Episode 27: Learning The Lessons We Weren't Taught

On this episode of the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast, Dr. Sarah Smith sits down with special guest Dr. Amy Vertrees to discuss the valuable lessons that weren't taught in medical school and how she learned to navigate the challenges of clinical practice.

From discovering coaching to making bold career changes, Dr. Vertrees shares her journey of self-exploration and personal growth that led her to find purpose beyond being a surgeon. Together, they explored the importance of efficiency, delegation, and building strong relationships in the business of medicine. Join us as we dive deep into the lessons learned and the strategies for success in sustainable clinical medicine.

Here are three key takeaways from this episode:

1️⃣ Embracing Change: Dr. Vertrees realized that in order to pursue her true passion, she had to be daring and explore new avenues and taking the leap, she discovered a greater purpose beyond being a surgeon. 

 2️⃣ Efficiency Matters: Dr. Vertrees emphasizes the importance of time management and efficiency in clinical practice. By implementing practical strategies like bringing a computer into patient appointments or delegating non-medical tasks, she was able to streamline her workflow and regain control over her professional life. 

 3️⃣ Nurturing Relationships & Communication: Building strong relationships with colleagues and effectively communicating is crucial for success in the medical field. Dr. Vertrees shares valuable insights on managing difficult partnerships, navigating conflicts, and delegating tasks. 

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Meet Dr. Amy Vertrees

Amy Vertrees, MD is a board-certified general surgeon, Army veteran, certified coach, author and founder of the BOSS Business of Surgery Series. She served 17 years in the Army, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, and deploying 3 times to Afghanistan and Iraq as a general surgeon. After leaving the military, she was an employed surgeon then created Columbia Surgical Partners, a private practice general surgery group. She discovered there were lessons that she was never taught in residency that were necessary for a successful surgical career. She created the BOSS Business of Surgery Series to fill in that gap and has used everything that she has learned to become a successful private practice general surgeon. The BOSS series includes a highly rated podcast, group coaching and 1:1 coaching and the book “Become the BOSS MD: Success Beyond Residency.”

Website: www.bosssurgery.com  

Instagram: @Become_the_BOSSMD

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-vertrees-md-20192a8b/

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