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Kevin Pho, MD

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Social media's leading physician voice, Kevin Pho, MD, shares the stories of the many who intersect with our health care system but are rarely heard from. Welcome to The Podcast by KevinMD.

Latest Episodes

Palliative care during the pandemic

"We are health care workers. We are doctors, advanced care practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and so much more. We are on the frontlines. We are our parents’ children, and we are parents to our young children. For the first time, we are at an extremely high risk of being quarantined by the same beast we are trying to conquer. We are experiencing moral distress, guilt, and frustration, knowing our colleagues and patients need us when we can’t be there. And now, for the first time, we feel like you need to know what we are truly feeling. For the first time, there is no you or I. No famous or average. There is no difference in race, sex, religion, or culture. We are one and the same, and for the first time, we all know what it feels like to be in each other’s shoes. You are me, and I am you. We are you and I. For the first time, we are all equal in the eyes of this virus as it challenges us all physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually." Simran Malhotrais a palliative care physician and can be reached on Instagram@drveganfoodieand on Twitter@simranm15. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The many firsts of coronavirus." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/the-many-firsts-of-coronavirus.html)

12 MIN1 d ago
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Palliative care during the pandemic

Coronavirus exposes income-driven health inequality

"It’s maddening to see the differences in health outcomes between the rich and the poor. Even more unsettling is reflecting upon the psychological pain accumulated when living in a fad-obsessed materialistic comparison-creating society, the postponed dreams, and the day to day compromise that those with less have to endure – thoughts that may be far removed from the ruminations of the those who have abundance. I don’t mean to stereotype, and this is not intended to be a polemic, but the country is divided, and many are living in two different worlds. The resultant health consequences should be contemplated upon, especially in the midst of a pandemic where the differences have the opportunity to be most blatantly highlighted." Harsh Bhavsaris an internal medicine resident. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Coronavirus exposes the reality of income-driven health inequality." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-exposes-the-reality-of-income-driven-health-inequality.html)

12 MIN2 d ago
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Coronavirus exposes income-driven health inequality

How to manage pandemic anxiety

Since the coronavirus outbreak, reports of anxiety have increased, especially among physicians. Physicians face numerous stressors, including fears of contracting the coronavirus, concerns about potentially infecting loved ones, PPE shortages, testing delays, and frequently making quick decisions with limited information. Common symptoms of anxiety are increased worrying about one’s self and/or loved ones, difficulty sleeping, difficulty eating, poor concentration, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, and struggling to control worrying. Christine Tran-Boynes is a psychiatrist. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "5 ways to manage anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/5-ways-to-manage-anxiety-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html)

15 MIN3 d ago
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How to manage pandemic anxiety

Gender inequities and being a physician-mom

"As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds day by day at an exponential rate, we as doctors have been called to duty in unprecedented ways. Speak with any physician in the last few weeks, and you will be hard-pressed to find one who didn’t feel an intrinsic obligation- indeed, wish- to rise to the occasion with an all-hands-on-deck attitude, despite the taxing and indefinite toll this will take. Speak with any physician mother, and you will quickly see that our intense drive to lead on the frontlines is matched with an equally intense anxiety about protecting and preserving the wellbeing of our families. Indeed, for most of us, the conflict between being a physician and mother has never felt greater." Tamara Goldbergis an internal medicine physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The duality of being a physician-mom in the age of COVID-19." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/the-duality-of-being-a-physician-mom-in-the-age-of-covid-19.html)

9 MIN4 d ago
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Gender inequities and being a physician-mom

Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact

"Based on the evidence of the effects of trauma, we can predict that our health care teams, patients and families will exhibit signs of this assault through a variety of symptoms–sleeplessness, apathy, depression, and anxiety. The warning signs are already here. We read the desperate accounts and pleas of frontline workers describing the indescribable, holding the hands of patients dying alone, communicating with stunned and distraught families isolated away from death beds of their loved ones. Dr. Breen is symptomatic of a larger undercurrent of the fatal moral injury of the system currently at work. We need to face it head-on or risk additional losses as tragic as this." Mary R. Talenis a psychologist.Deborah Edbergis a family physician. They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/flattening-the-curve-of-covids-emotional-impact.html)

16 MIN5 d ago
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Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact

A screenwriting dermatologist shares the importance of creativity in medicine

"Someday, I suspect I will recount this time of fear with mixed emotions. Sadly, there are people who have died and more to come, and this time will also lead us to reassess our way of life and make changes for the better. I work from home, juggling the management of patients by telemedicine with homeschooling my daughters, still working to find meaning and direction to do the right thing. With movie theaters all shuttered right now, and likely to struggle after this crisis, I hope the simple pleasure of watching these pictures in the theater can still be my escapist comfort. I yearn to go to the movies, and for me, streaming on Netflix can’t match that theater experience. Still, I find purpose and meaning in reminding myself that we are characters in this movie, and just as in Hitchcock’s thriller, the deeper meaning is in how we as people respond to extreme circumstances." Jules Lipoff is a dermatologist. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Alfred Hitchcock, COVID-19, and the MacGuffin." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/alfred-hitchcock-covid-19-and-the-macguffin.html)

11 MIN6 d ago
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A screenwriting dermatologist shares the importance of creativity in medicine

COVID's impact on the Hispanic community

"All of our patients, but especially our most vulnerable Spanish-speaking patients, need to hear concrete, meaningful, and practical instructions on how to care for each other when they live in large multi-generational families, and positive stories from people who have successfully managed infection with COVID-19. They need to hear that, as their physicians, we are here for them. I want them to know that when they are sick, their immigration or insurance status is not my concern. My concern and my oath are to the patient in front of me, and to the community I love." Susan Lopezis an internal medicine physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The impact of COVID on the Hispanic community." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/the-impact-of-covid-on-the-hispanic-community.html)

9 MIN1 w ago
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COVID's impact on the Hispanic community

A COVID-19 conversation with 2 cardiologists

"Trainees like myself travel great distances from home in pursuit of higher edification. Yet the coronavirus makes us worry about the aged family we leave behind – parents and grandparents. A WhatsApp message ensuring they’ve stocked up on acetaminophen, toilet paper and canned soup (low sodium, of course) the only assuage to our anguish. The rigors of medicine often demand sacrifice, sometimes in the form of long-distance relationships. Residents and fellows work overtime and trade shifts in chess-like strategy to ensure a 'golden weekend' with their significant other. Now with travel being high risk, golden weekends will likely be swapped for Facetime dinner dates. Today the malefactor may be COVID-19; the only certitude is that the future will bring another. And yet, despite the perils that may exist, we toil on, for the sake of our patients and to satisfy the seraphic thirst of our higher calling. As in the end, love conquers all." Mrinali ShettyandYuvraj Chowdhury are cardiology fellows. They can be reached on Twitter @YChowdhuryMDand@MrinShettyMD, respectively. They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Love in the time of coronavirus." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus.html)

11 MIN1 w ago
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A COVID-19 conversation with 2 cardiologists

How medical students can contribute during the pandemic

"We do not have to continue to blame external forces for the stresses upon us now. By organizing, mobilizing, and finding solutions to the problems facing us and our adopted community today, we can meet the current challenge to be of help, however we can. Perhaps, in this way, we can stop making pandemics a future generation’s problem to solve, and instead become the leaders we once needed ourselves." Pratik Doshi is a medical student. He shares his story and discusses the KevinMD article that he co-wrote, "The opportunities for medical students in a pandemic." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/the-opportunities-for-medical-students-in-a-pandemic.html)

12 MIN1 w ago
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How medical students can contribute during the pandemic

It is not OK for physicians' anxieties to harm their patients

"It is OK to be scared, but it is not OK to let our own anxieties harm our patients. As we tackle the numerous crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s acknowledge our fear and draw on the logic and clinical reasoning that we have spent years cultivating. We can be scared and scientific, anxious, but courageous. Let’s not create two causalities from one disease, the patient who dies from coronavirus and the patient who dies waiting for surgery because they could have had coronavirus." Sami El-Dalatiis an infectious disease physician. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "It is OK to be scared, but it is not OK to let our own anxieties harm our patients." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/it-is-ok-to-be-scared-but-it-is-not-ok-to-let-our-own-anxieties-harm-our-patients.html)

14 MIN1 w ago
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It is not OK for physicians' anxieties to harm their patients

Latest Episodes

Palliative care during the pandemic

"We are health care workers. We are doctors, advanced care practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and so much more. We are on the frontlines. We are our parents’ children, and we are parents to our young children. For the first time, we are at an extremely high risk of being quarantined by the same beast we are trying to conquer. We are experiencing moral distress, guilt, and frustration, knowing our colleagues and patients need us when we can’t be there. And now, for the first time, we feel like you need to know what we are truly feeling. For the first time, there is no you or I. No famous or average. There is no difference in race, sex, religion, or culture. We are one and the same, and for the first time, we all know what it feels like to be in each other’s shoes. You are me, and I am you. We are you and I. For the first time, we are all equal in the eyes of this virus as it challenges us all physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually." Simran Malhotrais a palliative care physician and can be reached on Instagram@drveganfoodieand on Twitter@simranm15. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The many firsts of coronavirus." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/the-many-firsts-of-coronavirus.html)

12 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Palliative care during the pandemic

Coronavirus exposes income-driven health inequality

"It’s maddening to see the differences in health outcomes between the rich and the poor. Even more unsettling is reflecting upon the psychological pain accumulated when living in a fad-obsessed materialistic comparison-creating society, the postponed dreams, and the day to day compromise that those with less have to endure – thoughts that may be far removed from the ruminations of the those who have abundance. I don’t mean to stereotype, and this is not intended to be a polemic, but the country is divided, and many are living in two different worlds. The resultant health consequences should be contemplated upon, especially in the midst of a pandemic where the differences have the opportunity to be most blatantly highlighted." Harsh Bhavsaris an internal medicine resident. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Coronavirus exposes the reality of income-driven health inequality." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-exposes-the-reality-of-income-driven-health-inequality.html)

12 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Coronavirus exposes income-driven health inequality

How to manage pandemic anxiety

Since the coronavirus outbreak, reports of anxiety have increased, especially among physicians. Physicians face numerous stressors, including fears of contracting the coronavirus, concerns about potentially infecting loved ones, PPE shortages, testing delays, and frequently making quick decisions with limited information. Common symptoms of anxiety are increased worrying about one’s self and/or loved ones, difficulty sleeping, difficulty eating, poor concentration, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, and struggling to control worrying. Christine Tran-Boynes is a psychiatrist. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "5 ways to manage anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/5-ways-to-manage-anxiety-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.html)

15 MIN3 d ago
Comments
How to manage pandemic anxiety

Gender inequities and being a physician-mom

"As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds day by day at an exponential rate, we as doctors have been called to duty in unprecedented ways. Speak with any physician in the last few weeks, and you will be hard-pressed to find one who didn’t feel an intrinsic obligation- indeed, wish- to rise to the occasion with an all-hands-on-deck attitude, despite the taxing and indefinite toll this will take. Speak with any physician mother, and you will quickly see that our intense drive to lead on the frontlines is matched with an equally intense anxiety about protecting and preserving the wellbeing of our families. Indeed, for most of us, the conflict between being a physician and mother has never felt greater." Tamara Goldbergis an internal medicine physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The duality of being a physician-mom in the age of COVID-19." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/the-duality-of-being-a-physician-mom-in-the-age-of-covid-19.html)

9 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Gender inequities and being a physician-mom

Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact

"Based on the evidence of the effects of trauma, we can predict that our health care teams, patients and families will exhibit signs of this assault through a variety of symptoms–sleeplessness, apathy, depression, and anxiety. The warning signs are already here. We read the desperate accounts and pleas of frontline workers describing the indescribable, holding the hands of patients dying alone, communicating with stunned and distraught families isolated away from death beds of their loved ones. Dr. Breen is symptomatic of a larger undercurrent of the fatal moral injury of the system currently at work. We need to face it head-on or risk additional losses as tragic as this." Mary R. Talenis a psychologist.Deborah Edbergis a family physician. They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/flattening-the-curve-of-covids-emotional-impact.html)

16 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Flattening the curve of COVID’s emotional impact

A screenwriting dermatologist shares the importance of creativity in medicine

"Someday, I suspect I will recount this time of fear with mixed emotions. Sadly, there are people who have died and more to come, and this time will also lead us to reassess our way of life and make changes for the better. I work from home, juggling the management of patients by telemedicine with homeschooling my daughters, still working to find meaning and direction to do the right thing. With movie theaters all shuttered right now, and likely to struggle after this crisis, I hope the simple pleasure of watching these pictures in the theater can still be my escapist comfort. I yearn to go to the movies, and for me, streaming on Netflix can’t match that theater experience. Still, I find purpose and meaning in reminding myself that we are characters in this movie, and just as in Hitchcock’s thriller, the deeper meaning is in how we as people respond to extreme circumstances." Jules Lipoff is a dermatologist. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "Alfred Hitchcock, COVID-19, and the MacGuffin." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/alfred-hitchcock-covid-19-and-the-macguffin.html)

11 MIN6 d ago
Comments
A screenwriting dermatologist shares the importance of creativity in medicine

COVID's impact on the Hispanic community

"All of our patients, but especially our most vulnerable Spanish-speaking patients, need to hear concrete, meaningful, and practical instructions on how to care for each other when they live in large multi-generational families, and positive stories from people who have successfully managed infection with COVID-19. They need to hear that, as their physicians, we are here for them. I want them to know that when they are sick, their immigration or insurance status is not my concern. My concern and my oath are to the patient in front of me, and to the community I love." Susan Lopezis an internal medicine physician. She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "The impact of COVID on the Hispanic community." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/the-impact-of-covid-on-the-hispanic-community.html)

9 MIN1 w ago
Comments
COVID's impact on the Hispanic community

A COVID-19 conversation with 2 cardiologists

"Trainees like myself travel great distances from home in pursuit of higher edification. Yet the coronavirus makes us worry about the aged family we leave behind – parents and grandparents. A WhatsApp message ensuring they’ve stocked up on acetaminophen, toilet paper and canned soup (low sodium, of course) the only assuage to our anguish. The rigors of medicine often demand sacrifice, sometimes in the form of long-distance relationships. Residents and fellows work overtime and trade shifts in chess-like strategy to ensure a 'golden weekend' with their significant other. Now with travel being high risk, golden weekends will likely be swapped for Facetime dinner dates. Today the malefactor may be COVID-19; the only certitude is that the future will bring another. And yet, despite the perils that may exist, we toil on, for the sake of our patients and to satisfy the seraphic thirst of our higher calling. As in the end, love conquers all." Mrinali ShettyandYuvraj Chowdhury are cardiology fellows. They can be reached on Twitter @YChowdhuryMDand@MrinShettyMD, respectively. They share their stories and discuss their KevinMD article, "Love in the time of coronavirus." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/03/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus.html)

11 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A COVID-19 conversation with 2 cardiologists

How medical students can contribute during the pandemic

"We do not have to continue to blame external forces for the stresses upon us now. By organizing, mobilizing, and finding solutions to the problems facing us and our adopted community today, we can meet the current challenge to be of help, however we can. Perhaps, in this way, we can stop making pandemics a future generation’s problem to solve, and instead become the leaders we once needed ourselves." Pratik Doshi is a medical student. He shares his story and discusses the KevinMD article that he co-wrote, "The opportunities for medical students in a pandemic." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/the-opportunities-for-medical-students-in-a-pandemic.html)

12 MIN1 w ago
Comments
How medical students can contribute during the pandemic

It is not OK for physicians' anxieties to harm their patients

"It is OK to be scared, but it is not OK to let our own anxieties harm our patients. As we tackle the numerous crises created by the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s acknowledge our fear and draw on the logic and clinical reasoning that we have spent years cultivating. We can be scared and scientific, anxious, but courageous. Let’s not create two causalities from one disease, the patient who dies from coronavirus and the patient who dies waiting for surgery because they could have had coronavirus." Sami El-Dalatiis an infectious disease physician. He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, "It is OK to be scared, but it is not OK to let our own anxieties harm our patients." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/04/it-is-ok-to-be-scared-but-it-is-not-ok-to-let-our-own-anxieties-harm-our-patients.html)

14 MIN1 w ago
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It is not OK for physicians' anxieties to harm their patients
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