Docs Outside The Box

Docs Outside The Box

Ordinary Doctors Doing Extraordinary Things

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171 – Darko Real Estate series – My tenants turned the garage into a bar

What’s good everyone!! “Don’t make emotional decisions about real estate,” and “Numbers matter!” These are going to be the important takeaways from today’s episode. Weeks ago, we told you that we wanted to document our journey into purchasing our first investment property together. Before we get into all the number crunching, calculus shit; you need to hear about our first experiences with real estate. Dr. Renee had positive experiences around real estate. Me, not so much. It started with an emotional decision that led me down a 13-year rabbit hole of bad mistakes. I get it, you’re probably thinking “Yeah that’s not going to be me.” However, it’s really important to understand how someone can make these decisions. Consider this a cautionary tale!!    Sponsored by: Money Insights To learn how to efficiently build an opportunity fund to purchase your next investment property, check out the Investment Optimizer video at or you can text the keyword “Darko” to 31996.
July 10, 2020

170 – Dr. X Files #2 – I became a martyr for medicine and my career

What’s good everyone!! Get your popcorn ready. Get comfortable. We got a new episode of Dr. X Files. Remember, these are episodes of anonymous doctors speaking their truths in a format that makes them most comfortable. This episode will blow your mind like the first one. When people talk about a “food chain” in medicine – let’s just say Doctor X is at the top of this food chain. She is highly specialized, well-compensated, and extremely satisfied with her career/lifestyle balance. This wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. Decisions we all make to survive residency, can turn into pathologic lifestyle choices later as an attending. Well, this caught up to Dr. X early as an attending. Some of these decisions are rooted in people-pleasing and avoidance of conflict. Either way, don’t judge we’ve all been there. Dr. X explicitly details how her decisions led her to sign a contract that was not very detailed, felt uncomfortable asking for market value for her skills, and put self-care on the backburner.  She also talks about how her reputation was almost ruined. Dr. X ain’t no punk though. She became the heroine of her own story and gives a masterclass on how she saved her career and is living her best life!!!
July 6, 2020

169 – Ask Dr. Nii – Questions from International Medical Student Grads

What’s good everyone! For this Ask Dr. Nii segment, Dr. Nina Lum jumps on to help answer questions from our international medical graduate students. We’re going to answer two questions: 1. In what order should I take my step tests, especially in light of Step 1 going to pass/fail?; 2. Can I realistically get into a US – based orthopedic surgery residency as an IMG? Resources: The IMG Roadmap Podcast
June 26, 2020

168 – Pizza & Beer, Hockey, Covid-19 with Dr. Kyeremanteng

Dr. Kwadwo is on the hot seat today so we can learn more about him, why he started his show, and what are the differences in responses to COVID 19 between the US and Canada. 
June 22, 2020

167 – Ask Dr. Nii – I didn’t match into a residency! What now?!?!

It’s been close to 13 years since I went through the match process. So, I brought on Dr. Berry Pierre to drop some knowledge for our listeners!
June 19, 2020

166 – Dr. Jason Campbell on going viral & not being scared to use his platform for social change

We got Dr. Jason Campbell a.k.a. “The Tik Tok Doctor” jumping on the show today! We chopped it up talking about how he went viral with his videos and how he is currently using his newfound platform to shed light on controversial issues. There’s a lot discussed in this episode. I hope you enjoy it!! **Note: We recorded this episode 3 days prior to George Floyd’s murder.
June 15, 2020

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Nii-Daako Darko, DO, MBA, FACS

Nii-Daako Darko, DO, MBA, FACS

My name is Nii Darko and let me get real with you. As a kid, I always wanted to have an impact on people or be larger than life. I thought about becoming an astronaut, athlete, lawyer, or doctor. It wasn’t until the Cosby Show that I knew what I wanted to be. A successful doctor with a beautiful wife, great kids, and lives in Brooklyn… What more could a regular kid from Queens, New York want?

After getting the degrees, credentials, and certifications, I realized that my life was far from a TV show. As a doctor, not only was I not in complete control over my life, but I also hadn’t explored other talents I knew I had. I was in a box.

After a year of doing locums work, I had met so many doctors making moves outside of traditional medicine. There were doctors who did medical humanitarian work in war-torn places of the world, others running their own businesses, and some on TV.

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