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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

This is a podcast that answers the question, "what should we have been learning while we were memorizing Kreb's cycle?" This is a practical guide for practicing physicians and other healthcare practitioners looking to improve in any and all aspects of our lives and practices. Physician and non-physician experts are interviewed on a wide range of topics to help us with personal and professional development.
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Mar 27, 2020

Nathalie Martinek, PhD is a recovering developmental and cancer biologist who transitioned out of the controlled environment of the laboratory into the messy world of human behavior and relationships. She continues to apply her critical and objective lens honed as a scientist to understanding drivers of human behavior in the various relationships that exist in healthcare contexts to discover what prevents and promotes wellbeing and professional satisfaction.

Dr. Martinek is a speaker, listener, coach and consultant who facilitates training programs and workshops worldwide for diverse health professional audiences to enhance their capacity for human connection, abuse prevention and healing through cultivation of psychologically safe and stable therapeutic partnerships. She recently published her first book, The Little Book of Assertiveness, to provide scripts for shifting power dynamics in professional relationships to embody the qualities of a respectful and compassionate healthcare culture that enables everyone to thrive.

We discuss how to be assertive in a hierarchical environment like medicine without offending your superiors – and it starts with being curious. We then pivot into discussing compassion fatigue, first by defining it and then by exploring ways to interact with patients in a way that doesn’t end with us unnecessarily burdening ourselves with no benefit to the patients. We then end with some self-care practices that allow us to process those burdens.

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