Episode 016: Josh Emdur DO, Direct Primary Care, Personalized Medicine and the New Doctor-Patient Relationship
In Episode 16 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being we share a conversation with Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, avid runner and community health visionary Dr. Josh Emdur.
While Josh is certainly passionate about exercise and sharing his joy for running with his patients, his calling and compassionate service to others is most profoundly embedded in his unrelenting desire to improve the patient doctor relationship and ultimately improve communities most in need.
As you will hear in the podcast, Josh comes from a background and family deeply rooted in medicine, but his unique passions have brought him to pursue an alternative approach to engaging and empowering patients. Josh is one of the newest generation of practitioners practicing telemedicine based Direct Primary Care, as previously outlined in Episode 7 of our podcast with Dr. Spencer Nadolsky DO. Both Josh and Spencer have partnered with SteadyMD, an organization and platform dedicated to direct primary care and engagement of patients beyond what is possible in a traditional face-to-face medical encounter.
In our conversation today Josh shares much of his background entering the field of family medicine and later pursuing work as a hospitalist in Boulder, Colorado.
Josh shares some of his most insightful wisdom regarding the urgent need to transform healthcare delivery and revitalize the doctor patient relationship.
Together, we explore topics such as:
1. What does it mean to be in the profession of medicine? What is a profession in the first place?
2. What are the most unsustainable aspects of our current medical model and how are Josh and other physicians seeking to change the course of healthcare delivery.
Getting personal we discuss
3. What does a typical day looks like for Josh when seeing patients as part of SteadyMD?
4. What can patients expect as part of their partnership in working with Josh? What are the expected benefits as well as the potential downsides? Do you lose anything when seeing patients over telemedicine? And what are emerging communication modalities and health education resources that Josh is using to communicate and encourage patients to make sustainable lifestyle changes.
And lastly, we dig into our desperate need to find space and value in a cramped and overburden healthcare system.
5. Why is time to reflect, think, and further explore the personal needs of each patient so critical, yet remarkably lacking in current, traditional medical models.
6. How can patients add incredible value to their healthcare and decrease total cost by partnering with a Direct Primary Care doctor through membership based practices.
I’m incredibly grateful to Josh and all the visionary physicians and leaders at SteadyMD. As we share in the podcast, healthcare is changing and perhaps the only choice now is to decide whether you will be swimming with the flow or against it.
Please seek out Josh via the contact information on our podcast page, and begin to explore the avenues that perhaps you can pursue in partnering with a direct primary care physician, seeking to improve your health and the health of your community.
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Thank you as always for your support and we hope you enjoy the show!
To access more information on SteadyMD use this link: https://www.steadymd.com/
And to access specific information for runners from Josh on SteadyMD you may use this link: https://www.steadymd.com/running
Learn more about how Josh is revolutionizing the Doctor Patient Relationship with SteadyMD by using this link: https://www.boulderdoc.com/
Episode 015: Jim Martin PhD, Revelation Through Science, Organic Chemistry Makes Space for a Creator
In Episode 015 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well Being, we explore the interface between science and spirituality, evolution and creationism, faith and the experimental method. I have a wonderful conversation with a dear friend and honorary family member, former governor of North Carolina and nurturing grandfather Jim Martin.
Jim is a Princeton PhD organic chemist who initially taught at his alma mater Davidson College During that time, he played principal tuba in the Charlotte Symphony and officiated high school football. Drawn to politics as a precinct worker, he was then elected three times as county commissioner, six times to the U.S. Congress, and twice as Governor of North Carolina. After twenty-six years of public service, he returned to his scientific roots in private life to serve as vice president of medical research at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He and his wife Dottie have three children and five grandchildren in addition to being amazing family friends to my grandparents and all the Abbott’s in my loving family.
In our conversation Jim shares some amazing insights regarding the complexities of biology, organic chemistry, and physics as they relate to the current existence of humanity and our universe as a whole.
In distilling down some of the major ideas in his groundbreaking book: Revelation Through Science
Jim provides us with a small glimpse into some foundational scientific principles that perhaps, do not and WILL NEVER PROVE the existence of a God, but do indeed provide evidence POINTING TO the existence of a larger Creator.
Introducing the concepts of irreducible complexities, the remarkable relational geometry of DNA, RNA, sugars, and amino acids, we explore that miraculous machinery that allows for the storage and interpretation of genetic code and the eventual creation of an incredible array of proteins and biologic tissues.
Getting a little geeky, we, as two chemists explore the concepts of chirality or handedness of molecules. Why should we care if something is left handed or right handed? What does it mean to be left handed in the first place?
And what the heck is a enantiomer?
Changing gears, James and I explore Scripture and the biblical text
Can we treat the Bible as a scientific textbook or as a book of relational and interpretive wisdom?
Is it fair to judge the biblical text against our current understanding of the scientific method?
Dancing into the beautiful trinity of sugars, RNA/DNA, and amino acids, Jim creates the wonderful three way chicken, egg and creator conundrum, what came first nucleic acids, or ribose and deoxyribose, or amino acids or perhaps something we don’t even currently understand?
I am so grateful to Jim for sharing this space with me and engaging in a thoughtful discussion seeking to bring peace to the supposed dichotomy between science and spirituality, providing a middle ground for individuals to recognize that you can both believe in God and evolution, use the scientific method and rely on faith for understanding.
And please check out Jim’s book: Revelation Through Science, it really is a fascinating collection of thoughtful scientific inquiry accessible to both the rigorous scientist and curious layperson.
You can find links to Jim’s page and his book in our show notes, as well as slides describing some of the concepts we discuss in the podcast, for those, like myself, who are rather visually inclined.
I really hope you enjoy the show!
Use this link to access Jim’s website: http://www.beatenpathbooks.com/
Use this link to access Jim’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Through-Science-James-Martin/dp/1524536083
Episode 014: Jordyn Feingold, Positive Medicine: Healing Our Healers, Cultivating Wellness, Resilience, and Meaningful Work
In Episode 014 of A Medicinal Mind: Wisdom and Well-Being, I welcome student doctor and my new partner in all things well-being and resilience: Jordyn Feingold.
Jordyn, is now a second-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) where she is actively working toward her combined MD/ Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research. Before medical school, she attended undergrad and received a master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
As you will hear in the show Jordyn is a founding member of the student-trainee division of CHARM (the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine), a national network of medical students and residents working together with physicians to identify best practices around physician well-being and promote the resilience of medical practitioners.
She is currently the co-chair of the student wellness committee at ISMMS and is working within her own school and with the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center to develop resilience trainings for medical students, trainees, and practicing physicians. Most importantly Jordyn rejuvenates by singing, exercising, cooking, and nurturing her relationships with family and friends.
Jordyn and I met as a result of the thoughtful connection from my previous guest in Episode 12: Grace Cormier. Following a short introduction, Jordyn and I were off to the races sharing stories of medical education, positive psychology and how we came to discover what exactly it was we were both called to do. Following our initial smiles and tears of disbelief, our passions for supporting fellow medical trainees has only continued to grow. As you heard in Jordyn’s introductory bio, we have recently collaborated to build a new social network of passionate medical trainees dedicated to supporting each other’s well being and changing the way medicine is practiced. We are so excited to share this collaborative group with you and as we discuss in the show, please reach out via email and explore the current database of students via the notes on the podcast past to join and share in our collective mission for wellness in medicine.
Besides sharing our excitement over this new network, our conversation today explores much of Jordyn’s fascinating background bridging early undergraduate coursework in positive psychology with her calling to pursue medicine.
Jordyn shares her views on “Positive Medicine,” and details her unique wellness program REVAMP. In the discussion she describes the creation of this unique, six faceted program and her active pursuits to help medical students, residents and physicians successfully focus on all the aspects necessary for living a fulfilled and meaningful life. From physical vitality and relationships, to accomplishment and positive emotions, Jordyn provides us with an amazing introduction to her multifaceted and revolutionary approach and shares her own experience in living it each and every day.
Jordyn is perhaps one of the most passionate and visionary individuals I have ever met, and I am beyond grateful for the connection that made our friendship possible. Jordyn will no doubt become a regular guest and contributor on the show and I genuinely believe you will resonate with her passionate mind and creative endeavors.
And please, if you enjoy the show, we would greatly appreciate if you could leave a positive review in I-Tunes/Apple Podcasts as this is the single best best way beyond word of mouth for others to find our work. I have been smiling from the beginning of this podcast, astonished by the increasing numbers of listeners with each and every show. I am so thankful for your support and couldn’t imagine finding the time or energy to write and record each week while navigate the 70-80 hour work weeks of my family medicine residency program. Your words and support make it all possible and never fail to keep a smile on my face and joy in my heart every step of the way.
I hope you enjoy the show!
Read more about Jordyn's work on Mount Sinai's MacroMD Blog, or check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jordynhfeingold/.
To access more on CHARM: http://www.im.org/page/charm
To see CHARM's Student Network Agreement:
And below is the contact information for Charm Student Network
My guest today is Max Mishkin. I met Max on our first day of college at the College of William of Mary, almost a decade ago. Together in 2009, we hiked over 300 miles of the Appalachian trail, coursing our way through several southern states including Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Since that time, Max has followed his passion for nature and re-dedicated his life to preserving and protecting the outdoor spaces that he loves.
He was worked with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy based in Harper’s Ferry WVA and has been a caretaker for the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. As part of his work in our natural spaces, Max has documented its beauty through photography and uses it to tell stories of places and the people that love them.
On his site: http://www.mishkinphoto.com Max contributes to the ongoing story of conservation. For as he sees it, photography is a means to connect the essential human experience with the imagery of our most cherished natural wonders, all in an effort to better understand our relationship with nature and the stakes of its preservation.
Whether he is managing his conservation photography company, working as a park ranger or thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, Max's story is all about following your dreams in the face of conventional wisdom.
In our conversation today, Max shares a piece of his life’s journey, navigating his way through societal norms to eventually discover that his passion for nature, his spiritual purpose and his practical talents all overlapped as part of his work IN THESE NATURAL SPACES THEMSELVES. Breaking down the walls of work and play, recreation and livelihood, Max offers us a poetic yet realistic portrayal of what can truly happen when you follow your dreams and do what you love. I hope you enjoy this heartwarming conversation from two close friends.
For all those who have struggled with attentional deficit or hyperactivity issues, various learning disabilities and otherwise challenging school and working environments, I believe this episode with Max will touch your spirit, giving you more fire to know what is truly possible when you disregard those who say you cannot, and live in the empowered spirit that says of course you can.
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