Welcome to BOSS Business of Surgery Series!
This program was specifically designed to help surgeons learn concepts not taught in residency but necessary for a successful surgery career.
We were not told that most of our job would be interacting with others. We thought it was about the technical success of surgery or the knowledge that we learn.
But it is so much more.
Difficult partners and colleagues.
Dealing with complications.
Negotiating with administration.
Running a successful and efficient clinic that doesn’t take bleed into our home life.
How to have a life outside of surgery
But if we don’t learn these concepts, we will end up in a negative spiral that will lead us into misery. And all of the time we spent training for the job we love, that could be so rewarding, is lost.
You know there has to be a solution out there. That you can’t be the only one unhappy or wondering if it is just you.
It’s time for a program that addresses your specific problems run by someone who knows what you are going through. You need a fellow surgeon who knows the way. You need a surgeon who has been where you are and found her way out to the other side:
-Loving surgery again
-Not taking work home
-finishing notes immediately after clinic and heading home on time
-Not letting complications set you back
-Interacting with others with confidence
-Finally seeing that you can control the results you get at work and home
You can find out more about Dr. Vertrees and her work at www.BOSSsurgery.com.
Ep 120 When Stress Causes You to Overeat with Dr. Heather Awad
We have really hard jobs.
It's easy to forget that, especially when the only thing that we notice are the behaviors we do to deal with the negative feelings we have from our jobs.
Understanding our own behaviors we wish we didn't have will also help us understand our patients better.
Dr. Heather Awad, the Vibrant MD, shares really helpful insights that will shift your perspective on overeating and temptations.
“I had someone who was just feeling very sad and resentful that these other people could eat cake all the time, and she could not. I said, well, let me just ask you in a very neutral way, ‘Do you want to eat cake every day?” -Dr. Heather Awad
Master stress eating and achieve weight loss effortlessly.
Discover effective strategies to overcome stress eating for good.
Transform habits and behavior with successful change methods.
Embrace mindfulness and savor the joy of food like never before.
Cultivate self-compassion and understand the power of quitting habits.
About Dr. Heather Awad
Heather Awad, MD is a family doctor in Minnesota who helps professional women over age 50 lose weight for the last time. She is also a certified Life and Weight Loss Coach through the Life Coach School, and has additional training in Positive Intelligence coaching. She hosts the Vibrant-MD podcast where she discusses weight loss, women’s health, and food.
Find Out More
Family Medicine Doctor and CEO Vibrant Weight Loss for professional women: https://www.heatherawadmd.com/
Host of Vibrant-MD podcast on Apple, Spotify or anywhere you get your podcasts: https://app.kajabi.com/podcasts/2147488988/feed
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heathervibrantmd and https://www.facebook.com/groups/1003612497095969
00:00:02 - Introducing Dr. Heather Awad 00:02:37 - Understanding Stress Eating 00:06:25 - Overcoming Food Pushing and Cravings 00:09:19 - Dealing with Social Expectations 00:13:18 - Healthy Coping Mechanisms 00:14:37 - Understanding Addiction and Compassionate Counseling 00:17:24 - Tips for Overcoming Addictive Habits 00:19:23 - Appreciating Real Food and Nourishment 00:21:43 - Changing Mindset and Kicking Habits Down the Road 00:22:47 - Seeking Support and Deep Habit Work
Ep 119 Make Your Money Count for Taxes and Retirement with David Wilcox, MBA, CTP, EA
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the complexities of tax planning and financial decisions, then you’re not alone! Managing your business's tax structure, retirement planning, and investment options can feel like navigating a maze of rules and regulations.
David Wilcox sheds some light on how you can take advantage of legal and accounting expertise to make informed decisions and make your money count for taxes and retirement.
“You're going to have a lot of tax surprises, operational surprises, things you didn't have to deal with directly as an employee.” -David Wilcox, MBA, CTP, EA
Maximize tax savings and financial growth with optimized tax planning strategies.
Ensure legal protection and peace of mind for your business through essential documentation.
Discover the best tax classification and entity selection for your business to maximize benefits.
Simplify payroll taxes and efficiently manage billing to streamline your business operations.
Explore retirement account options and effective tax strategies for long-term financial security.
About David Wilcox
David Wilcox, MBA, CTP, EA is the Founder of Numbercraft and a skilled tax professional with over 20 years of experience. He is an EA (Enrolled Agent), CTP (Certified Treasury Professional), and Licensed Tax Consultant in Oregon. Beyond the tax, accounting and finance realm, he has years of related IT experience in CRM systems.
David also writes and helps others to develop their business ideas through encouraging them and helping them form strategies and identifying potential partners and customers.
David obtained his MBA at the University of Barcelona and is completely fluent in Spanish. David also has five years of experience with international and multinational living and is fluent in the unique documentation challenges which this lifestyle entails.
David founded Numbercraft to assist small businesses and individuals, harnessing the power of cloud based accounting and CRM systems to create efficiencies and improve data.
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00:00:02 - Introduction to David Wilcox's expertise 00:04:28 - Setting up a Business Entity 00:09:50 - Registering with the IRS 00:11:59 - Importance of Financial Segregation 00:15:06 - Key Considerations for New Business Owners 00:15:29 - Importance of Clear Business Planning 00:19:04 - Difference in Getting Paid 00:23:00 - Deducting Business Expenses 00:27:03 - Cost of Goods Sold and Business Taxes 00:29:27 - Importance of Form W-9 00:30:11 - Tax Structure and Independent Contractors 00:31:43 - 1099 Forms and Tax Deductions 00:35:43 - Employment vs. Contractor Relationships 00:40:30 - Quarterly Tax Filing and Financial Planning 00:43:27 - Payroll Services and Payroll Tax Compliance 00:44:51 - Importance of Payroll Taxes and State Obligations 00:46:06 - Understanding Payroll Tax Liability 00:47:44 - Importance of Outsourcing Billing and Coding 00:50:30 - CEO Mindset and Business Oversight 00:55:38 - Retirement Planning and Tax Benefits for Business Owners 00:59:22 - Traditional vs. Roth IRAs 01:00:53 - Backdoor Roth Contributions 01:02:06 - SEP IRA for Self-Employed 01:04:42 - Business Succession Planning 01:07:17 - Professional Advice and Disclaimers
Ep 118 Rethinking Residency with Dr. Frances Mei Hardin
Dr. Frances Mei Hardin is on a mission to improve residency training and support the mental health of medical students and residents, but she faces the daunting challenge of changing a deeply ingrained culture.
Tired of hearing these myths about mental health in residency?
Myth 1: You have to be mentally tough to handle the demands of residency.
Myth 2: Seeking help for mental health issues will hurt your career.
Myth 3: Mental health struggles are a sign of weakness.
“Public humiliation was levied against us as residents.” - Dr. Frances Mei Hardin
Discover innovative approaches to rethinking residency programs.
Uncover the impact of toxic dynamics in medical education.
Learn effective strategies for breaking the cycle of abuse.
Explore practical ways to support mental health in residency.
Build resilience and develop essential coping skills.
About Dr. Hardin
Frances Mei Hardin earned a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, graduating at 20 years of age. She went on to earn an MD degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and was inducted as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society.
After completing her ENT residency training in the Midwest, she began her practice as a general ENT in Tennessee. She has extensive academic writing experience with her work featured in astrophysics publications from the age of 16 years old.
She is the founder of Rethinking Residency, which provides supportive resources for resident physicians and promotes skills to increase effectiveness at work.
Find out more here:
The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:02 - Introducing Dr. Frances Mei Hardin
00:00:49 - The Need for Rethinking Residency
00:03:00 - Identifying a Malignant Residency
00:07:22 - Impact of Stress and Fear on Residents
00:12:58 - Overcoming a Broken System
00:15:39 - The Cycle of Abuse in Medical Residency
00:16:58 - Rethinking Residency Strategies
00:18:07 - Breaking the Cycle of Bullying
00:21:44 - Implementing DBT Skills in Residency
00:29:40 - Healing from Residency Trauma
00:31:49 - Recognizing the Need for Change
00:32:44 - Coping Strategies for Medical Students and Residents
00:34:19 - Rethinking Residency Resources
00:38:21 - Empowerment and Breaking the Cycle
00:42:18 - Accessing Resources
Ep 117 How to Get Paid Faster with Carolyn Stamey
Getting paid is all about mastering the revenue cycle. Specialist Carolyn Stamey makes sure you’re getting that final payment. She shares how focusing on the patient and doctor experience, enhanced patient satisfaction, and more precise billing will increase reimbursement for the work you do.
“It's so important to have a copy of that insurance contract and really understand it because you can make the insurance company a partner in many ways. You leveraging that provider rep is so important, but having a copy of that contract and understanding it is really critical.” -Carolyn Stamey
Unlock the secrets to maximizing revenue and streamlining your billing processes.
Discover the key to avoiding claim denials and ensuring prompt reimbursement for your services.
Learn how to navigate the complexities of dealing with insurance companies to optimize your revenue cycle.
Uncover the crucial role of accurate coding and documentation in ensuring maximum payment accuracy and compliance.
Gain insights into simplifying the complexities of medical billing to enhance your practice's financial performance.
Carolyn Stamey is a revenue cycle professional who helps physicians achieve financial success through revenue cycle excellence. She is currently the President & CEO of Contemporary Medical Solutions.
Before starting Contemporary Medical Solutions, Carolyn worked for 30 years leading large revenue cycle teams. After a successful career supporting both small physician practices and large multi-specialty groups associated with a hospital, she now helps physicians maintain their independent practice by ensuring accurate and timely medical billing, up to date insurance contracts and credentialing with payers.
Carolyn is based in the Phoenix area with her husband and daughter. She enjoys camping and sewing in her spare time.
Carolyn is available to support your revenue cycle needs and offers free consultations. You can reach Carolyn at 717.557.5257 or email@example.com.
Find out more here:
Business email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business phone: 602.834.4628
The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:00 - Understanding the Revenue Cycle
00:02:15 - Impact of Large Organizations
00:05:53 - Patient-Provider Relationship
00:09:46 - Responsibility in Billing
00:12:55 - Pitfalls and Contract Awareness
00:14:12 - Timely Filing Limits and Payment Delays
00:15:34 - Interacting with Insurance Companies
00:16:50 - Understanding Insurance Company Requests
00:19:29 - Impact of Insurance Contracting and Credentialing
00:24:21 - The Significance of Payer Enrollment
00:27:50 - Navigating Insurance Company Relationships
00:29:31 - When to Seek Help
00:31:00 - Shifting Perspectives on Interactions
00:33:43 - Key Learnings in Revenue Cycle Management
00:37:33 - Future Resources for Providers and Patients
Ep 116 Rejecting Corporate Medicine by Starting a Private Practice with Dr. Ritha Belizaire
Many of us feel powerless with the rise of corporate medicine. Our guest today decided to take her power back and reject this concept. She seemed like the least likely person to do so, given that she is a single mother by choice and without a ton of resources. She decided that practicing medicine on her terms was more important than the financial promises these large companies are selling. Aligning her career with her values made the most sense to her.
Embarking on this new path, she discovered that she did not need the guarantees that were offered. She is able to secure her own future.
Discover how Dr. Ritha Belizaire's journey can inspire and motivate your own career in medicine.
Learn effective strategies for balancing personal and professional life as a physician.
Uncover the power of overcoming perfectionism and embracing growth in your medical career.
Explore ways to empower single mothers in the field of medicine and create a supportive community.
Unlock the potential of entrepreneurship in medicine and how it can transform your career.
My special guest today is Dr. Ritha Belizaire.
Dr. Ritha Belizaire is a dual board certified general and colorectal surgeon in Houston, Texas and is passionate about providing accessible, inclusive surgical care. After several years of employment, she made her departure from academics, fueled by burnout and a sense of devaluation within the system.
She opened her own practice, Houston Community Surgical, in July 2023. In the transition from academics to self employment, she has borne witness to the epidemic of physician burnout, depression and anxiety caused by increasing demands on physicians to make money for their institutions while having less and less personal and professional autonomy and leading to a mass exodus of physicians from the medical profession.
Concerned for the future of fellow physicians and of healthcare in America, Dr. Belizaire shares insights into her transformative journey of reclaiming control over her professional and personal life. She hopes that her story of challenging the status quo can offer some hope for physicians seeking a path to fulfillment in their medical careers.
For more information, visit:
Website - https://www.houstoncommunitysurgical.com
The key moments in this episode are:
00:00:00 - Introducing Dr. Ritha Belizaire
00:01:06 - Recognizing the Need for Change
00:07:14 - Seeking Agency and Freedom
00:09:22 - Finding Her "Why"
00:11:50 - Self-Investment and Guaranteed Success
00:13:56 - Overcoming Limiting Beliefs in Residency Training
00:15:00 - Recognizing Physicians as Commodities
00:17:13 - Navigating Agency in the Healthcare System
00:18:25 - The Journey to Entrepreneurship
00:21:07 - Surprising Lessons in Entrepreneurship
00:27:56 - Balancing Personal Passion with Professional Responsibilities
00:29:19 - Overcoming Overwhelm and Prioritizing Tasks
00:30:38 - Building a Fence Around Your Dreams
00:33:25 - Overcoming Feeling Stuck and Empowering Change
00:35:06 - Inspiring Others in the Medical Field
Ep 115: The voice for physician unionization with Dr. Junaid Niazi
Have you noticed that being a physician these days is like many voices screaming into the void?
What if we could gather together as one loud voice?
Is it time to start forming unions?
My guest Dr. Junaid Niazi is part of the largest physician unions that formed recently. He was initially hesitant about what unions would bring, but the idea that real change in physician work flows and physician wellness.
“They may have had some negative images or ideas of what a union is based on other unions and seeing those unions function, but again, a union is what the people make it out to be just like our democracy as a whole. So our democracy only works as well as the people who are running it are. ” - Dr. Junaid Niazi
Does the thought of unionization make you nervous? Maybe it’s time to dive deeper. Join me today with Dr. Junaid Niazi as we explore the benefits of physician unionization as a way forward to gain more respect, value and financial security for clinicians.
“What recourse is there when medicine's getting so corporatized, and decisions are being made from spreadsheets?”
-Dr. Junaid Niazi
Loved the webinar replay!
Deciding what you want your life and career to look like at different stages of your life is such a great concept! So often physicians blindly follow a path in medicine, then don’t see an exit strategy when they are unhappy. Love that Amy and Amanda are offering their course on different ways to approach life and job changes.
Can't Wait to Dive in
I like to listen to all kinds of podcasts and I'm excited to learn more from this one. Such interesting subject matter. I can't wait to learn more. Thanks Amy!
Filling in the gaps
Amy has provided a wonderful variety of great guests on her podcast to fill in all those gaps not taught in med school. It’s like listening in on friends who are sharing.