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A podcast for women in healthcare. This podcast explores the scope of challenges and opportunities for women in medicine, with an emphasis on innovative approaches our colleagues have incorporated into their medical practice and life outside of medicine.
20 Episodes
Dr. Ross Reichard joins ScopeMD to discuss the role RFID technology in healthcare.  Dr. Reichard outlines the different types of RFID technology and shares his experience with Mayo's radio-frequency identification specimen-tracking system. This tracking system was highlighted in the article  entitled, "Radio-Frequency Identification Specimen Tracking to Improve Quality in Anatomic Pathology,"  which was published in the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in February 2020.  Dr. Reichard is a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he is the Vice Chair of Quality for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.  Dr. Reichard is involved in multiple national organizations and currently serves as President of the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP).  He is passionate about working with teams to evaluate and improve systems to improve patient care.Journal Article Andrew P. Norgan, Kurt E. Simon, Barbara A. Feehan, Lynn L. Saari, Joseph M. Doppler, G. Scott Welder, John A. Sedarski, Christopher T. Yoch, Nneka I. Comfere, John A. Martin, Brian J. Bartholmai, R. Ross Reichard; Radio-Frequency Identification Specimen Tracking to Improve Quality in Anatomic Pathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1 February 2020; 144 (2): 189–195. doi:
Jody Eifert, lung cancer nurse navigator, shares her experiences working as a nurse volunteer with Healing Haiti.  Jody shares how she developed a multidisciplinary program to address the unique medical and social needs of elders in Haiti.  Jody reflects on the  challenges and opportunities of medical volunteering in Haiti,  compares her work as a nurse in the US and her volunteer work in Haiti, and highlights additional volunteer and donation opportunities with Healing Haiti.Healing Haiti is a nonprofit serving Haitians by working to ensure access to clean water, education, medical care and job creation in Haiti.  This interview was recorded in May 2020.   Given the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, please refer to the Healing Haiti website for current opportunities to donate and volunteer.Healing Haiti
Dr. Joel Harris shares his experiences with Promise for Haiti, a nonprofit organization committing to serving Haitians by helping to provide clean water, healthcare, and educational opportunities.   Promise for Haiti has volunteer opportunities in Haiti and in the US for all healthcare specialties (dental, vision, medical, pharmacy, laboratory).  As a general surgeon with 10+ years of volunteering experience with Promise for Haiti, Dr. Harris shares his experiences working as a medical volunteer in Haiti, and how it has impacted him and his practice. Promise for Haiti (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization)
Dr. David Matsumoto offers tips and strategies to improve communication while wearing a mask.   Dr. Matsumoto is founder of Humintell,  a research and training company specializing in leveraging the science of  body language and nonverbal behavior to facilitate communication. Topics highlighted during this episode:1. The seven universal facial expressions of emotion2. The importance of nonverbal cues identifiable even when a mask is worn  (upper half of the face, tone, and gestures)3. The importance of establishing rapport, confirming, and assuring4. The concept of the Smize Humintell is currently offering a course for healthcare providers called Masked MiX: Unmask Facial Expressions of Emotion. This course helps providers identify the universal facial configurations of emotional states even when a patient or colleague is wearing a mask .  Humintell website:  https://www.humintell.comMasked MiX course Street Journal article on the concept of Smize:
ScopeMD is celebrating Women in Medicine Month by exploring the lives of female physicians and nurses in the late 1950's and early 1960's, a time period highlighted in the Emmy award winning show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.Dr. Dominique Tobbell, Associate Professor and Director of the Program in the History of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, outlines the challenges and opportunities of female physician and female nurse in the late 1950's and 1960's.  Learn how these amazing women helped to pave the way for current and future women in healthcare.Dr. Tobbell's publications (selected listing)Health Informatics at Minnesota:  The First FiftyYears (Minneapolis: Tasora Books, 2015). Pills, Power, and Policy:  The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences  (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012). Nursing’s Boundary Work: Theory Development and the Making of Nursing Science, 1950-1980. Nursing Research (2018) 67(2): 63-73. “Clinical Pharmacy: An Example of Interprofessional Education in the Late 1960s and 1970s.” Nursing History Review (2016) 24: 98-102. Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review (2014) 22: 37-60.Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s’ America. Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2013) 87(4): 648-680.
This upcoming school year is shaping up to be a school year like no other.  Laura Hermann and Jodi Jensen join ScopeMD to share their experiences with remote learning last spring and to offer their insights into the challenges and opportunities of the upcoming school year.Laura Hermann is an advanced practice nurse in oncology at Allina Health.Jodi Jensen is a technical specialist at Allina Health Laboratories.Online articles by Dr. Catherine Ohmstede discussed during this podcast:
Liana Kreamer provides tips and strategies for leading effective meetings, with an emphasis on how to effectively lead and participate in remote meetings.   Liana highlights  the importance of posing agenda items as questions, using the consent agenda effectively, how to encourage engagement in meetings, and how maximize remote meeting tools including voting apps and chat rooms. Resources:Kreamer, L &Rogelberg, S.G. (2020, April 29). Break up your Big Virtual Meetings. Harvard Buisness Review. Retrieved from Rogelberg's Book: The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance.
This episode is designed for healthcare providers who are not oncologists as well as cancer patients and their families who are interested in learning about immunotherapy.Dr. Joe Leach provides an overview of the role of immunotherapy in cancer treatment, including the history of immunotherapy,  what cancers are currently treated with immunotherapy, and the future of immunotherapy. Dr. Joe Leach is an oncologist at Minnesota Oncology and is Chief Medical Officer at Prime Therapeutics.ResourcesA Breath of Hope Lung Foundation - Treatment and Management of Lung Cancer Video Cancer Society article referenced in this episode:Hellmann, Matthew D. et al "Circulating Tumor DNA Analysis to Assess Risk of Progression after Long-term Response to PD-(L)1 Blockade in NSCLC." Clinical Cancer Research 26.12 (2020): 2849-2858. Web. 11 July. 2020.
Dr. Chris Leisz joins ScopeMD to discuss work related injuries in medicine.  Dr. Leisz highlights the prevalence of work related injuries in medicine and offers tips and strategies you can use each day to avoid back, wrist, shoulder, neck and other work related injuries. Dr. Chris Leisz is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. 
Sue Hawkes provides tips and strategies for overcoming Impostor Syndrome and perfectionism.Sue is an executive coach, CEO of YESS! and author of the book, Chasing Perfection--: Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt &  Maximize Success   Link to Sue Hawkes' book and other merchandise:
Dr. Sarah Bean, pathologist at Duke University, joins ScopeMD to discuss effective strategies for giving and receiving feedback. Our conversation focuses on a journal article she coauthored in 2019 entitled Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback: A Review Article and How-To Guide.Dr. Bean is an associated professor at Duke University, Program Director of the Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology Fellowship programs at Duke University, and is an Advisor to the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Curriculum Committee, a committee charged with determining the medical education needs of pathologists nationwide.   Article:Rachel Jug, Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, and Sarah M. Bean (2019) Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback: A Review Article and How-To Guide. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: February 2019, Vol. 143, No. 2, pp. 244-250.
Dr. Michaela Tsai shares her patient story, and how her decision to have postmastectomy tattooing has impacted her work and the cancer patients she cares for.Articles1. Chicago Tribune Article Featuring Dr. Tsai and Tattoo Artist David Allen: Allen D. Moving the Needle on Recovery From Breast Cancer: The Healing Role of Postmastectomy Tattoos. JAMA. 2017;317(7):672–674. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0474Other ResourcesYoung Survival Coalition  https://www.youngsurvival.orgFORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)   https://www.facingourrisk.orgCancer Support Community https://www.cancersupportcommunity.orgGilda's Club-Twin Cities Chapter
Telehealth expert Dr. Chad Ellimoottil joins ScopeMD to discuss the evolving role of telehealth.  Dr. Ellimoottil also summarizes barriers to telehealth and provides strategies and tips to maximize telehealth success. Dr. Ellimoottil is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, a member of the Institute for HealthCare Policy and Innovation, and is director of the Telehealth Research Incubator at the University of Michigan.  The Telehealth Research Incubator is focused on studying the impact of telehealth on healthcare costs, quality, access, and patient experience. Resources:University of Michigan Telehealth Research Incubator for Connected Care http://connectwithcare.orgAmerican Telemedicine Association  https://www.americantelemed.orgCenter for Connected Health Policy  https://www.cchpca.orgAmerican Medical Association
Kelly Grosklags returns to ScopeMD to discuss coping strategies during COVID-19. Kelly also offers advice on how to care for dying patients and their families during this unprecedented time.Kelly Grosklags is a grief therapist who has over twenty years experience working with oncology patients and their families. She is the author of A Comforted Heart and founder of Conversations with Kelly.ResourcesConversations with Kelly  kellygrosklags.comKelly's book: A Comforted Heart
This episodes highlights the barriers to breastfeeding and the challenges healthcare workers face when trying to pump in the healthcare setting.Dr. Shelly Shallat, pediatrician and medical director of the newborn nursery at OSF St. Frances Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, outlines barriers to breastfeeding. Rachel, a mother and healthcare worker, shares the challenges she has experienced with pumping in the healthcare setting.2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding Care ResourcesBreastfed Babies Welcome Here Materials (USDA)How to Have a Breastfeeding Friendly Practice (AAP)The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies (CDC)The TEN STEPS to Successful Breastfeeding (WHO and Unicef)Pumping at Work: How Medical Professionals Can Support Breastfeeding Patients (University of California and ACLU)Workplace ResourcesBusiness Case for Breastfeeding (HHS OWH)Supporting Nursing Moms at Work (HHS OWH)Break Time for Nursing Mothers (DOL)Many thanks to Kathryn Bernstein, Nutrition Program Manager, Illinois Public Health Institute, for providing the above resources.Work to improve breastfeeding support in Peoria is partially supported by the Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition program, led by the Illinois Public Health Institute with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Laura Templin-Howk, lab manager at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson, Minnesota, joins ScopeMD to discuss the importance of innovation in the community hospital and clinic setting.  We discuss Spencer, the robot used at Huchinson Health, and also discuss innovate ways to engage with the community,  and innovative management techniques.  Find out how innovative ideas can make big impact in patient care. Resources:Video of Spencer (robot used at Hutchinson Health): website:  Swisslog.comConnect with Laura Templin-Howk via email:  Jljtempy@gmail.comConnect with Lori Ryan via email:
Business coach Susan Katz highlights the importance of clarity and networking in advancing your career and when you are looking for a new job.  Learn how clarity helps to ensure you make the right connections and ask the right questions when networking.Susan Katz is the chief executive officer at Susan Katz Advantage in Baltimore, Maryland.Connect with Susan at: https://susankatzadvantage.comSusan's book:  Create Your Dream Job: Change Your Mindset, Change Your LifeAdditional Resource:  Core Value IndexCore Value Index (CVI) is a tool that can help you identify your strengths and what drives you. This tool helps to you seek out the work you are meant to do. 
Kelly Grosklags offers coping strategies for healthcare workers, focusing on the importance of hope, gratitude, and resilience.  Kelly also offers advice on how to support colleagues and friends who have recently lost a loved one.Kelly Grosklags is a grief therapist and has over twenty years experience with oncology patients. She is the author of A Comforted Heart and founder of Conversations with Kelly.ResourcesConversations with Kelly  kellygrosklags.comKelly's book: A Comforted Heart
This episode highlights the important role of nurse coordinators/nurse navigators. These specialized health care providers help patients with complex medical conditions navigate the healthcare continuum, ensure seamless patient care.  Learn about the challenges and opportunities of this role from two lung cancer nurse coordinators, Jill Wines and Laura Hermann.  This episode also highlights the importance of lung cancer screening and the benefits of patient support groups. Additional resources:Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient NavigatorsOncology Nursing Certification Corporation
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Introductory episode for ScopeMDThis podcast explores the scope of challenges and opportunities facing women in medicine, with an emphasis on highlighting innovative approaches colleagues have incorporated into their medical practice and life outside of medicine. Connect with me at:lori@scopemdpodcast.comSubscribe to ScopeMD today!
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