Episode 13: Dr. Rana Awdish

At the end of her medical training, Dr. Rana Awdish suffered a sudden critical illness that nearly killed her. From this experience as a dying patient, Dr. Awdish’s perspective shifted and translated to her practice in crucial ways. She learned the importance of acknowledging the humanity of patients, of nuance in how doctors discuss pain, of relinquishing the pressure to be a “good patient,” and much more. She was able to implement these ideas and form the CLEAR (Connect, Listen, Empathize, Align, Respect) program, which teaches faculty and trainees relationship-based communication skills through workshops involving improvisational actors.

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Episode 12: Dr. Layton “Bing” Rikkers

Dr. Bing Rikkers was born in a small town in Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his undergraduate career, and now holds a special place in the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery’s history as a prominent past chairman. Dr. Rikkers shares how he overcame his fear of blood, the pioneering days of heart transplant, his lengthy experience as a chairman, his insecurities, and serendipity.

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A Tribute to Dr. John Daly

Dr. John Daly, the dean of Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the age of 73. Dr. Daly touched the lives of so many in and out of the world of surgery. In this tribute, Dr. Mezrich provides a window into his life through an interview he had with Dr. Daly a couple of years ago, as well as his own experiences with him. Our hearts go out to Dr. Daly’s family, and all affected by passing.

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