In the first of two special Mother’s Day podcasts, I’m in the guest chair along with my daughter, Jamie Katuna. Podcaster Keith Carlson, RN, (aka “Nurse Keith”) starts this interview by asking how we influenced and inspired each other as mom and daughter, in medicine and in leadership roles. I talk about my admiration for…

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Niran Al-Agba, MD co-authored the book, Patients at Risk—The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare, which unearths the confluence of events allowing poorly trained practitioners to diagnose and treat patients. Dr. Al-Agba, who has a nurse practitioner in her own practice, believes NPs and PAs can provide high quality care.  In…

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Jennifer McCabe Lentz, MD, and I talk about the Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice she built which transformed her professional life and home life.  In 2017 she launched her DPC practice. Direct Primary Care means there is no middle-man between the physician and the patient—their relationship is direct. She takes no insurance. Her patients pay…

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In this episode, you’ll hear from three physicians who work with medical scribes.  If you haven’t had experience with either in-person or virtual (remote) scribes, this episode will give you a pretty good picture. First, Dr. Christopher Obetz, CEO of Emergency Care Consultants (ECC) and featured guest in Episode 15, talks about launching their scribe…

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Is it possible to create an outstanding organizational culture in what is often a hellhole of anguished patients, staff dissatisfaction, and high physician turnover? Emergency Medicine, with its high stress, high stakes, and ever-diminishing autonomy, has been a burnout zone for decades. Except—for almost thirty years there’s been an Emergency Medicine oasis in the Twin…

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Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis is the CEO and President of Craig Hospital, a superb rehabilitation center for traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.  Dr. Allen-Davis, an obstetrician and gynecologist, spent 25 years caring for patients and honing her leadership skills in multiple organizational and community roles.  In this episode, she describes “The Disappointment” when she was…

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