Thrivecast is hosted by Trish Kritek, MD, EdM, University of Washington School of Medicine Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. This podcast is for faculty and provides tips to help clinicians, educators, and researchers thrive professionally in their careers, covering topics from time management and organization to leadership and self-advocacy.
Episode 18: The How, When, and Why of Committee Participation
Drs. Nick Meo and Chen Wu provide guidance on meaningful committee participation. Choose committees that align with your passions and skills, participate consistently and join workgroups of interest to you, and think both locally and nationally to grow your network.
Episode 17: How to Begin a QI Project
Dr. Russ Migita (Pediatrics) provides tools and a framework for getting started with a quality improvement project. Have a structured plan, be specific about your primary aim, and use a key driver diagram to bridge the gap between current and ideal state to achieve that outcome.
Episode 16: Navigating Difficult Conversations
Dr. Sara Kim (Surgery) walks through how she prepares for difficult conversations and provides skills to help them go smoothly: listen to understand the other person’s perspective and values, ask “how” or “in what way” questions to open the dialogue, and try to maintain a constant state of curiosity and respect.
Episode 15: Developing Your Teaching Presence
Dr. Margaret Isaac (Medicine) provides tips on how to teach for large groups. Develop your teaching presence by practicing humility and inclusivity as you connect with your audience, rehearse your talk and practice STOP if you experience stage fright, and be confident in what you know and transparent about what you don’t know.
Episode 14: How to Peer Review a Paper
Dr. Fred Rivara (Pediatrics and Epidemiology) walks through the steps of peer reviewing a paper, emphasizing a focus on the abstract. He suggests choosing journals which align with your interests, provides insights on when to say no to a review request, and highlights the importance of co-reviewing papers with junior colleagues.
Episode 13: Return to “Normal” Amidst COVID-19
Dr. Lisa Damour explains that unpleasant emotions during stressful situations are normal. We can cope with them by leaning into relationships, finding meaning in what we do, and engaging in healthy, happy distractions. We should also examine which changes from the pandemic we want to keep and what we want to give up that no longer serves us. For folks with children, talk about what your children are feeling and ensure they have the adaptive strategies to manage their emotions.
Episode 12: Essentials of Negotiation
Dr. Christina Fong (UW Foster School of Business) provides tips for negotiating in any setting. Start the conversation early with common goals in mind, be clear about your own ideal and best alternative scenarios, and demonstrate research you’ve done to prove your market value.
Episode 11: How to Run an Effective Meeting
Dr. Tim Dellit (UW Medicine CMO, Allergy and Infectious Disease) delineates how to run an effective meeting. Once you’ve determined if the meeting is necessary, create and send an agenda to participants ahead of time, allow space for all voices at the table, and prioritize topics to keep the conversation focused.
Episode 10: Creating Your Teaching Portfolio
Dr. Andy Luks (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine) explains what a teaching portfolio includes, and provides advice on organizing, maintaining, and compiling all of the components for a portfolio that highlights your individual strengths.
Episode 9: Setting Up Your Lab
Dr. Devin Schweppe (Genome Sciences) shares lessons learned from recently setting up his lab at UW. Have patience with the process, ask for help from a variety of colleagues, and choose research team members with mutual passion for the work and complementary communication styles.
Episode 8: How to Craft an Elevator Pitch
Dr. Kemi Doll (SoM Director of URM Faculty Development; Obstetrics and Gynecology) explains how to take your vision from an idea to a persuasive pitch. Detail your thoughts on paper, ask for feedback from trusted colleagues, and focus on the “why” of the proposal.
Episode 7: Writing Letters of Recommendation
Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, MD (Family Medicine) provides several tips on how to write letters of recommendation. Consider what information to request from the student, identify your own biases in your writing process, and find positive words for all types of performers.
Episode 6: Essentials of Mentorship and Sponsorship
Dr. Barbara Goff (Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology) defines mentorship and sponsorship, how to participate effectively in both, and explains why these roles are essential to developing your professional career path.
Episode 5: Making a 5- and 10-Year Plan
Robb Glenny, MD (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine) explains how to create a 5- and 10-year plan as you advance in your career. Identify your values, create your mission/vision, and set tangible steps to take you to the next level in your academic journey.
Episode 4: Tips for Cultivating Resilience
Anne Browning, PhD, Assistant Dean for Well-Being, defines resilience and provides ways to cultivate it by practicing gratitude, fostering relationships, and maintaining a healthy routine.
Episode 3: Using Social Media to Help Advance Your Career
Kemi Doll, MD, MS (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) shares reasons why you should consider using Twitter and social media to expand your knowledge base, create community, and advance your academic career.
Episode 2: Let’s Talk About Email
Email is a necessary part of our work, but consumes much of our time. Puneet Bharvaga, MD explains four “D’s” to help manage it: delete, defer, delegate, and do.
Episode 1: Managing Your Time
In this episode, Puneet Bhargava, MD (Department of Radiology) provides three pearls for time management: the importance of planning, prioritizing difficult tasks during high-energy moments of your day, and staying organized.