Episodes

How to stay off my operating table

"Health isn't about luck — it's about intentionality. But even if you're doing and saying all the right things, you might not be any closer to your goals. I know because I was there. As a heart surgeon, I was very good at following the rules. But I...

Why are women leaving medicine? Gaslighting.

"We cannot change societal norms, gender biases, childhood needs, the education system, or stop a pandemic. But, we can stop gaslighting 50% of the population. We can start acknowledging that the simple fact of gender does greatly affect patient and...

Why physicians require business skills

"There are two valuable reasons why all physicians, especially medical students, should obtain or demand from their medical school academic business education. About 98 percent of physicians and medical students have never had an academic business...

A nut allergy nightmare at 35,000 feet

"People developing anaphylaxis will not always have five extra minutes to spare. I do appreciate that auto-injectors are expensive, but it is not at all expensive to have an ampule or vial of epinephrine on board, which can be drawn up in five...

Negotiating employment contracts from a place of strength

"The most important lesson when negotiating contracts is picking your battles and coming at them with optimism and positivity. Yes, you can and should be excited about this new opportunity, but you need to receive what’s fair and reasonable in the...

What to do if you're involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit

"The worry and anticipation of getting sued are heightened more than ever in the wake of the pandemic. It is in all physicians’ minds. I recently did a quick poll in some of my physician groups on social media, and roughly 500 physicians responded...

Antibodies are the future of cancer treatment

"Since President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971, and despite some great victories and many losses, there continues to be a never-ending battle in this long-fought war that seems never-ending. The convergence of great intellect and resources of...

How you can donate effectively after tragedy

"Gun violence, war, pandemic, natural disasters — listening to the news or doom scrolling on social media during times of tragedy can leave us feeling devastated, discouraged, and angry. Tragedy can also make us feel like helping. We’re motivated...

Contractual issues for female physicians

"All physicians need to be concerned about issues such as potential delays in the start date, restrictive covenants, potential ownership in a private practice, malpractice tail coverage, employee benefits, etc. Unfortunately, until discrimination...

5 things this allergist-immunologist will never do

"Jumping on the recent TikTok trend of medical professionals sharing the things they would never do given their knowledge and expertise, I am sharing the five things I would never do as a board-certified allergist-immunologist."  is an...

Top tips for new interns

"New resident physicians who have earned their MD degrees will be heading to hospitals to start their residencies during the last two week in June and the first week in July. What can a beginning doctor do during the first month of internship to get...

When it comes to feeding infants, support is best

"What really is best and first when it comes to infant feeding: support. Support is best. Whether we are talking about infant feeding or frankly anything else related to postpartum or the fourth trimester, support is critical. The other slogans just...

How to make primary care rotations more appealing for students

"It is time that every health profession school specifies their criteria for optimal teaching primary care practices and for the training that would optimize their students’ experience. It is time that we, as primary care physicians, advocate for...

Skinny fat and normal weight obesity

"Obesity is genetically common in our family. I was being gaslighted and judged by a bunch of obese people, most of whom were doing nothing to improve their health and obesity issues. Yet they fully believe to this day that I am just naturally thin...

If it’s not clinically pertinent, then stay out of my uterus

"No matter how far we’ve come, women are still judged by fertility status but shouldn’t be. If it’s clinically pertinent to ask about reproductive health, then yes, absolutely ask … in a respectful way. That doesn’t mean judging personal...

How technology can streamline tedious health care processes

"Companies that embrace digital processes will reap the rewards, as shown by the Forrester survey taken in 2020 after the pandemic began. The survey found that digital document processes were helping organizations maintain their business resilience...

How in silico drug development can improve patient outcomes

"In silico technologies also enable drug developers to perform, in theory, an unlimited number of tests using a wide range of variables that include age, sex, and the health status of each member of the virtual patient pool, compared to the more...

Combating antimicrobial resistance during COVID

"While the world has spent the last two years laser-focused on the COVID pandemic, another public health threat is still lurking in the shadows: the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been recognized since the...

Secrets for managing time, stress, and people

"Every January, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a joyous time full of high hopes. Ask people what they wish to achieve or hope to accomplish in the following year, and the answer will usually be something such as any of these:...

Activism is a part of medicine and we cannot remain neutral

"Nowadays, even scientific fact has been politicized. Even though many of us may wish to stay out of politics and stick to our “nobler” lane of medicine, the reality is even your clinical practice could be considered “picking a side.” Do the...

Reversing the impact of the pandemic on childhood obesity

"With schools closed, children spent hours upon hours sitting in front of a screen for instruction and homework. Non-academic screen time increased as well, with parents needing to work from home and thus relying more on screens to occupy the...

Getting an appointment with primary care is the Achilles’ heel of medicine

"'Doctor, it’s taken so long to get this appointment with you!' This is the opening line of so many medical visits, and I find myself constantly apologizing to my patients on behalf of our system. After the pandemic-induced lull in routine medical...

A doctor for LGBTQ+ health needs

"It is uncomfortable to be publically vulnerable with my story. I wish the statistics and research were enough to change the field of medicine for patients and physicians. I want people to care about the experience of their patients and colleagues...

Why you need to care about oral health

"Guess what? The mouth is attached to the rest of the body. And though dentistry and medicine are typically separated from the very beginning of professional training, they are irrevocably linked for patients and have an impact on each other. Here’s...