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On Becoming a Healer
On Becoming a Healer
Saul J. Weiner and Stefan Kertesz

Doctors and other health care professionals are too often socialized and pressured to become “efficient task completers” rather than healers, which leads... more

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What do we lose and what do we gain by calling addiction a disease?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a “chronic disease” occurring in the brain – Many believe this... more

18 Jun 2024 · 50 minutes
Can we learn and practice medicine well in a system that is so ill?

In his book, The Present Illness, American Health Care and Its Afflictions, physician and historian Martin Shapiro, MD, PhD, MPH... more

21 May 2024 · 51 minutes
“Tough Love” is Not the Answer: A critique of NEJM reporting on student/trainee grievances and educator discontent

A recent NEJM article and accompanying podcast episode (“Tough Love”) authored and hosted by the Journal’s national correspondent sound... more

16 Apr 2024 · 59 minutes
What a James Baldwin story can teach doctors and patients about care amidst suffering

“Sonny’s Blues” is a 1956 story by the author, James Baldwin, about a “sensible” and pragmatic algebra teacher and his... more

19 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
How confronting racist ideas I didn’t realize I had is shaping me as a physician and a person

In a 2021 episode that we reran last month, “About me being racist: a conversation that follows an apology,” Saul... more

20 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
About me being racist: A conversation that follows an apology

We are re-running this episode from 2021 because we’re releasing a sequel next month in which Saul reflects on his... more

16 Jan 2024 · 42 minutes
How effects of racism were mistaken for “race” in clinical algorithms: What clinicians should know

For years, when physicians order tests to assess lung function, or blood work to determine kidney function, or look up... more

19 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Drug testing at time of birth: How physicians are co-opted into harming families while thinking they are doing the right thing

The practice of urine drug testing during pregnancy and then often reporting positive results to Child Protective Services triggers a... more

21 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Directly and Covertly Observing Care: How it Can Transform Medical Education and Improve Clinical Practice

Direct, covert observation of health care is a novel and underutilized tool to assess health care trainees and clinicians. In... more

18 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
"Dire Consequences": When students do not receive appropriate accommodations on the USMLE examinations

In the prior episode we learned that there is no evidence that time-limited testing improves test validity and that, in... more

19 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
On Becoming a Healer
What do we lose and what do we gain by calling addiction a disease?
On Becoming a Healer