1. Fostering a Culture of Autonomy and Connection in Medicine with Dr. Bradley Block, MD Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque MD, Dr. Bradley Block, MD 33:21

Ever feel like the healthcare system is wrestling control out of physicians' hands? That's precisely what Dr. Bradley Block and I tackle in a riveting conversation where we unpack the challenges and solutions surrounding physician autonomy. As host of the Physician's Guide to Doctoring, Dr. Block brings a wealth of knowledge to our discussion on the tug-of-war between bureaucratic constraints and independent decision-making in the medical field. We explore the generational shift in prioritizing work-life balance and the intriguing potential of physician-owned hospitals to revolutionize patient care—drawing parallels to the ethos behind my own practice.

Navigating the doctor-patient relationship maze can be as complicated as the most perplexing medical cases. In a candid exchange, I confess my struggles with patient turnover and how I turned to social engineering to craft more efficient yet meaningful interactions. Delve into the art of being fully present in consultations and how I've expanded these communication strategies through my podcast. By engaging with experts across fields—from political lobbying to professional efficiency—we broaden the scope of conversation to encompass the full spectrum of effective Time Management and its impact on various professional settings.

The skills we nurture in the exam room do not end there; they spill over into every facet of our lives. As I share my personal battles, we discuss how the communication and relationship-building techniques honed through podcasting have enriched my life beyond the clinic. We also touch upon the development of diagnostic heuristics, striving for a delicate balance between engagement and efficiency in patient care, and the importance of intellectual engagement in preventing career stagnation. Join us as we explore the art of maintaining curiosity and compassion in medicine, and discover how these tools not only improve patient outcomes but also lead to a more fulfilling personal and professional life.

Though I am a physician, this is not medical advice. This is only a tool that physicians can use to get ideas on how to deal with burnout and/or know they are not alone. If you are in need of medical assistance talk to your physician.

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Sapna Shah-Haque Internal Medicine Physician

Dr. Sapna Shah-Haque, MD is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She was born and raised in Kansas, and attended medical school at the University of Kansas [KU] School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at KU-Wichita as well. After experiencing burnout herself, and watching other physician colleagues burn out, it became a passion of hers to look into different aspects of burnout. While the system does need to change, as it is broken, this podcast is a way to reach physicians and possibly shed light on what is not an isolated situation.