The Physician Philosopher Podcast
TPP 35: What Legacy are we leaving for The Next Generation of Physicians?
Today I want to talk about a powerful word. Legacy. The legacy we leave to the next generation of physicians. Will we leave them to the same broken medical system we have all experienced? Or will we rise up and make medicine better for both them and the patients that they will heal?
We discuss that and more in this episode.
Today You’ll Learn
- The broken medical system, and what we can do to fix it.
- The importance of leaving a legacy for those that come behind us.
- Where we can find the empowerment to leave this kind of legacy.
- And more!
- Episode 30: The 3 Pillars to Finding Freedom for Physicians Who Feel Trappedor Stuck
- Episode 34: The Physician Should Come First (Not the Patient)
- The Hospital Won’t Love You Back
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If our generation of physician leaves a legacy, I want it to be that we left medicine in a better place than where we found it. Medicine may be broken, but this fight is far from over. It is time that we fix the system. Will you join me? Keep listening to learn how this is the physician philosopher podcast. I'm Dr. Jimmy Turner and anesthesiologist online entrepreneur and creator of the alpha coaching experience. The physician philosopher podcast teaches you how to create the life. You deserve one thought at a time, start before you're ready. Start by starting start now. Hey everyone. Welcome to episode number 35 of the physician philosopher podcast. Yes. Where we take an uncurated and unapologetic look into physician life, money and mindset. Today's thought is this. It is time for us to leave a legacy for the physicians coming behind us, but this requires our current doctors to become a new generation of empowered physicians who can challenge the status quo.
So, today I want to talk about a powerful word legacy. I heard about this from Dr. Hala Sabry lately of physician PMG fame, big fan of Dr. Sabri and she talked about legacy a lot, and she's got a program that really explores that idea, and I really love what she's doing. And so this really got me thinking about what is the deeper purpose behind the work we do at the physician philosopher? Why have I spent thousands of hours building this business? Why do I speak into the microphone each week? And the answer is legacy. And I remember when I was a kid, my dad, he would commonly say, Jim, like my job as a dad, I've lived a good life. But my hope for you as your dad is that you have a better life than I did. That's the dream of every dad, right?
To leave their kids in a better position than the one they found themselves in growing up. It's not that my dad had a bad life. He certainly had ups and downs and some of his lows have been lower than many, but that said, my dad wanted me to be in a better position than where I found myself right growing up in that house. He wanted the same for my two sisters. And to this day, I think that's really a hallmark of a great mom or dad. Like I take the same sort of mentality that I've stolen from my father on that one. And now apply that to my kids and to my residents and to anyone else that I have the opportunity to have an impact on. I want their opportunity to be better than the one that I had just because we had to go through something doesn't mean that they do.
And I think that this is going to be a hallmark of our current attending physician generation. We have a choice right now. Do we continue to let business as usual in medicine continue or do we rise up and challenge the status quo to leave a legacy, to make sure that we leave medicine a better place than how we found it. And speaking of legacy, I want to tell you guys about an awesome opportunity. That's coming up. I'm all about physician empowerment so that doctors can stop sacrificing themselves on the altar of medicine and start putting themselves first. I talked about that recently in an episode, and only when our cups are full, can we really take better care of our patients is the oxygen analogy that we give them flights, right? They tell you to put your oxygen on first, before helping other people. And the reason why is because you can't help people.
If you pass out from hypoxia, so help yourself first. And that's why I'm going to be hosting a free two day live workshop called the financial freedom. Bootcamp. Subtitle is how financial independent physicians practice medicine because they want to, and not because they have to, and we're gonna be doing this on May 10th and 11th. It's all about empowering you to find financial freedom so that you can practice medicine, however you want. And unlike most webinars, masterclasses, boot camps, I'm actually not going to sell you anything. There's no pitches on here. I'm not selling you anything at the end of it. It's literally just to help you out. That's it. So make sure to tell all of your physician friends about it. I want to have as many people as we can come so we can help doctors have the financial freedom. They need to practice medicine, how they want.
We're going to do a Q and a coaching session at the end, which is pretty cool. So if you want to learn how to create cashflow, or maybe you're thinking about starting an online business, or you want to know how to create the financial freedom you need so that you can find that work-life balance you're looking for. You can claim your seat by going to the physician philosopher.com/bootcamp. That link is also in the description of the show notes. So just open it up in your podcast player, it's right there. And that bootcamp is an example of part of the legacy I want to leave. I want to be known for helping people have the personal and financial freedom to stand up, speak up, speak out, to challenge the status quo in medicine so that we can leave it better than when we found it. I want you to think about right now, what you think when I asked you whether you'd want your kids or your future kids to go into medicine that might answer the kind of legacy that we're currently leaving.
And if you're like me, I know that many doctors cringe when they're asked, if they would let their son or daughter become a doctor. And as they say, a picture tells a thousand words, medicine's broken at this point. That seems like a fact to me, I used to really be worried about saying that out loud, Oh gosh, am I gonna get in trouble for saying that into a microphone? Maybe I'm the only one that feels that way. But after coaching dozens and dozens of clients, I realized that this is more true. Every single day medicine being broken as a common narrative, that that phrase actually comes out of people's mouths. All the time medicine is broken. The system is broken. It is an image that all of us can picture when we hear that phrase. But today I want to paint a different picture. I don't want to be all doom and gloom.
It's not what we're about on this podcast, but I want to paint the picture where I want you to dream with me for a little bit, that we take back that steering wheel that has been handed to the insurance companies, to administrators, to patient satisfaction metrics, and to dream with me in this idea, because I firmly believe that it is possible for our future to be different than the one we currently have to change medicine. So that the next generation of physicians who come behind us can find a fulfilling career where they don't have to choose between being a good spouse, a good parent, and a good physician, a world where doctors have autonomy, which many of us don't right now, where the hard work that you put in really means that you are the captain of your own ship, a world where the hospitals and clinics are forced to respect your other life priorities, like being a family member, a husband or wife, a son, or daughter, mom, or dad, and you could friend and community member, a world where we challenge the status quo to change things for the better we have this option.
I truly believe that this can happen, but it's going to require a new generation of physicians who are empowered to speak up and speak out who questioned that status quo. And don't take no for an answer who refuse to let physicians be put last, who refused to accept that 60 hours per week is normal. And that 15 hours of that should include charting on an electronic medical record system. That's clearly a glorified cash register. It's meant for billing, not for patient care. Yeah. We all have to use it because that's just the way things are like, no, we need to be able to stand up and speak out, but it's going to require empowerment. This is going to require all of us to find that power. We need to stand up for these changes that we all recognize are necessary and needed. I'm getting to this point of the show, right?
I hear a lot of you saying, yeah, Jimmy, but where does that power come from? This is a steep Hill to climb, got a ton of problems in medicine. And this Hill, this mountain, it may seem insurmountable yet as crazy as it seems. I really believe this is not an impossible goal. It just requires a different kind of thinking. We talked about that priestly in another episode, right? The different kinds of thinking and the one that we use to get to where we are now a new tactical strategy, one where we learned to attack from a different angle, using a different kind of strength. We were never taught in medical school. And let me give you an analogy of what I'm talking about. Right? So world war II, Nazi, Germany, and the German army created what was known as the Blitzkrieg, right? It was a style of attacking in warfare, also known as a lightning warfare before they would have the classic lines of warfare where you'd have lines of stress horizontally on a field and they would come up in battle each other.
And these two horizontal lines, there might be several people in the lines in terms of rows, but they would face each other in the same kind of direction. And what the Blitzkrieg did was they took all of their power and they focus it on a single point on the opponent's line and they would just overwhelm it and they would send infantry and tanks and air raids and everything at that one single point. And then all of a sudden you'd have armor tanks behind your lines that were shooting you from behind, right. It'd basically shift the entire battle because of a different tactic that hadn't been previously used by focusing on that small point. And so this was a new tactic in Warren and it worked well for a couple of years. And the reason why is because it was designed to work well against previously standard for tactics against the status quo, if you will, and without adequate air support and inability to deal with enemies behind your lines, most battles were lost to this Blitzkrieg.
And so you might just stop there and say, Oh yeah, that's a great example to me, Nazi Germany and how they challenged the status quo, but the Blitzkrieg didn't keep winning. So the Blitzkrieg became the status quo and you know, what the allies did, they adapted just like doctors need to do. They made a change, they refuse to accept defeat. And so what they started doing is something called the hedgehog tactic, where they knew that the Blitzkrieg would come through their line. And because they knew that they would place these hedgehog holes in multiple places, deep into the line so that when the Blitzkrieg broke through, they would still get attacked. And now they'd be getting attacked from the sides of where their entry point was going to be. And so this hedgehog tactic ended up changing the war because they could attack from the shoulders that were placed deep into the attack.
In other words, the tactical strategy that you know, had been losing for two years was adapted. It was changed. They use a different approach, a different perspective in order to beat an otherwise unbeaten strategy. And they did this by questioning the status quo on war tactics, by refusing to back down and by getting creative about they defended themselves so that they could attack with power instead of being crushed in a short time span. And in medicine, we too are waging a war. It's a war against physician burnout. It's a war against moral injury against physician suicide, unfortunately, and a war where we fight for physician families. So we're not just fighting against burnout and moral injury and physician suicide, but we're fighting for our families. Our friends who are constantly made to feel less important, they are put on the back burner because doctors constantly self sacrifice themselves to put the job and the patient first.
And then we're miserable. 50% of us burned out. They feel trapped in medicine. It's now time for medicine to turn the page on what has been a pretty troubled history. That's caused catastrophic damage to our doctors and their families. You know, it's time for us to challenge that status quo, just like the allies did when they learned how to defeat the blitz Creek. So to require that system to change, it's going to require us to figure out a different way of thinking. Otherwise, the consequences they're only going to get worse than they already are, where physicians will continue to feel like trapped doctors who were unheard, undervalued, unappreciated overworked. But as we've talked about on recent episodes on the podcast, the medical system has stated loud and clear that they are not going to fix the system for us. We have been left to our own devices yet.
I firmly instill believe we don't have to accept the status quo that we can leave this legacy and change things for those that are coming behind us, we can make the changes in medicine that are needed to take medicine back, to refuse, to be beaten across the brow and to refuse to continue business as usual, there is a mountain top, and we can get there. So how do we defeat this Blitzkrieg on physician wellness and the lives that is happening to affect right now? It's certainly not by holding the strategies of hunkering down and hoping that we make it or that medicine will someday figure it out. And that we want to come to the moral injury and burnout that constantly threatens our careers. Now we're going to have to find a different way to do this. The only way that we can really take back medicine is through physician empowerment.
Physicians who feel that they are able to speak up and speak out because they have the personal and financial freedom that they need to be the change that they want to see in the world as Gandhi would have put it. How do we find that physician empowerment, mindset and money? It's those two things, right? It requires us to have the personal and financial freedom to say no to things that don't make sense for us, for our families or for our patients. This new generation of physicians will have mastered their mindset and their money. And then, and only then will they be able to change the system and leave a legacy of fixing what is broken so that the people that come behind us don't have to go through the same experiences that many of the clients that we coach in the alpha coaching experience go through.
They'll have financial security through non-clinical sources of monthly income through paying down monthly payments, not escaping the monthly payment mindset. If you will, of having true financial freedom from medicine, they'll understand that money, isn't everything, but it is the tool that lets you do anything. I'll say that again, right? Money isn't everything. But it is the tool that lets you do anything. It's a tool. It's a means to an end. This financial tool has to be wielded correctly. We have to use it in a way that makes sense. So this is the importance of financial freedom for physicians. It's why a harp on it so much, because I believe I have a deeper purpose at the physician philosopher. We have a deeper purpose at the physician philosopher, the community that we're building here that is going to change this legacy so that doctors no longer have to feel trapped in a system that continually puts everything else in front of them.
That makes doctors feel like they're last. No one else is going to put us first. So it's time that we learn how to stop sacrificing ourselves and to put ourselves first, instead, only then can this new generation of physicians exist only then can we stop the Blitzkrieg on physician wellness? This is why I firmly believe that financial freedom is a requirement to fix the broken medical system. I'm not trying to deplete this country of its doctors. I'm trying to empower them so that we can make it better for the doctors that come behind us and for the doctors that currently practice in this country. So it's our time to stand up. It's our time to speak out or you have another chance you can sit down and shut up. The choice is yours. Those are your options. What kind of legacy do you want to leave?
Medicine? That's what I want to ask you. That's what I want you to think about. As you're driving your car, doing your dishes as you're folding clothes, do you want to find the empowerment? You need to be able to leave the kind of legacy that you want, or do you want to sit idly by, as medicine continues to break and the physicians in training that will someday take care of you and take care of me, continue in a system that leads to physician burnout, moral injury, or even worse. I hope you'll find that empowerment. You need to stand up and join me on this journey because you deserve it. And the people that come behind us, they deserve it. And the patients we all take care of. They deserve to have doctors that want to practice medicine and that do it because they love it.
Not because they have to, but because they love it, who can take the best care of the patients. And so the doctors behind us and the legacy we leave and the patients we take care of, they all deserve this change. So today's thought is this. It is time for us to leave a legacy for the physicians coming behind us. But this requires our current doctors to become a new generation of empowered physicians who can challenge the status quo until next time my friends start before you're ready. Start by starting start now. I'll see you next week.
Hi dad, Dr. Jimmy Turner is a physician first personal client. It's blogger. You know, I've coached for doc. However, he is not your position or your life coach. You also isn't a financial advisor, financial planner or accountant. Anything discussed in this podcast is for general education and entertainment purposes. I'm coaching style, substitute for therapy, medicine, or medical treatment. However, if you're a doctor looking for a life coach, you can reach out to our, my [email protected]
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