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The Podcast by KevinMD

The Podcast by KevinMD

Social media's leading physician voice, Kevin Pho, MD, shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system but are rarely heard from. Welcome to The Podcast by KevinMD.

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Who needs scientists? It’s not like we listen to them anyway.

"I am a proud science-trained medical doctor and concerned mother. I am not going to remain silent when the biggest tragedies are yet to hit earth yet. Like seriously, I do not want to become like the dinosaurs. History wasn’t too kind to them. Just saying. Scientists say the worst is yet to come if America doesn’t listen. What do scientists know anyway? You might disagree with my words, but If you want to get angry, write many insults, and be in denial, go ahead. I am a mother bear, and I do bite, as it’s called self-defense. To all my fellow scientists and torchbearers of the truth, I salute you. Let us not stop speaking the truth until real change happens." Tomi Mitchell is a family physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Who needs scientists? It’s not like we listen to them anyway." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/who-needs-scientists-its-not-like-we-listen-to-them-anyway.html)
September 17, 2021

Dying after leaving against medical advice

"This is where we are: Hospitalizations rising, new variants that are more infectious, and many people believing that this is all a hoax, or that millions of people have conspired together to make injections that harm people rather than helping them. Patients leaving AMA and dying because there’s no trust anymore. This is where we should be: People recognizing that we don’t like wearing masks or getting shots but maybe we should in order to get things under control, people trusting that health care workers are really working toward the best interest of everyone, health care workers optimistic because they see progress. How do we get from here to there?" Steve Burgess is a hospitalist and creator, Hospital Medicine Seminars, where he teaches CME focused on updates for those who practice hospital medicine. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Dying after leaving AMA." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/dying-after-leaving-ama.html)
September 16, 2021

Take back the power and joy of being a doctor

"What can we control? Our behavior and our responses to circumstances. Focusing on what is in our power to control and putting all our energy and efforts in the right places and for the right reasons seems to be a step in the right direction to make positive changes and avoid burnout. Now, imagine not only surviving medicine but also enjoying it, using it as an opportunity for personal growth and development, as a catalyst that transforms challenges into amazing outcomes. Close your eyes and remember why you decided to be a doctor. How did you feel the first time using your white coat, hearing the ticking of a heart, saving a life? It’s time to recover the power. It’s time to reassume the responsibility, the privilege and the joy of being a physician. Be healthy, be happy — and keep helping people and saving lives!" Miriam Zylberglait Lisigurski is an internal medicine physician. Yudith Furman is a psychotherapist. They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Take back the power and joy of being a doctor." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/take-back-the-power-and-joy-of-being-a-doctor.html)
September 15, 2021

Eradicate the disability tax, before it’s too late

"Some may say that we all come into this world with our own luck, and if we end up having to endure a disability, then other people in society should not be held financially responsible. To that I say, do we not have a moral imperative to ensure that we create a society that we would be proud to live in? Humankind has only come so far on the basis of cooperation, trust, and looking after each other. We can’t just abdicate our responsibilities in the face of selfishness, or because it feels easier. United we stand, divided we fall. I would hope that if one day you find yourself a victim of fate, someone extends a hand to you in your time of need. Because we’re all healthy—only until we’re not." Shreya Kumar is a medical student. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Eradicate the disability tax, before it’s too late." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/eradicate-the-disability-tax-before-its-too-late.html)
September 14, 2021

Why physician-specialized private counseling practices are important

"Attending physicians struggling with a mental health issue should consider contacting a counselor first, rather than a department head or employer resource. A counselor can assess the mental health issue, offer treatment recommendations, and provide therapy that meets the physician’s needs – all while protecting that person’s privacy. Mental health providers are legally obligated to maintain confidentiality except under the most narrow of circumstances. Despite the concerns that licensing boards and employers have about the risk to patients or impairment, there is little evidence that simply having a mental health issue, or receiving treatment for one, imperils patients. We have abundant evidence, however, that avoidance of treatment imperils physicians. Many physicians have successfully undergone counseling while continuing to work without ever notifying their employer or department, imperiling patient care, or incurring licensing consequences. Until changes occur that mitigate the causes of burnout, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders among physicians, our priority must be increasing access to and engagement in treatment. Physician-specialized private counseling practices are one way to accomplish that." Vickie Mulkerin is a family physician and owner, White Coat Counseling, LLC. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Why physician-specialized private counseling practices are important." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/why-physician-specialized-private-counseling-practices-are-important.html)
September 13, 2021

An emergency medicine life

"I called my wife of 31 days, anxious and dazed. I told her that the pace I was on was crushing me. I told her I had done seven admits since 5 p.m. and taken floor calls, too. It was not yet midnight. I told her I don’t know if I can do this job. But I soldiered on. It was the first of July. I picked up my first chart of the shift and began to walk to see the patient. Felt some apprehension. I looked at the chart and noticed the name printed in the box for the attending physician. The name was mine. I felt awe. I felt pride. I felt fear." Duane Corsi is an emergency physician. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "An emergency medicine life." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/07/an-emergency-medicine-life.html)
September 12, 2021

The Podcast by KevinMD

Hosted by Kevin Pho, MD, The Podcast by KevinMD shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system but are rarely heard from.

There are many physician podcasts out there, and I was hesitant to throw my hat into the podcasting ring. After all, there are many physician-interviewers better at the craft than I am.

Then I thought back to the mission of KevinMD: To share the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system, but are rarely heard from. Over the years, KevinMD gave a voice to those in health care who may not be famous or have a big name. But their stories are no less powerful or important.

I want to bring these voices into the podcasting realm, so you can hear them tell their own stories, in their own words.
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Kevin Pho, MD

Kevin Pho, MD

Kevin is a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, and an acclaimed keynote speaker.

The Podcast by KevinMD shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system, but are rarely heard from. We give a voice to those in health care who may not be famous or have a big name.

But their stories are no less powerful or important. ​I talk with KevinMD contributors who share their stories, in their own words. ​Each interview is designed to be 10 to 20 minutes in length: concise, digestible, and filled with information, insight, and inspiration.

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