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White Coat Wellness is a podcast for physicians and dentists that will educate, inspire, and encourage you to practice personal and professional wellness. Episodes feature discussions with physicians, dentists, and other leaders in the medical and dental world to bring you one step closer to making the right decisions to achieve your goals.

If you would like to know more about the White Coat Wellness show, find show notes, and learn more about our host, Shane Tenny, visit whitecoatwell.com.

White Coat Wellness Spaugh Dameron Tenny

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White Coat Wellness is a podcast for physicians and dentists that will educate, inspire, and encourage you to practice personal and professional wellness. Episodes feature discussions with physicians, dentists, and other leaders in the medical and dental world to bring you one step closer to making the right decisions to achieve your goals.

If you would like to know more about the White Coat Wellness show, find show notes, and learn more about our host, Shane Tenny, visit whitecoatwell.com.

    Women in Medicine and How Social Media Can Be Used in Healthcare

    Women in Medicine and How Social Media Can Be Used in Healthcare

    Despite the many advancements made in the field of medicine, there still seems to be a problem that has persisted over the years with minimal progress. It’s an issue that a lot of physicians aren’t aware of, but has greatly impacted the careers of their female colleagues – gender inequality. The healthcare industry seems to be stacked against women, where discrepancies exist and opportunities are not as available. Implicit and unconscious biases that contribute to this problem. 03:26

    This week’s guest, Dr. Shikha Jain, aims to not only shed light into this issue, but to educate people in the industry through research, data and real-life experiences from female practitioners. She is a practicing oncologist, a co-chair of the Women in Medicine Summit and involved heavily in other organizations such as SoMeDocs. Dr. Jain shares her personal stories on the challenges she has faced from medical school, to residency and as a practicing doctor that she mistakenly thought were unique to herself. 05:50

    • 39 min
    Real Estate Loans and Other Lending Options for Physicians with Jason Watkins

    Real Estate Loans and Other Lending Options for Physicians with Jason Watkins

    This episode’s guest is Jason Watkins from SunTrust Mortgage, a company that offers a unique lending option that can help medical practitioners with purchasing homes and real estate.

    One of the biggest and major financial decisions that doctors and dentists face in their lives involves purchasing, building or renovating their own homes. A lot of preparation, time and money is involved in this whole process and it should not be taken lightly. But for those who have just finished medical school, plagued by student loans and supported only by a not-so-high wage, is it even possible to for a resident or those still undergoing training to purchase a house of their own?

    • 32 min
    How Health System Executives Can Address Physician Burnout with Dr. Kevin Mosser

    How Health System Executives Can Address Physician Burnout with Dr. Kevin Mosser

    Being a doctor and practicing medicine is a noble profession. And when you ask a physician or medical practitioner, you used to hear about passion as the main reason why one should pursue this path in the first place. But sadly, the excitement and enthusiasm that is often associated with the practice is being heard less often. There is a lack of joy in the profession that’s prevalent among many doctors today, caused by burnout, among other things.

    • 37 min
    Dealing with Financial Infidelity in a Marriage

    Dealing with Financial Infidelity in a Marriage

    Money is among the main causes of stress in a marriage. It’s a tough topic to talk about in many couples, whether you’re in the medical field or not. And the core issue isn’t money itself, but in how much you trust your partner when it comes to managing your finances. One of the biggest problems that have affected couples is financial infidelity, wherein a spouse makes major money decisions in secrecy. If not addressed or prevented, this can have detrimental effects that impact a marriage.

    • 46 min
    How to Survive and Thrive in a Growing Dental Practice with Dr. Sonia Chopra

    How to Survive and Thrive in a Growing Dental Practice with Dr. Sonia Chopra

    It’s the dream and goal of many dentists to eventually start and run their private practice. You may have this perception that having your own practice is better than being an associate dentist, as you have more control over your time and what you want to do. While it is true that there are advantages to a private practice, there are also struggles that those who chose this path go through. These are normally what you wouldn’t see portrayed on T.V. or on social media feeds.

    • 36 min
    Managing Stress and Relationships During Medical Training with Dr. Neela Rao

    Managing Stress and Relationships During Medical Training with Dr. Neela Rao

    Becoming a doctor is a highly regarded opportunity that takes a certain type of person to embark on. While this profession is honorable, media often glamorizes it, only showing the good sides of a physician’s life. But what’s hidden in the public eye are the exhaustion from long hours of study and shifts at the hospital, or the pressure and anxiety that comes from ensuring that patients are being taken cared of. And this is just internally – there are insurance companies to deal with and student loans to pay. (05:03)


    According to a Mayo Clinic study (https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(18)30938-8/fulltext) published in the Journal of American Medical Association, half of medical residents are experiencing burnout, stress and depression. Dr. Neela Rao, who specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, is among this alarming statistic.


    She talks about the struggles she personally faced while doing her medical training and how it’s a pretty common experience during this time. And the majority only realize the gravity of the situation once the training is over. (14:00) She believes that a lot of it has to do with how future doctors are somehow trained to think in terms of checklists, that they end up going through the motions and not living their own lives outside of medicine. (16:19) This doesn’t just affect their own personal lives, but their relationships with others too.


    Fortunately, there is now more dialogue surrounding the subject of physician or resident burnout that the stigma it used to have is being broken. Resources and programs are available to trainees, which is a step in the right direction, but the long hours that training requires makes it tough for trainees to actually have time to take advantage of these resources to help with their own struggles. (22:20)


    Doctors should give themselves more credit and take a step back to celebrate successes or wins experienced during residency. She also gives tips to help cope with the stress during medical training, such as practicing mindfulness and gratitude. You should also remind yourself why you wanted to be a doctor in the first place, as it’s easy to lose sight of your purpose because of the daily grind. (21:09)


    For Dr. Rao, it’s okay to feel something real for your patients. You don’t have to be a robot because at the end of the day, you are a person who has the capacity to feel emotions. (24:06)


    This week’s White Coat Wisdom dives into emergency funds and how these are part of the foundation of a solid financial plan. These designated cash reserves should be fully liquid, easy to access or transfer and must not be used for ordinary expenses. You can also take advantage of online banks, where you can yield higher interest than brick and mortar banks would offer.


    According to research, facing malpractice litigation is a pretty common occurrence. However, it’s still considered a taboo topic to talk about in the medical industry. Dr. Stacia Dearmin, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor, aims to change that by providing information and support to physicians who are struggling in this area. Lawsuits cause additional stress and are on of the causes that lead to high burnout and suicide rates among medical practitioners.


    She is featured in this week’s White Coat Achievement segment for her work on Breaking Our Silence Around Malpractice Litigation (https://www.thrivephysician.com/blog/2018/12/1/breaking-our-silence-around-malpractice-litigation) she shares insights that she learned from winning her own litigation case.


    The White Coat Wellness podcast by Spaugh Dameron Tenny highlights real-life stories from doctors and dentist to encourage and inspire listeners through discussions of professional successes and failures in addition to personal storie

    • 33 min

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