How To Make Better Decisions

A podcast that I was listening to this week talked about Jeff Bezos’s algorithm for decision-making. If you’ve ever heard of decision fatigue and analysis paralysis, it’s exactly the type of uncertainty I face whenever I sit down to write or make YouTube videos. One good example of this is my podcast, Common Sense Medicine. …

Dr. Mitesh Patel: Behavioral Economics Informing Healthcare Through “Nudges”

Today I’m sending you notes on my conversation with Dr. Mitesh Patel. He’s the Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, which is the world’s first behavioral design team embedded within a health system. He is the Ralph Muller Presidential Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and …

Shailin Thomas: Dominating Med Twitter one meme at a time while becoming a Doctor and Lawyer

Today’s podcast is with Shailin Thomas (@shailinthomas), who is a fifth-year student (and third year medical student) in a joint MD/JD program between Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. from Yale University where he stuied cognitive neuroscience—exploring the anatomy and hysiology behind social phenomena. His interests …

“This is Water” by David Foster Wallace Summary

Recently, I had the pleasure of re-watching a speech which many had said changed their outlook on life. It seems that I was the center of my own life for far too long. I wanted to summarize some of my take-aways from this speech. The most obvious realities are hardest to talk about. An education …

Starting a Company in Medical School

Intro Starting a company can be tough. I always wonder who’s crazy enough to start their own company in medical school, because going to medical school by itself is pretty daunting. I recently watched a panel which was hosted by MD++, and thought it would be interesting to write up some of the things that …

Dan Munro: Building a Better Healthcare System

LISTEN HERE: APPLE | SPOTIFY | GOOGLE Podcast Episode Summary Welcome to Podcast #71. Today’s guest is Dan Munro, who is, in his own words, “not a clinician or an economist,” but he is interested in how healthcare is broken in the United States and how technology innovation and policy can solve that. He first …

The Grind Doesn’t Define You

Giving and Growing in a World of Negativity It’s ironic that the medical field is arguably the most humane profession, yet we put our residents and physicians-in-training through such pain and suffering. A recent article by Dr. Pamela Wible noted that residents’ hours are “capped” at 28-hour shifts and 80-hour work weeks, which are equivalent to two …