Episodes

What anticipatory grief feels like

"I experienced many deaths when I was a nurse, from babies, kids, young adults, the elderly, and my own family. It was always heartbreaking, but I found that staying with the dying and the family and supporting them in what little way I could made the...

Opioid-free orthopedic surgery

"How do we manage this? All patients meet with the physical therapist before surgery and within two days after surgery. They use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) before and after surgery. They get a regional anesthetic block from one...

Science impacts our lives more profoundly than we appreciate

"Scientific research impacts our lives, however, and much more profoundly than we generally appreciate. Considering the wide-ranging benefits, science is not just for scientists. Research discoveries are often translated to tools and applications down...

How this primary care doctor found his dream practice

"My quality of life is outstanding. I leave work every evening only after every call is answered, fax addressed, a prescription delivered, then retreat to my home a mile away. The proximity makes it easy to see patients after hours, on weekends, and...

Top questions doctors ask health care attorneys

"Being a transactional lawyer for physicians is never dull because the more the regulations, guidance, and laws change, the more questions everyone has. But it’s more than just getting an answer to a question and being in compliance. Doctors are...

KevinMD on the Co-Learning Clinician podcast

In this special episode, I'm on the other side of the microphone. I'm interviewed by CMEfy's Brian Cohen on the Co-Learning Clinician podcast, and we discuss the concept of physician co-learning, opinion pieces vs. gold standards in medicine, what I...

As doctors, caring is our poetry

"The art and craft of being a physician and finding meaning in our care of others are to make poetry out of our lives."  is a family physician. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "." The Podcast by KevinMD is brought to you...

How whole-person care can make us better healers

"My lifelong quest to become a healer — over 40 years as a family physician, scientist, and researcher with the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the Department of Defense...

We’re confusing resilience with grit

"It’s not that physicians need to be more resilient. We’ve failed to provide them with the goodwill to be human and embrace their “whole selves” (people who are resilient often but not always), access to safe and consistent relationships to...

Meet the doctor who had a colonoscopy without anesthesia

"If you did not have a colonoscopy, I would still recommend that you do it in a conventional way and get that IV sedation. But if you are an adventurer as I am, I would highly recommend that you do a colonoscopy the same way I did without anesthesia....

Why you should add advance directives to your college freshman’s checklist

"Suppose you’re getting ready to send your young adult off to college for the first time. In that case, you’ve likely been spending the summer getting college dorm and apartment essentials lined up: bedding, storage cubes, first aid kit, extension...

What it means to leave clinical medicine

"Not too long ago, a circumstance occurred. I have experienced similar circumstances several times in my career. However, this time, my response was different. It was like a switch in my brain flipped. I was ready to leave clinical medicine. It was...

Preparing for fall and winter: Importance of COVID-19 vaccination during the flu season

In this special sponsored episode. I’m joined by Dr. Filip Dubovsky. He is an infectious disease physician, executive vice president, and chief medical officer responsible for medical and clinical affairs and related activities at Novavax. A...

Keeping rural hospitals in the game

"Without a strong rural health care system, our nation’s ability to expand and contract with surges in demand will become very limited. When hospitals work together, they can better ensure that no community is left without a rural hospital for...

Urging patience with patient self-advocacy

"I have come to appreciate why doctors find self-directed patients challenging, if not downright difficult. I wish all docs would engage with us, hear us out, and offer an explanation and further discussion when they disagree. The doctors I choose to...

Health care is upside down

"With regard to health care in the USA, the quote from Dickens is twice correct. We are in the best of times for knowledge, capability, and potential. We also are in the worst of times with regard to the application of our knowledge and the outcomes...

Addressing pain in patient experience surveys

"Yes, the opioid crisis in this country has caused a reckoning in the medical field about how to treat patient pain. Ignoring the pain will not make it go away. Options are available beyond opioids, and policymakers and health care providers need to...

Toughness is not defined by a dollar amount

"It has now been almost four years since I transitioned to academia. I see fewer patients per day and take fewer call. I also have more time with each patient, more time to recharge, more time for other academic pursuits, and more time for creative...

How a medical-legal consultant refuted a pre-existing medical condition argument

"Doing medical-legal consulting is a great way to use your medical training in a non-clinical field that really helps people. One of the many things we can do is help attorneys refute the question of a pre-existing medical condition. Often opposing...

Mental Health Technologies: Revolutionizing technology within the behavior health care field

In this special sponsored episode, I’m joined by Ernie Wallerstein, CEO of Mental Health Technologies, or MHT. MHT is a cloud-based platform that enables health care clinicians to identify patients that may be suffering from undiagnosed or...

A doctor's journey through constraints and creativity in the ER

is an emergency physician and author of . We discuss his emergency medicine journey, poignant cases, the importance of stories in the doctor-patient relationship, why writing is so important, and how physicians can be creative. The Podcast...

Protect Black women’s maternal health

"It is impossible to fix a system with an unwillingness to bend. It means working together to accomplish a goal. Living in the gray requires a commitment to growth and discomfort. In the gray, it is possible to hold on to deeply held convictions while...

My one case of COVID impacted dozens of lives

"If any of those people get infected, their illness will potentially impact dozens more. COVID infection may now be 'just a cold,' at least for the vaccinated. But no one should think this 'you do you, I’ll do me' approach to the pandemic affects...

Stop going through the motions and actually have the life you dreamed of

"Try incorporating the three small practices of your choice into your day-to-day for two weeks and watch your experience of your life transform. You have worked far too hard to just go through the motions forever. Starting today, you can begin to...