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The SurgeonMasters Podcast is for surgeons who wish to create a highly successful and sustainable practice that is lifestyle-friendly with less stress and frustration. Each episode focuses on learning, understanding and implementing effective habits that will allow you to create a thriving practice while still having time to travel, connect with your family, take care of your health, and pursue outside interests. Your host is Jeffrey M. Smith, MD a practicing Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon (Orthopaedic Traumatologist) who also assists other Surgeons to develop the critical skills needed to create a highly successful lifestyle-friendly practice which is physically, mentally and emotionally sustainable.

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The SurgeonMasters Podcast is for surgeons who wish to create a highly successful and sustainable practice that is lifestyle-friendly with less stress and frustration. Each episode focuses on learning, understanding and implementing effective habits that will allow you to create a thriving practice while still having time to travel, connect with your family, take care of your health, and pursue outside interests. Your host is Jeffrey M. Smith, MD a practicing Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon (Orthopaedic Traumatologist) who also assists other Surgeons to develop the critical skills needed to create a highly successful lifestyle-friendly practice which is physically, mentally and emotionally sustainable.

    Tough Conversations! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more...

    Tough Conversations! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more...

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes back to the podcast SurgeonMasters collaborator and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Robyn Symon. 
    Last time she was on the podcast, we talked about Robyn’s documentary film Do No Harm which investigates the high rate of burnout and suicide among physicians and how it links to medical errors and patient safety. And with September being National Suicide Awareness Month, we thought it was the right time to bring her back for an extended conversation. 
    You would think that the medical field would hold itself to a higher standard when it comes to the health and well-being of its own. But in fact, the opposite is true. In general, it seems like people in medicine treat themselves and their colleagues with less regard for their well-being. 
    We’re focused so much on the “demand” and an assembly line model of care. But no one is focusing on the “supply” of physicians needed to take care of the demand. If we don’t address the supply (or doctor) side of the issue, patient care will suffer.
    Doctors also face tremendous risk when bringing these issues to light. Administrators often see them as “complaining” or “rocking the boat.” As a result, many physicians don’t want to speak out for fear of losing their jobs. We need to educate both physicians and administrators about how to effectively address these issues.
    The relationship between patients and physicians is eroding. Physicians want to spend more time with patients, but they’re being beaten down by this assembly line model of care. When patients see that they’re stuck in the same “assembly line” model, it really helps build back that trusting doctor-patient relationship.
    What steps does Robyn suggest we do to address the systemic issues causing suicide in the medical community?
    Step 1 - Realize that physicians are human beings, not superheroes.
    Step 2 -  Work with colleagues, patients, and administrators to continue the conversation on these important topics.
    Step 3 - Don’t be afraid to rock the boat! We need to collectively start speaking up on these issues for the betterment of ourselves and our patients.
    Email Robyn and the Do No Harm team: Info@donoharmfilm.com
    Most importantly, let’s start having tough conversations!Robyn SymonRobyn Symon is a two-time Emmy Award-winner, and an accomplished writer, producer/director, and editor. She began as a television news reporter in Texas, then joined PBS in Miami where she hosted and produced documentaries, public affairs programs and the TV series Florida! (6 seasons; Travel Channel). She wrote and produced the docu-series “Voices of Vision,” which focused on the work of non-profit organizations worldwide. She has produced hundreds of hours of TV series for major cable networks including Discovery, CNBC, HGTV and currently produces a series on the Reelz Channel. Prior film credits include: “Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard,” acquired for international distribution by Screen Media Films and “Behind the Blue Veil,” about the ancient Tuareg in North Africa, which was distributed by Journeyman Pictures. Her most recent documentary—“Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride!” — is cur

    Kick the Tires! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 63

    Kick the Tires! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 63

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes to the podcast SurgeonMasters collaborator and physician coach, Dr. Errin Weisman. 
    On this episode, Errin and Jeff talk about different coaching styles and clarify what coaching is.
    Errin uses her energy and experience in coaching to provide lots of encouragement. As a coach, she is not telling people what to do. There are a lot of misconceptions about coaching - with many people assuming it’s like therapy or an advisor / advisee relationship. It’s important to clarify these misconceptions around coaching so physicians have a better understanding of what it is and why it is so incredibly effective.
    Coaching conversations help their physician clients process thoughts, feelings, and actions. Coaches don't offer firm answers like advisors or consultants might. The physician, not the coach, holds the answers. Coaches help their coachees find those answers.
    What steps does Errin suggest we take to start down the path of coaching?
    Step 1 - Give coaching a try! Go ahead and “kick the tires” and take coaching for a spin to see what it is like.
    Step 2 - Find a coach with whom you can connect or who is offering messaging that resonates with you. All coaches bring different styles to the table. Find one who fits well with your personality.
    Step 3 - Don’t give up. If your first experience with coaching isn’t great, that’s OK. Finding the right fit is part of the process.

    Most importantly, give coaching a spin!












































    Errin Weisman, DOErrin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster, and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes that to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer's wife, athlete, and mother of three. You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on IG @truthrxs.

    Embrace Anxiety! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 62

    Embrace Anxiety! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 62

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes to the SurgeonMasters podcast award-winning author, Karla McLaren, M.Ed. 
    Everyone is experiencing some level of anxiety during this global pandemic. While most people try to avoid anxiety at all costs, Karla suggests we embrace our anxiety!
    Fear, panic, and anxiety are connected, but all different. It’s important to be able to identify what emotion you’re experiencing so you can know how to best deal with it.
    What does Karla suggest we do to embrace our anxiety?
    Suggestion 1 - Identify which emotion you’re feeling. Each emotion has a different purpose and can be dealt with in a different way.
    Suggestion 2 - Embrace those emotions - whether it be panic, fear, or anxiety. Don’t resist - face them head on.
    Suggestion 3 - Practice self-care to balance out these intense emotions.

    Most importantly, embrace your anxiety!












































    Karla McLaren, M.Ed.Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her new book, Embracing Anxiety!, is out now.  Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, self-healing, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the creator of the online learning site EmpathyAcademy.org.

    Metta for Haters! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 61

    Metta for Haters! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 61

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes to the podcast Senior Manager of Education Programs in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami and physician wellness advocate, Dr. David Cohen. 
    While most of what you hear about mindfulness meditation these days focuses on things like exercises, mantras, breathing, and the like - there are other practices that focus more on cultivating compassion. 
    Compare mental exercises to physical exercises. You can’t work out your entire body with one single exercise. The same is true in the mental realm. 
    David advocates for Metta Meditation - a specific form of mindfulness meditation that involves repeating the mantra “May I be peaceful. May I be free from suffering.” Metta meditation focuses on developing pure compassion for yourself and others without the promise of anything in return. Read more about it in David’s Medium article, Metta for Haters Like You and Me.
    What steps does David suggest we do to practice metta meditation?
    Step 1 -  Do some brief meditation to get into the right headspace.
    Step 2 -  Start with yourself - repeat the mantra “May I be peaceful. May I be free from suffering.”
    Step 3 - Repeat this process for someone genuinely kind, your friends and family, someone random, and someone you don’t like. End with “May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be free from suffering.”
    Most importantly, take steps to cultivate compassion for yourself and others!












































    David Cohen, EdDDavid Cohen, EdD, Senior Manager of Education Programs in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, has been in graduate medical education (GME) for three years after working in higher education the previous 11 years in several areas, mostly the law school. When he is not managing the administrative GME duties, he enjoys creating and administering physician wellness initiatives both in his department and institution wide on the GME Wellness Committee. David is an active member of the UM/Jackson Wellness Committee, has presented many Grand Rounds lectures on Physician Wellness to different departments within the institution, and administers several wellness initiatives within his own department including a weekly humanities-based newsletter and opportunities for faculties and trainees to present on topics that interest them outside of medicine to build camaraderie. He is also a serious meditator. Be sure to check out David’s Medium article, Metta for Haters Like You and Me.

    Immune Boost! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 60

    Immune Boost! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 60

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes to the SurgeonMasters podcast orthopedic surgeon and health & wellness consultant, Dr. Darin Davidson.
    The current pandemic provides a great example of how holistic methods can be used to complement the more traditional medical practices to result in an improved overall state of wellness.
    There are lifestyle factors that we all engage in that can decrease the functionality of our immune systems. Obviously, this is something that should be avoided especially during the current pandemic.
    What does Darrin suggest we do to boost our immune systems?
    Suggestion 1 - Manage stress. The more stressed we are, the more susceptible we are to various infections (including COVID-19). To manage stress levels, what if you incorporated some simple breathing or any daily meditation practice into your routine.
    Suggestion 2 -  Focus on nutrition. Our bodies need sufficient nutrition so that our immune systems can function at an optimal level. Increase leafy greens into your diet and consider whether you would benefit from vitamin D supplements.
    Suggestion 3 - Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can reduce our immune system’s ability to fight off infection. Setting aside enough time to sleep each night can help keep our immune system in better shape.
    Most importantly, PRACTICE what the scientific research shows can boost your immune system!












































    Darin Davidson, MDDarin Davidson, MD mission is to improve the health and wellness of everyone through the integration of holistic principles within the traditional medical model. By combining the best available knowledge and evidence from all fields which contribute to human performance and wellness, such as medicine, psychology, sleep, nutrition, and exercise we can obtain the greatest level of well-being. For the greatest impact, these skills should be developed as early as possible so that they can be available when needed most.

    Post-Covid! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 59

    Post-Covid! - Life improvement strategies for the surgeon who wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 59

     






































































































































     Jeff welcomes to the SurgeonMasters podcast primary care physician and physician coach, Dr. Kara Pepper. 
    There’s never been a more relevant time to talk about burnout in the medical community because so many physicians are experiencing it to some degree in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the open wounds of racism. Burnout is not just common among medical professionals, it's an epidemic. Covid-19 will shine a light on that fact.
    Physicians are the glue that holds the healthcare system together. We need to do everything in our power to promote wellness and prevent burnout among physicians for the sake of our patients.
    What does Kara suggest we do to combat burnout in a post-COVID world?
    Suggestion 1 - Recognize a few ways how COVID-19 has changed your work routine for the better. Many physicians do not want to go back to the way things were before the pandemic, because they now realize how overworked and burned out they were.
    Suggestion 2 -  Understand and recognize that burnout impacts everyone differently when advocating for each other. For some physicians, it’s a distinct crash and burn. For others, it may manifest itself more subtly over time.
    Suggestion 3 - Find what brings you joy and purpose and take proactive steps to incorporate more of those things into your life.
    Most importantly, take stock and make the necessary changes to improve your life as a physician!












































    Kara Pepper, MDDr. Kara Pepper is a practicing primary care Internist, Certified Life Coach, and primary care physician for Atlanta Ballet. Dr. Pepper helps physicians love the life they worked so hard to create. She specializes in burnout, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome. She provides one-on-one and group coaching and speaks on topics surrounding burnout and physician wellness. 

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
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4 Ratings

AppRatere ,

Good info for surgeons

This is a good 10 minute listen for busy surgeons. Lots of great guests

rock-out92 ,

Mostly just a waste of time

Fair podcast, has a catchy intro that makes grand objectives that don't really pan out in the material. I thought I'd gleam something from it but at this point I really only listen to it to fall asleep to the unhealthy pauses and monotoned questions from the narrator. Hope to see it improve.

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