Episode 20 - Dr Amy Vertrees

Inspiring Women Leaders

Feb 15 2023 • 56 mins

Dr. Vertrees is a general surgeon and certified coach. She is an Army veteran and was deployed 3 times to Afghanistan and Iraq. She is the Founder of 'BOSS' (the 'Business of Surgery Series') with includes a popular podcast and coaching program where she teaches the lessons not taught in residency.

Dr. Vertrees realized that medical school and residency helped her become a great technical surgeon, but she soon learned that there were several career aspects that residency did not cover.

She trained in the military and, once her commitment was up, she realized she had no idea how to find a job, negotiate her contract, or code notes and cases. She created the 'BOSS Business of Surgery Series' as a way to address those topics, because if she needed to know it, others probably needed to as well.

Over time, she realized that even more topics were necessary. Dealing with a difficult partner, managing thoughts about complications, realizing that everything is a negotiation, and learning how to manage a successful clinic were topics also not covered in residency.

The BOSS series was her answer to these problems. She has used all of the strategies she teaches in her own career, which allowed her to open and run a successful private practice as a general surgeon. She has a coaching program and successful podcast where she shares these lessons.

In this episode, Amy and I chat about:

Her leadership roles
Her leadership style
Her leadership journey
The leaders that helped her rise
The challenges she faced on her journey
How she navigated those challenges
How she thinks you can become a strong and kind leader
Her 'take home' leadership messages for the listeners, and
What she is currently excited to be working on.

Dr. Vertrees can be contacted via her website https://www.bosssurgery.com/

Please reach out to Dr Harrison for individual coaching and/or organisational training via dr.adam@coachingmentoringdoctors.com.

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He has co-written a new online course entitled 'How to be Assertive, Maintain Boundaries, and Say "No!"' which can be accessed instantly here for only £55/$66: