45 episodes

While incredibly rewarding and honored vocations, careers in medicine and surgery are fraught with stress, burnout and challenges in work-life balance. OWZ is intended to open dialogue about a mindful approach to surgery - to create a space where physicians and surgeons can enhance their life's work and life experience with a focus on presence, purpose and practical skills. OWZ combines didactic-like monologues to provide baseline information and available scientific data on practical topics like time management, sleep hygiene and burnout; as well as interviews with surgeons and experts to share what works and doesn't work in their daily routines.

Operate with Zen Phil Pierorazio

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

While incredibly rewarding and honored vocations, careers in medicine and surgery are fraught with stress, burnout and challenges in work-life balance. OWZ is intended to open dialogue about a mindful approach to surgery - to create a space where physicians and surgeons can enhance their life's work and life experience with a focus on presence, purpose and practical skills. OWZ combines didactic-like monologues to provide baseline information and available scientific data on practical topics like time management, sleep hygiene and burnout; as well as interviews with surgeons and experts to share what works and doesn't work in their daily routines.

    45. Unlock Your Power with Dr. Anne Suskind

    45. Unlock Your Power with Dr. Anne Suskind

    Anne M. Suskind, MD, FACS, MS is an Associate Professor of Urology; Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; the Associate Chair of Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the Chief of Neurourology, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California San Francisco.  She is an accomplished surgeon scientist and a wonderful human being.  She is strongly interested in faculty and personal development and, in this podcast, discusses the rationale and process of her recent online course "Unlock Your Power."  We discuss her personal background and interests in mindfulness, anthropology, and psychology.  We discuss how discipline and insight are needed to make positive changes in who we are and align our purpose with our passion.  Her course can be found at https://suskina.wixsite.com/unlockyourpower or you can email her at suskina@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 52 min
    44. Building Relationships in Surgery with Dr. Tracy Downs

    44. Building Relationships in Surgery with Dr. Tracy Downs

    Tracy M. Downs, MD, FACS is a Professor of Urology and Chief Diversity & Community Engagement Officer at the University of Virginia.  Tracy is a deeply thoughtful and compassionate surgeon and person.  His approach to life parallels his approach to patient care which parallels his approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We explore the metaphor of endurance built during distance running to the endurance needed to overcome the struggles of a surgical career and, similarly, the long-term work toward a more inclusive medical community and world.  In addition, the relationships he models with his family parallels the care and compassion with which he approaches his patients, colleagues, and his profession.  Lots to learn from Dr. Downs, enjoy. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 1 hr
    43. Sitting with the Pieces with Dr. Taylor Riall

    43. Sitting with the Pieces with Dr. Taylor Riall

    Taylor Riall, MD, PhD, FACS is the real deal!  Accomplished academic hepatobiliary surgeon, executive coach, competitive athlete, and a genuine inspiration to all who encounter her.  Dr. Riall was a major inspiration in my (ongoing) path to wellness and the creation of this podcast.  We tackle a lot in this discussion but start with changing surgical culture one surgeon, one inspiration at a time, move to mindfulness and resilience.  "Sitting with the Pieces" refers to the Japanese art of Kintsugi where pottery is intentionally broken and put back together with gold.  The metaphor is incredibly strong - what once was broken can be beautiful and have form.  We are all made of pieces that, when assembled, define who we are. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 50 min
    42. Bringing Mindfulness to Surgery with Dr. Sima Porten

    42. Bringing Mindfulness to Surgery with Dr. Sima Porten

    No one is born with a mindfulness practice.  It takes time to discover your needs, to personalize your practice, and to cultivate that practice as you evolve as a mindful person.  Dr. Sima Porten is a skilled urologic cancer surgeon and incorporates mindfulness into her everyday routine.  Both her surgical skills and her mindfulness practice developed over an extended period of time and minor adjustments are continually required to reach the expert levels at which she performs.  In this episode we talk about developing and refining a mindfulness practice as a surgeon – how to incorporate those skills into the operating room, clinical care, and our home lives.  Dr. Porten also recently completed a clinical trial investigating the impact of mindfulness on perioperative outcomes for patients undergoing a major cancer operation.  Her balance and positive attitude are an inspiration to all who know her, and hopefully to all who listen to this episode. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 49 min
    41. Joy in the Service of Others with Dr. Paul Maroni

    41. Joy in the Service of Others with Dr. Paul Maroni

    Paul Maroni is a urologic oncologist at University of Colorado in Denver.  He also runs the American Urological Association course on “Winning the Battle Against Burnout.”  Paul is also an extremely thoughtful and mindful surgeon, physician, and educator.  In this episode of OWZ, we tackle a lot more than burnout.  We discuss extreme ownership of the good and bad that occurs in our surgical practices, we talk about putting successes and failures into perspective, and, in Paul’s own words, we seek to find “joy serving others.”  We would be lying if we said everyday as a surgeon is amazingly positive.  But everyday can be amazing with the right perspective and approach. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 59 min
    40. Small Changes for Big Results with Casey Seideman, MD

    40. Small Changes for Big Results with Casey Seideman, MD

    Dr. Casey Seideman is a pediatric urologist at Oregon Health and Sciences University.  A few years ago, Casey never ran a complete mile.  Now she is an outspoken advocate for wellness in the operating room and beyond.  In this podcast we tackle small changes and their ability make big impact, how mental preparation promotes a health surgical community, and how, as a surgeon, you can achieve great things you never thought you could do. (Music Credit: Sunshine, Simon Jomphe Lepine.)

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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