Month: April 2021

Put Me in Coach – Physician Coaching for Skeptics with Randall Cook, MD

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 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.

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Access! Access! Access! with Ronnesia Gaskins, PhD, MSPH

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.

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A Side-Gig in Medical-Legal Consulting that isn’t MedMal, with Armin Feldman, MD

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

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.