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

Two physicians, through dialogue and interviews, take a critical look at medical training and the culture of medicine and explore how interpersonal... more

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Episodes

Organic Chemistry and the Questionable Ways We Select and Train Physicians

In October, the New York Times published the first of several articles about an eminent professor at NYU who was... more

16 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
Contextualizing Care in a Nutshell (and a New Study)

Today, Stefan talks with Saul about his favorite topic (and life's work), contextualizing care. We're re-releasing this conversation (from January... more

24 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Medical Gaslighting: Why Are We A--holes?

Recent articles in mainstream media about "medical gaslighting" have struck a nerve with thousands of comments on social media platforms.... more

19 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
Urine Drug Screening: How it can traumatize patients and undermine the physician-patient relationship without helping anyone

Urine drug screening (UDS) is used in the care of patients with opioid use disorder, and for patients receiving opioids for chronic pain.... more

11 Aug 2022 · 38 minutes
Pursuing a Medical Career While Black: What it Takes and Why it Matters

Making it into and through medical school is tough even for those who have all the advantages: excellent schools starting... more

14 Jul 2022 · 55 minutes
Rescuing medical professionalism: Could “cup-of-coffee conversations” do more good than committees and letters-to-the-file?

Medical students may be subject to professionalism review by committees, most commonly for “unreliability” such as not responding to emails,... more

26 May 2022 · 42 minutes
Why Residents Unionize

Many residents are not doing well, psychologically, and sometimes physically -- and with good reason. High levels of mistreatment and... more

21 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Opioids and the physician-patient relationship: What are we getting wrong?

The opioid crisis was precipitated by physicians overprescribing opioid pain medication, egged on by the pharmaceutical industry, contributing to suffering... more

15 Mar 2022 · 41 minutes
False Positives Traumatize Patients...If Clinicians Aren't Careful

On January 1st, the New York Times ran a story about prenatal genetic tests that are "usually wrong" -- but... more

19 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
Healing Interactions: What are they made of?

There are two qualities we may experience in others who comfort and ground us when we feel vulnerable and lost. ... more

26 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
On Becoming a Healer
Organic Chemistry and the Questionable Ways We Select and Train Physicians
On Becoming a Healer