Month: December 2020

VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine, Dr. Brennan Spiegel

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.

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Benefits of the Presence and Consequences of the Absence of DEI with the DEI Shifters

The DEI Shift, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is a podcast whose mission is to focus on those issues in medicine, spark discussion and provide practice-changing data, stories and useful information to help healthcare practitioners to improve their practices and environments, gain empathy, cultural competency, and humility, and to learn more about emerging D.E.I. concepts. They discuss issues related to gender, race, sexuality, religion, ability, socioeconomics, and so much more. There are many professionals responsible for producing their informative and engaging content and on today’s show, we were honored to have Dr. Maggie Kozman, a Med-Peds hospitalist and Senior Producer and Cohost, Dr. Brittäne Parker, an academic hospitalist, Producer and Cohost; Deepti Yechuri, a recent graduate of UCSD undergrad and currently applying to medical school and Assistant Producer and Sarahy Martinez, a UCSD undergrad and Production Assistant.

We discuss why it is necessary to create their show and some interest and disturbing statistics behind the lack of diversity in medicine. We also discuss some of the consequences to our patients of that lack of diversity.

Each member of the DEI shift then goes through a personal experience with the healthcare system that demonstrates an untoward effect of lack of diversity and the highlights a positive experience because of the presence of it. 

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Should the Doctor Write a Book? with DocSwiner

Dr. Nicole Swiner is a family physician, 6-time best-selling author, blogger, speaker, wife and mother in Durham, North Carolina. How does she do it all? That’s how we start the interview! With her company, Swiner Publishing Company, she helps authors become best-sellers, from start to finish. We talk about why doctors should write books, why they shouldn’t, why they should self-publish and why publishing with her is really self-publishing and organizing events in the age of COVID and after.  

Dr. Swiner attended Duke University and went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina. She’s has lived in the Triangle of Durham, NC since finishing residency at UNC-Chapel Hill and continues teaching as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Family Medicine department with interests in Minority Health, Women’s Health, Self-Care and Female Entrepreneurship. When she’s not treating patients at Durham Family Medicine, she’s spending time with her family, speaking nationally, freelancing for WebMD and teaching others to self-publish. Find her at DocSwiner.com.

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Get the Keys to the C-Suite with Sandy Scott

Sandy Scott is a physician and executive coach who has coached over 500 physicians and healthcare executives. Sandy’s vision is to transform the lives of all physician leaders into meaningful and high-performing journeys by teaching us the strategies and tactics we need to lead and live with purpose.

We discuss how to get to the C-suite and this requires a lot of self-reflection. The key is being able to identify your strengths and playing to those strengths in order to get to a goal that you may have never previously considered. This is all about big picture and big thinking in order to have a transformative experience. She gives us some steps that can build the foundation to start moving in that direction.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Board and Professional Certified Coach, and a Certified Physician Development Coach, with an Executive Master’s in Public Administration, from the University of Colorado.

You can find her at SandyScottLLC.com and on her podcast High Impact Physicians, where I was featured here: Stay Flexible by Playing with Your Kids (Dr. Brad Block) (buzzsprout.com)

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