The Doctor Paradox

The Doctor Paradox Podcast explores why doctors the world over are increasingly dissatisfied in their jobs but more importantly analyzes the lives of doctors who have carved new and interesting paths to rediscover their passions. Additionally, we interview experts from around the world on topics that shed light on the challenges that are faced by doctors and how to best address them. Each episode tackles the issue of why doctors are unhappy in their work but more importantly, what can be done about it. It will provide you with a framework that you can apply to your own life which will ideally effect the change that is needed to find fulfillment in your work.
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Apr 25, 2016

Ciaran Carthy is a Commercial Airline pilot of over 30 years with 13,000 hours of flight time on a variety of aircraft. He currently works as a flight instructor and airline safety auditor. In addition to these roles he works with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland exploring what can be learned from air accidents and how these findings can impact healthcare personnel training. 

As a pilot I believe there is tremendous bidirectional crossover of knowledge from aviation and medicine. This is a topic I believe has the potential to impact clinical care in very meaningful ways and as Ciaran points out, the lessons learned cannot be 100% applied, but so much can be benefited by exploring what has been found. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Ciaran Carthy Email:

Tenerife Airport Disaster 

Miracle On The Hudson

Sterile Cockpit Rule

Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande


Apr 18, 2016

Dr Erin Martin is a Primary Care physician with specialist interests in Integrative and Functional Medicine. She is the founder of the TrueMed Institute in Hood River, Oregon and was thrust into the healthcare spotlight with her role in the award winning documentary 'Escape Fire', which has been described by some as the 'Inconvenient Truth' of Healthcare. 

I have wanted to have Erin on the show for quite some time after seeing the documentary, Escape Fire, and in the interview we deep dive into how identifying ourselves so much as physicians can have its draw backs and how to really recognize what it is you want out of your life as a physician. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Erin Martin

TrueMed Institute

In Pursuit Of Amazing

Escape Fire Documentary

The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Twitter: @DrErinMartin

Apr 10, 2016

Dr Liz O'Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the UK. In 2015 she was diagnosed with the very illness she has spent her life treating and has chosen to chronicle her experiences in her truly wonderful blog . 

This episode is a truly special one as it touches on so many of the issues that we fear as physicians; seeing yourself as a patient with the disease you know so much about to the challenges of choosing your own doctor, when almost all of them are your friends of colleagues.

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Liz O'Riordan Blog

World Health Organization Surgical Check List


The Other Side by Kate Grainger

The Bright Side by Kate Grainger


Do No Harm by Henry Marsh 

When Breath Becomes Air by Dr Paul Kalanathi

The Patient Will See You Now by Dr Eric Topol

Twitter: @Liz_ORiordan


Apr 3, 2016

Dr Adam Kaplin is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and also Assistant Professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Having completed his MD Phd at Johns Hopkins he has gone on to invent Mood 24, a text message enabled platform to measure mood on a daily basis. He serves on a variety of Scientific Advisory Boards for numerous biotechnology companies and scientific foundations including the Montel Williams MS Foundation and the Nancy Davis MS Foundation. 

In the episode Dr Kaplin and I deep dive into walking the line as a clinician researcher and why physicians are so at risk for mental health disorders and suicide. This is an eye opening conversation as to how so many of our strengths as physicians can on occasion turn against us. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Adam Kaplin

Mood 24/7 

Dr Kaplin - Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Dana Foundation 


Twitter: @akaplin