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.
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