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Doctor, You’ve Been Served (Not in a Dance-Off), Part 2, with Gita Pensa, MD

This is part 2 of 2 of my discussion with Dr. Gita Pensa, emergency medicine physician and host of the educational podcast, “Doctors and Litigation: The L Word”, a narrative-style series about psychological and practical preparation for malpractice litigation.  We continue the discussion about how deposition is an audition for the trial and how important it is the play the part of the doctor everyone would want, not an arrogant physician who feels they know the medicine better than everyone.  At trial, your goal is the be the caring, compassionate, knowledgeable doctor that the jury would want as their doctor. And what in the world does dancing have to do with her trial? We also discussed how this influenced her practice and how she got back to loving medicine again.

Dr. Gita Pensa is an Associate Professor with the Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency. She joined Brown’s academic faculty in 2014, after thirteen years in community emergency medicine practice. In 2015, she launched Brown EM’s educational blog as well as the Brown EM podcast series. She created and serves as host/editor of AEM Early Access, a collaborative podcasting project from the Academic Emergency Medicine journal and the Brown EM residency. Dr. Pensa is Associate Director of Brown’s Emergency Digital Health Innovation program, and co-developed Brown’s new Digital Health and Innovation fellowship program.

Find her on Twitter at @GitaPensaMD

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Doctor, You’ve Been Served (Not in a Dance-Off), Part 1, with Gita Pensa, MD

Dr. Gita Pensa is an Associate Professor with the Brown University Emergency Medicine Residency. She joined Brown’s academic faculty in 2014, after thirteen years in community emergency medicine practice. In 2015, she launched Brown EM’s educational blog as well as the Brown EM podcast series. She created and serves as host/editor of AEM Early Access, a collaborative podcasting project from the Academic Emergency Medicine journal and the Brown EM residency. Dr. Pensa is Associate Director of Brown’s Emergency Digital Health Innovation program, and co-developed Brown’s new Digital Health and Innovation fellowship program.

We start out discussing her decade long lawsuit and how this affected her psyche, her practice, and her marriage.  Victor Frankl would be proud as she turned her tumultuous experience into a way to help others through an extremely well executed, engaging, and educational podcast, “Doctors and Litigation: The L Word”. It is a narrative-style series about the psychological and practical preparation for malpractice litigation, and she speaks nationally on the topic of malpractice litigation. We talk about whether we’d be willing to be friends with a personal injury attorney and her answer was surprising. However, expert witnesses are a different story. Unfounded lawsuits couldn’t happen without them, and they are supposedly one of us. If you are named in a lawsuit, we discuss all the players and how to comport yourself to improve your outcome. Theatrics often trump the medicine in this situation.

Find her on twitter at @GitaPensaMD

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Size Matters Not: Tiny Habits for Big Changes, Part 2, with BJ Fogg, PhD

This is part 2 of my interview with Dr. BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything. In this part, we talk about how success breeds success and having your patient work on the habit you want them to change shouldn’t be the first priority. The first priority should be what they want to change because it shows them that they can be successful in creating lasting change. We also discuss how positive emotions help to encode habits and he actually came up with a technique to make ourselves feel successful after we’ve performed an act we want to repeat. We end by talking about the habits that he is still working on himself.

If you have questions for Dr. Fogg, please email me at brad@physiciansguidetodoctoring.com as he has agreed to do another interview with crowdsourced questions from physicians. He can be found at BJFogg.com and TinyHabits.com.

Dr. Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Dr. Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. He created the Tiny Habits Academy to help people around the world and interestingly, the Tiny Habits Academy long preceded the Tiny Habits book. He lives in Northern California and Maui.

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Size Matters Not: Tiny Habits for Big Changes with BJ Fogg, PhD

This interview is one of my most important. If you are doing to share any of my episodes, this is one that I would implore you to share with your friends, family and colleagues. This is part 1 of 2 of my interviews with BJ Fogg, PhD, author of the book Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything. We all struggle to change our behaviors, to develop good habits and stop bad habits. There is a lot of popular wisdom about this and most, if not all, is just wrong. This is where Dr. Fogg steps in.

Dr. Fogg discovered the keys to changing behavior through changing habits. For those of you on medical school faculty, this should be a class. This should actually be taught in high school. Until then, as physicians, this information is critical, not just for lifestyle changes that can help patients eat better, move more, and smoke less, but even applies to checking their blood pressure and taking their medication. Popular wisdom is wrong. Guilt and shame are destructive. People don’t start habits by feeling badly, they start habits by feeling successful. And we are more likely to be successful by starting a habit that is small, that we actually want to do, and the third key to this is a prompt that reminds you it is time to perform the behavior. If you are going to learn piano, you start with chopsticks. If you are going to start to exercise, you do one sit-up. The smallest increment that you can fall back on when you motivation is waning so you don’t fall off the wagon completely and you keep your habit. And you do it at a point in your day that you can associate with the new behavior, even if they are completely unrelated. You’ll have a reminder that is baked into your day.

Dr. Fogg founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Dr. Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. He created the Tiny Habits Academy to help people around the world and interestingly, the Tiny Habits Academy long preceded the Tiny Habits book. He lives in Northern California and Maui.

This is Part 1. Part 2 will be out next week. He was kind enough to already offer another interview, so if you have any questions, please email them to me at Brad@physiciansguidetodoctoring.com

He can be found at BJFOGG.com and tinyhabits.com

What Our Allied Health Colleagues Want Us to Know with Andrew Tisser, DO

Andrew Tisser DO is an emergency physician and urgent care director practicing in Western NY. Andrew’s passion is to help fellow early-career physicians navigate the issues of money, mindset and making moves (goal setting). He hosts the Talk2MeDoc podcast and is the owner of Talk2MeDoc LLC, a consulting company working with early-career physicians on the above. His original podcast goal was to get different allied health professionals onto the show to discuss what they wanted physicians to know about their fields and what we could do to foster better communication. On today’s show we discuss the takeaway from a few of his more memorable episodes, covering the security personal, nurses, physical therapists, lab technicians, pharmacists and more. There were common themes throughout the interviews that we discuss. He has since pivoted to focusing his podcast on issues relevant to early career physicians. He can be found at AndrewTisserDO.com

 Dr. Tisser is a loving husband to his wife Alysia [pronounced ALEESHA] and proud dog dad to Lillie, a 9 year old shepherd/collie mix. You can find him at https://andrewtisserdo.com

Twitter: @talk2medoc

FB: Andrew tisser and talk2medoc consulting

LinkedIn: @andrewtisserdo

IG: @talk2medocpodcast

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Look for Zebras with Silvie Stacy, MD, MPH

Silvie Stacy, MD, MPH, is a preventive medicine physician and founder of LookforZebras.com. 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 theshubox.com.  

The apps she mentioned were todoist.com and cozi.com.

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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.

She can be found at KelleyKnott.com and Intrepy.com

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 TiredSuperheroine.com. 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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