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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.

    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
    Behind Physician Burnout with Dr. Dike Drummond

    Behind Physician Burnout with Dr. Dike Drummond

    Have you ever had days when just opening the door to your office becomes physically painful to do so? Maybe you’ve had moments that, despite feeling genuine love and care towards your patients, you just are not in the mood to see them. Are you going through the motions and slowly losing the ‘why’ that has kept you going in your medical career? If you’ve nodded your head in agreement as you read these questions, you may be among the many physicians who are part of the growing statistic of practitioners suffering from burnout.

    • 45 min
    Understanding the Disease of Obesity with Dr. Fatima Stanford

    Understanding the Disease of Obesity with Dr. Fatima Stanford

    Obesity is not a simple issue, as many of us have been conditioned to think. And unfortunately, this misconception is prevalent in the medical community even today as there is a lack of education about this topic in schools. Because of these, people carrying excessive weight have been shamed, oftentimes even by the professionals in-charge of giving treatment and care.

    On this episode of White Coat Wellness, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford dives deep into the disease of obesity and how complex this condition really is.

    • 38 min
    Private Practice in High-End Dentistry with Dr. George Betancourt & Dr. John Pinnix

    Private Practice in High-End Dentistry with Dr. George Betancourt & Dr. John Pinnix

    It’s the goal of many dental practitioners to eventually own their private practice where they can practice their specialty or high-end dentistry. But as setting up shop is difficult even for seasoned dentists, so the trend nowadays is to find a business partner to help you out in this endeavor. This is what Dr. George Betancourt and Dr. John Pinnix did, who opened their own private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    • 39 min

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