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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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How essential workers cope with COVID

"I really shouldn’t complain. I haven’t lost my housing or job. I have plenty of food and toilet paper, and so far, no close friend or family have died from COVID. That said, this pandemic is hard. In fact, it is exhausting. During the spring and summer, I gave positive COVID results to a number of patients from my home’s safety, thanks to telehealth. But the reality of telling patients how to self-quarantine when six people live in two rooms with one bathroom, or giving resources about food and other basics because the household provider lost a job, or can’t work because s/he is COVID positive, is tough. Tough on the recipient of the advice and tough on me." Therese Zink is a family physician and can be reached at her self-titled site, ThereseZink.com. She is the author of COVID Chronicles: How Essential Workers Cope. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The long journey of COVID." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/11/the-long-journey-of-covid.html)
April 20, 2021

Physician morale and the doctor's voice

"It is dangerously unfortunate that the use of masks has been politicized in many parts of our nation. The Dakotas (or North and South COVID as they were recently called on Saturday Night Live) are far from exempt from this phenomenon. Likely, if Governor Burgum’s decision was less influenced by fear of criticism from his constituents and political retaliation, he would have required a mask mandate long before making it acceptable for infected individuals to leave their home. Masks have time and again proven to be safe and effective. It’s not a big ask." Sheetal Khedkar Rao is an internal medicine physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The problem with allowing COVID-positive health care workers to continue working." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/11/the-problem-with-allowing-covid-positive-health-care-workers-to-continue-working.html)
April 19, 2021

PCPs could counter virtual plans by increasing telehealth visits

"If PCPs want to meet the new competition from virtual primary care plans, I suggest that they gradually increase the percentage of their visits that they do through telehealth. Now that payers are reimbursing those visits at the same level as in-person visits, they have nothing to lose financially. Of course, there are some ancillary services that might be performed in their offices, such as lab tests, X-rays or bone density scans. But PCPs could order some of these when patients came in for visits, and they could also reduce their spending on staff and office space if they saw fewer patients in-house. Such a move would represent a big change for PCPs. But they’ve already adopted telehealth to a much greater extent than ever before. A fuller embrace of the technology could help them survive financially, and it might even improve chronic disease care if virtual follow-ups were combined with regular office visits." Ken Terry is a journalist and author of Physician-Led Health Care Reform: A New Approach to Medicare for All. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "PCPs could counter virtual plans by increasing telehealth visits." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/03/pcps-could-counter-virtual-plans-by-increasing-telehealth-visits.html)
April 18, 2021

My first end-of-life conversation

"Looking back on these words at the end of my rotation, I understand what I had felt, and I feel confident naming it: the futility of medicine. We can comfort and treat patients, but there’s nothing more we can do after a certain point. As a bright-eyed medical student who wrote on all her medical school applications that she wanted to save lives, it was and still is difficult for me to understand that." Shereen Jeyakumar is a medical student. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "My first end-of-life conversation." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/12/my-first-end-of-life-conversation.html)
April 17, 2021

Advice to pregnant surgical residents

"Motherhood has been the biggest gamble of my adult life thus far. How was I going to operate for 12-plus hours while 39-weeks pregnant? Where would I be when I went into labor? How would was I going to return after three weeks? How would I pump during and in between OR cases? I did it. It certainly wasn’t easy. And I would do it all over. My son is beautiful and healthy. I’ve never been prouder of anything I’ve ever done. He is the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about at night. He’s made me a better clinician and surgeon." Lauren A. Umstattd is a facial plastic surgery fellow. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Advice to a pregnant surgical resident." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2019/10/advice-to-a-pregnant-surgical-resident.html)
April 16, 2021

President Biden’s quest for a public option

"COVID-19 disproportionately impacts those with pre-existing conditions, and our health care system leaves one in five Americans with a pre-existing condition uninsured. Further, with multiple COVID-19 vaccines already in early but slow distribution, attaining universal coverage is critical, particularly in light of uninsurance having an inverse relationship with vaccination rates. President Biden will need to act with a legislative urgency that matches these times to pass a public option. With two-thirds of the country approving President Biden’s handling of the transition, now is his opportunity. He may just need to take a few pages out of the 'Johnson treatment' playbook in crafting the 'Biden treatment.'" Jonathan Staloff is a family medicine resident and can be reached on Twitter @jonstaloff. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "How President Biden’s quest for a public option mirrors LBJ’s passage of Medicare and Medicaid." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/01/how-president-bidens-quest-for-a-public-option-mirrors-lbjs-passage-of-medicare-and-medicaid.html)
April 15, 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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