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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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Nov 21, 2019

This is part two of the interview with Dr. Stacia Dearmin. She builds on the idea of the physician’s second victim status in bad outcome and potentially in litigation. The plaintiff’s attorney can weaponize our empathy against us after a bad outcome and she teaches us how to defend against that. She builds on ideas on how to recover that were discussed in the first episode.

She is a speaker, coach, consultant and blogger on the topic. She went to medical school at Case Western Reserve and has a masters in religion and ethics from Vanderbilt. She did her residency in pediatrics at Akron Children’s Hospital and worked as a general pediatrician for a few years. She has worked as a pediatric emergency medicine physician since 2004. After working at Case Western Rainbow Babies, she is back at Akron Children’s Hospital. She is the founder of, where she focuses exclusively on the well-being of physicians facing adverse outcomes and malpractice litigation. Her experience in practice raised her awareness of the deep pain and isolation that physicians experience after an adverse outcome or in the midst of a lawsuit. She alleviates that isolation and provides insight and support around some of the toughest experiences many physicians will face in their careers. She draws on her personal story to illuminate the experience for physicians and to educate about the needs of physician defendants.

She has created a course to help us at deposition. "Deposition Magic" is a new course designed to give physician-defendants exactly what they need to know to soar at their own deposition. In a series of brief, friendly videos, you'll explore the nature and purpose of deposition, the goals and tactics of the opposing attorney, and most importantly, the high-integrity mindset and strategies that will serve you as a physician-defendant. Together, we'll exchange confusion and anxiety for clarity and calm, and help you to level the playing field at deposition. Available to you online on-demand, "Deposition Magic" confers up to 3 hrs Category I CME.

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