On Becoming a Healer

By Saul J. Weiner and Stefan Kertesz

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Doctors and other health care professionals are too often socialized and pressured to become “efficient task completers” rather than healers, which leads to unengaged and unimaginative medical practice, burnout, and diminished quality of care. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a range of thoughtful guests, co-hosts Saul Weiner MD and Stefan Kertesz MD MS, interrogate the culture and context in which clinicians are trained and practice for their implications for patient care and clinician well-being. The podcast builds on Dr. Weiner’s 2020 book, On Becoming a Healer: The Journey from Patient Care to Caring about Your Patients (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Episode Date
“Tough Love” is Not the Answer: A critique of NEJM reporting on student/trainee grievances and educator discontent
Apr 16, 2024
What a James Baldwin story can teach doctors and patients about care amidst suffering
Mar 19, 2024
How confronting racist ideas I didn’t realize I had is shaping me as a physician and a person
Feb 20, 2024
About me being racist: A conversation that follows an apology
Jan 16, 2024
How effects of racism were mistaken for “race” in clinical algorithms: What clinicians should know
Dec 19, 2023
Drug testing at time of birth: How physicians are co-opted into harming families while thinking they are doing the right thing
Nov 21, 2023
Directly and Covertly Observing Care: How it Can Transform Medical Education and Improve Clinical Practice
Oct 18, 2023
"Dire Consequences": When students do not receive appropriate accommodations on the USMLE examinations
Sep 19, 2023
Why it's time to remove time limits on tests, like the USMLE exams
Aug 22, 2023
Running the Gauntlet: My Journey into Medicine with a Learning Disability
Jul 25, 2023
Why are doctors turning to ChatGPT for help relating to patients?
Jun 27, 2023
Prescription Opioid Reductions and Suicide: What Should Caring Physicians Do in the Face of Uncertainty?
May 23, 2023
My patient’s in shackles: Can we take these off?
Apr 18, 2023
From medical student mistreatment to burnout: How can we change the culture?
Mar 22, 2023
Medical Student Mistreatment: A Wicked Problem
Feb 21, 2023
Uncommon wisdom from a family physician and medical educator
Jan 19, 2023
Challenging Questions to Help Physicians Reflect, Grow, and Find More Joy Practicing Medicine
Dec 15, 2022
Organic Chemistry and the Questionable Ways We Select and Train Physicians
Nov 16, 2022
Contextualizing Care in a Nutshell (and a New Study)
Oct 24, 2022
Medical Gaslighting: Why Are We A--holes?
Sep 19, 2022
Urine Drug Screening: How it can traumatize patients and undermine the physician-patient relationship without helping anyone
Aug 11, 2022
Pursuing a Medical Career While Black: What it Takes and Why it Matters
Jul 14, 2022
Rescuing medical professionalism: Could “cup-of-coffee conversations” do more good than committees and letters-to-the-file?
May 26, 2022
Why Residents Unionize
Apr 21, 2022
Opioids and the physician-patient relationship: What are we getting wrong?
Mar 15, 2022
False Positives Traumatize Patients...If Clinicians Aren't Careful
Jan 19, 2022
Healing Interactions: What are they made of?
Dec 26, 2021
Kind People on Airplanes
Nov 24, 2021
When an attending yells at a resident
Oct 28, 2021
When your patient has a Swastika tattoo
Sep 09, 2021
About me being racist: A conversation that follows an apology
Jul 28, 2021
The Dartmouth Debacle: Why the culture of medical education needs to change
Jun 21, 2021
Vaccine Hesitancy and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
May 17, 2021
Engagement and Boundary Clarity:
May 09, 2021
Mar 22, 2021
Contextualizing Care: What it means and why it matters
Jan 19, 2021
Part 2: International Medicine
Jan 03, 2021
Part 1. International Medicine
Jan 03, 2021
My Learning Disability
Nov 29, 2020
Asking patients "Why?"
Nov 10, 2020
Part 2: “This is what I trained for.”
Oct 31, 2020
Part 1: Meaning and Joy in Solo Practice
Oct 31, 2020
Part 2: Hope and Healing for Those Who Follow
Oct 19, 2020
Part 1: Pursuing a Dream and a Calling
Oct 19, 2020
Forced Opioid Taper
Sep 11, 2020
Airplane Guy
Sep 10, 2020
Patient Abuse
Sep 10, 2020
The "Difficult" Patient
Sep 10, 2020
Introducing: On Becoming a Healer
Sep 06, 2020