Doctor Me First Podcast

Doctor Me First Podcast

Authentic conversations between female physicians that encourage, inspire and go beyond just medicine.

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386: Cycle of Grief with Dr. Debbie Bradley

When staring burnout straight in the face, we can sometimes feel the push to jump off of the ledge and leave medicine in the dust.  So why don’t we? In this episode, I chat with the amazing Dr. Debbie Bradley and her experience with walking away from medicine and her shift into something that brought her so much more gratification. However, the process of walking away from a practice that you’ve been invested in for years is never easy and it is one that I often equate to the cycle of grief. For many of us, medicine is something that we’ve devoted a large chunk of our lives to, and the idea of leaving that behind - although it is gratifying - comes with a bit of a mourning process as we say goodbye and transition to the next chapter. By allowing ourselves to experience the cycle of grief and feel all the feels that it brings with it, you open the door to finding your identity in who you actually are as opposed to what you’re doing. As doctors, we have to identify ourselves without our practice and that is very difficult after you have dedicated your time to becoming a doctor in your field of practice.  Drawing a boundary for what is best for you and your mental, physical, and emotional health can be hard especially when it’s with something that you’ve dedicated your career to. But, that’s OK. Hard doesn’t make it wrong, hard is part of life. You will always take your experiences and knowledge with you to the next chapter and it will never completely leave you. The other difficult component of being a physician and deciding to take a stand for yourself to move forward to the next best thing is often found in how it will impact others. Who will care for your patients? What about your team? These are difficult pills to swallow when you’re trying to do the best thing for you, but we have to continue to remind ourselves that we’ve served and will continue to serve others as doctors in whatever area we go to and it’s OK to leave people pleasing in the past and do what’s best for you.  When you can show up as the best version of yourself and embrace your identity after overcoming the cycle of grief and the fear of failure, that is when you can be empowered to do your best work and advance the field of medicine.  “I am the CEO of my life.” Dr. Debbie Bradley In this episode: [02:35] Welcome to the show, Dr. Debbie Bradley! [03:34] She shares her background and what lights her up. [04:34] She discusses her journey to where she is today. [10:14] Dr. Bradley believes that women physicians are not good at knowing their worth. [11:16] As long as she can remember she wanted to be a doctor, so thinking of doing something caused fear to surface. [14:18] “Hard doesn’t make it wrong, hard is just a part of life.” [15:53] Dr. Bradley talks about going through a period of anger when she resigned from clinical medicine. [18:38] She discusses the feelings that surfaced like guilt and shame. [21:13] She believes that in med school you are conditioned to be people pleasers. [24:34] She shares how she feels about leaving clinical medicine as her end date approaches. [28:42] She talks about what she thinks her next chapter will look like. [32:05] She discusses her experience with the BadAss Group. [35:46] Dr. Bradley gives shout-outs to the coaches and friends who have helped her along the way. [39:11] If anyone is thinking about industry check out Dr. Nerissa. [40:38] Thank you for listening! Links and Resources The Pharma IndustryMD Coach Connect with Dr. Debbie Bradley Debbie Bradley MD Dr. Debbie Bradley Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
September 19, 2022

385: Single Parenting in Medicine with Dr. Hisla Bates

Finding the time to take a much needed break when staring burn out in the face can be a struggle that some may find themselves saying “I can’t, because-” But, this week, I’m talking with one of my amazing colleagues, Dr. Hisla Bates, who was able to take a sabbatical even with the additional challenge of being a single parent. She shares with us what it was like being pregnant and a parent while going through residency and struggling to make ends meet. It took Dr. Hisla several years before she was in the position to where she was able to take a sabbatical from medicine and she found the ability to do that by investing in real estate. One of her more recent projects provided her with the ability to pay off debt and relocate.  With this newfound financial freedom, she found the ability to do locums that provided her with the ability to work on her own terms and take the time off when she wants to be present with her family. Working locums gave her the freedom to say “no” which is such a luxury when you’ve been faced with burnout for such a long period of time.  During her breaks, Dr. Hisla was able to get back in touch with her creative side through the act of painting which helped her discover joy in her life again. By rediscovering how important art was to her she opened the door to bringing art into her practice to help others reconnect with what spawns joy for them. As medical professionals who are constantly on the go and connected to work, it can be so difficult to take a step back and find the time that is necessary to devote to a hobby that brings you joy but it is necessary to keep your own cup full before you can fill the cup of your family or even your patients.  By opening ourselves to opportunities, we find that we are so much more than just doctors. “I found a lot of freedom in doing locums work and wish I had done it earlier.” Dr. Hisla Bates In this episode: [01:37] Welcome back to the show, Dr. Hisla Bates! [02:31] She talks about the challenges of being pregnant and a single parent through residency. [05:06] She discusses who she could depend on to help her and the struggle she faced with no money and an infant at home. [06:30] Listen as she talks about getting involved with real estate and flipping houses. [08:34] She shares her experience in working locum jobs and the freedom it gave her. [09:50] Dr. Bates speaks about tapping into her creativity and being able to find joy again. [12:40] She gives some advice for anyone who fears making changes. [14:21] Find out where to connect with Dr. Hisla Bates. [15:01] Thank you for listening! Links and Resources Episode 374: Healer Heal Yourself with Dr. Hisla Bates Connect with Dr. Bates Hisla Bates MD Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
September 12, 2022

384: Inventing with Dr. Elizabeth Hughes

As doctors we spend our lives solving problems. But are we really solving them? Or are we masking them? Dr. Elizabeth Hughes is a dermatologist who has told more people than she can count that there was nothing they could do about their dandruff. But was that true?  While taking a sabbatical from practice she finally got to explore that question more fully. Why is it that we can’t treat dandruff at its source? We have all these serums and shampoos that are designed to deal with the flakes, but what about the cause.  After years of research, development, and sourcing, she now has a product that does just that.  Listen as she shares everything that has gone into making this product come to life. Everything from the trial and error of finding the right partners in the business, to learning how to build and grow a business rather than a practice.  Dr. Elizabeth is a brilliant dermatologist but I’m thinking that her role as an inventor will be her best one yet. You won’t want to miss out on this episode if you’ve been asking yourself similar questions.  Why can’t we fix it?  “Physicians really are unbelievably creative and we just short change ourselves.” Dr. Elizabeth Hughes In this episode: [01:52] Welcome back to the show, Dr. Elizabeth Hughes! [03:32] Who she is, what she does and what led her to creating her own product. [07:23] She created a product to protect the skin barrier of your scalp. [09:28] Listen as she discusses the journey to product development. [11:29] Why she stopped product development for about 18 months. [13:15] Her mistake was not finding the right people with the right vision. [16:53] What it took to get her product through FDA Regulation. [20:38] She used novel ingredients that weren’t on the FDA approved list. [24:02] How her product is doing since hitting the market in January 2022. [27:57] Tips and tricks for anyone who wants to invent a product. [29:25] Where to find her product.   Links and Resources Episode 362: Single Mom Sabbatical with Dr. Elizabeth Hughes Connect with Dr. Hughes Elizabeth Hughes MD Beyond Dermatologics Facebook | Instagram | YouTube   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW-COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Come sit with me in the Badass Collective Slack Group.
September 5, 2022

383: Money Series: Why I Continued to Spend Money Despite a Low Income

If you listen to traditional money advice from gurus, they’ll tell you if you have no money coming in to stop all spending. I respectfully disagree! Despite have a really low income there were some things that we continued to spend money on that were a million percent worth it. Listen in to hear my thoughts on spending money despite having a low income.  I would bet that you likely have an Amazon Prime membership. Am I right? There is a monthly cost associated with having that membership but on the flip side you get amazing prices on all the essentials. Totally worth it.  That was the key to our streaming, I had a personal shopper, and I was able to price shop on everything we were purchasing. Did I need the personal shopper? No. In fact I probably sent back 90% of the things they sent me, but I didn’t have to drag three kids to the store to search the racks. That was worth it when I did in fact need some new clothes.  Was everything that I spent money on the right choice? No. And I’m sharing those decisions as well. I’m sharing it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly and why the decisions I made are the reason my businesses are now sitting on a firm foundation and I’m working for a practice I love.  It’s been a tough few years, but looking back it has all been worth it. Every penny pinched and spent has gotten us to where we are today! “You don’t need to spend huge amounts of money in a huge amount of places to be successful.” Dr. Errin Weisman In this episode: [02:17] I’m talking in this episode about why I continued to spend money when we really don’t have any. [03:08] Business is hard! [04:27] One way I spent money was continuing to pay for my Prime membership and some services they provide. [06:33] I continued to travel even though I wasn’t making much money in my business because the benefits outweighed the money. [08:01] I also continued to pay for the people who work for me in my business. [09:20] Listen as I discuss some of the dumb things I spent money on. [11:01] I share some of the best things I spend money on for my family. [12:26] Thank you for listening!  Links and Resources Burntout to Badass Ep. 379 - Money Series 1: Why I Broke Up with Dave Ramsey  Ep. 380 - Money Series 2: Why I Stopped Contributing to My Retirement Ep. 381 - Money Series 3: Why I Didn’t Accept Loan Forgiveness the First Time Around Ep. 382 - Money Series 4: Why I Fired My Husbands Accountant and Found Dawn Patton 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel. 
August 29, 2022

382: Money Series: Why I Fired My Husbands Accountant and Found Dawn Patton

Sometimes you know immediately that a professional relationship simply isn’t going to work. That was the case with me and my husband’s accountant. This man had been doing accounting work for my husband’s family for years and when we first got married, Craig and I decided to stay with him. Needless to say, that’s no longer the case! The relationship got off to a bad start from the beginning. This man never treated me the same as he did Craig despite the fact that I was the breadwinner in our household. Add in the fact that he refused to do business through email? Deal breaker! Here’s the thing, you deserve to work with people who are doing the full-assed job. This goes for anyone that you’ve hired no matter their role. When I realized that not only was he disrespecting me and my intelligence but he also operated his practice in a way that completely undermined my entire mission. I decided it was time.  I now have an amazing accountant who understands the online business world, understands what coaches do, and isn’t afraid to do business through email. Needless to say, I am much happier with this relationship. Need an accountant? Reach out to Dawn Patton with Patton Accounting.    “You work too hard for so-so and half-assed.” Dr. Errin Weisman   In this episode: [02:04] My husband’s accountant was stuck in his ways and wasn’t interested in learning anything new. [03:59] Here are some reasons why firing him was necessary. [05:14] He did not understand online business at all. [06:12] This man was also extremely burnt out and I offered him free coaching and wouldn’t take it. [07:43] I have now found an amazing accountant that specializes in online entrepreneurship. [09:10] Set the bar high because you are like the people you surround yourself with.  [09:30] See you next week.  Links and Resources Burntout to Badass Patton Accounting 3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Channel. 
August 22, 2022

381: Money Series: Why I DIDN’T Accept Loan Forgiveness the First Time Around

Student loan forgiveness feels like a no-brainer right? You spent all this time and money to obtain a degree that will directly impact the lives of others, why wouldn’t you want to accept the loan forgiveness programs that exist to help reduce your financial burden?  For me accepting loan forgiveness the first time would have been adding another set of golden handcuffs to my wrists.  I was already heavily burned out and it was affecting my life and family. When I was approached about student loan forgiveness by our administrators, I had a gut feeling that I shouldn’t accept. So I turned it down to the dismay and confusion of the entire leadership staff.  That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would have felt obligated to stay there and I would have drowned in an unmanageable workload. I would have never started my business. This podcast wouldn’t exist. I would have been stuck.  This time around when loan forgiveness was offered, I accepted it. I have finally found my place in this industry and in the medical community and it felt right to accept.  All of this is to say that it’s important to listen to your gut feelings. Both in practice and in life, your gut is a smart bitch that’s looking out for you and your patients. Don’t discount those feelings! “Golden handcuffs are the things that are so shiny and so pretty but yet keep us locked into bondage.” Dr. Errin Weisman In this episode: [02:34] I share the reason I decided to decline loan forgiveness. [04:07] “If I had signed up for loan forgiveness with that practice, it would have been another pair of golden handcuffs.” [05:08] I would have also lost my autonomy. [05:40] I share my definition of golden handcuffs. [07:42] I actually just applied for loan forgiveness with my new practice. [08:09] Remember to always trust your gut. [10:53] “We have to know that intuition is there and it’s a tool we can use.” [11:32] Thank you for listening and the 4th installment will be coming your way soon. Links and Resources Burntout to Badass Ep. 380 Why I Stopped Contributing to My Retirement Ep. 379 Why I Broke Up with Dave Ramsey   3 WAYS TO GET INCREDIBLE HELP AT A LOW COST!!! Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon Join us for our Monthly Burnout Masterclass Series. Sit with me in my Slack Chann
August 15, 2022

Doctor Me First Podcast

The Doctor Me First podcast comes from Dr. Errin Weisman’s passion to help those that are burnt-out, feel broken and despair to transform their lives and work to be joy-filled, sustainable and that they absolutely freakin’ love!

Most episodes consist of an authentic conversation between Dr. Weisman and her female colleague guest. The one prep work for the guest…pick one word to frame their conversation around. Other series episodes include her husband, Craig, in a series called “Married to an Alpha Female. or her favorite people in that series called “Favorites with Favorites.”

No more feeling alone in medicine because Doctor Me First Podcast is a community of truth speakers, life savers and fierce females who want to support one another. Errin Weisman DO also offers sassy, down to earth answers to your biggest questions on how to do work you love and live your best life.
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Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce wellness advocate who helps inspire female physicians and working moms to do the work they love and absolutely love life. Her work in the world is to openly tell how she faced professional burnout early in her family medicine career so that no one feels alone, all know that change is possible because "if she can do it, so can I" and that you can have a joy-filled and sustainable career.

She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer's wife, athlete and mother of three. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.

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