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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Release Date: 07/20/2021

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Dr. Junaid Niazi is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who works as a primary care physician for a large healthcare organization in the upper Midwest by day and by night he’s known as . He is a physician life coach and he blogs and coaches physicians on all things wellness, productivity, finances, and careers. He also has a group coaching program to help physicians complete their charting at work and that’s why he’s on the show today. His interest in charting also landed him as an Information Services Medical Director, where he optimizes the EHR for physician use and...

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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Jen Barna, MD, is a board-certified practicing radiologist, and founder and CEO of DocWorking, a company that helps physicians achieve their best in life and medicine by providing expert coaching, courses, and other resources in the form of a subscription called DocWorking THRIVE. Jen and the two lead coaches at DocWorking, Gabriella Dennery, MD, and Master Certified Coach Jill Farmer, started DocWorking: The Whole Physician Podcast in February 2021, now ranked as a top physician podcast. I’ve had a few physician coaches on in the past, and she has come the closest to convincing me to...

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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

Dr. Sarah Smith is a family physician and charting coach. She specializes in helping physicians with our charting backlog so we can get home on time without the looming cloud of unfinished charts and callbacks.  We discuss how to add efficiency to your day by making sure you are laser focused on your patient and you aren’t finished until that chart is closed. This frees up mental space for the next patient, making that visit a bit more efficient. By the end of your morning, have a plan for how you are going to tackle callbacks. We also discuss dictation, scribes, templates, and how...

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Michael Reddington, CFI is a certified forensic interviewer and the President of InQuasive, Inc., a company that integrates the key components of effective non-confrontational interview techniques with current business research for executives. Using his background in forensics, and his understanding of human behavior through interrogation, Reddington teaches businesses to use the truth to their advantage. And now he’s teaching it to physicians. We first learn what a forensic interviewer is and why there should be more in the world. We talk about trust, how to gain it, keep it, and avoid...

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Omar M. Khateeb is a marketing leader based in Silicon Valley. He actually started out going to med school before going into marketing. He has developed marketing strategies at two publicly traded surgical robotic companies through their IPOs as well as co-founded and successfully launched a consumer product for men’s fashion. Having successfully crowdfunded and launched a consumer product, Omar brings his knowledge of B2C marketing through digital channels to a B2B world. His areas of focus are category design, driving adoption of new technologies, and developing strategies to channel...

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Jessica Elizabeth Isom, MD MPH is an early career community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism projects. Dr. Isom draws on her psychiatric training and humble background to connect across differences in power, education, and perspective to foster a collaborative approach to achieving racial justice and equity in medicine and beyond.

She gives us a framework for addressing racist patients, family members and guests. This is three steps and works in many situations. Call it out, leverage the institution and set a limit on the behavior. Interrupt. Educate. Set limit. She also gives us ways to address racist language from attending to attending or even trainee to attending. We also discuss when it is OK for a patient to request a physician of a certain gender or racial background

Dr. Isom is currently an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center in Boston where she is providing expertise on antiracist transformation of staff and programming with a specific focus on the opioid use disorder services. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership. She currently serves as a leader within the American Psychiatric Association Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists and has been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Currently, she is devoting considerable time to growing her consulting company, Vision for Equity LLC(vision4equity.com), which she intends to expand into a nationally sought out team of antiracism coaches and organizational trainers. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @drjessisommdmph.

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