Rank #1: AI (Artificial Intelligence) Scheduling and Prevention of Physician Burnout: Suvas Vajracharya, PhD
In this episode of “The Doctor’s Life” podcast, host Dianne Ansari-Winn, MD speaks with Suvas Vajracharya, PhD about AI scheduling and how it can be utilized to fight against physician burnout. Dr. Vajracharya is the founder and CEO of Lightning Bolt Solutions, a company which has developed the leading artificial intelligence technology for physician scheduling. Dr. Vajracharya worked as a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Lab before he began creating solutions for physician scheduling using AI. Throughout their conversation, Dr. Dianne and Dr. Vajracharya discuss the pathway to his now current profession, the struggles of physician scheduling, and how Lightning Bolt Solutions is working to reduce physician burnout and get doctors in front of their patients instead of their calendars.
As the conversation begins, Dr. Vajracharya tells the story of what led him to found Lightning Bolt Solutions. While he was working at Los Alamos scheduling supercomputers, he was approached by a high school friend from Wisconsin about resolving scheduling conflicts for a group of internal medicine doctors. Through this process, he learned about the complexities of scheduling physicians and developed the software to harness the scheduling expertise of doctors while outsourcing the heavy lifting to computers. Although the founding of Lightning Bolt Solutions didn’t happen until much later in his career, this early work in software scheduling was pivotal for teaching him the scope of the problem, and ultimately led to the creation of the company.
Additionally, Dr. Dianne and Dr. Vajracharya unpack the complexities and problems involved in scheduling doctors. They talk about how the most fundamental problem with scheduling is trying to meet a plethora of conflicting variables. These variables include providing a healthy work-life balance, meeting personal scheduling preferences, allotting vacation time while also keeping the institution open, fairly distributing holiday working hours, staying personally unbiased, and preventing burnout. The possible number of schedules that can be made based on this long list of variables is endless, and many doctors are losing countless hours that ought to be spent with patients staring at calendars and spreadsheets. As Dr. Vajracharya explains, that’s exactly where Lightning Bolt steps in to help.
Dr. Vajracharya walks the listeners through the process that Lightning Bolt implements in order to delegate the scheduling tasks to a computer by having a “brain dump” with the doctor and inputting all of the variables into their software. During this dialogue, he and Dr. Dianne discuss the correlation of scheduling to doctor turnover rates and physician burnout. He then provides empirical evidence of how Lightning Bolt’s software has worked to reduce burnout and turnover rates in the places it has been implemented. In summary, this conversation provides an insightful glance into the ways that AI is being harnessed to help doctors reach their full potential and guard themselves against personal and professional burnout.
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Jul 27 2018
Rank #2: Mindfulness with the Chief Mindfulness Officer of Aetna, Andy Lee
Mindfulness is a practice that we all can incorporate into our lives to reduce stress and increase energy, vitality and efficacy. In this episode, Dr. Ansari-Winn and Andy Lee, Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna discuss:
- How Mr. Lee went from breakdown to becoming Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna
- How mindfulness improves brain function, productivity and engagement at work
- A simple and effective mindfulness practice that you can use in one minute
- How to start a mindfulness program in an organization with an app and a culture campaign
Resources mentioned in the podcast
Research and resources from University of Rochester:
NY Times Article about mindfulness and physician burnout:
Mar 28 2018
Rank #3: Making Choices in Medicine with Dr. Dara Kass
Dr. Dara Kass is an Emergency Medicine physician who practices in New York City, and is the "engine" behind FeminEM, an organization who dynamically supports and promotes gender equality in medicine.
Dr. Kass and Dr. Ansari-Winn discuss how FeminEM has grown dramatically from a blog to an online community to a movement by serving the needs of its community, including creating a speaker's bureau, blog, podcast, and a conference which has grown from 250 attendees in 2017 to an estimated over 600 attendees to the conference planned in October 2018.
They also discuss the factors around making choices in medicine today that support our passions and our need for flexibility so that we can pursue our careers with enthusiasm and energy.
Apr 11 2018
Rank #4: Monetizing Your Medical Degree with Dr. Drai
You are going to really enjoy this one! Today's podcast is with Dr. Draion Burch, also known as Dr. Drai, who not only practices OB/GYN "on his own terms", but is a media expert on Women's Health with over 250 appearances and mentions on television and print.
He is the founder of Medical Moguls Academy, which coaches physicians wanting to expand their reach and grow a business by delivering products and services that are not only in demand, but in alignment with who that doctor really is and their higher purpose.
Dr. Drai also provides comprehensive health services through Amare Concierge Medicine, an exclusive concierge medicine practice.
Dr. Ansari-Winn and Dr. Drai discuss what it means to practice medicine today and what it means to be a healer in the truest sense, why some doctors NEED to expand beyond the traditional practice of medicine, and how to start on a journey as a media medical expert.
Jan 02 2018
Rank #5: Sleep Your Way To Wellness with Dr. Roger Washington
Roger Washington, MD is author of Lack of Sufficient Sleep Matters: Decode the Root Cause of Your Illness, in which he describes his observations about lack of sufficient sleep and its relationship to disease. In this interview, we discuss key concepts including how one cannot thrive long term without sufficient sleep, and how people achieve goals by "energy borrowing" from their immune system. Dr. Washington and Dr. Dianne Ansari-Winn also discuss the profile of people who tend to "energy borrow" in order to achieve their goals, and how it feels to be "A.C.C.E.L.E.R.A.T.E.D" and "C.R.A.S.H.E.D".
Feb 21 2017
Rank #6: Designing Your Own Medical Practice That You Love! with Dr. Dina Strachan
My guest Dina Strachan, MD left academics and founded her own dermatology practice in a very competitive market in New York City. She started with a dream and a small budget and has grown her very successful practice on her own terms. Dr. Strachan is also a well-known author and blogger and has been named a "Super Doctor" by the New York Times. She is also the author of Moxie Mindset, Secrets of Building a Profitable, Independent Physicians Practice in a Competitive Market, which was released this year.
In this episode we discuss:
- How to be both financially successful and have deep joy and personal satisfaction in medicine
- Why having an independent practice actually serves the public better than larger practices do
- Why "fitting the mold" leads to physician burnout
- How to break out of "big" medicine, do your own thing, and still be successful
- Why leaving medicine is not necessarily the path to happiness, even when you are burned out.
Jun 01 2018
Rank #7: Curing Your Non-Profit of Burnout with Cathy Phelps, Executive Director of the Center for Trauma and Resilience
In this episode, Dr. Ansari-Winn interviews Cathy Phelps, who is the Executive Director of the Center for Trauma and Resilience (CTR) in Denver, Colorado.
Like many non-profits, CTR's clients are experiencing high stress, and her employees were suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout. Through Cathy's leadership, CTR transformed from attrition and burnout to winning several national awards for being the best non-profit to work in! Her book, Non-Profit Transformed, is a definitive guide on how to make well-being an integral part of the workplace.
In this show you will learn about:
CTR’s innovative programming including befriending the body--specialized yoga for trauma victim, and other innovative ways to provide yoga to the community, including the Denver County jail system
CTR’s programming around providing prevention of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma for their employees through self-care
The powerful value in peer support groups to create innovations in health and prevent burnout in health care providers
CTR’s model of creating self-care as part of the job description and integrating it into to job performance goals
The responsibility of management in helping the employees care for themselves and the power of changing the culture to include self-care.
Apr 26 2018
Rank #8: Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT): Dr. M. Bento Soares
The guest today is Dr. M. Bento Soares, PhD, who is Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor and Head of the Department of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Dr. Soares is passionate about having medical professionals learn the skills that will allow them to express their humanity and be present with their patients without having the psychic pain that can accompany feeling empathy, and leads us to avoid feeling "too much" for our patients. He and 5 other leaders at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the Methodist College of Nursing have spent a year studying Cognitively Based Compassion Training at Emory University, and are now teaching their first 8 week CBCT course to 60 academic, political and community leaders in Peoria. CBCT is based in both science and Eastern teachings, and is a completely secular practice that one can learn in 8 weeks to develop compassion for self and others, among other skills. CBCT has been studied and shown to decrease depression, burnout, and stereotyping of patients, as well as many other benefits that Dr. Ansari-Winn and Dr. Soares discuss in today's show.
Mar 08 2017
Rank #9: The Experience of Black and Latino Medical Faculty with Dr. Sylk Sotto
Our guest today is Dr. Sylk Sotto, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs and Diversity in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University.
Dr. Sotto discusses how her experiences in higher education lead to her academic focus on underrepresented minorities in medicine, and her paper What Gets Lost in the Numbers: A Case Study about the Experiences and Perspectives of Black and Latin@ Faculty in Academic Medicine.
We also discuss the great value of having a diverse faculty, and ways to promote wellness and connection for underrepresented minorities in academic medicine.
Feb 28 2018
Rank #10: How To Recover When Your Medical License Is Revoked: Licensed to Live with Dr. Jarret Patton
In today's episode, Dr. Ansari-Winn's guest is Dr. Jarret Patton, MD, pediatrician, coach, and the founder and CEO of DoctorJarret, PLLC, a coaching and consulting firm which helps educate, enlighten, and improve healthcare.
Dr. Patton is the bestselling author of the book Licensed to Live, which is based on his own experience with having his world turned upside down after a false accusation from a patient's mother.
He discusses his experience and how he turned his life around from uncertainty to creating his coaching and consulting firm, and writing 2 books, Licensed to Live and Whose Bad @$$ Kids are These?, a book on raising successful, well adjusted children.
Dr. Ansari-Winn and Dr. Patton discuss the effects of situations that threaten a doctor's livelihood such as malpractice, burnout, and losing one's license even temporarily, and the most important thing that doctors in crisis need to develop.You find out more about Dr. Jarret's work at licensedtolive.com, whosebadasskids.com, 5strategies.co, and doctorjarret.com
May 18 2018
Rank #11: Parenting Secrets with Dr. Jarret Patton
On this episode of “The Doctor’s Life” podcast, Dr. Dianne speaks with a special guest about the difficulties of parenting. We all know that parenting can be hard, especially for busy doctor parents! Pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Jarret Patton speaks with Dr. Dianne Ansari-Winn to discuss how to navigate even the toughest parenting challenges. In this continuation of their previous podcast conversation, Dr. Jarret and Dr. Dianne review some simple, yet strategic parenting techniques that are approachable for everyone, regardless of what stage of parenting you are in. The strategies offered are a valuable resource in a culture where parenting techniques seem to be complex and always changing.
Dr. Jarret is an Xavier graduate and board certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience, who now offers transformative relationship advice for hospitals, physicians, parents and children through education, motivation and empowerment. He is the best-selling author of Licensed to Live and Whose Bad @$$ Kids Are Those?: A Parent's Guide To Behavior For Children of All Ages. While recognizing that the parenting market is flooded with resources and advice from many different people from varying backgrounds, Dr. Jarret gets back to his roots as a pediatric physician as the foundation of his parenting advice, effectively speaking to what many would identify as an important responsibility that can simply become an afterthought.
During their conversation, Dr. Jarret and Dr. Dianne cover some often-asked questions such as how to effectively deal with temper-tantrums, how to encourage nutrition for picky eaters and how to deal with a child’s sense of entitlement. They also offer valuable thoughts on dealing with behavioral issues in kids who are not your own, offering practical advice on how to deal with all of these issues effectively and in a way that is beneficial for a child’s overall development. The two also provide input to help parents grapple with how to enforce structure, consistency and follow-through as Dr. Jarret touches on some strategies he offers in his parenting boot-camp. And by listening to this conversation, parents will learn not just when to say no , but more importantly, when to say yes in parenting.
As the discussion closes, the doctors offer some final thoughts for parents on developing a parenting style for you and your co-parent as well as how to raise your child through the uniquenesses of today’s modern world, reminding the listener about the importance of getting everyone on the same playbook to effectively modify behaviors quickly and with consistency. Finally, make sure you listen to the close of the episode for a special offer from Dr. Jarret, just for “The Doctor’s Life” podcast listeners!
Listen to Part 1 of the conversation with Dr. Jarret: Click HERE
Learn more about Dr Jarret: www.doctorjarret.com
Learn more about Dr. Jarret's parenting resources:
Jun 15 2018
Rank #12: Healthy Doctors, Healthy Patients with Terry Mason, MD
There is no better example than of a physician who has lived his life in service to the community than Dr. Terry Mason. After being called to serve as a physician, Dr. Mason practiced as Urologist for over 25 years. Because of his deep dedication and service to the community in his home city of Chicago, Dr. Mason was called to serve as Commissioner of Public Health for Cook County. In his continued role as Chief Operating Officer at Cook County Department of Public Health, he continues his mission to serve the citizens of Cook County. In this podcast, Dr. Mason also discusses the research around and makes a strong case for adopting a whole-foods plant based diet as the prevention and cure for cardiovascular disease and overall good health. Website references: www.forksoverknives.com and www.nutritionfacts.org. Tune in to Dr. Mason's radio show: A Doctor in the House on WVON radio 1690 and iHeart radio.
Apr 28 2017
Rank #13: I Didn't Know I Was Burned Out Until I Started Feeling Better Through Fitness: Dr. Charmaine Gregory
Dr. Charmaine Gregory is a nocturnist ER doc who found her passion in helping others to get fit and healthy after she successfully recovered from burnout through having fun with fitness and nutrition.
In addition to having a successful practice and speaking about wellness, she is a powerful fitness coach and fitness instructor who had the honor of teaching a fitness class at the national meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Ansari-Winn and Dr. Gregory discuss her journey through burnout, why it's hard to recognize the signs of burnout, how to assess if you are burned out and how get help with recovery.
Jan 12 2018
Rank #14: The Joy of Giving: Mending Faces Medical Mission with Mimi Wong, MD
Dr. Mimi Wong, an Anesthesiologist with 20 years in practice in Denver, CO is one of the founders of Mending Faces, a non-profit charity which brings together over 60 doctors, nurses, dentists, speech pathologists, and others together for a week in the Phillipines every January to perform cleft lip and palate operations on children. www.mendingfaces.org Dr. Wong and Dr. Ansari-Winn (who were in Anesthesiology practice together for almost 15 years) discuss her path to medical mission work, how it has energized her day-to-day medical practice, and the support that is crucial to make a medical mission successful.
Apr 20 2017
Rank #15: How Medical Students Learn to be Doctors with Dr. Crystal Clay Wright
In the past, there was no curriculum, but today's medical students are taught professional skills as part of their education.
Crystal Clay Wright, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and she provided 8 years of academic guidance and professional development to medical students during her service as Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the Baylor College of Medicine Learning Community in the Undergraduate Medical Education Department.
In this interview, Drs. Ansari-Winn and Wright discuss
--why developing a professional identity is important
--how students develop a professional identity while remaining themselves
--the technique of reflective writing and how it can make one a better doctor
--how everyday mindfulness and self-care are professional development skills
Feb 12 2018