137 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
    • 4.9 • 49 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.

    Ep 134: Aligning patients' expectation with reality with Dr. Kimberly Kopecky

    Ep 134: Aligning patients' expectation with reality with Dr. Kimberly Kopecky

    The latest BOSS podcast features Dr. Kimberly Kopecky, a surgical oncologist researching the importance of aligning patients' expectations with reality in the context of cancer surgery.   Dr. Kopecky shares her background and motivation for pursuing surgical oncology and palliative medicine training to better communicate with patients and understand their values and expectations.   We talked about shared decision-making, eliciting patient preferences, addressing misunderstandings, and the challenges of managing expectations, particularly in cancer surgery where patients may not feel they have a choice.  

    Dr. Kopecky highlights the need to complement shared decision-making with an explicit focus on aligning expectations and describes her ongoing research efforts to capture patients' experiences and incorporate them into preoperative discussions.  

    The conversation also touches on the reluctance to study patient regret and the importance of open communication about potential outcomes and complications.

    • 47 min
    Episode 133: It's never too early to consider fertility with Dr. Valerie Libby

    Episode 133: It's never too early to consider fertility with Dr. Valerie Libby

    The latest BOSS podcast features Dr. Valerie Libby, a fertility doctor and reproductive endocrinologist. We talked about how it is never too early to talk about fertility.   She discusses her personal experience with egg freezing during her residency and the importance of fertility preservation for surgical residents.   Dr. Libby shares details about a program she started at Shady Grove Fertility to provide discounted egg freezing services specifically for surgical residents, as studies have shown they have a higher burden of infertility due to the demanding nature of their training.   We also talked about how egg freezing works, the legal implications surrounding embryos and more.


    Visit the Shady Grove Fertility website and look up the 'Egg Freezing for Surgical Residents' program to find contact information and express interest in participating.

     

    Valerie Libby, MD, MPH, FACOG  is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, including polycystic ovary syndrome, male factor infertility, and ovarian aging. She is also accomplished in the areas of fertility preservation and elective egg freezing. 

     

    Dr. Libby joined Shady Grove Fertility in September 2020 and is seeing patients at SGF's Atlanta – Northside and Buckhead locations.   

    Follow her @valerielibbymd on Instagram 

    Egg Freezing for Surgical Residents Program: https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/treatments/egg-freezing/surgical-residents-program/ and email ResidentEggFreezing@USFertility.com 

     

    • 31 min
    Ep 132: Advice for new attendings in their first job with Dr. Derrick Burgess

    Ep 132: Advice for new attendings in their first job with Dr. Derrick Burgess

    Summary

    This episode discusses advice for new attending physicians starting at a new practice. It covers topics such as building relationships with colleagues and the community, understanding the practice's expectations, seeking mentorship, negotiating contracts, and handling job transitions or losses. The key points include:- Doing due diligence when choosing a job to ensure the practice aligns with expectations and can support the desired specialty.- Being willing to say 'yes' to tasks outside one's specialty initially to build relationships and establish a patient base.- Seeking mentorship from experienced colleagues, former attendings, or specialty organizations for guidance.- Thoroughly reviewing employment contracts, understanding exit clauses, and negotiating favorable terms.- Maintaining professionalism and building trust with the local community to attract patient referrals.- Preparing for potential job changes or losses by understanding contract terms and having a support system.- Exploring entrepreneurial pursuits like podcasting to combat burnout and find fulfillment outside clinical practice.The discussion provides valuable insights for new attendings navigating the challenges of starting a medical practice and building a successful career.

     

    • 44 min
    Ep 131: Are noncompetes really going away? Amanda Hill, JD weighs in

    Ep 131: Are noncompetes really going away? Amanda Hill, JD weighs in

    Link to her article:https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/the-ftc-s-noncompete-rule-is-a-concerning-development-for-physicians

     

     

    • 37 min
    Ep 130 Creating your modern day village with Dr. Latoya Luces-Sampson

    Ep 130 Creating your modern day village with Dr. Latoya Luces-Sampson

    Are you falling into these traps:


    I have to keep doing what I was doing because I trained all this time
    I have to give up on the life that I want because I had kids
    Not taking into account that your life and interests change
    Feel obligated to serve others even though we are burning out

    The idea of a modern day village comes in because some people don't really have anyone to tell what is going on with them or if they tell someone else, they will not get the response that they need. Being intentional about finding and creating that village, especially as a new mother, can help to make sure that you are not alone.

    "And at the end of the day,  you have to be willing to step outside of the guilt and the shame that may be there and, use your voice to get the love and support and the care that you deserve."

    “I really just had to realize that I needed to take care of myself and not wait for anybody else to do it. I need to set the example. And I also need to speak up about what I need and let people take care of me.”

    "It all comes back to, am I really serving anyone, myself, my patients, if I am not happy and I'm not fulfilled and the answer is no." - Dr. Latoya Luces- Sampson

    • 39 min
    Ep 129 Do you know your surgical assist? with Geoff Mcneave

    Ep 129 Do you know your surgical assist? with Geoff Mcneave

    Geoff McNeave's journey into the world of surgical assistance started with a volunteering job at a hospital during high school and progressed to starting his own company as a surgical (first) assist. We talked about the difference between surgical technicians and surgical assistants, with surgical assistants being trained to provide more hands-on assistance to surgeons during operations.There is lack of standardization and licensing requirements for surgical assistants across different states and organizations, which Geoff aims to address through advocacy and education.We highlighted the importance of surgical assistants in anticipating surgeons' needs, ensuring patient safety, and streamlining procedures. He shared the various employment models for surgical assistants, including being hired by hospitals, contracting with surgical groups, or running an independent practice. He noted the challenges faced by surgical assistants in terms of recognition, compensation, and billing practices, particularly due to the lack of licensing and regulation. Geoff has been a leader in advocating for mandatory certification, educational standards, and licensure for surgical assistants through organizations like the Association of Surgical Assistants.Overall, the conversation highlights the crucial role of surgical assistants in the operating room and the need for greater professionalism, standardization, and recognition of their skills and training.

    I wish that they (doctors) knew the struggles that we have to go to to be professionally recognized in the surgical suite. We show up, we do our job, we care for your patients, but on the outside of things, we also struggle with recognition. - Geoff McNeave

    In this episode, you will be able to:



    Discover the crucial role and impact of surgical assistants on patient safety and surgical outcomes.



    Learn about the essential training and certification paths for professional advancement as a surgical assistant.



    Understand the clear distinctions between surgical technologists and surgical assistants in the operating room.



    Uncover the prevalent challenges in achieving accreditation for surgical assistant programs and how to address them.



    Explore the various employment models available for surgical assistants and their implications for career growth and satisfaction.



    Explore the essential training Geoff highlights the need for standardized education and accreditation for surgical assistants. The discussion emphasizes the importance of formal training, professional standards, and accreditation to ensure that surgical assistants are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to support surgeons effectively. Exploring the essential training for surgical assistants is key to enhancing patient safety and advancing the profession.

    The resources mentioned in this episode are:



    Association of Surgical Assistance (ASA) - This organization advocates for education standards, licensure, and registration for surgical assistants. They work with lobbyists and have legal initiatives in various states to push for recognition and regulation of the profession.



    National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) - This organization offers the Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) title and provides accreditation for surgical assistants.



    National Surgical Assistance Association (NSAA) - NSAA holds the title of Certified Surgical Assistant and provides accreditation for surgical assistants. They also advocate for education requirements, certification, and licensure for surgical assistants nationwide.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

dnbremer ,

Great podcast!

Do you want a surgeon (or doctor in general) who feels good in life? Or would you prefer one who is stressed and burnt out?

I prefer my doctors grounded and happy! Thank you for helping to make that happen!

BJoy62 ,

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.

KellyRH ,

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!

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