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Thriving at PSOM is a new podcast by and for our faculty, where we discuss topics that matter to us with school leadership, COAP members, and PSOM's amazing innovators. This is a chat amongst colleagues and friends, not an extension of policy. Go to our show notes for policy, Our host is Meryl Cohen, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, PSOM COAP Member, and Associate Dean of Faculty Development. Welcome!

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Our Host, Meryl Cohen, MD, PSOM COAP Member, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Faculty Development

 

Presenting Season Two: Strategies for Longitudinal Success in Academic Medicine

Episode 2.1: You're Doing that Thing Again: Dealing with Difficult People
  • Guest: Jody Foster, MD, MBA, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Pennsylvania Hospital Assistant Dean For Professionalism, Perelman School Of Medicine Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Audience: All Faculty

What do you do with that colleague who just won't stop doing that one, disruptive thing? Our guest, Dr. Jody Foster, MD, MBA, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania Hospital, leads the Professionalism Program at Penn Medicine as the Executive Clinical Director, and is the Assistant Dean for Professionalism at Perelman School of Medicine. She's here to talk about that schmuck in your office.

She has co-authored the book on the topic titled "The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work" alongside Dr. Michelle Joy, MD. Host Meryl Cohen asks her the secret to working with difficult people, which problematic traits are more common in medicine, and tips on how to connect with that schmuck that's doing that thing again.

Episode 2.2: Becoming part of the Conversation: Getting Your Science Beyond Journals and Labs
  • Guests: David Fajgenbaum, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in Translational Medicine & Human Genetics and Diana Montoya-Williams, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology and Newborn Services)
  • Audience: All Faculty

How do you convey your findings to the public in a way that creates a lasting impact? Our guests Dr. David Fajgenbaum, and Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams.

Dr. Fajgenbaum is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Translational Medicine & Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, Founding Director of the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL), Associate Director, Patient Impact of the Penn Orphan Disease Center, and Co-Founder/President of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN). He is also the national bestselling author of Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action.

Dr. Montoya-Williams has conducted several studies on social determinants of perinatal health, including evaluations of paid family leave policies and prenatal risk screening. In addition to her research interests, Dr. Montoya-Williams actively engages in immigrant child health advocacy at local and national levels.

Both guests have spoken to innumerable demographics of the public from presidents to parents and lobbyists to leaders. Host Meryl Cohen dives into what speaking to the public means for those in medicine and tackles topics like media training, the best ways to prepare for a big speaking event, and how to balance your wide knowledge and research with conveying a concise message for your audience. They also discuss what inspired them to turn their expertise outward and advocate for change.

Episode 2.3: The Latest Overnight Discovery Twenty Years in the Making: Thinking About Your Science
  • Guest: Jonathon A Epstein, MD, Interim Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and the William Wikoff Smith Professor
  • Audience: All Faculty

How does scientific innovation really happen and how long does that process take? Our guest, Dr. Jonathan Epstein, is currently serving as Interim Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, the William Wikoff Smith Professor, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He shares a bit of his own journey to the forefront of medical innovation, as well as the trends he's seen during his tenure at Penn.

Host Meryl Cohen discusses RNA discoveries, immune health, and how these groundbreaking new therapies emerge after decades of research, funding, and heart with Dr. Epstein. He also discusses the new Institute for RNA Innovation.

Episode 2.4: To Post or Not to Post: Leveraging Social Media in Medicine
  • Guests: Dr. Daniel Hashimoto, MD, MSTR, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania & Dr. Florencia Greer Polite, MD, Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Audience: All Faculty

Can using social media really enhance your impact and career trajectory in medicine? Our guests Dr. Daniel Hashimoto and Dr. Florencia Greer Polite share their own success in social media alongside best (and worst) practices. Dr. Daniel Hashimoto, MD, MSTR, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, an affiliated faculty, General Robotics Automation Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at UPenn's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Florencia Greer Polite, MD, is Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, serves as Chief of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is Vice Chair of Clinical Operations for the Department of OBGYN. 

Alongside host Meryl Cohen, they discuss how social media helped them get their information out, leading to awards for efforts in COVID vaccinations and international speaking opportunities. They explain which platforms work best for their purposes, as well as how they learned to use social media effectively. Ultimately, the discussion strategizes how social media can bring professional fulfillment and improve your reach to new audiences.


Coming soon...

  • Multiple Generations in Academic Medicine: Strategies for Working, Learning, and Communicating Together
  • Write it Up: Strategies to Increase Your Productivity and Efficacy
  • Self-Care: Strategies for Maintaining Mental Wellness
  • Increase Your Reach and Reputation: Strategies for Utilizing Social Media in Academic Medicine
  • Leadership: Strategies for Building Large-Scale Programs and Initiatives
  • Feedback: Strategies for Providing Meaningful Feedback to Learners
  • Mid-Career Reboots: Strategies for Reinvigorating Your Career
  • Sabbaticals: Strategies for Making them Happen (Logistically)

Season One: PSOM COAP Behind the Scenes

Episode 1 - Documenting Your Career Path, What Should and Shouldn't Go on Your CV

Episode 2 - Career Trajectory & Impact on the AC Track, Part 1

Episode 3 - Career Trajectory & Impact on the AC Track, Part 2

Episode 4 - Educational Impact: How to Build your Education Portfolio

Episode 5 - Extensions to the Probationary Period

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in a JMEC classroom, so our audio will sound a little different.

  • Guests: David Margolis, MD, PhD, Former Chair of the PSOM COAP, Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs for Dermatology, and Jane Waltman, Director of Academic Review and All-Around Wonder Person
  • Audience: CE, RES, TEN
  • Show Notes: https://www.med.upenn.edu/oaa/faculty-affairs/extensions.html

Episode 6 - Trajectory & Impact on the Tenure Track

Episode 7 - Who is Asked and Why: Understanding the Role of Extramural Consultants
  • Guests: Arberetta Bowles, Executive Director of the Office of Academic Affairs and David Margolis, MD, PhD, Former Chair of the PSOM COAP, Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs for Dermatology
  • Audience: CE, RES, TEN
  • Show Notes: https://www.med.upenn.edu/oaa/faculty-affairs/extramural-consultants.html

Episode 8 - Tell Your Story: the Personal Statement
  • Guest: David Margolis, MD, PhD, Former Chair of the PSOM COAP, Professor of Dermatology, Professor of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics, Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs for Dermatology and Sigrid Veasy, MD, COAP Member, Professor of Medicine

Episode 9 - Mentorship & Sponsorship, Developing a Team to Get You Promoted
  • Guest: Steven Kowat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Pulmonary Vascular Disease Research Program, Penn Cardiovascular Institute, Director, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Executive Committee, and the most recent recipient of the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
  • Audience: AC, CE, RES, TEN
  • Show Notes: https://www.med.upenn.edu/oaa/faculty-career-development/faculty-mentors.html

Episode 10 - Trajectory & Impact on the CE Track


So what do you think of Thriving at PSOM: The Podcast?