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Leading the Rounds: The Medical Leadership Podcast — “Death, Humor and Bringing Humanism Back to Medicine with Dr. Ed Creagan”


In this episode we interview Dr. Ed Creagan. Dr. Ed was first board-certified in medical oncology with a focus on malignant melanoma and lung cancer. He then transitioned into a career in hospice and palliative medicine.

Dr. Creagan was the Mayo Clinic president 1999, 2000, 2001. He was responsible to the Mayo Clinic CEO who directly answered to the internal board of governors and the external trustees. He believes that this gave him a fascinating insight into what he called the “Masters Of The Universe.”

On a local as well as an international platform. He was able to see the skill set of those who were incredibly effective leaders and those who were not. Every effective leader he noted was an effective communicator.

If you want to connect with Dr. Creagan, you can find him at his website or at @EdwardCreagan on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

In this episode we talk about bringing humanity back to medicine, his perspective as a hospice physician and how he copes with the inevitability of death.

We will be giving away a book from one of our favorite physician authors for this episode, Atul Gawande. We are giving away his book, Being Mortal. This is a book that both Peter and I loved reading ourselves, and our guest for today’s episode suggested it as well. Check out our social media pages for the details.

Our favorite quotes:

  • “It’s easy to sit on the sidelines or in the bleachers and criticize leadership, but when the buck stops with you…it’s a whole different ball game.” — Dr. Ed
  • “The most significant factor in effective leadership is the ability to communicate” — Dr. Ed
  • “The common man goes nowhere. You have got to be uncommon.” — Herb Brooks
  • On empathy, “Unless we are sick in our life we know nothing” — Dr. Ed
  • “At the bedside, I never see patients talking about their achievements…what I do hear about is regrets and remorse and missed opportunities.” — Dr. Ed
  • “If we are not dead fit… we ain’t gonna go the distance in the current world.” — Dr. Ed

You can listen to our full episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Leading the Rounds: The Medical Leadership Podcast

As physicians, we are immediately thrust into a leadership position from the moment we finish medical school. Despite this, most medical students will obtain little formal leadership training. We seek to improve our leadership abilities as burgeoning physicians. We developed this podcast to challenge ourselves to explore ideas in leadership development and how they apply to medical training. We hope to educate and motivate others to further develop themselves as leaders in health care.


Peter Dimitrion Peter Dimitrion (13 Posts)

Columnist

Wayne State University School of Medicine


Peter is a second-year MD/PhD Candidate at Wayne State University School of Medicine. In 2016, he graduated with Honors from the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in chemistry and molecular biology. He then earned an M.S. in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins in 2018. Peter currently holds a Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship and the Jerry A & Mary D Martin Memorial Scholarship from the AHEPA Educational Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys rock-climbing, cooking and hiking. After graduating from medical school, Peter would like to pursue a career in Dermatology as a physician-scientist and pursue a career as a physician-writer as well.

Leading the Rounds: The Medical Leadership Podcast

As physicians, we are immediately thrust into a leadership position from the moment we finish medical school. Despite this, most medical students will obtain little formal leadership training. We seek to improve our leadership abilities as burgeoning physicians. We developed this podcast to challenge ourselves to explore ideas in leadership development and how they apply to medical training. We hope to educate and motivate others to further develop themselves as leaders in healthcare.


Caleb Sokolowski (17 Posts)

Writer-in-Training and Columnist

Wayne State University School of Medicine


Caleb Sokolowski is a second-year medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. In 2018, he graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of science in Human Biology. Caleb is interested in medical ethics, policy, and education. In his free time, Caleb participates in number of activities including sports, CrossFit, paddle boarding and cycling.

Leading the Rounds: The Medical Leadership Podcast

As physicians, we are immediately thrust into a leadership position from the moment we finish medical school. Despite this, most medical students will obtain little formal leadership training. We seek to improve our leadership abilities as burgeoning physicians. We developed this podcast to challenge ourselves to explore ideas in leadership development and how they apply to medical training. We hope to educate and motivate others to further develop themselves as leaders in healthcare.