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The Doctor Paradox is about addressing why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work.
Quite simply, it is a tragedy that we have allowed this to happen. That intensely passionate, dynamic and altruistic individuals have lost their core passions and found themselves adrift in the world of healthcare is unacceptable.
The Doctor Paradox focuses on 4 key issues:
1. The factors that explain why doctors are dissatisfied with the world of healthcare.
But more importantly…
2. The physicians that have rediscovered their passions and carved new paths, both within and outside of traditional healthcare.
3. The experts who offer insight on topics related to the challenges faced and the mechanisms to address them such as sleep deprivation, burnout, career advice and philosophical perspectives.
4. The strategies to rediscover your passion, find a new course and pursue what is required to find fulfillment.
A primary responsibility of physicians is to add value and meaning to our patients lives and that of our own.
To fulfill only one of these criteria is not enough. Without value and meaning in our own lives it is almost impossible to provide it to that of our patients.
As physicians, we hold a most privileged position. We intersect with our patients lives, often in their darkest hour, with them asking for our help. For physicians to sustainably provide that help, they must first and foremost help themselves. Not to do so will ultimately degrade one of the most sacred of relationships: that of the patient in need and the doctor who can tend to that need.
The Doctor Paradox also serves to explore a ‘New Medicine’ where the traditional model of what it means to be a doctor has changed. That the doctor of the future will still be adding immense value and meaning to patients lives but may be doing so in ways not conventionally pursued before. The physicians of the future will help patients across a spectrum of care, from face to face clinical encounters to designing and developing novel technologies that will significantly impact the lives of patients. For a ‘New Medicine’ we need a ‘New Doctor’.
The future of medicine is bright but unless we begin a major course correction, physicians drift toward ever increasing uncertainty.
As the famous saying goes:
“Things always get worse…. before they get worse”.
It is up to us as physicians to effect the changes we wish to see in our own lives and in doing so, ultimately that of our patients.
Things are getting worse, let’s make them better.
We are ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, so it’s not that we ought to, it’s that we have to.

The Doctor Paradox Dr Paddy Barrett - Paddy Barrett interviews Dr Eric Topol, Prof Barry Schwa

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The Doctor Paradox is about addressing why despite having incredibly meaningful jobs, doctors are increasingly unhappy in their work.
Quite simply, it is a tragedy that we have allowed this to happen. That intensely passionate, dynamic and altruistic individuals have lost their core passions and found themselves adrift in the world of healthcare is unacceptable.
The Doctor Paradox focuses on 4 key issues:
1. The factors that explain why doctors are dissatisfied with the world of healthcare.
But more importantly…
2. The physicians that have rediscovered their passions and carved new paths, both within and outside of traditional healthcare.
3. The experts who offer insight on topics related to the challenges faced and the mechanisms to address them such as sleep deprivation, burnout, career advice and philosophical perspectives.
4. The strategies to rediscover your passion, find a new course and pursue what is required to find fulfillment.
A primary responsibility of physicians is to add value and meaning to our patients lives and that of our own.
To fulfill only one of these criteria is not enough. Without value and meaning in our own lives it is almost impossible to provide it to that of our patients.
As physicians, we hold a most privileged position. We intersect with our patients lives, often in their darkest hour, with them asking for our help. For physicians to sustainably provide that help, they must first and foremost help themselves. Not to do so will ultimately degrade one of the most sacred of relationships: that of the patient in need and the doctor who can tend to that need.
The Doctor Paradox also serves to explore a ‘New Medicine’ where the traditional model of what it means to be a doctor has changed. That the doctor of the future will still be adding immense value and meaning to patients lives but may be doing so in ways not conventionally pursued before. The physicians of the future will help patients across a spectrum of care, from face to face clinical encounters to designing and developing novel technologies that will significantly impact the lives of patients. For a ‘New Medicine’ we need a ‘New Doctor’.
The future of medicine is bright but unless we begin a major course correction, physicians drift toward ever increasing uncertainty.
As the famous saying goes:
“Things always get worse…. before they get worse”.
It is up to us as physicians to effect the changes we wish to see in our own lives and in doing so, ultimately that of our patients.
Things are getting worse, let’s make them better.
We are ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’, so it’s not that we ought to, it’s that we have to.

    Surf Doctor - Dr Peter Acker On Global Emergency Care & Surf Medicine

    Surf Doctor - Dr Peter Acker On Global Emergency Care & Surf Medicine

    Dr Peter Acker is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to his work in the ER, he is an active member of the Stanford Emergency Medicine International Team whose work it is to assist in the provision of emergency medical care around the world. Dr Acker is also a key member of the organization, 'Surfing Doctors' and gets to combine his love of surfing with his passion for medicine. 
    The topic of surf medicine has been requested multiple times by listeners. So finally, here it is.
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Dr Peter Acker
    Stanford Emergency Medicine International Team
    Surfing Doctors 
    'Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande
    Email: peteacker@gmail.com
     

    • 39 min
    Alternative Careers In Medicine - Dr Abeyna Jones of Medic Footprints

    Alternative Careers In Medicine - Dr Abeyna Jones of Medic Footprints

    Dr Abeyna Jones is an Occupational Medicine Registrar in London and is also the founder of Medic Footprints, a site dedicated to physician wellness and alternative careers in medicine. Dr Jones has travelled the world with her medical training and even spent time as a trauma surgeon in Africa in not exactly ideal conditions but garnered more satisfaction from that experience than her conventional surgical training in the UK at that time. 
    This is a fantastic conversation about the challenges of stepping outside the conventional frameworks of traditional medical practice and carving a path less travelled. Even if you have never considered an alternative career in medicine, this is a worthwhile discussion about why we choose what we do and where we derive satisfaction from our careers. 
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Dr Abeyna Jones
    Medic Footprints
    Med Net
    Twitter: @DrAbeynaJones

    • 46 min
    Rehumanizing Healthcare - Dr Robin Youngson of 'Hearts In Healthcare'

    Rehumanizing Healthcare - Dr Robin Youngson of 'Hearts In Healthcare'

    Dr Robin Youngson is a practicing anesthesiologist and international advocate for promoting compassion in healthcare. Dr Youngson has worked for many years on developing the concepts of rehumanizing healthcare at a clinical and leadership level. In addition to being the CoFounder of 'Hearts in Healthcare', a global social movement for physicians, he is also the author of several books, his most recent being the highly acclaimed 'Time To Care: How to love your patients and your job'.
    This is a fantastic conversation on how we desperately need to bring humanity back to medicine and how we might go about doing so. 
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Dr Robin Youngson
    Compassionate Happiness Inventory
    Dr Pamela Wible - Ideal Medical Care
    Hearts In Healthcare
    The lost art of healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine by Dr Bernard Lown
    'Time to Care' by Dr Robin Youngson
    Twitter: @HeartsInHealth

    • 45 min
    The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation - Prof Russell Foster, Oxford UK.

    The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation - Prof Russell Foster, Oxford UK.

    Prof Russell Foster is a circadian neuroscientist and heads the Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. He has spent his career exploring the issues of sleep, from why we sleep to what its relationship is with mood disorders and abnormal cognitive behavior. 
    This is a conversation I have wanted to have for quite some time and a topic I wanted to include on the show as sleep, or more accurately, its absence is an ever present concern for most physicians. 
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Prof Russell Foster - Circadian Neuroscientist
    TED Talk - 'Why We Sleep'
    Selected Publications - Prof Foster
    The Oxford Online Program in Sleep Medicine - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience
    Twitter: @OxNeuro

    • 38 min
    The Inevitability Of Physician Burnout - Dr Anthony Montgomery, Organizational Psychologist

    The Inevitability Of Physician Burnout - Dr Anthony Montgomery, Organizational Psychologist

    Dr Anthony Montgomery is an organizational psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on burnout. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has studied the individual and organizational elements of burnout for many years and his findings are fascinating. 
    I came across Dr Montgomery's work after reading an article he wrote entitled 'The Inevitability of Physician Burnout'. This is an enlightening conversation as to why we need to refocus the issue of burnout from the individual level to the ecosystem level. 
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Dr Anthony Montgomery
    'The inevitability of physician burnout' by Dr Anthony Montgomery
    Well Med Conference
    'Mindset' by Carol Dweck
    Areas Of Work Life Survey
     

    • 47 min
    Physicians As Agents For Change - Dr Stephen Beeson of Practicing Excellence

    Physicians As Agents For Change - Dr Stephen Beeson of Practicing Excellence

    Dr Stephen Beeson is the founder of the Physician Effective Project at Practicing Excellence and a nationally recognized leader in physician and healthcare performance. Dr Beeson is a  family medicine physician of 20 years and played a pivotal role in transforming the Sharp Rees-Stealy Healthcare group from a lowest tertile group to the highest, over several years. He is the author of 2 national best selling books on physician performance: Practicing Excellence and The Engaging Physician. 
    This episode is a fantastic conversation with someone who is deeply committed to improving the lives of physicians and transforming the world of healthcare today. I know that I will be coming back to this conversation again and again. 
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    Selected Show Notes:
    Dr Stephen Beeson
    Practicing Excellence 
    'Practicing Excellence' by Dr Stephen Beeson
    'The Engaging Physician' by Dr Stephen Beeson
    Twitter: @SBeesonMD
    Email: stephen@practicingexcellence.com

    • 46 min

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