The Communicator: Bradley Block, MD

Bradley Block, MD, is an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon on Long Island, New York, where he lives with his wife and three young sons. He is a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates and he created the Physician’s Guide to Doctoring Podcast. It is a scintillating and engaging podcast, where he interviews physician and non-physician experts to help teach us what we should have been learning while we were busy memorizing Kreb’s Cycle. It is a practical guide for practicing physicians, physicians-in-training and all allied health professionals. Topics range from personal finance to politics to improving interactions with patients to what every doctor should know about different specialties.

He went to med school at SUNY Buffalo and graduated with research honors and went on to residency at Georgetown. He enjoys surfing (yes, there is surfing on Long Island), skiing (there is no skiing on Long Island), smoking meat, exercising, throwing his sons across the pool and finding any excuse to quote an 80s movie.

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Bradley Block’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: You have to define success. You cannot be successful without defining it. In order to be successful, you first have to define what success is, and then recognize that it is going to change over time.

Number 2: Success isn’t just defined as just what you accomplish, but what those around you accomplish, because success doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Number 3: Because it’s a dynamic process, success is not an endpoint. It’s a process, so you have to enjoy the process.

Connect with Bradley:

Website and Podcast:
Twitter: @physiciansguide

Notable quotes from Brad’s interview:

I never really had imposter syndrome. I never really felt like I didn’t belong there. I felt like I was academically strong enough to keep up. I never felt like I was drowning.

For all the medical students who are listening, we’ve all been through it, we’ve all been standing in the wrong place, and we’ve all had the feeling that we are wholly inadequate. 1st and 2nd year, I never felt like I shouldn’t be there, but 3rd and 4th year it feels like you can never do the right thing. Your job is to be a mind-reader and it’s just impossible.

Spending more time learning how to interact, spending more time learning how to gain trust, spending more time learning how to teach effective ways for the patients to change. If you can talk to them in a more constructive way about their weight, you don’t have to know how adipose is broken down. That’s not going to help them.