David Vozza is an attorney in Manhattan who specializes in defending physicians in all types of legal actions, except malpractice. He’s a staunch physician advocate, dating back to his premed days in college. We talk to him about identifying legal emergencies, choosing the right lawyer, and how to protect yourself in a corporate healthcare environment.
Ron Purser is a professor of management at San Francisco State University, a practicing Buddhist, and author of the book "McMindfulness”. We spoke with him about the commodification of wellness and mindfulness into multi-billion dollar industries; how mindfulness changed in the process; and how to take back self-care to use it as a form of resistance.
Moral injury isn’t specific to the United States healthcare system. In this episode, Deborah Morris, an academic and consultant clinical psychologist based in the United Kingdom, lends her perspective. Morris splits her work between an in-patient setting and conducting trauma research with a focus on the experiences of marginalized people. We discuss the intersections of trauma and moral injury, the difference between personal and professional moral injury, and how the experience manifests in healthcare systems outside of the United States.
In this bonus episode, Dr. Mona Masood, DO describes how she made her vision a reality - without having any clue what she was doing. Dr. Masood is an outpatient psychiatrist who saw a need, had an idea, and mobilized her community to create the Physician Support Line, a group of 700+ psychiatrists volunteering to support their colleagues. To hear more about the support line and Masood’s work, listen to episode 18.
Ask a question, shut up, and listen - that’s how our guest this week prioritizes the physician perspective. Jim Beckner is the executive director at the Richmond Academy of Medicine, a society of more than 2,000 physicians using the Moral Injury framework to value physicians, value the physician-patient relationship, and recreate a strong medical community. Jim provides an excellent example of how medical societies can be powerful partners in helping their physician members bring needed change to their workplaces.
We know that we’re working in systems that don’t do what they’re designed to do - now what? In this episode, we speak with our guest about moral injury in the behavioral healthcare system and how to resist the urge to burn the system down by advocating to make it better. Hannah Karpman, M.S.W., Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Smith School for Social Work. Her career began with an interest in mental healthcare policy which has led to her current research on the interactions of marginalized and LGBTQ+ families with the behavioral healthcare system and a passion for advocacy.
In this episode, we look at moral injury in the context of the BIG issues that define all of our lives- politics, economics, social justice, ethics, and morality. For our guest, preventing moral injury it isn't about making "right or wrong " decisions, it's about developing a framework that facilitates people's ability to act on and speak to their personal and professional goals. Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine and the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics at New York Medical College. He is a Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, and a contributor to the MirYam Institute and the Forbes' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section.
Dr. Mona Masood, DO is an outpatient psychiatrist in Philadelphia, who realized, early in the pandemic, that physicians needed support from their peers. Without any expertise, she stood up the Physician Support Line nearly overnight. For the past year, 800 volunteer psychiatrists have fielded calls from thousands of physicians, entirely free of charge. It is an inspiring story of how a strong community comes together in a crisis.
Dr. Michael Myers is a specialist in physician health, and a professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY. Early in medical school, a fellow medical student and friend died by suicide.* That event shaped the rest of Dr. Myers' career, which he devoted to caring exclusively for physicians, medical students, and their families. In this episode, we talk about how we can care for physicians today, and how we can advocate for a better tomorrow.
*This conversation includes conversations about suicide and loss, so please consider whether and where you listen.