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Neurology Nuts and Bolts: Constructing Your Career

Author: Sara Schaefer

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Learn about all the things that you wish you were taught about the practice of neurology. The podcast will cover types of careers (academics, private practice, locums, concierge neurology, etc.), contracts and worth, promotional development and CV building, continuing medical education and maintenance of certification, visas, billing, challenges on the job, work/life balance, and more. Creator and Executive Producer: Sara Schaefer; Associate editors: Katherine Fu, Sana Aslam, Sagari Bette, Parneet Grewal, Proleta Datta, Thu Vu, Kim Robeson, Aparna Prabhu Sandeep, Katie Moore; Music: Audrey Nath; Artwork: Shivani Ghoshal
41 Episodes
Sara Schaefer discusses returning to academia from the private practice world- can it be done? With incoming Chair of Neurology at St. Louis University Dr. Diana Greene-Chandos, and Dr. Okeanis Vaou- Associate Prof of Neurology, Division Chief of Movement Disorders, and Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Wellness at UT San Antonio. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of spending time in private practice before returning to academics and the fluidity of our careers as physicians. 
Sara Schaefer discusses conflicts of interest and the Sunshine Act with attorneys John Hutchins, General Counsel of the American Academy of Neurology, and Mimi Riley, Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Learn all about the levels of oversight, what kinds of things need to be disclosed, who discloses them and to whom, how they can impact your career, and where you might get tripped up. 
Sagari Betté speaks with Dr. Renata Chalfin, general neurologist and founder of Ideal Neurology Clinic in Boca Raton, Florida, about going straight into general practice from residency (without a fellowship), and the perks and difficulties of practicing as a general neurologist and of running her own practice.
Sara Schaefer discusses physician coaching with Barbara Hoese, professional coach and developer of the American Academy of Neurology Emerging Leaders Program, and Dr. Susana Bowling, neurologist and physician coach. They discuss reasons they became coaches, what they love about coaching, the process of becoming a coach, the structure of coaching and reasons physicians may seek coaching, benefits of coaching, and more.
Learn all about pharmaceutical side gigs including advisory panels and speakers bureaus with Anh-Thu Vu as she speaks with Drs. Erin Longbrake, neuroimmunologist at Yale and Tara Morrison, neuro-oncologist at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Sara Schaefer gets into the weeds of inpatient billing and coding with Dr. Marc Nuwer, Neurophysiology Department Head at UCLA and member of the CPT and Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Advisory Panels, and Dr. Inna Keselman, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology and Neurology Quality Officer at UCLA. They discuss coding "families," CPT codes, new vs. subsequent encounters, diagnostic codes and levels of service- a great primer for moving into the inpatient space and maximizing your yield on billing. 
Sana Aslam discusses a transition from academic clinical medicine to industry with Dr. Rita Gandhi, Senior Medical Director of Huntington's Disease Clinical Development at Genentech. They discuss types of industry jobs, the appeal of a career in industry, how to be prepared for an industry job, and the learning curve of making the transition. 
Katherine Fu speaks with Dr. Sara Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Program Director of the Neurology Residency program and Program Director of the Movement Disorders Fellowship, and Dr. Parneet Grewal, Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and a vascular neurologist, about the transition from training to attendinghood in academia. They cover the surprises and pitfalls, tips and tricks, networking, mentorship, time management, and more. 
Kathryn Moore discusses training backgrounds and advanced training options for Advanced Practice Providers, tips for integration into practice, and how to get the most out of your relationship with APPs- with Dr. Joel Morgenlander, Professor of Neurology at Duke University and developer of the Neurology Residency Program for APPs at Duke.
Parneet Grewal discusses how to negotiate with your department chair- where to start, what to consider, how to approach it- with Drs. Gary Gilkeson, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development at MUSC, Helmi Lutsep, Professor and Interim Chair of Neurology at Oregon Health and Sciences University, and Larry Goldstein, Chair of Neurology at University of Kentucky.
Anh-Thu Vu discusses how to get the most out of medical conferences as an attendee, presenter, and mentee with Dr. Kate Davis, clinician researcher and epilepsy specialist at University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Jaime Hatcher-Martin, telehealth movement disorders neurologist.
Sara Schaefer discusses leaving the familiar pastures of academia for other pursuits with Drs. Wanda Castro (industry), Kathrin LaFaver (community practice), and Audrey Nath (remote/locums).
Sana Aslam speaks with Drs. Courtney Takahashi and Katelyn Bird at Boston University Department of Neurology about getting a second degree while working. Dr. Takahashi received an MCR (Master of Clinical Research) during residency and is working on her Master of Business Administration (MBA) while an academic faculty physician. Dr. Bird is currently getting a Professions Education Masters degree while working full time as faculty. 
Katherine Fu discusses getting a Masters in Education with Drs. Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, Child Neurology Program Director at the University of Michigan, and Dara Albert, Child Neurology Associate Program Director at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Chair of the AB Baker Section on Neurological Education through the American Academy of Neurology. They discuss the process of getting this degree, what they learned, and how it has helped to shape their careers. They also discuss alternatives to a full masters degree for those interested in medical education.
Parneet Grewal speaks to Drs. Carol Feghali-Bostwick and Tanya Turan of the Medical University of South Carolina about types of mentors, the responsibilities of the mentor and the mentee, and some key tips for optimizing the mentor-mentee relationship.
Sara Schaefer discusses taking a gap year between medical school and residency for either personal or professional reasons (or both!) with Carine Maurer, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at Stonybrook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, and Nisha Chhabria, Medical Director, Global Medical Affairs, ADBH at Eisai.
The Art of Saying No

The Art of Saying No


Sara Schaefer discusses the art of saying "no"-- the when, the why, the how-- and how it contributes to wellness and career development, with Dr. Brenda Banwell, Chief of Child Neurology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Dr. Zach London, Neurology Residency Program Director at the University of Michigan.
Sara Schaefer discusses taking a gap year (or years!) between residency and fellowship with movement disorders fellow Christian Amlang and ICU EEG fellow Paul Sanmartin. Both of these neurologists took gap years between residency and fellowship as neurohospitalists, and took advantage of that time to explore travel, family time, hobbies, and more.
In this episode, Sara Schaefer discusses joining the military with neurologists Jennifer Crum Bailey and Rachel Rosenbaum, who were both involved in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) through the US armed forces. Learn about how and when you can join, perks, logistics, things to consider, and what they enjoy most about their careers.
Sagari Betté discusses the ins and outs of locums tenens with pediatric neurologist Dr. Lindsay Dudeck.
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