30 episodes

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.

BOSS Business of Surgery Series Amy Vertrees, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

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.

    Episode 27: What is coaching?

    Episode 27: What is coaching?

    Why do we have the same problems but have different outcomes? Why are some people burned out and some people achieving at their highest potential? Coaching involves understanding our thoughts and how they affect our emotions and actions and ultimately the result we get in our lives. Why would a surgeon need a coach? Like an elite athlete, we need someone who can analyze our strengths and weaknesses, come up with exercises and strategies to let us achieve at our highest level.

     

    Self-coaching: this is where you find a lot of the information yourself. This is a very safe starting point, you could do this in your own home, you can start cleaning out your mental closet without feeling like you must show it to anyone. People who are not quite ready to air out the dirty mental laundry start here. There are numerous books and podcasts that are extremely helpful. My favorite podcast The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo because she explains these principles of the thought model in a way that is easy to understand. She also has excellent strategies for specific situations. Corinne Crabtree and Katrina Ubell are great for dealing with buffering. Brendan Burchard, Tony Robbins, Byron Katie all have excellent books. Ongoing self-coaching is very important. For a medical comparison, this is like medical school. Once you start looking into it, it’s like drinking from a fire hydrant. There’s tons of information. Unless you have the ability to constrain, find a resource that breaks it down into small areas, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed

     

    Group coaching: You can continue to look at your mental closet of stuff, and start to explore strategies of getting better with the help of a coach. With group coaching, you realize that other people have similar problems as you and have similar mechanisms for compensating. You could learn a lot from these group sessions at a safe distance. This is more like residency. You may participate, but everybody else is too so you don’t feel alone. Sunny Smith’s Empowering Women Physicians is one example, and I offer group coaching, too. The next group coaching is Everything is a Negotiation starting late June.

     

    One on one coaching. This is where do you work directly with someone. You can air out all your mental clutter in a safe place. The coach does not judge and will offer guidance based on your thoughts and your principles and your desires. They offer tools and strategies. They get to know your strengths and areas where you can improve. Much like the elite athlete, this is the most uncomfortable. You must be vulnerable. This is very hard when you’re starting out. It takes a process of recognizing that being vulnerable is not weakness. Being vulnerable and exposing pain is the key to unlocking your highest potential. It is the ability to be satisfied with life because you start to learn that when things go wrong, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. You start to develop strategies that allow you to deal with a difficult aspect of life that everyone has in a safe place.

     

     

    • 43 min
    Episode 26: Permission to have the life you want with Dr. Sharon McLaughlin, founder of Female Physician Entrepreneurs group and Mindlull.com

    Episode 26: Permission to have the life you want with Dr. Sharon McLaughlin, founder of Female Physician Entrepreneurs group and Mindlull.com

    • 43 min
    Episode 25: Preventing burnout by learning more about money with the MoneyfitMD Dr. Latifat Akintade

    Episode 25: Preventing burnout by learning more about money with the MoneyfitMD Dr. Latifat Akintade

    The latest BOSS Business of Surgery Series podcast features Dr. Latifat Akintade, the MoneyfitMD. She coaches women physicians about money so they can burnout less. We had a great talk about how our thoughts and fears about money can hold us back. She had some great insights including:

     

    - Separate the money we make from our value as a human. Money is a thank you for the work that we do, but it is not the measure of who we are. Unless we do that, we will never feel like we have enough.

    - Simplifying the language of money shows us that it doesn’t have to be hard. And we don’t have to learn everything about money right away, or even learn everything there is to know.

    - Recognize when we are feeling fear or shame about money, and that these come from thoughts that are holding us back (like money is hard, money is bad, I am too busy, I am greedy if I think about money, I should have learned all this already).

    - When physicians have money, we do good things with it.

    - We already have the tools to succeed with money

    - Slow down, rest, relax, don’t burnout learning about money

     

    She shared her Financial Liberation Plan:


    Know you why- why do you want to practice medicine, why are you choosing this life. Explore the limited beliefs and past traumas to learn more about how you are approaching money.
    Identifying your own unfair advantage- We all have characteristics that will help us be successful. For example, as doctors we know how to study, learn, collaborate with others, asking questions and, figure things out. Turn that flashlight on to knowledge about money
    Look at the numbers- find your minimum viable expense. If you lost your job, how much would you need to get by? It’s often less than you think.
    Diversify your sources of income- and it doesn’t have to happen in one day
    Empower ourselves, find our communities and invest in ourselves. She noted that her networth increased as she increased investment in herself. I noticed that when I invested in myself, that was when my life started to change, too.

     

    You can find more about Dr. Latifat at:

    TheMoneyfitmd podcast:  https://www.moneyfitmd.com/podcast

    And her core money curriculum at:  https://www.moneyfitmd.com/msb

    • 43 min
    Episode 24: Perspectives from a surgery program director with Dr. Jonathan Dort

    Episode 24: Perspectives from a surgery program director with Dr. Jonathan Dort

    The latest podcast episode features Dr. Jonathan Dort, the Director of Surgical Education for the Inova Health System and Program Director of the Surgical Residency for the Department of Surgery at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

     

    “I never understood how surgeons had egos, because it is the most continuously humbling business I can imagine being in…”

     

    Dr. Dort left private practice to join an academic program. As program director, he has seen residency education change significantly over the years with increasing regulations and requirements. 

     

    Residents are changing, too, and learning in different ways. Gone are the days of “go read a textbook.” Residents are learning from online sources, SCORE, podcast for example. 

     

    He had great advice for those interested in applying for residency:

    - There is no magic formula for getting into residency

    - Do the activities you are passionate about

    - Be yourself on the application. He is looking for the real you. You will be appreciated by the program you are the best fit for, and that is a path that is sustainable

    -When the blood is welling in the OR, the name on your certificate is not going to bail you out  

     

    Tips for succeeding as a resident:

    - “Your attitude more than your aptitude will determine your altitude”

    - Wake up and decide what kind of day you are going to have

    - Reminding yourself, “This is hard, I will learn from my mistakes, I am going to make mistakes, I am going to use the support from the people around me, and I am going to support the people around me, and those are the people succeed. It is a team approach”

    -Burnout is not caused by hard work, it is caused by futility

     

    If you are interested in becoming a program director: 

    - You have to love to teach and mentor

    - The relationships you form with the mentorship last a lifetime

    - You have to see three steps ahead- considering new technology (like robotics), conscious of the needed rotations

    - There is gratification from taking a resident from “unconsciously incompetent to consciously incompetent, to consciously competent, then unconsciously competent.”

    • 38 min
    Episode 23: Creating Wealthy Minded Women Physicians with Dr. Bonnie Koo

    Episode 23: Creating Wealthy Minded Women Physicians with Dr. Bonnie Koo

    The latest BOSS podcast features Bonnie Koo, MD!

     

    We talked about the entrepreneur journey, coaching, the importance of personal development, and of course money!

     

    She is founder of Wealthy Mom, MD and the author of “Defining Wealth for Women (n.): Peace, Purpose, and Plenty of Cash.” Her book is what is missing in financial education - money mindset. Her book challenges money myths that many still think are true. She offers practical steps that allow us to start unraveling some of our thoughts about money. She teaches the opposite what other people think- she offers another way.

     

    She shared the most important lesson there is about money: Your only limitation is your mind.

     

    The problem is that we have been told stories about money that may not even be true. She challenges us to ask- is that really true? What if that myth is not true, and that is what is holding us back?

     

    We often think that making money is trading time for money- that we must work more, see more patients. We can question traditional medicine and consider other paths available. We may have judgments about how we make money (like thinking some job is a “cop out”) that may be holding us back. She challenges the idea that there is a ceiling for how much money you can make.

     

    Money brings up thoughts like corruption and greed. She challenged the idea that money changes who we are. What if money makes you more of who you already are? For example, with more money, you could be more generous.

     

    She challenges the idea that saving is the only way to make money and debt is bad. If you think that debt is bad- you are missing an opportunity to build wealth. By leveraging low interest debt to higher paying investments, you could be making more money over simply saving money.

     

    She works with women who feel like their spending is out of control. Overdesire is often the problem, but she teaches others how to retrain your brain. This is a teachable skill that starts with learning the ability to sit with an uncomfortable feeling 

    Dr. Bonnie Koo can be found at https://wealthymommd.com/

    • 40 min
    Episode 22: Lessons everyone should hear on CVs with Dr. Emily Steinhagen

    Episode 22: Lessons everyone should hear on CVs with Dr. Emily Steinhagen

    This week's episode is such a great one- and one that we ALL need. That is, unless your CV is up to date and awesome- and if that is the case, send it to me! I would love to see your example!

    Dr. Emily Steinhagen and I talked about tips for creating a fantastic CV and keeping it updated. There are 5 key strategies:1. Know what to put on your CV- and don't undervalue your experiences. Keep a master CV with everything on it, and tailor it down from there. Consider all experiences, because skills you develop may be relevant to a future job. Your CV is not just a document, it is a file that includes the supporting documents like papers and letters of recommendations. 

    2. Use your CV to further your career. You can use it to identify gaps you might have in your career, and the CV can also work as a way to communicate your skills. 

    3. Attention to detail! Declare a personal font, be consistent with your abbreviations. Your CV says something about you, and a sloppy CV is not the message you want to send. Add your name and date of the CV to every page. Send only pdfs of your CV so they cannot be modified. 

    4. Tailor it to your job. When applying for a job, see if your institution has a specific format. If not, the AAMC has an example here. 

    5. Maintain your CV. Create a system to maintain your CV using your calendar, email or scheduled alerts. Use tools like Publon.com to track your reviews of research papers. 

     Please rate and review the show! 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

ArizonaLB ,

Keep going!

Dr. Vertrees - a great person doing great things for physicians. So far the content has been interesting as well as informative and I am looking forward to what’s going come in the podcast! Keep it up 👌💪👍

Coffeeeee782 ,

Love this!

This is such a timely podcast. Excited to hear where it goes. Thanks for creating and here’s to all the BOSS docs out there.

SLee008 ,

Congrats!

Congrats on starting a podcast. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, experience and knowledge with other surgeons. 💜

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