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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Sep 26, 2016

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



Sep 19, 2016

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

Sep 12, 2016

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

Sep 5, 2016

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