About the AMA Podcast for Physicians.

Fierce Healthcare reports “the American Medical Association is launching a new podcast series to help physicians, residents and medical students navigate difficult situations that arise in patient care.”

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In the new series, “AMA Doc Talk,” experts “will review topics such as talking to a patient about a rare disorder or working with patients who have chronic disease.” David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, the president of the AMA, said, “In TV and in movies, doctors always seem to strike just the right tone in the most trying situation. But in real life, when it comes to telling a patient she is dying or that he has dangerous misconceptions about vaccines or antibiotics, delivering news delicately is not as simple as reading a script.” Barbe added, “We are hopeful that this podcast series will help [physicians] feel better prepared when the moment comes.”

In season one, a six episode run, host Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, speaks with physicians about eye-opening encounters with patients and valuable lessons learned. Each episode offers practical information physicians can use to interact with patients.

Episodes are available now, including the two episodes referenced below.

Episode 1: Telling a patient they are going to die.

Death is a difficult subject to talk about. Timothy Gilligan, MD, and Mikkael Sekeres, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic discuss ways to provide comfort and guidance to patients and their families.

Episode 2: My patient won’t listen to me.

Get insights in this episode from Barron H. Lerner, MD, on working with patients who skip medication, miss appointments or don’t heed medical advice.

This podcast should be of particular value to those coaching or counseling clients new to their practice, and having difficulty finding mentors at work. Listen to the podcast here.