Doctors at Work

Mat Daniel

This podcast aims to help doctors create successful and meaningful careers. I'm having conversations with a range of doctors who have successful and meaningful careers, and with non-doctors who have expertise in careers, performance, leadership, and psychology. Let me know what you think, please subscribe and share, or suggest topics you'd like me to cover! Mat Daniel

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How to deal with permacrisis at work. With Matt Morgan. Episode 79
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How to deal with permacrisis at work. With Matt Morgan. Episode 79
Our work seems to consist of one crisis after another. In this episode, Matt tells me about the importance of identifying what's urgent and what's important. This can be learnt, and asking others can be a useful way to develop this prioritisation skill. Checklists have a place too, as long as we don't forget the importance of human interaction. Regular stress and pressure also means that looking after ourselves is important, and we need to dedicate time to strategic and long term thinking as well as to today's emergency.Matt Morgan is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, adjunct Clinical Professor and regular BMJ columnist. He has contributed to >50 scientific articles following his PhD in artificial intelligence including the NEJM, Lancet and JAMA. After appearing on television and radio, he gave the 2023 Woodridge Lecture and was nominated for the Royal Society’s David Attenborough prize for public engagement. His first book CRITICAL tells remarkable stories of patients in the intensive care unit. His second book, ONE MEDICINE, explores how understanding animals can help treat human disease. His third book will look at the lives of patients after surviving a cardiac arrest. His is a member of the BMJ Commission on the Future of the NHS and is the medical advisor for The National Theatre’ in London’s production of "Nye", the story of Aneurin Bevan. He lives in Cardiff with his family. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter @dr_mattmorgan and Instagram @dr_mattmorgan.You can also watch at www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videosProduction: Shot by Polachek
How can you develop your emotional intelligence? With Tracy Davis. Episode 78
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How can you develop your emotional intelligence? With Tracy Davis. Episode 78
What is emotional intelligence and how do you develop it? Tracy tells me that emotional intelligence is about how you relate to yourself and to others. We all have a tendency for events to lead to emotions without us pausing and considering what is going on, so the key is to actually slow down the move from event to emotion and examine the thoughts that are determining how we feel. Once we recognise the thoughts as well as emotions at play, we can then make choices based on how we really want to be, instead of doing things that we later regret. Better emotional intelligence makes us happier in the long term, and it also improves workplace interactions with colleagues.Tracy L Davis, MD PhD is mid-career dermatopathologist and anatomic pathologist in the southwest U.S., currently working in companion diagnostics in the pharmaceutical industry at Roche. Her career has also spanned hospital practice, academic medicine, and private practice. Outside of medicine, she is also a speaker and certified life coach who is passionate about Happiness Studies. She is the author of the weekly newsletter, The Happy Physician: A Practical Guide. She helps physicians who want more out of life, despite seeming to “have-it-all”, to create the life they dream of, so that they can achieve greater happiness and live their best life.You can find her at  thehappyphysician.com, www.linkedin.com/in/tracydavismd, and www.facebook.com/davist07You can also watch at www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos.Production: Shot by Polachek
What's a career in General Practice like? With Ranj Sagoo. Episode 77
Apr 9 2024
What's a career in General Practice like? With Ranj Sagoo. Episode 77
Ranj tells me that General Practice in an exciting specialty with wide variety of conditions and interactions. Good communication skills and teamwork are important, as is an ability to manage uncertainty. We discuss the many different ways that GPs can work, including portfolio careers. I love the way his Practice has created structures that enable staff to connect and get support from each other.Dr Ranj Sagoo is a UK trained and GMC licenced doctor of over 15 years’ experience. He gained his medical degree (MBCHB) at Leicester University in 2006 after which he trained in Orthopaedics and Surgery before becoming a GP in 2013 obtaining Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP).Early in his GP career he developed an interest in Dermatology and completed the Cardiff Diploma of Practical Dermatology, followed by the Cardiff Certificate in Dermoscopy. Combining this with his surgical skills Dr Ranj developed an expertise in diagnosing and managing chronic skin conditions, diagnosing skin lesions and performing skin surgery.As he progressed in his career Dr Ranj felt that there was so much more that we can do to help people not only manage their health problems but prevent them from occurring. Dr Ranj has a firm belief that we are in control of our health and those people that struggle with their health have the power within them to regain that control. We are not destined to develop certain conditions because they are in the family, nor should people feel restricted by their health problems as they are very reversible. Dr Ranj began to look at health as a complex interaction of multiple contexts of life. Core to his belief is seeing the person as a whole and not the illness that they present with. Developing a deeper understanding of the person, their values, purpose and their circumstances, holds the key to helping them with their health problems.He began to explore the psychology of health behaviour and the drivers of motivation to change. Dr Ranj developed an awareness of the need for a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. He developed a fascination with lifestyle and nutritional approaches to health and wellbeing. He has since become certified in counselling, a Professional Coach and NLP Practitioner accredited by the Association of Professional Coaches (APC) and European Association of Neurolinguistic Programming (EANLP). Dr Ranj has also achieved the Level 3 Award for Nutritional Intervention in Exercise, Wellbeing and Weight Management with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and completed the Diploma of Lifestyle Medicine with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) and is a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician.  With his Health & Wellbeing programs, Dr Ranj helps clients achieve their health goals by bringing together his wealth of knowledge in conventional, nutritional and lifestyle medicine. Using his skills in counselling, coaching and NLP he helps clients make deep discovery, find alignment with their values and make sustainable life-long change. A true journey to creating a healthier and happier life, not only for the client but their family and loved ones through transferable learning.Outside of medicine, Dr Ranj is an Award-winning Fine Art wildlife artist, having won the 2022 BritishContemporary.Art ‘Artist of the Year’ award. He is also keen on sports and fitness and enjoys playing football, tennis, and kickboxing. As well as this Dr Ranj enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures and cuisines with his family.You can find him at www.drranjsagoo.com, Instagram @drranj_healthcoach; Youtube @drranj_healthcoach; www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ranjit-sagoo; and https://www.facebook.com/groups/drranjsagoo/. The mindful Mixtape Podcast is at instagram @the.mindfulmixtape.podcast
How to build better connections. With Mick Connors. Episode 74
Mar 26 2024
How to build better connections. With Mick Connors. Episode 74
Mick Connors and I discuss the importance of interpersonal connections at work. Our careers are busier than ever, but somewhere along the line we have lost the deep personal connections that we used to have with colleagues and patients too. Instead of focusing on the person in front of us, we are focused on processes, electronic systems, and targets. Technological advances are certainly useful, we just need to remember that human relationships matter too. The structures that fostered connections 20 years may not exist, and it is up to us to make sure that we continue to build these connections in the modern technological world. Approaching interaction with humility, respect, and patient focus helps, as does an open mindset focused on growth.J Michael Connors is an experienced physician leader with a steadfast passion for elevating healthcare through the strategic execution of best practices, especially those rooted in relationship building. He has a proven track record of excelling in clinical, leadership, and financial realms of healthcare. He has specialized expertise in innovation, digital health, organizational structuring, and business acumen, all geared towards steering organizations towards a harmonious blend of financial growth and mission-driven success. You can connect with him on LinkedIn, and read about his ideas here and here.You can also watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos. Production: Shot by Polachek.
What's a career in occupational medicine like? With Sarwar Chowdhury. Episode 73
Mar 22 2024
What's a career in occupational medicine like? With Sarwar Chowdhury. Episode 73
Sarwar tells me that occupational medicine is a very varied specialty, which draws on a range of skills particularly problem solving, negotiation, and report writing. Much practice occurs outside the NHS, and the routes into the specialty include both NHS and training outside the NHS. It's one of the few areas of medicine where doctors get to spend 45 minutes or longer talking to a patient, and his career allows him to practice medicine whilst at the same time working with many different non-NHS contexts.Sarwar Chowdhury has several years experience as an Occupational Health Physician (OHP) and is Medical Director for Medigold Health. He operates as a Senior Lead Occupational Health Physician for a Tertiary NHS trust as part of a wider MDT of Occupational clinicians. He has extensive experience with undertaking complex medical management referrals, pre-placement medicals, health surveillance, blood bourne virus (BBV) monitoring, treating clinician referrals, clinical governance and policy writing. He has expertise in private Occupational Health for SME/businesses conducting high quality assessments including Management Case Conferences, Complex Management Referrals, Driver Medicals (Group 1 & 2 licences), Rail, Firefighter, Local Authorities, White Collar businesses, Biological Monitoring, Health Surveillance and Ill Health Retirement (range of industries including NHS). He acts as the Medical Review Officer (MRO) for verifying Drug and Alcohol Test and Screening results is involved with clinical governance and auditing of Rail Work as the Duty Rail Doctor covering a wide range of Train Operating companies and supervision/support of dozens of clinicians across the UK. He practises as an AFOM - Associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and is certified as an Office of Rail and Road Doctor (ORRDOC), FOM Tier 4 HAVS approved, HSE appointed in Asbestos & Ionising Radiation. He is close to completing a prospective CESR route training (4th Year) for Accredited Specialist status in Occupational Medicine as a Consultant Occupational Health Physician. This involves also completing his MSc in Occupational Medicine at Manchester University and currently holds AdvDipOccMed status after 2 years of the course.He co-founded and runs the Occupational Health Academy demonstrating entrepreneurship to create a brand and website, leadership in co-running the course, teaching skills with delivering courses in medical education in Occupational Medicine for the Diploma of Occupational Medicine (DOccMed) exam & MFOM Part 1.Aside from his work, he volunteers as the CESR 'training' Representative for the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM), guiding and liaising with Occupational Health Physicians seeking to gain MFOM (ad eundem) outside of the traditional CCT route.You can connect with Sarwar on LinkedIn.You can find out more about Occupational Medicine on the following resources.https://occupationalhealthacademy.co.uk/resources; https://www.fom.ac.uk/careers; https://www.som.org.uk/careers; https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/roles-doctors/occupational-medicine; https://medicfootprints.org/occupational-medicine-career-guide/; https://rcpconferences.co.uk/rcp-medicine-careers-week; https://youtu.be/zRXk5GTdK_A?si=QFQk3iYVkyGzhh1s
Harnessing the power of vulnerability at work. With Natalia Cerezo Martin. Episode 68
Mar 5 2024
Harnessing the power of vulnerability at work. With Natalia Cerezo Martin. Episode 68
It seems odd to say that vulnerability at work could be a good thing, but in this episode Natalia outlines several reasons why showing your vulnerability at work could be a good thing. When one person is willing to admit that they are not at their best, this allows other members to share too, and this ultimately creates a team that cares more for each other. We talk a lot about learning cultures, but if we pretend to be perfect all the time, then the opportunities for learning aren't allowed to exist. And when you are not at your best, sharing this with others will help them decide how to get the best out of you on a given day, and would avoid misunderstandings that a short fuse might create.Natalia writes: I'm a Spaniard who has called London home for over two decades. My eclectic professional journey has whisked me through the realms of entertainment, hospitality, and cybersecurity. With a Certified Customer Experience Professional and Project Management Agile certifications under my belt, I've had the honour of leading global, multicultural, and diverse teams—up to 40 members strong.Throughout my 15-year tenure in customer-facing roles, I've been committed to nurturing both individual growth and team development, always aligning personal goals with business objectives.My career trajectory has been a steep climb, leading me to the senior leadership team of a cybersecurity company. With experience in both B2B and B2C sectors, I have navigated companies through complex changes including acquisitions, mergers, rebranding, and restructuring—basically, if it involves change management, I've done it.Committed to professional excellence, I hold a Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors from the Institute of Leadership and Management. I'm also a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.I've battled anxiety, taken purposeful career breaks, and never shied away from redefining my professional path. These experiences have not only made me a lifelong learner but also a leader focused on resilience and adaptability. I believe in a non-hierarchical, action-oriented approach to leadership. Throughout my career, I have been particularly effective in male-dominated environments and have always been a proactive challenger of imposter syndrome.You can find Natalia at https://nataliacerezo.com, on LinkedIn, and at  https://linktr.ee/coaching_with_natalia.You can also watch at https://www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videosProduction: Shot by Polachek.
Taking you inner critic to court. With Natalia Cerezo Martin. Episode 67
Mar 1 2024
Taking you inner critic to court. With Natalia Cerezo Martin. Episode 67
How do you deal with your inner critic? In this episode, Natalia tells me that the inner critic is a sign that there is a need for growth. It's important that we don't get bullied by it, and I love her suggestion of taking thoughts to court and examining factual evidence. Her tips for dealing with the inner critic are to identify it, accept it, and then convert it into a force for growth.Natalia writes: I'm a Spaniard who has called London home for over two decades. My eclectic professional journey has whisked me through the realms of entertainment, hospitality, and cybersecurity. With a Certified Customer Experience Professional and Project Management Agile certifications under my belt, I've had the honour of leading global, multicultural, and diverse teams—up to 40 members strong.Throughout my 15-year tenure in customer-facing roles, I've been committed to nurturing both individual growth and team development, always aligning personal goals with business objectives.My career trajectory has been a steep climb, leading me to the senior leadership team of a cybersecurity company. With experience in both B2B and B2C sectors, I have navigated companies through complex changes including acquisitions, mergers, rebranding, and restructuring—basically, if it involves change management, I've done it.Committed to professional excellence, I hold a Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors from the Institute of Leadership and Management. I'm also a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.I've battled anxiety, taken purposeful career breaks, and never shied away from redefining my professional path. These experiences have not only made me a lifelong learner but also a leader focused on resilience and adaptability. I believe in a non-hierarchical, action-oriented approach to leadership. Throughout my career, I have been particularly effective in male-dominated environments and have always been a proactive challenger of imposter syndrome.You can find Natalia at https://nataliacerezo.com, on LinkedIn, and at  https://linktr.ee/coaching_with_natalia.You can also watch at https://www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videosProduction: Shot by Polachek.
How to create a portfolio career. With Catherine Fernando. Episode 65
Feb 20 2024
How to create a portfolio career. With Catherine Fernando. Episode 65
Catherine started her career in hospital medicine, but then moved into General Practice, and now combines GP work with family life and running her company Iyasu Medical Bags. In this episode we discuss her early career decision-making, and she tells me the importance of being true to yourself and doing the career that is right for you. Many of us want to do lots of different things, and that can be done but perhaps not all at the same time! I love the story of Iyasu bags, from spotting a problem to a product that is now on the market and also supports women's empowerment initiatives.My name is Catherine Fernando and I am GP, mother of 4, and Founder of IYASU, a company that makes eco-friendly medical bags. I work part time in General Practice (2 days per week) in Haddington, near Edinburgh, and the rest of my time is dedicated to caring form my family and running my business. My career path has been quite varied but everything I’ve done has given me valuable skills and experience to bring to my role. After completing my PRHO rotation in Medicine, Surgery and Critical Care I did 2 years of core medical training and passed the MRCP exam. I was given a national training number in Rheumatology but resigned from my post after 15 months as I was unhappy in the department. This was a difficult time for me as I felt I had lost my direction in life. I decided to pursue a career in General Practice and managed to secure a training post. I did Paediatrics and Gynaecology, then became a GP Registrar. Along the way I worked in Medicine for the Elderly, Hospital at Home, Sexual Health Clinics and completed all kinds of Diplomas. I am married to another GP and we have 4 children. I love teaching and am now involved in the GPST training programme, teaching Dermatology. I also teach medical students, FY2s and GP trainees at our practice.How IYASU was born. Upon looking for a doctor’s bag for work I couldn’t really find any that I liked. I noticed that all the designs were very masculine. I looked everywhere (online) and I asked other female GPs what they used as their doctor’s bag. They were using camera bags, nappy bags, designer handbags, gym bags etc. It seemed like there was a bit of a gap in this niche market. The gladstone bag (traditional, iconic GP bag) was designed 150 years ago when only men were allowed to go to medical school and practice as doctors). Now over 50% of medical students are female and women outnumber men in General Practice. I wondered why the accessories for medics hadn’t changed to reflect the changing demographic. I started making sketches and took my designs to Business Gateway (there is a local Business Gateway Office for almost everyone in the UK) who received my ideas with enthusiasm and supported me to develop them further. IYASU (which means “to heal” in Japanese) took around 3-4 years of development prior to launch in March 2023.IYASU produces 6 styles of Medical Bags in various colours. They contain multiple bespoke pockets for medical equipment and are made from recycled materials – predominantly recycled plastic bottles. They are named after pioneering female doctors and designed for modern female healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists – anyone who does home visits – an hospital doctors if they perhaps have their own equipment to take between NHS and private centres). IYASU gives back to charities that support girls’ education worldwide. We’re currently supporting the AKAYA foundation – founded by Dr Khadija Owusu –We’ve also donated to Diabetes charities and Kidney research.I’m super passionate and enthusiastic about my medical career and my business. I believe that portfolio careers build our strength and personal growth. I would never want to give up being a doctor as it is my vocation and I have trained so hard. I find enormous satisfaction in my GP work, but I couldn’t do it full time. Working part time makes me appreciate my job more, reduc
Learn to hear and be heard. With Pietro Garbelli. Episode 62
Feb 9 2024
Learn to hear and be heard. With Pietro Garbelli. Episode 62
How can we improve the quality of professional and leadership communications at work? In this episode, Pietro tells me that hearing others and learning to hear are both skills that can be learnt and developed. It starts with a mindset focused on service, the others' needs, and common goals, and less on personal ego and agenda. Whilst being in one place a long time creates important institutional memory, there is an advantage to being an outsider too as this enables thinking and acting in a way that solves problems in a different way to what is "the usual" way of working. Having eyes open for opportunities to make a difference matters.Dr Garbelli is a specialist in acute internal medicine, a clinical director, and a Thriving Healthcare consultant. Having witnessed and experienced inefficiencies, frustrations, and struggles as a patient, a relative, and a provider, he uses the lessons learned as a powerful catalyst to provide medical thought leadership. By fostering a successful collaboration between empowered physicians and healthcare stakeholders, he aims to contribute toward creating high-quality and sustainable healthcare. His book The Doctor’s Voice: Empowering Solutions to Physicians’ Frustrations, Burnout, and Healthcare Inefficiencies explores common sources of frustration with practical steps that can help medical professionals reclaim their lives and transform the healthcare field for the better. You can find him at https://drgarbelli.com/, on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Threads, and Youtube. You can also watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos.Production: shot by polachek
How to make changes in the NHS. With Gideon Johnson. Episode 61
Feb 6 2024
How to make changes in the NHS. With Gideon Johnson. Episode 61
We all see problems at work, but how can we change things for the better? In this episode, Gideon Johnson tells me that mindset is key. It starts with going into work with eyes open, and an attitude that looks for solutions rather than just dwelling on problems. You don't have to have it all worked out at the start, all ideas begin small, and talking to others will help you gage the interest and gather support; chances are that you'll discover that most other people will agree with you than something better is needed! Implementing change is often difficult, but a mindset focused on the bigger picture and on making a difference to others helps sustain you when faced with challenges to bringing your ideas to fruition. Supportive and enthusiastic colleagues help too, as does asking for help when you need it. And when it comes to navigating the complexity of large organisations, his tip us to align your ideas with organisational policies and missions.Listen at https://matdaniel.net or watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos Gideon Johnson (He/Him) is a senior academic at Kings College London, boasting over a decade of diverse clinical experience spanning three continents. With a background as a senior nurse leader, practice educator, and senior specialist nurse clinician specialising in adult trauma Intensive Care Units and critical care, Gideon holds current, unencumbered practice licenses in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His unwavering commitment to the nursing profession and the service of humanity is the driving force behind his remarkable career.LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gideon-johnson-drccrnInstagram: g.johnsondrYou can also watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos.Production: shot by polachek
What are the benefits of a portfolio career? With Daniel Lamp. Episode 60
Feb 2 2024
What are the benefits of a portfolio career? With Daniel Lamp. Episode 60
Whereas traditional medical careers have involved staying in the same place until retirement, more and more doctors are embracing careers based on variety and mobility. In this episode, Daniel tells me about his own portfolio career that involves clinical work in different settings, as well as non-clinical work. He outlines that this gives him flexibility, variety, and learning opportunities, and each clinical career contributes to him being a better doctor in the other careers. The different careers meet different things that he desires in his work. He also outlines a mindset interested in growth and development, and the importance of taking up opportunities as they arise. Finally, we also discuss money. This may be a dirty topic for medics, but in our discussions we discover that actually financial (as well as physical and psychological) health is important if we are to give the best we can to our patients.Listen at https://matdaniel.net or watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos Daniel Lamp is an Australian doctor, who has a portfolio career spanning General Practice, Emergency, and telehealth medicine. Outside of medicine, he runs a podcast promoting the concept of financial health, as too often doctors are not taught personal finances and often don’t know where to start when it comes to investing. Connect with Daniel on LinkedIn, and check out his podcast ‘Passive Income Doctor’ at passiveincomedoctor.buzzsprout.comYou can also watch on www.youtube.com/@dr-coach/videos.Production: shot by polachek