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Our training brings together evidence-based tools and strategies in the area of peak human performance; along with practical knowledge gleaned from observing, interviewing, and coaching physicians in the field.

Phenomenal Docs Podcast Jason Brooks

    • Education

Our training brings together evidence-based tools and strategies in the area of peak human performance; along with practical knowledge gleaned from observing, interviewing, and coaching physicians in the field.

    Fighter Pilot, Maj. Jameel Janjua on situation awareness, focus, and optimal performance

    Fighter Pilot, Maj. Jameel Janjua on situation awareness, focus, and optimal performance

    Major Jameel Janjua, experimental test pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces, shares ideas on how he stays appropriately "switched on" given the needs of any performance situation. His world, much like in medicine, is a high-pressure, high cost of failure performance context. Jameel provides rich insight on a range of human factors, and high-performance related topics. Among those he touches on include performing under pressure, maintaining situation awareness, the need for attentional flexibility, preparing to respond to the unexpected, and critical task prioritization. Throughout the discussion we draw parallels between the conditions he performs under and how, from a human performance standpoint, these might mirror what physicians face in their work.

    08:27 Jameel describes what attributes make for a great fighter pilot
    The central role that passion plays
    No such thing as fair-weather fighter pilots
    Resilience matters
    Harmonious and obsessive passion

    17:21 Cultivating an ideal focus, and performance mindset
    Attentional flexibility and task execution
    Preparation (training and simulation) drives “in the moment” focus
    Staying perceptive in critical AND non-critical moments
    Engagement: Going from 0-100 and all points in between
    Maintaining focus during benign performance moments

    33:30 Communication and pilot focus
    Differences in comms between combat vs. test missions
    Personal “housekeeping” tasks to stay focused in flight
    Playing the “game of contingencies”
    How comms during test flights can enhance focus, performance, and safety
    Micro breaks to defocus and then re-focus
    “Buying risk”: The need to be in an optimal state

    46:32 Switching on when the unexpected occurs
    Focus first on mission critical tasks
    Keeping the main thing, the main thing
    Train and simulate FOR the unexpected
    Train to your breaking point…and then go further
    Knowing the “attentional revisit rate” for each task/procedure

    58:44 Recognizing those who have “it” and those who don’t
    “It” as a function of being teachable, open, humble, and driven to improve
    Further, “it” comprises the ability to rank, and stack, and execute important tasks and decisions in critical moments
    Arousal control and “it”

    • 1 hr 10 min
    "You can't pour from an empty cup": Strength and conditioning strategies for physicians

    "You can't pour from an empty cup": Strength and conditioning strategies for physicians

    “You can’t pour from an empty cup” says noted strength and conditioning expert, Gavin McHale. He’s absolutely right about that. For many physicians, the demands of their work leave them in a time and energy deficit state. Not ideal for health, happiness, or performance. Gavin works with many physicians helping them start, and maintain a personalized fitness program in spite of all the demands. He offers keen insight on how to create the right internal drive to stay connected and consistent. In addition, he provides guidance and instruction on implementing “quickie” workouts to your day that can be beneficial for mood, energy, and overall health. As well, check out the free resources Gavin has made available on his website. They are a great way to start.

    Gavin McHale contact info

    Website: http://www.mchalestrength.com
    Facebook: Gavin McHale
    Instagram: gavinmchale1

    2:38 On anchoring the motivation to train in spite of demanding schedules
    5:15 Observations he has made on why people stay committed
    7:49 Application to managing stress and optimizing your state
    12:58 Cueing off your internal state to determine the right exertion level for the training session: Stimulate vs annihilate
    22:23 Getting “switched on” to maximize focus in your workout
    27:27 “Quickie” workouts when time is extra tight
    32:07 Accessing Gavin’s free resources

    • 43 min
    PDocs Podcast 4, Dr. David Hindle: Lessons on high-performance from Emergency Medicine & HEMS

    PDocs Podcast 4, Dr. David Hindle: Lessons on high-performance from Emergency Medicine & HEMS

    Dr. David Hindle, Emergency Medicine, and pre-hospital flight team physician, shares lessons on sustainable performance

    • 1 hr 3 min
    PD audioblog 2 exam prep

    PD audioblog 2 exam prep

    In this audio blog, Jason highlights how to be at your best on exam day. Using medical resident certification exams as a backdrop, he provides practical strategies to help maintain focus, respond to stressors, and harness an optimal persepctive up to and through the exam process.

    • 27 min
    Audio blog 1: How to create more time and optimize what you have

    Audio blog 1: How to create more time and optimize what you have

    Time. What we all wouldn't give to manufacture more of this. Busy schedules and unrelenting demands make it tough to do so. In this audio blog, Jason shares some ideas on how to reclaim and protect this precious commodity. Learn how to maximize efficiencies and gain back some control.

    • 15 min
    Time: How to create more, and optimize what you have

    Time: How to create more, and optimize what you have

    Time. What we all wouldn't give to manufacture more of this. Busy schedules and unrelenting demands make it tough to do so. In this audio blog, Jason shares some ideas on how to reclaim and protect this precious commodity. Learn how to maximize efficiencies and gain back some control.

    • 15 min

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