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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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Episodes

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
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
On Becoming a Healer
How confronting racist ideas I didn’t realize I had is shaping me as a physician and a person
On Becoming a Healer
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