America’s Favorite Doctor: Laura Purdy, MD, MBA

Dr. Purdy’s interest in helping people drew her out of a lucrative professional career as a performing pianist to earn a BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) from Ball State University and then attend medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Graduating from family medicine residency at Georgia’s Martin Army Hospital, she began 14 years of service as a US Army physician, caring for men and women from all over the country undergoing basic training, airborne school, ranger school, and soldiers on post. During that time, she delivered hundreds of babies and treated hundreds of soldiers on the ground.

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The Activist: Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH

Dr. Kelly Thibert is a family medicine physician practicing in Bradenton, Florida. She graduated from Grant Family Medicine Residency in Columbus, Ohio where she received comprehensive training enabling her to provide primary care to a full spectrum of patients and populations. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where she majored in Molecular and Microbiology and minored in Women’s Studies. She attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Florida where she earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees. Before applying to residency, Kelly served as the National President for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), focusing on physician and trainee wellness, reproductive healthcare including abortion, LGTBQ healthcare and fighting for quality, affordable healthcare for all. She now serves as the AMSA Foundation President and Chair, still on the mission of helping physicians in training use their voices to improve medicine and medical education. She believes that being involved in health policy and advocating for change are vital to ensuring fully comprehensive care for her patients and the communities in which they live. Kelly is passionate about comprehensive reproductive health – including abortion, health policy, medical education and social activism.

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Life Changing Moments with Dr. Randy Cook

In our inaugural episode of Life Changing Moments, Dr. Dael Waxman speaks with Dr. Randy Cook about what it was like to change his career from his surgery practice to leadership of a wound care center.

Life Changing Moments is a new companion podcast to Rx For Success, and the best news is that if you are subscribed to Rx For Success, then you’ll download the LCM shows automatically!

Patreons will receive their version a day early.

Please enjoy, and we look forward to your feedback.

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Introducing: Life Changing Moments

Coming this week is a new entry in the MD Coaches family of shows – Life Changing Moments hosted by Dr. Dael Waxman.  

In this companion podcast to Rx For Success, Dael and guests will do a “deep dive” into particular moments that impacted our guest’s lives, and set them on a new path.

This week, Dr. Cook and Dr. Waxman have a discussion about why the show came about, what to expect, and why it’s so important today.

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The Colleague: Mark Greenawald, MD

Mark Greenawald, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTC) and presently serves as the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Well-being and Professional Development and as residency program faculty for the Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine.  He also serves as the Medical Director for the Carilion Clinic Institute for Leadership Effectiveness (ILE).  He is a former President of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and in 2016 was named the Virginia Family Physician of the Year.  

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The Nature Photographer: Andrew Peacock, MD

Andrew was born in Adelaide, South Australia and (mis)spent his youth surfing and kayaking in the ocean, as is the case for many Aussies! After graduating from medical school, he spent a year working as a surgical resident in Santa Barbara, California where he also began rock climbing. Taking up this new activity with a passion, Andrew began to explore the mountainous regions of the world and volunteered his medical skills in Nepal and India where he has since led numerous treks. Documenting his experiences with a camera led Andrew into the world of professional photography and he began contributing photos to what was then the Lonely Planet image library. So began a ‘sideline career’ using the creative side of his brain.
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The Student Leader: Michael Walls, DO, MPH

Michael is the National President of AMSA and a recent graduate of Touro University, California. He joined AMSA in 2014 as a premed at Cal Poly SLO and first got involved nationally on the Health Policy Team in 2017. Michael was drawn to AMSA because of its dedication to creating physician-leaders and for its long history of advocacy, not just for future physicians, but for its dedication to creating equitable access to healthcare for patients. Michael has strong personal interests in healthcare access, medical education
reform, treating substance use disorder, and making change through systemic policy change. He will be applying for Emergency Medicine Residency this year. He is currently living in Connecticut and enjoys rock climbing, home-brewing beer, and hiking with his fiancé and two dogs.

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Holidays in Healthcare

Holidays can be a stressful time for people normally, and especially so when you have to work your shifts in healthcare. This week, we say goodbye to 2022 with stories from our coaches about their time working during the holidays.

Have a great Holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you for Season 5 in 2023.

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The Living Legend: Steven Kavros, DPM

Dr. Steven Kavros has been delivering focused, professional wound healing initiatives for over 38 years. He is board certified by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He holds multiple wound healing certificates from societies designating professional competency. Patient care, education and research are the cornerstones in his professional career. After 10 years in private practice and a 20-year career at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, he transitioned to the medical device industry focusing on regenerative medicine and its implications pertaining to advanced wound healing. As Associate Professor at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, he presented over 1600 scientific presentations pertaining to his research at national and international conferences. With an interest in Charcot Neuroarthropathy and its complications involving non traumatic limb loss, he initiated, developed and lead the first multidisciplinary Charcot Neuroarthropathy service at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kavros is the primary author of numerous peer reviewed papers centered on evidence-based medicine. He has brought multiple medical devices to the market involving advanced wound healing, limb preservation and orthopedics.

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