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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May 30, 2016

Dr Al Muggia is a full time practicing gastroenterologist in Winchester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Medical School at Yale University he went on to practice at the hospital his father once worked at. In addition to his full time practice he is an ambassador for maximizing the patient care experience and recognizing and developing all the opportunities that patient care presents. 

This episode is a wonderful illustration of so many of the challenges and opportunities we encounter as physicians and that with development of the soft skills of medicine we can enjoy our patient encounters so much more. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Al Muggia

Practicing Excellence

Chelsea Sullenberger - Miracle on the Hudson

Practicing Excellence by Dr Stephen Beeson

Drive by Daniel Pink

Mindset by Carol Dweck


May 22, 2016

Dr Scott Weingart is a physician who specializes in Resuscitation and Emergency Department Critical Care. He is the host of the immensely successful medical podcast EmCrit which is downloaded hundreds of thousands of times per month by physician across the globe. 

On this episode we get into the role of medical podcasts in physician education and how the current Emergency Department system is broken in so many ways.

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Scott Weingart

EmCrit Podcast

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

The Rise Of Superman by Steven Kotler

Twitter: @EmCrit


May 16, 2016

Dr Kate Granger is an Elderly Medicine Consultant in her early 30s in Yorkshire in the UK - 'Nothing unusual about that really' as she comments in her blog. What is different about Kate is that for several years she has been living with a  terminal cancer diagnosis and how she has navigated that journey. She is the author of two books and has blogged to over a million readers on her blog. In addition to this she is the driving force behind the #HelloMyNameIs campaign for those in healthcare to always introduce themselves when meeting a patient - a simple but often overlooked act.   

This is a wonderful conversation with someone who really has inspired me to reconsider and value so much in life. 

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Kate Granger

Hello My Name Is

The Other Side Story

The Other Side by Dr Kate Granger

The Bright Side by Dr Kate Granger

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Diving Bell & The Butterfly by Jean Dominque Bauby

Twitter: @GrangerKate



May 9, 2016

Chase Jarvis is a world renowned photographer, director and artist who dropped out of medical school and took the road less traveled. Going against all convention, he didn't wish to be forced into a mold he knew was wrong for him and took off around the world with a camera his recently deceased grandfather had given him. 

Chase has now spent over 20 years shooting film and video for some of the biggest names and wildest places on Earth, having worked with Apple, Google, Red Bull, Lady Gaga and more. He has been awarded numerous awards and was a contributor to the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times piece 'Snow Fall'. Currently he is the CEO of Creative Live, an online educational platform based in Seattle. 

I have followed Chase's work for quite some time and when I learned he had dropped out of medical school I knew I had to have him on the show to share his insights; he doesn't disappoint. 

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Selected Show Notes:


Chase Jarvis

Creative Live

Sunk Cost

NY Times 'Snow Fall'

Chase Jarvis: Youtube Channel 

Twitter: @chasejarvis

May 2, 2016

Dr Ian Williams is a physician, comic artist and writer and on completion of his medical training went on to do further studies in Fine Art and Medical Humanities. He is a co-founder of which explores all that is artistic in in medicine and is also the author of the recent graphic novel 'Bad Doctor'. He is also the co-author of the 'Graphic Medicine Manifesto' which has been nominated for an Isner award. 

In addition to his work as an artist, Ian shines a light on mental health in physicians and indeed his own struggles with OCD during the early part of his training. This was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation on such a broad range of topics from the humanities to mountain rescue in Wales.

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Selected Show Notes:

Dr Ian Williams

Graphic Medicine

The Bad Doctor by Dr Ian Williams

The Graphic Medicine Manifesto by Ian Williams

Medical Humanities

Michel Focault - French Philosopher 

Moms Cancer by Brian Fies

The Guardian - Dr Ian Williams

Twitter: @TheBadDr

Thom Ferrier - Dr Ian Williams Pen Name