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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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Jul 27, 2023

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The episode features Dr. Al’ai Alvarez discussing the Stanford Fulfillment Model and its relevance to medical practices. Dr. Alvarez shares his training experience and how he ended up at Stanford. He highlights the three key aspects of the Stanford professional fulfillment model: culture of wellness, efficiencies of practice, and personal resilience. The discussion revolves around the importance of creating an environment that fosters autonomy, belonging, and competence, as well as the need for meaningful efforts from institutions to support clinicians' professional fulfillment.

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00:03:29 Stanford fulfillment model promotes professional fulfillment.

00:05:41 Responsibility for burnout lies with institutions.

00:11:03 Physicians experience imposter phenomenon.

00:17:11 Normalize self-care in medicine.

00:21:28 Recognize and value team contributions.

00:28:40 Practice self-compassion and gratitude.

00:33:01 Self-compassion is essential for resilience.

00:36:28 Practice self-compassion and celebrate achievements.

00:42:44 Intersection of wellness and DEI.


Al'ai Alvarez, MD, is a prominent national leader and educator in wellness, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and serves as the Well-Being Director at Stanford Emergency Medicine. Dr. Alvarez's focus lies in humanizing physician roles and teams, harnessing individual human potential within high-performance contexts by optimizing the connections between Process Improvement, Recruitment, and Well-being. He is also associated with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign as a 2021-2022 Faculty Fellow.

Previously, Dr. Alvarez served as an associate program director in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program for five years, emphasizing the intersectionality of resident well-being with performance improvement, patient experience, quality and safety, diversity, equity, inclusion, and medical education. His contributions include co-founding the largest diversity mentoring initiative in Emergency Medicine through ACEP and EMRA. Additionally, Dr. Alvarez chairs Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum and directs Stanford's Physician Resource Network (PRN) Support Program, offering vital peer-to-peer support for faculty and trainees. As a sought-after speaker, he delivers grand rounds and lectures at national conferences, addressing self-compassion, physician well-being, high-performance teams, leadership capacity, and mentorship to enhance diversity and inclusion. Dr. Alvarez's remarkable dedication and contributions have earned him prestigious awards, such as the 2019 ACEP DIHE Distance and Impact Award and the 2022 John Levin Leadership Award at Stanford Health Care.

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