty, address issues of diversity, and foster skills development of faculty related to academic success. Are you burned out and need a change of pace? or looking to supplement your income? Then maybe locum tenens is for you. Reach out to www.doctorpodcastnetwork.com/locumstory to learn more.

Jun 22

40 min 28 sec

Dr. Lisa Allen serves as the Chief Patient Experience Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. We discuss how strategies applied at Hopkins can be brought to smaller practices and how larger practices can give the boutique feel of smaller practices. The theme that kept coming up was that it is all about making the patients feel welcome, from training staff, to your own demeanor as a physician, to the aesthetic of the office. We also discuss complaints vs. formal grievances and how each is addressed and we end on changes made during the pandemic. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Allen was the system vice president for quality, patient experience and patient safety with Steward Health Care System, an 11-hospital, community-based accountable care organization serving more than 1 million patients annually in 85 communities throughout Massachusetts. In this position, she successfully introduced patient-centered care, including best practices, to improve Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores. Known for her collaborative leadership style, Dr. Allen served as the associate vice president for quality, patient safety and experience at UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest provider of health services for central and western Massachusetts. She also led patient safety and quality efforts for 20 years as the director of quality management and outcomes measurement at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Allen earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in medical anthropology and community medicine from the University of Connecticut. She holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from San Diego State University.

Jun 16

34 min 47 sec

Dr. David Geier is a double-board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, media medical expert, and host of the new podcast, The MEDIA PROS Show. In his practice and on his online platform, he helps people feel and perform their best, regardless of age, injuries, or medical conditions. Having done well over 2,500 TV, radio, podcast, newspaper, magazine, and online publication interviews, he now coaches experts to help them grow their practices by getting interviewed as an expert in the media. We discuss why someone would want to be on TV and print media and how to get and stay there and how COVID has made it easier to make such appearances. We also discussed podcasts and why we should take his advice after debasing himself by appearing on a podcast such as this. It was a great show and even though I’m comfortable, here in my basement where you can’t see my bearding face, I’m considering making a foray into local news. He can be found @drdavidgeier on all social media platforms and mediaproscoaching.com. Please SHARE!!!   Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

Jun 7

41 min 23 sec

Award-winning father-son duo Edgar Schein and Peter Schein are renowned in the organizational healthcare development space. The pair co-founded the Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute and have collaborated on several books, including two in the Humble Leadership series. The first edition of Humble Inquiry (2013) has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into 17 languages. Asking questions and actively listening to the answers is a foundational skill for everyone in the healthcare space. Unfortunately, in a world of accelerating change, we often find ourselves doing and telling rather than asking and listening.  The Scheins believe our failure to ask humbly and with the right attitude has created healthcare spaces in which people do not feel psychologically safe to communicate freely – a trend that can be especially detrimental to both patients and healthcare professionals. This episode will help us to not only communicate better with our patients, but our healthcare team. Find them at OCLI.org Also, I am now part of a network. The Doctor Podcast Network, where all of the podcasts cater to a physician audience. For instance, Dr. Jeremy Toffle, Hosts the Imperfect Dad MD Podcast. Check it out! Please SHARE!!! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

May 30

51 min 6 sec

Brian Carlson currently serves as Vice President of Patient Experience for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In his current role, he is strategically and operationally responsible for institutional performance on service programming and metrics.  Operationally he has direct oversight to Guest Services, Patient Relations, Service Consulting and Center for EMS Excellence. Strategically he advises on institutional patient experience goals and improvement, employee engagement, culture, and patient engagement programs, including on-line patient portal My Health at Vanderbilt. We discuss who should be on the patient experience team and it ranges from HR to your kid’s kickball instructor.  You’ll see what I mean. How much do we invest in the Patient Experience; how do we best engage our employees and how do we get buy-in from management? What are some of the out-of-the-box tactics used by Vanderbilt and how do we use surveys to take the pulse of the patient experience? Mr. Carlson joined Vanderbilt in 2007 as Administrator of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.  Prior to Vanderbilt he served as CEO/COO of a multi-specialty physician group practice in Western New York and started his professional career at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago. Please SHARE!!! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

May 21

44 min 10 sec

Jake Poore spent nearly two decades at the Walt Disney World Company in Florida helping to recruit, hire, train and align their 65,000 employees toward one end in mind: creating memorable experiences for individuals, not transactions for the masses. In 1996, Jake helped launch the Disney Institute, the external training arm of Disney that sold its business secrets to the world. 80 percent of the people who attended the Institute were from healthcare…and Jake’s passion for helping to improve healthcare began. He teaches us how to get everyone at an organization to focus on the patient experience, whether they have a financial incentive or not and it starts with a morning huddle. We also discuss empowering the staff to improve the patient experience and why there needs to be a mechanism to get their ideas to management. Lastly, we discuss preboarding, which is hiring, and onboarding. This was chock full of great ideas to start applying tomorrow. Just after September 11, 2001, Mr. Poore launched Integrated Loyalty Systems, a company on a mission to help elevate the human side of healthcare. Since then, Jake and his team of experts have been sharing the organizational blueprints needed to build world class patient experiences by helping them design and execute patient-driven cultural blueprints, define the companies’ patient experience strategy and map out and operationalize the ideal patient and employee experience.  Mr. Poore spends most of his time in the trenches of healthcare, working side by side clinical and non-clinical care team members on every step of the patient experience. Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

May 18

46 min 59 sec

Jennifer Kasten, MD, MSc, MSc is a practicing pediatric pathologist with degrees in medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, infectious disease epidemiology (CID) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a year’s postgraduate work in the mathematical modeling of infectious disease at Oxford University, and a master’s in the history of medicine and science, also from Oxford University. That’s a lot of school. Given her education, and pithy sense of humor, she created a Facebook page to clarify COVID-related issues, first for friends and family, and then some posts went viral and she has turned into a phenomenon. If you don’t follow her, you should. This is part 2 of the episode with Jennifer Kasten, MD, MSc, MSc. Part 1 was what we’ve learned about COVID in the last year and this episode is all the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. We discussed when we can expect full FDA approval, rather than emergency use and what that entails, how she arrived at the declaration (made during the episode) that she believes the vaccines will last 2 years, why she thinks the vaccines provide sterilizing immunity, potential pathophysiology of thrombosis after the J&J and AZ vaccines, how the mRNA vaccines work (apparently muscles are just for show – not immune responses), and an update on the pediatric vaccines. Also, I am now part of a network. The Doctor Podcast Network, where all of the podcasts cater to a physician audience. For instance, Dr. Mike Woo-Ming, AKA Bootstrap MD, Hosts the Physician Entrepreneurs Podcast. Check it out! Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

May 13

54 min 41 sec

Jennifer Kasten, MD, MSc, MSc is a practicing pediatric pathologist with degrees in medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, infectious disease epidemiology (CID) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a year’s postgraduate work in the mathematical modeling of infectious disease at Oxford University, and a master’s in the history of medicine and science, also from Oxford University. That’s a lot of school. Given her education, and pithy sense of humor, she created a Facebook page to clarify COVID-related issues, first for friends and family, and then some posts went viral and she has turned into a phenomenon. If you don’t follow her, you should. We recorded two episodes. The first was updates on COVID – what we’ve leaned in the 11 months since last we spoke. We discussed the new variants, and how this affects R naught, long-term sequelae, long hauler syndrome, and which countries handled the virus best and why. Somehow we even get into Federalism. If you like this episode, make sure to check out the next one where we discuss the vaccines. Also, I am now part of a network. The Doctor Podcast Network, where all of the podcasts cater to a physician audience. For instance, Dr. Kate Mangona has a podcast called Medicine Marriage and Money. Check it out! Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

May 2

50 min 20 sec

Sanj Katyal, MD, is a radiologist and a student of positive psychology. He is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller Positive Philosophy: Ancient and Modern Wisdom to Create a Flourishing Life, where he combines the philosophy of the ancient stoics and Bhagavad Gita with the relatively new, science-backed positive psychology to help us live our best lives. We interviewed him about that in February of 2019. If you haven’t already listened to it, be sure to check it out. He’s taken it a step further and created a course: THRIVE RX: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FLOURISHING FOR PHYSICIANS BY PRACTICING PHYSICIANS. Thrive-Rx is a collaboration with four physician experts to bring you “the course that we wish we had taken in medical school.” Sound familiar? It covers the key components of flourishing: personal well-being (heal the healer), professional fulfillment (reclaim joy in medicine), success (get what you want), and financial independence (work on your own terms). The Thrive-Rx team created this course for two main reasons. The first goal is to equip physicians with new tools, training and practical strategies that allow them to reclaim more joy and meaning from medicine. The other goal is to help physicians teach these principles to their patients and families. And they are all still in practice, practicing what they preach. A lot of our discussion focuses on attention and why that’s the key to flourishing, using our time and attention most efficiently by outsourcing and minimizing distraction. Dr. Katyal is the Founder of Positive Psychology Program for Physicians and President of Optimal Life Imaging Group, PC. Dr. Katyal also holds certifications in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching from Whole Being Institute. He is investigating the effectiveness of positive psychology interventions on physician wellness/burnout. For a limited time, listeners of Physicians Guide to Doctoring podcast can use the code BRAD to receive 50% off the course price! Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

Apr 25

54 min 58 sec

Dr. Randall Cook has more than four decades of bedside practice as a general and vascular surgeon. He holds certifications from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine subspecialty, as well as certifications from the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Board of Wound Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and formerly served as a designated medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is now a coach with MDCoaches.com and host of the Rx for Success podcast and Inside the Doctor’s Lounge. It’s a fantastic podcast with interesting guests – you should check it out. We talk about coaching. He convinces me why I need to get a career coach (I’m a bit of a coaching skeptic), why coaching has suddenly become so popular, how to find direction for the rudderless, how to advance in an academic career or in a healthcare system (hint: be on committees and listen), how to get through committee meetings, how to tell the difference between needing a coach and needing a therapist, and finally, how to tell with it is time to hang up the stethoscope or the scalpel. Dr. Cook has worked as a solo practitioner, small single specialty group, and large multispecialty clinic. He’s been Chairman of the Department of Surgery for Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as President of the Medical Staff and member of the hospital's Board of Trustees. Upon leaving surgery, he served as the medical director of the Jackson Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, and as a Zone Medical Director for Healogics, Inc., the largest wound care provider in the country. Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Apr 19

39 min 35 sec

Dr. Ronnesia Gaskins is a licensed medical psychologist with 18 years of combined clinical and research experience, assessing treating and designing and implementing research for adults, children, adolescents and families. We discussed vaccinations in the black and other minoritized communities. There has been a lot of discussion about hesitancy in the black community, but her point is that it is more of an access issue than a hesitancy issue. We discuss some ways in which we could use existing infrastructure of improve access. We also then discuss how to address hesitancy when discussing with your patients, and not surprisingly, consistent with what we’ve discussed in past episodes, it is about treating the patient as an individual with respect and empathy. More surprisingly – we should admit we have an agenda! She received her Doctorate in Medical (Clinical) Psychology (PhD) and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in behavioral medicine and Postdoctoral Fellowship in developmental pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Gaskins has worked full time for the past ~7 years in private practice working with diverse adults, children and families. She works specifically with patients presenting with concerns around identity and equity, anxiety, depression, health behavior, parenting and stress management, including coping with racism, sexism, and stigma. She previously was an NIH funded principal investigator and academic faculty member prior to transitioning into private practice. Her research focused on understanding and developing individual and socioecological treatments for healthy lifestyle behaviors, including among marginalized and minoritized populations. She was the recipient of a faculty Fulbright Teaching Fellow (Lund University, Sweden); and a National Academy of Sciences, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, among other awards and honors. Like many clinicians, Dr. Gaskins has navigated the impacts and the nuances of the current pandemic including vaccination with her diverse patient population. Please SHARE! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! with Kate Mangona, The Scope of Practice, MDCoaches, Rhonda Crowe, Randall Cook, Andrew Tisser, Heather Hammerstedt, The Hindmarshes, and Errin Weisman. #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

Apr 11

32 min 54 sec

For the past 13 years, Dr. Armin Feldman has provided Pre-Trial/Pre-Litigation medical consulting to our legal system. He has trained over 1,600 physicians around the United States to learn how to do this kind of medical consulting and supplement their income by providing these services. Dr. Feldman consults on those 9 of 10 cases that are settled and never go to trial. We discuss what makes medicolegal consultant work different from a medical expert.  Essentially, you are working for the plaintiff’s attorney in a personal injury or workman’s compensation case, usually because of some type of traumatic injury, trying to determine if the case has merit, reviewing the case for concurrent adverse outcomes that may not have been identified, like depression, and assisting the attorney until the case goes to trial, when an expert witness takes over. That being said, most cases settle. We discuss how to get a foot in the door, how to market yourself, and how much time you should expect this to occupy. He has an upcoming conference at the end of April, virtual, of course, that you can find at medlegal2021.com. Dr. Feldman began his career in psychiatry, practicing for over 20 years and owning several outpatient head injury rehabilitation clinics around the country. In 2008, Dr. Feldman opened MD Consulting Services, aiding legal professionals in navigating the medical issues in their cases. In 2011, Dr. Feldman expanded his services, creating MD Business Consultants, a coaching program and business system for physicians doing Medical/Legal consulting. With a database of 750,000 physicians, Dr. Feldman teaches his techniques via his Coaching Program and through a conference is via live stream only due to the current pandemic.

Apr 4

37 min 34 sec

Anthony Orsini, DO, is a practicing neonatologist who took what he learned from over 25 years of experience delivering tragic news to patients and their families and founded The Orsini Way, a communications training company that helps healthcare professionals and business leaders build strong relationships and navigate through the most difficult conversations and this is what we discuss. He teaches us his strategy for having difficult conversations, how and why to have a plan, what nonverbal cues to be cognizant of and he takes us through his acronym PROGRAM, to help us remember the steps. We also talk about his business and some lessons he’s learned in running it. He recently published book titled, “It’s All in the Delivery: Improving Healthcare Starting with a Single Conversation.” He has his own podcast, “Difficult Conversations – Lessons I Learned an ICU Physician” and is a frequent speaker at medical and business conferences on the topic of compassionate communication.  Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network

Mar 24

50 min 23 sec

Kaz J. Nelson, MD, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Board of #Psychiatry and #Neurology and serves as Vice Chair for Education in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry & #BehavioralSciences at their #medicalschool. We discuss addressing #patientsindistress.  You know who I’m talking about. The patient that says that nobody understands them and nobody listens to them and goes from doctor to doctor feeling ignored and misunderstood. She has a very specific, very methodical strategy for getting them to unclench their fists, sit down and have a conversation about their care. And it doesn’t just apply to the exam room. This works for patients in distress and those who have different #treatmentexpectations and wishes. We also discuss the #divingreflex and if it is ever appropriate to just splash someone with ice-cold water.   Dr. Nelson is an Honors graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris, and received her #medicaldegree and #psychiatryresidency training from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Nelson is the 2018 Minnesota #PsychiatricSociety "Psychiatrist of the Year" and a "2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist" awarded for the state of Minnesota by the National Alliance on #MentalIllness. Dr. Nelson developed an openly accessible #podcast with her brother, George, called "The Mind Deconstructed" which aims to serve the general community to demystify and increase understanding of common mental health conditions. theminddeconstructed.org Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

Mar 22

51 min 49 sec

Gerald Diaz, MD, is a physician, former software engineer and founder of GrepMed, a free, image-based medical reference platform that serves as a more efficient alternative to text-heavy resources. Their mission is to democratize the medical reference space to reduce clinician burnout by leveraging images to shortcut the information retrieval process.  GrepMed makes it easy for clinicians to find, share and bookmark management algorithms, checklists, decision aids, diagnostics schemas, POCUS videos, physical exam clips and much more.  GrepMed recently crossed over 800k image impressions per day and is being used in over 190 countries worldwide. We talk about how he started to develop the app, he gives some advice for those out there with an idea for an application, what the term Ramen-profitable means and why that applies to bootstrapping your own business, and how he tries to stay on top of the search engine algorithms. Dr. Diaz graduated from Stanford with a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software developer for 4 years before receiving his MD from St Louis University.  He completed 2 years of radiology training before switching specialties to internal medicine, completing his residency at UC Davis in 2016.  Gerald currently works full time as a hospitalist while bootstrapping the development of GrepMed as a side project. Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com

Mar 17

33 min 9 sec

Marjorie Stiegler, MD, is a physician executive and veteran entrepreneur with over 10 years of online business experience in academia, industry, and non-profits. She teaches us how to hone our online presence so it shines a spotlight on our brand, attracts the right audience, and allows us to build our businesses. We learn what to outsource without muddling our message and if we are interested in public speaking, how to start dipping our toes in that arena. Dr. Stiegler is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UNC Chapel Hill, Director of Digital Strategy and Member of the Board, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, an Examiner for American Board of Anesthesiology, a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association, Creator of The Rx Series (CME accredited!) virtual courses for physicians, Host of The Career Rx podcast and Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of the TransforMD live retreat. She enjoys helping other doctors turn the work they love into more rapid career advancement and profitable businesses that pay the bills via digital strategy, be it to grow a medical practice, land a nonclinical job, get booked as a keynote speaker, or actually earn an income with a physician side gig. Find her at MarjorieStieglerMD.com.

Mar 8

59 min 52 sec

In 2019, Dr. Aysha (i-sha) Khoury (koo-ree) was recruited to become founding faculty at Kaiser Permanente Bernard J Tyson School of Medicine. She developed case-based curricula, implementing flipped classroom and active learning pedagogies. She served as a small group facilitator and Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Champion and Workgroup member. On August 28, 2020, within hours of engaging her small group in a critical discussion on bias and racism in medicine, she was targeted, suspended, and ultimately terminated without transparency or due process. We begin the interview by discussing her termination, what she felt led to it, although with the lack of transparency, she still hasn’t been informed. We use this as a jumping off point to discuss allyship, or in her situation, lack thereof. We then move on to why there is medical mistrust among minoritized communities, including a discussion on why we now use words like minoritized and enslaved. We finish with a discussion on how to address SARS-Co-V-2 vaccine hesitancy in the setting of justifiable medical mistrust. Her argument is that there is less hesitancy in the older population, so if we address the inequities in vaccination access, the older population will be able to influence the hesitations of the younger population. Dr. Khoury grew up in Atlanta, GA and completed her medical degree there at Morehouse School of Medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency and working as a primary care physician, she returned to Morehouse School of Medicine to complete training in public health and preventive medicine and earned a Master of Public Health.  After this, Dr. Khoury returned to the Southeastern Permanenete Medical Group and pioneered a new role there as a Clinical Decision Unit Internist. This encompassed work in quality management, process improvement, and evaluation of treatment outcomes. Committed to education and advocacy early in her career, she served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor and Admissions Committee Member at Morehouse School of Medicine, where she was later inducted in the White Coat Society for demonstrating compassionate care and community service.

Feb 27

48 min 45 sec

Dr. Joseph Weiner is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Medicine and Science Education at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, where he co-directs the four-year curriculum in Physician-Patient Communication and Interpersonal Skills. Thinking and writing about how patients and clinicians communicate with each other has been a major interest in his career. He teaches us today about something I’ve been wanting to learn about for a long time. The tagline of this show is “everything we should have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb’s cycle.” This doesn’t hold true for this episode because Dr. Weiner teaches motivational interviewing to medical students; it just wasn’t being taught when I was there. We go over the basics of motivational interviewing, its origins, the spirit of it, how to go about it and then we discuss how it can be used to have a productive conversation about the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. I haven’t had training in it, but I’ve used it already and it WORKS! You can’t use it to get someone to do something they don’t already want to do, but it helps them clarify their thoughts and hesitations and, using BJ Fogg’s language, either get closer to or over the action line. Dr. Weiner received his M.D. and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from New York University. He did residency training in psychiatry at NYU/Bellevue and a fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, he pursued advanced psychotherapy training at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Weiner has received national and regional awards for his work as a clinician and educator. One he is particularly proud of was the 2015 Teacher of the Year Award from the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell for the first 100 weeks of medical school. Dr. Weiner’s career interest in communication has expanded to the written medical narrative. He is writing a book about lessons learned from his late wife’s battle with cancer and is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast #PhysiciansGuide #GuidetoDoctoring #MedPod #HealthPod #MedCast #HealthCast

Feb 23

1 hr 22 min

Dr. Reyhaneh Maktoufi has recently defended her Ph.D. in Media, Technology, and Society at Northwestern University. She is a Rita Allen Foundation Civic Science Fellow at WGBH/NOVA. Her main fields of interest are science communication, misinformation, curiosity, public engagement with scientists, and science communication in media. She is a health communications expert turned science communication expert, so we are bringing her back into health communication with another discussion on addressing vaccine hesitancy. When approaching patients with vaccine hesitancy, it is important recognizing that we make many decisions with emotions, not with facts. Fighting misinformation with information probably won’t. The key is trust. Find out the source of their hesitation and never ever dismiss it. Trust starts with relationship building and the conversation ends with addressing concerns. We also discuss how we can build trust in patients from communities that have justifiable mistrust of the medical establishment. And never bring up misinformation with your patients because it actually plants the seed of it possibly being true. Before starting a Ph.D., Rey has been working as a health communication facilitator and cancer preventive/palliative care campaign manager in Tehran, Iran. She was a visiting researcher at the Adler Planetarium, where she studied science communication and facilitated workshops on communication skills and she's also a producer at The Story Collider podcast. Rey currently enjoys working with different nonprofits such as the Communicating Science Conference (ComSciCon). #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Feb 12

46 min 36 sec

Matthew Facciani, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University in the Medicine, Health, and Society Department. His research interests include LGBTQ health, social networks, political polarization, and misinformation. We discuss science communication and how to find ways to make complicated science easier to understand. This is particularly relevant because of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, so we need to be sure we can effectively communicate how it works and any potential risks. We even get into how to effectively conceptualize and communicate risk. I fumbled during the interview to think of a quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it,” but Dr. Facciani makes the point that even science is not without politics, so we discuss this and how because of politics, the traditional antivaxxer isn’t the same as the SARS-CoV-2 antivaxxer. Dr. Facciani received a BA in Psychology from Westminster College and MA and PhD in Sociology from The University of South Carolina. Facciani's writing and research has appeared in The Conversation, Snopes, Salon, Mother Jones, and other outlets. Facciani has also given talks about his research to audiences around the country and has provided scientific testimony to policy makers.  Find him at MatthewFacciani.com and his podcast Social Science Hour. Find this and all episodes on your favorite podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network! #DoctorPod #DocPod #PhysicianPodcast #PhysicianPod #DoctorPodcast #DoctorPodcastNetwork #PhysicianPodcaster #DoctorPodcaster #HealthcarePodcast #MedicalPodcast #MedicinePodcast

Feb 7

45 min 12 sec

Dr. Crystal Beal is a non-binary femme physician, who provides high-quality, expert, and individualized queer and #genderaffirming medical care through QueerDoc.com. QueerDoc’s mission is to raise the bar and lower the barriers to accessing #genderaffirmingcare. Dr. Beal discusses just how frequent trauma is and how what they call “consent-driven care” is an extension of #traumainformedcare. For more on trauma-informed care, see my episode with Dr. Megan Gerber. As #physicians, we shouldn’t just assume that we have permission to touch our #patients in a way that we deem appropriate. We may assume that it is implied that if they are in the office for a thyroid exam, we can just examine their neck, but keep in mind, there may be a #traumahistory. They teach us at what point during the visit we should be asking for consent for parts of the #physicalexam and even the way we ask some parts of the history. This can help us #buildtrust with patients who may have had experiences with the #healthcaresystem that has given them cause for mistrust. We also discuss when it is necessary to have a chaperone. Dr. Beal attended Florida State University College of Medicine. They completed their training at Valley #FamilyMedicine #Residency achieving Board Certification in Family Medicine. Continuing to see gaps in care for their #LGBTQ+community, Dr. Beal sought extensive additional training in #sexualhealth, #queerhealth, and gender affirming care including self-study, continuing medical education trainings, and shadowing experts at Seattle Children’s #GenderClinic. While starting QueerDoc, Dr. Beal supported their #privatepractice through work providing care for people with #substanceusedisorder. Working in this field has continued to ignite Dr. Beal's passion for #equityinhealthcare and advocacy for vulnerable populations. Now board-eligible in #AddictionMedicine, Dr. Beal plans to sit for the exams in 2021. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please SHARE and SHARE and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Feb 1

45 min 48 sec

Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss’ undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science is from the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Increasingly, her research and activities are focused on legal and policy issues related to vaccines. She writes about school mandate, policy responses to non-vaccinating, tort issues and administrative issues related to vaccines. She is a member of the Vaccine Working Group on Ethics and Policy. We discuss a lot of the legal arguments made by the antivaccine community, like the Vaccine Injury Compensation program, why the SARS-CoV-2 doesn’t actually apply and why it should. She also teaches us about mandates, exemptions and why the EUA status makes for dicey legal territory for a SAR-CoV-2 vaccine mandate. As someone who has been targeted and threatened by the antivaccine community, she also gives a lawyer’s perspective on responding to those threats. Given that she got into vaccines because of her children, it was fitting that they made a brief appearance. Following graduation from law school, Professor Reiss clerked for a year and a half in the Israeli Ministry of Justice’s Department of Public Law, working on a variety of constitutional and administrative law issues. She received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program in UC Berkeley, writing her dissertation on accountability in the liberalized telecommunications and electricity sectors in England, France and Sweden.  Professor Reiss’ initial research examined accountability of agencies at the state, national and international level, with agencies studied including the CPUC, the FAA, and other agencies in the United States and Europe. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Jan 15

1 hr 3 min

Jonathan Howard, MD, is double boarded in Neurology and Psychiatry and as he puts it in his Twitter profile, the author of several non-bestselling neurology textbooks. That’s not why he’s being interviewed. He also co-authored a book chapter entitled “The Anti-Vaccine Movement: A Litany of Fallacy and Errors,” in the book Pseudoscience: A Conspiracy Against Science and wrote his own book on fallacy and errors in medicine entitled, Cognitive Errors and Diagnostic Mistakes: A Case-Based Guide to Critical Thinking in Medicine. We discuss some of the cognitive biases that people use when they decline vaccines, like the nirvana fallacy, anecdotal fallacy, and conspiracy theories. In some ways, the decision to vaccinate or not can be inordinately complicated, almost as if every step of the scientific processes needs to be vetted by each individual getting the vaccine. Our goal as physicians should be to ease the cognitive load of the decision-making, so we talk about how we can accomplish this. Dr. Howard did his residency and fellowship at NYU, where he is now an associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, specializing in Multiple Sclerosis. He is the neurology clerkship director and director of neurology at Bellevue. He can be found on Twitter at @JHowardBrainMD. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Jan 15

51 min 15 sec

Jordan Harbinger is a recovering Wall Street lawyer, turned podcaster. He’s actually been podcasting for longer than we’ve had smart phones. So why would I be asking him about vaccines? I’m not. We’ll get to that. His previous podcast and company focused on dating, but he realized that the skills that they were teaching regarding that specific social interaction actually applied to other aspects of life and so he pivoted his podcast and now his podcast really applies to anyone interested in personal development. His expertise focuses more on entrepreneurship, networking and social engineer and that last one is the reason he’s on the show today. The decision to vaccinate may seem straightforward to some, but if you are considering all of the knowns, unknowns and unknowables, as many vaccine-hesitant patients tend to do, it can be inordinately complicated. As physicians, it should be our job to lighten the cognitive load of that decision and he is going to help us make sure we optimize any interaction with our families, friends, patients and communities. His main point is that for many who are hesitant about the vaccine, they may just want to avoid making the decision. It is easier to sit on the fence, so we need to clarify that by not getting the vaccine, they aren’t deferring the decision, but deciding to not get the vaccine. We also need to press upon them that given that scarcity of the vaccine, but deferring now, it is unclear when they’ll have access again. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!!   A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Jan 11

34 min 42 sec

Oscar Trimboli is passionate about using the gift of listening to bring positive change in homes, workplaces and the world. Through his work with chairs, boards of directors and executive teams in local, regional and global organizations, Oscar has experienced firsthand the transformational impact leaders and organizations can have when they listen beyond the words and he helps us bring this skill into the exam room. He talks about giving attention instead of paying attention, how to frame questions so they won’t be perceived as judgmental, how to utilize silence, and when it is actually ok to interrupt our patients! Oscar is a marketing and technology industry veteran with over 30 years' experience across general management, sales, marketing and operations for Microsoft, PeopleSoft, Polycom, Professional Advantage and Vodafone. During his time as a marketing director at Microsoft, he was accountable for the five-year journey to move Microsoft Office from DVDs to the Data Centre. He consults to organizations including 20th Century Fox, AstraZeneca, Google, HSBC, PayPal, Qantas, Reebok, TripAdvisor and Universal Music. He can be found at oscartrimboli.com and there you can find his podcast, Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words. Find this and all episodes on your favorite #podcastplatform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Jan 4

49 min 9 sec

Brennan Spiegel, MD, is director of health-services research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he directs the Center for Outcomes Research and Education, which maintains one of the largest and most widely cited therapeutic virtual reality programs in the world. Spiegel is also professor of medicine and public health at UCLA. He wrote ACING the GI Board Exam, but he’s on the show today to discuss his book, VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics with Revolutionize Medicine. Dr. Spiegel shows how a simple VR headset lets hospitalized patients escape the four walls of their isolation room to visit Icelandic fjords, empowers patients with schizophrenia to confront the demons in their head, offers dementia patients a new way regain function in a life-sized virtual town, and enables burn victims to manage their pain by traversing snowy virtual landscapes. Scientists are starting to uncover these surprising benefits, and not so far in the future, we may have doctors specializing in virtual medicine with its own ACING the VR Board Exam Review Book. In an unexpected way, VR is also strengthening the humanity in healthcare: vivid simulations of patients’ experiences can make us more empathic. Find this and all episodes on your favorite podcast platform at PhysiciansGuidetoDoctoring.com Please be sure to leave a five-star review, a nice comment and SHARE!!! A proud member of the Doctor Podcast Network!

Dec 2020

41 min 1 sec