Thrivecast is hosted by Trish Kritek, MD, EdM, University of Washington School of Medicine Vice 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.

You can find Thrivecast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

Episode 30: Entering a New Year
Dr. Anne Browning (Associate Dean for Well-Being) emphasizes using reflection to set intentions rather than resolutions as you start a new year. Learn how radical acceptance can help you let go of narratives or patterns that no longer serve you. Recognize and observe your emotional reactions without judgment, and embrace the practice of anticipatory joy to bring you out of past ruminations and into what lies ahead.


Episode 29: Pearls for Calendar Management
Dr. Suzanne Allen (Family Medicine; Vice Dean for Academic, Rural, and Regional Affairs) provides tips and tricks for managing your calendar, including how to partner with someone in doing so. Communicate regularly with your assistant about your calendar, clearly relay the urgency level of each meeting request, and have them place holds for each time offered to prevent double bookings. You may also consider blocking time for non-meeting work and shortening hour-long meetings to 50-minutes.


Episode 28: How Restorative Justice Can Transform Your Workplace
Toni McMurphy, founder of Infinite Impact, explains what restorative justice is and how it can be added to your workplace to build community. Restorative justice is the application of restorative practices applied when harm has occurred. Ms. McMurphy describes how to adopt these practices using circles, centering the situation instead of any individual person, and keeping both intent and potential impact in mind throughout the process.


Episode 27: Project Management Part 2: The Project Manager Perspective
Lisa Pierce, the Project Manager for the Office of Faculty Affairs, provides another perspective on how faculty can collaborate with colleagues on projects. Start with establishing trust within your teams and clarifying roles and responsibilities. Then experiment with tools and find the best ways to communicate and track work based on the preferences of everyone in your team.


Episode 26: Project Management Part 1: The Faculty Perspective
Dr. Giana Davidson (Surgery; Assistant Dean for Professional Development) provides a faculty member’s perspective on how to collaborate with project managers. Whether it’s a research project or clinical initiative, a key foundation is creating a shared vision of what success looks like for the whole team. Then you can organize the work visually to track task progress, check in frequently with your partners, and know when to step in and help each other move the work forward.


Episode 25: Want to Help Shape Your Institution? Join a Search Committee
Professor Chad Allen (English, American Indian Studies and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement) explains why participation in faculty search committees is critical for shaping the climate in your unit and institution. He provides guidance on how to participate actively to advance your unit’s vision and goals, move work forward in your field locally and nationally, and welcome a diversity of voices to your team and university.


Episode 24: Planning and Navigating Transitions
Dr. Kemi Doll (Obstetrics and Gynecology) walks through the process of how to decide when to make a transition in your work. Evaluate if you’re still growing in your personal goals, solicit feedback from trustworthy stakeholders in your planning, and know that discomfort is a normal and temporary part of stepping into that new chapter.


Episode 23: Jumping into Health Services Research
Dr. Soledad Jorge (Obstetrics and Gynecology) explains what health services research is and how to embark on a pathway into that work. Dr. Jorge covers how to answer questions in your field by finding the right databases, then how to create a detailed research proposal and utilize existing data dictionaries before diving into analysis.


Episode 22: How to Give Feedback – Part 2
In the second part of our feedback series, Dr. Addie McClintock (Medicine) dives into how to have a feedback conversation with a learner. Using the Prepare to ADAPT model, provide meaningful observations based on shared expectations, have a conversation with the learner about that feedback, and plan together for next steps.


Episode 21: How to Give Feedback – Part 1
This is part one of two in our feedback series. Dr. Addie McClintock (Medicine) provides guidance on how to ensure a safe space to provide feedback, emphasizing learning and teamwork as primary goals. Create psychological safety by setting the stage, inviting participation, and responding productively.


Episode 20: A Complete Guide to Leading Change
Dr. Lauge Sokol-Hessner (Medicine) walks through the full process of how to lead change. Using the framework of Kotter’s 8-steps, leading change requires addressing both the rational and emotional aspects of change, building a coalition of champions, removing barriers, and celebrating wins.


Episode 19: Using an Equity Lens in Decision Making
Drs. Paula Houston and Bessie Young (Office of Healthcare Equity) introduce the UW Medicine Equity Impact Tool for recognizing equity issues in workplace decisions, with a focus on educational, clinical, and research domains. Analyze whom the tool will benefit and burden, which stakeholders need to be at the table, and engage the community in decision making processes.

The Equity Impact Tool can be found at the Office of Healthcare Equity website at

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.