Month: July 2020

Look for Zebras with Silvie Stacy, MD, MPH

Silvie Stacy, MD, MPH, is a preventive medicine physician and founder of You’re a doctor; you get the reference and in this situation the Zebra is a nonclinical career. She knew from the start that she wanted to be a nonclinical physician, but there weren’t many resources out there, so for others going through the same experience, she built her blog. She just wrote the book, 50 Nonclinical Careers for Physicians (Fulfilling, meaningful, and Lucrative Alternatives to Direct Patient Care). She shares with us some of the more common, more esoteric, more lucrative, and more unexpected opportunities that are out there and how to find them. 

Dr. Stacy received her MD from UMass Medical School and completed residency at Johns Hopkins, where she also earned an MPH. Since then, her work has mainly involved correctional healthcare, addiction medicine, medical writing, and utilization management. What ties all of her work experience together is the goal of helping organizations offer services and products that are rooted in evidence-based medicine.

She went from a fresh first-year medical student thinking she’d made the absolute worst mistake of her life, to a happily practicing physician with unrelenting enthusiasm about all the opportunities in and out of medicine.

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Get Organized for Better Work-Life Balance with Dr. Sarah Hart-Unger

Dr. Sarah Hart-Unger is a pediatric endocrinologist, who did all of her education at Duke, and is now the pediatric residency program director at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in South Florida.  She is intrigued by the challenges of making work and life fit together — so much that she cohosts a podcast on the topic, Best of Both Worlds, with time management expert and writer Laura Vanderkam.

She is married to a vascular surgeon and has three young children, so we discuss how they manage get it all done using the Getting Things Done methodology.  We talk about how checklists aren’t just critical in central line placement and she has her own checklist manifesto to get your day, your month, and your life more organized. She has some favorite apps although she finds paper keeps her more organized. She tries to help me get organized so I don’t end up thinking about all the things I need to do while I’m playing with my kids and then tries to convince me to keep my desk clean.

In addition to her podcast, you can find her at  

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How to Help Your Physician Liaisons Grow Your Practice with Kelley Knott of Intrepy

Kelley Knott is the Co-founder and VP of Marketing for the healthcare marketing agency, Intrepy. She is a highly experienced physician liaison and has a background in consulting for medical practices and health systems on how to build new patient referrals and create digital marketing strategies. She developed the first of its kind online physician liaison training platform, Physician Liaison University™. It is designed to help physician liaisons become more effective at driving new referrals and streamlining training for hospitals and private practices.

For physicians just starting out in practice, we talk about how to best utilize your time when meeting referring physicians, as at the start, you will be your own liaison. We discuss how best to guide your physician liaisons in order to increase your referrals, what metrics can be used to find out how successful your program is and provide incentives.

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And she is very active on both Linkedin and Twitter at KDKnott and @KelleyKnott

There’s More to Dermatology Than Steroid Creams and Biopsies with Sacharitha Bowers, MD

In this episode, we cover the basics of dermatology, what everyone should know for when a casual acquaintance that thinks they are closer to you than they really are, asks you, “hey, can you take a look at this rash on my …?” She dispels some myths about sunblock, tells us about what qualities to look for in a moisturizer. She then teaches us about all of the things that dermatologists spend their day doing aside from prescribing steroid creams and doing biopsies. Turns out, dermatology is more than skin… deep?

 Dr. Sacharitha Bowers went to medical school and completed her dermatology residency at Southern Illinois University. She has extensive experience in private practice and managed to make the transition from private to academics is now the Program Director where she trained. She has a particular interest in immunodermatology and the impact of nutrition and supplementation on dermatologic disease. Because of her interests in diversity, inclusion and health equity, she is also the Vice Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity Council.

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The Swiss Army Knife of Specialties – Interventional Radiology with Barbara Hamilton, MD

Barbara Hamilton, MD is an interventional radiologist, physician leader, and mom, who blogs at She is currently the Chair of interventional Radiology at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. She went to med school at Rutgers, was a radiology resident at Brown, and did her IR fellowship at UCLA. Apparently IR has a problem with PR. Some of us could be more familiar with all of the different procedures that they do and for me and my family, it hit really close to home.

From TIPS procedures to fibroid embolization, to treating vasculopathy, they have lots to offer our patients and usually under conscious-sedation. But just because they can doesn’t mean they should, so we get into the evolving ethics of IR. 

Dr. Hamilton helps aspiring and early career doctors find work life balance and financial empowerment through her writing, coaching and speaking. Through a behind-the-scenes view, her audience gets to see her in the trenches, learning leadership skills, and balancing a demanding job with family life. Ultimately, she strives to be an example of what is possible for her audience.

She uses a mix of fear-busting, idea sharing, and general cheerleading to provide her audience virtual support through their medical training so they can transition to full, multifaceted lives as attending physicians.

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