The Doctor Paradox
By Dr Paddy Barrett - Paddy Barrett interviews Dr Eric Topol, Prof Barry Schwartz, Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr Daniel Kraft & Dr Sandeep Jauhar and others.
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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.
||CleanSurf Doctor - Dr Peter Acker On Global Emergency Care & Surf Medicine||"When you are out in a very remote area, presented with someone who is quite ill, the math and logistics change in a really dramatic way"||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlternative Careers In Medicine - Dr Abeyna Jones of Medic Footprints||"For some reason at that particular moment I said - I've had enough"||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRehumanizing Healthcare - Dr Robin Youngson of 'Hearts In Healthcare'||"As a trainee I found myself in just such an inhumane system"||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation - Prof Russell Foster, Oxford UK.||"It is incredible how we have disregarded and marginalized sleep in our order of priorities"||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Inevitability Of Physician Burnout - Dr Anthony Montgomery, Organizational Psychologist||"You have the feeling that its only happening to you. And you find it difficult to believe that other people are suffering from exactly the same thing"||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPhysicians As Agents For Change - Dr Stephen Beeson of Practicing Excellence||"What is the best team experience you've ever had? What would it be like, if we were like that everyday? What's stopping you?"||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife As An Antarctic Physician - Dr Gavin Francis, Scottish Physician & Writer||"Antarctica is such an extraordinary, elemental landscape. There's nothing there except ice, light and air"||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInside The Mind Of Burnout - Psychoanalyst Prof Josh Cohen||"The value of sessions for a lot of my patients is that it gives them a space of retreat from being besieged by the do list"||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen A Helicopter Is Your Emergency Room - Dr Mike Abernethy - Flight Physician||"You really need life experiences, medicine is all consuming"||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Physician Burnout & Depression The Same? - Dr Douglas Mata Provides Insight||"Being A Physician Is A Field Where You Dedicate Yourself To Others, Very Much At The Expense Of Your Own Needs"||7/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Biology Of Physician Mental Health. Dr Srijan Sen of the 'Intern Health Study'||"There's a group of interested, well adjusted, relatively happy people and you know that in a few months they will be under a great deal of stress and a number will start to develop mental illness"||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Digital Health to The Opioid Epidemic with Dr Mark Shapiro of 'Explore The Space'||"That Is The Unroofing Of Pandoras Box And Are We Ready For That?...Maybe!"||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing A Writer & A Doctor - Dr Louise Aronson||"I think we are deprived of many things beyond sleep, which are often the things that define us and nurture us as human beings"||7/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dochitect - Where Medicine & Architecture Meet.||"And I realized that I didn't think I could work in places that didn't support how I worked"||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeprosy Clinics & Digital Health - Dr Kunal Patel||"I remind myself what I've done, what I've achieved and could that have happened if I had stuck to a traditional path"||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Algorithms Replace Doctors? Dr Ravi Komatireddy On Software In Medicine.||"Its really hard make a computer work for the crazy edge cases, but its not so hard to have one augment our job on the majority of cases"||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Al Muggia On Life Long Learning and Insight in Medicine||"If I'm learning something new, if there is an opportunity to broaden horizons, count me in"||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDr Scott Weingart On Medical Podcasting & A Broken ER System||"What yields happiness is a job that lets you get into flow state"||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Kate Granger On The Importance Of "Hello My Name Is"||"Hello My Name Is"||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChase Jarvis On The Pursuit Of Passion & The Fallacy Of Sunk Costs||"What were you put on this Earth to do? And if its not the thing that you are doing, then why are you doing it?"||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Ian Williams On Embracing The Artistic Side Of Medicine||"I felt like I was split between two worlds"||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCiaran Carthy On The Crossovers Of Aviation & Medicine||At The Time There Was No Emphasis On The Soft Skills - Team Work, Decision Making, Workload Management||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Erin Martin On Recognizing What You Truly Want As A Physician||"As We Go Further Into Our Careers It Becomes Harder & Harder Separate Ourselves From This Identity We Have As Physicians"||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Liz O'Riordan On Being Both A Breast Cancer Surgeon & Patient||"A Lightbulb Went Off In My Head & I Just Knew What The Next Ten Years Had In Store For Me"||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Adam Kaplin On Physician Suicide & Maintaining Balance||"Balance Is So Important"||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Daniel Meltzer On Trusting Your Instincts & Having No Fear.||"Live, Breathe, Have Fun"||3/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Mike Gibson On How Art & Medicine Combine||"Quality Is All About Details"||3/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Johnson Of Philosophers Notes On Finding Your Passion||"The Need To Live Our Highest Potential Isn't A Nice To Have, Thats A Need"||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Mark Shapiro On Exploring The Blind Spots We Have As Physicians||"I think that when you are out there paddling in deep water by yourself, it can be a little overwhelming"||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Adam Gazzaley On How Taking The Road Less Travelled Matters Most||"Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking." Antonio Machado||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Brene Brown On Physician Courage & Vulnerability||"The Biggest Shame Fear, Is What Our Colleagues Will Think"||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Paul Teirstein On Finding Fulfillment In Life & Work||"No One Has Ever Lay On Their Death Bed And Said I Wished I Worked Harder"||2/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Dike Drummond - Beating Burnout - Part 2||"It's About Defining Your Ideal Practice"||2/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Dike Drummond Deep Dives On Burnout - Part 1||"Burnout is an erosion of the mind, body, will and the soul"||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Este Geraghty on Personalizing Your Medical Career & Healthcare Data Visualization||"We Are All Seeking Those Magical Moments, But Being A Doctor Is So Much More"||1/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Bruce Johnson On Research On Everest & Antarctica||Expedition Research - A How To?||1/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDr Ronan Kavanagh On Embracing Creative Interests In Medicine||"It'll Be OK"||1/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Dike Drummond - Burnout Exercises||"Tell Me Your Burnout Story"||1/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Dike Drummond on Physician Burnout & How To Deal With It||"Keep Breathing"||1/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Ryan Gray on Dealing with Adversity & Getting Into Medical School||"You're happy because you smile, you don't smile because you're happy"||12/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr David Cox On Frontline Care To Chief Medical Office Of A World Leading Meditation Platform.||"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" T.S. Eliot||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr David Albert - Physician, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur||"Change Creates Opportunity"||12/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDr Pamela Wible on Being The Doctor That You Want To Be.||"I Couldn't Be The Doctor That I Wanted To Be"||12/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDr Ed Coats on Adventure in Medicine & Dealing With Challenges||"Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful"||11/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZDoggMD - Dr Zubin Damania On Finding Your Passion In Life & Novel Healthcare Solutions||"Be open to possibilities. Take small steps"||11/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Joe Smith on the Intersections of Medicine, Engineering & Psychology||The Intersections of Medicine, Engineering & Psychology||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Dan Siegel on Empathy & Compassion in Healthcare||"Empathy is the gateway to compassion"||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Ravi Komatireddy discusses Innovation in Medicine||The hospital is one of the craziest places in the world. Where else do you have people dying and being born in one building||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Sandeep Jauhar On The Disillusionment Of An American Physician.||"Unhappy Doctors make for unhappy Patients"||10/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Steve Steinhubl - The Future Of Digital Health||"Follow your intuition, always be inquisitive"||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Deepak Chopra - On Physicians Feelings Appreciated, Heard & Cared For.||"Physicians in training need to feel nourished, appreciated, heard, cared for.."||10/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Daniel Kraft - Find The Challenge First, Then The Solution.||"Find your own challenges and help come up with the solutions"||10/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Eric Topol - Challenges of a Healthcare System in Transition and its Exciting Future.||"Think big and act bigger"||9/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProf Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice & Why We Work||Why We Work||9/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great podcast applicable beyond just medicine
This podcast is off to a great start and I look forward to listening more. While some of the episodes are more specific to medicine, others have food for thought for many professions -- I'm a lawyer and many of the deeper lessons about patients are directly applicable to dealing with clients.
Keep up the good work!
This is a Live Changing Podcast!
Dr Paddy really delivers on this podcast through his genuine, authentic caring and sharing of deep wisdom provided by him and his inspirational expert guests. He addresses the challenges Physicians face today and how to overcome them to get back the initial drive to help patients even more. Thank you for this podcast, it’s a life changer for those who care for patients and all the patients who rely on them!
Wow, lots of interesting thoughts. The way medicine and healthcare is practiced and approached in our country has led to where we are in medicine today - physicians who are not getting what they expected out of their professions and patients who are not getting the most that they could/should be out of their doctors. This podcast is helping address how to maybe start resolving some of this issues as opposed to just being a soundboard for frustrations. I’m so excited to see where this goes!!