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Checking the Vitals
21 minutes | 2 days ago
Checking the Vitals with IONM Training Program Graduates
Today my guests are Jodi Jason and Rikta, who were all surgical neurophysiologists at SpecialtyCare. In this episode, we discuss why they chose to go into intraoperative neuromonitoring as a career, how they found out about, and then subsequently joined the SpecialtyCare IONM training process, as well as how that training went and what they've done since graduated. Enjoy the conversation.
30 minutes | 10 days ago
Checking the Vitals With Dr. Nathan Zwagerman
In this conversation, Nathan and I focus on how he decided to break the family tradition and become a surgeon rather than becoming a farmer. We also discuss what it was that drew him to neurosurgery as a specialty, reasons patients might come see him, and techniques he uses to deliver high quality patient outcomes. Enjoy the conversation.
26 minutes | 23 days ago
Checking the Vitals with Kurt Strudwick
Joining us today is Kurt Strudwick, a clinical educator for ECMO services at Specialty Care. In today's episode we talked to Kurt about how a family tragedy in his youth led him to have a passion for working in healthcare, how we started working in extra corporeal membrane oxygenation which is what ECMO stands for, and how he has taken his vast experience at ECMO to help hospitals across America start their own ECMO programs. Enjoy the conversation.
17 minutes | 4 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Cris Wedekind
In this conversation, Cris and I discuss what made him pursue a career in Perfusion, where that career has lead him, and how he perceptions about 3rd party healthcare companies have changed over the years. Enjoy the conversation.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr Steven Hwang
In this conversation, Steven and I discuss how a great mentorship led him to a career in neurosurgery. We also discuss how pediatrics has its own specific challenges, both on the operating room table and in communicating with the patient.
17 minutes | 5 months ago
Checking the Vitals with IONM New Hires
Joining us this week are Heather Taylor, Mike Techiera, Madison McCorkell. Three New Hires in SpecialtyCare’s IONM Service line. We discuss what lead them to seek out this new career, their first impressions of the training program and why they would suggest those that are interested in a career in healthcare consider this field.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Checking the Vitals with TJ Ricklefs
In our next Heart of the Operation series episode, we talk with TJ Ricklefs, an Area Clinical Manager on SpecialtyCare’s Appleton, Wisconsin perfusion team. We discuss what led him to pursue a career in perfusion, how the perfusion job market has changed since the late ‘90s, and how having perfusionists involved in the hospital's heart program initiatives leads to improved patient outcomes.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Ryan Curtis
In our third episode of the Heart of the Operation series, we talk with Ryan Curtis an Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss what made him decide to switch careers from a funeral director to perfusion. We also discuss the positives and negatives of attending a 12-month profusion program, and the differences between working for an in-house program or a third party program.
30 minutes | 6 months ago
The History of Perfusion Schooling With Kirti Patel
In the second episode of our Heart of the Operation series, we talk to Kirti Patel, National Clinical Specialist, and Area Clinical Manager for perfusion at SpecialtyCare. We discuss the history of perfusion schooling from its early beginnings in the 1960s through today. We also explore what lead to a lot of perfusion schools shutting down and how Kirti started a perfusion school to help reverse that trend.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
The History of Perfusion With Tom Coley
In the first episode of our new “Heart of the Operation” series, we are covering the history of perfusion with none other than Tom Coley, President of Perfusion and ECMO services at SpecialtyCare. Many are not aware of perfusion’s unique history and Tom talks us through the first-use of perfusion in the 1950s and ends with how it’s used today. Enjoy the conversation.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
Checking The Vitals with Intraoperative Neuromonitoring New Hires
On this episode, we talk to a cohort of intraoperative neuromonitoring new-hires. We discussed what led them to the field, what the interview process entailed, and how the formal training that SpecialtyCare provides surpasses others in the industry.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Greg Lanford
In this conversation, Dr. Lanford and I discuss his career path to becoming a neurosurgeon and how he incorporates an entrepreneurial spirit into his medical practice. We also discuss the factors that led him to be an early adopter of new technologies.
32 minutes | 7 months ago
Checking The Vitals with Dr Brian Lima
In our conversation, Dr. Lima and I discuss what led him to a career in healthcare, specifically heart transplantation surgery and how future plans include him authoring his own book. I think you'll find the part of the conversation about engaging a heart failure specialist early on in the heart disease process very eye opening, I know I did.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr Mark Li
Today my guest is Dr. Mark Li, the Chief of Neurosurgery at Lehigh Valley Health Network. In this conversation, Dr. Li and I discuss how imaging has changed the way we look at and treat issues with the brain. I think you’ll particularly enjoy our discussion about the three different medical innovations that have revolutionized neurosurgery.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Eric Tesdahl
In this conversation, Eric and I discuss the importance of and process of data collection at SpecialtyCare and how this information is analyzed and converted into peer-reviewed research papers
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with dr. Zain Khalpey
Today our guest is Dr. Zain Khalpey, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwest Medical Center. In this conversation, we discuss why he gave up being a pilot to pursue medicine after his family experienced a medical emergency, how he developed ways of remodeling a damaged heart, and how he is using artificial intelligence (AI) to find new ways of preventing someone from having a heart attack.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Tim Feyma
In our conversation Dr. Feyma and I discuss how he decided to focus on Neurology, what led to his interest treating complex pediatric issues, And we discuss the great community of families that has developed around Gillette Children’s hospital
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr. Richard Chua
Today our guest is Dr. Richard Chua, a neurosurgeon in Tucson, Arizona. In this conversation, we discuss how he bounced back after the director of the medical school admissions committee encouraged him to seek out another career, why he chose to focus on neurology, and how the past 20 years of surgical innovations have changed the way he practices medicine.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Dr Michael Firstenberg
Today our guest is Dr. Michael Firstenberg, Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. In this conversation, we discuss how spending a gap year working at the Cleveland Clinic helped him decide to focus on cardiac surgery as a specialty, how research from early in his career laid the ground work for some incredible innovations, and how COVID-19 will impact healthcare innovations moving forward.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Checking the Vitals with Comparably
Today our guest is Mike Sheridan, COO of Comparably. In this conversation we discuss how healthcare recruiting has been impacted by COVID-19, why messaging is so important in the recruiting process, and how Comparably works with healthcare companies to present an authentic message that resonates with potential employees. If you enjoy the podcast please leave a rating and review. For more information visit: https://checkingthevitals.com/
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