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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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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
Why it's time to remove time limits on tests, like the USMLE exams

There is a widely held perception that being able to complete a test quickly is an indication of mastery when... more

22 Aug 2023 · 39 minutes
Running the Gauntlet: My Journey into Medicine with a Learning Disability

Stefan interviews co-host Saul about his experiences becoming a doctor with a learning disability.  This episode, first run in 2020,... more

25 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
Why are doctors turning to ChatGPT for help relating to patients?

A recent New York Times article, titled "When Doctors Use a Chatbot to Improve Their Bedside Manner," should raise questions... more

27 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Prescription Opioid Reductions and Suicide: What Should Caring Physicians Do in the Face of Uncertainty?

The narrative that getting patients with chronic pain off opioids makes them safer was reinforced by a recent paper... more

23 May 2023 · 36 minutes
My patient’s in shackles: Can we take these off?

We might assume that a patient who is chained to their hospital bed must be restrained for good reason, but... more

18 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
From medical student mistreatment to burnout: How can we change the culture?

In this second of a two-episode series on medical student mistreatment, we discuss its impact on burnout with a colleague... more

22 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
Medical Student Mistreatment: A Wicked Problem

How is it that a healing profession -- medicine -- has such a deeply ingrained culture of harming its own? ... more

21 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
On Becoming a Healer
Drug testing at time of birth: How physicians are co-opted into harming families while thinking they are doing the right thing
On Becoming a Healer