Sumer Verma on Combating Racism, Conducting Music, and Transforming Medicine

In which Shree talks to Dr. Sumer Verma, a Boston-based psychiatrist who has had a long and storied career, filled with many golden nuggets of information. His knowledge, confidence, and poise really shaped my views on success and how to interpret my own misgivings.   Disco Medusae Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By…

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Eduardo Bruera on Palliative Care, Beating the Grind, and How to Change the System

In which Shree talks to Dr. Eduardo Bruera, a palliative care doctor who has ironically made it his life’s mission to talk about death, dying, and dignity. We talked about how to approach my own career with the patient first, and how to combat distress and dying with helping people be comfortable with their own…

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Benjamin Doolittle on the Good Life, the Divine Office, and Combining Science and Religion

In which Shree talks to Dr. Benjamin Doolittle, a physician who is also a pastor who is interested in the intersection of burnout, coping, and spirituality, especially as it applies to residency education. He directs Yale School of Medicine’s Medicine-Pediatrics Residency while also finding time to pray and preach at various local congregations. Disco Medusae…

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Suhas Gondi on Health Policy, Boston vs. St. Louis, and Medical School Life

In which Shree talks to Suhas Gondi, a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He’s interned in the U.S. Government, Centers for Medicare and Medicard Services, and the Brookings Institution, and Shree asks him (read: picks his brain) on things that interest him about the U.S. Healthcare System. Disco Medusae Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed…

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Atheendar Venkataramani on Maximizing Utility in Life, Thinking through Models, and the Importance of Focus

In which Shree talks to Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman school of medicine and a board certified general internist at the Penn Presbyterian Medical center. They talk about Dr. Venkataramani’s research, the life course origins of health and socioeconomic inequality on adult…

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Jim Siegler on Brainwaves, Life in Residency, and his Toughest Medical Cases

Rarely do you see a medical podcast as stimulating as Dr. Jim Siegler’s Brainwaves podcast. A prominent physician who is involved in his first year of fellowship, Dr. Siegler and Shree talked a lot about his life in the hospital, advances in his career, as well as physician’s habits and downplaying their own pain. bragging…

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Saurabh Jha on Sarcasm on Social Media, Civilized Debate, and some Health “Policy-wonking”

In which Shree talks to Dr. Saurabh Jha, an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who tweets @RogueRad. He’s very interested in how people enjoy social media, and why tweets should be informative and incisive rather than being politically correct. He initially trained in surgery at various hospitals in…

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Drew Helmer on Seizing the Moment, Time Management, and Lucky Circumstances

In which Shree talks to Dr. Drew Helmer, the Director at the War Related Illness & Injury Study Center at the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System. He is the author of Sex After Service: A Guide for Military Service Members, Veterans, and the People Who Love them. In this episode, I just wanted…

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To Reduce Healthcare Costs, Focus on Medical School Debt

It’s no surprise that healthcare costs which patients pay in the United States’ are rising. In fact, a new study by Dr. Ashish Jha portrayed that rather than overutilization of the healthcare system, the cause of rising costs were our substantially higher prices for administrative costs, including the price we pay for pharmaceuticals as well as hospital…

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Frank Warsh on Burnout, Not being a Zombie, and Surviving Organic Chemistry

In which Shree talks to Dr. Frank Warsh, a Canadian Family Doctor who was in clinical practice until 2015 who now works as a coroner. The author of The Flame Broiled Doctor: from Boyhood to Burnout in Medicine, he has had 2 experiences with physician burnout, and has written extensively about not being able to…

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