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BackTable / VI / Podcast / Episode #249

Plumbers, Scientists and Educators: Is It Possible to Fit It All In and Have a Life?

with Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

In this episode, BackTable is on location in Barcelona for CIRSE 2022! Dr. Aaron Fritts conducts a live video interview with interventional radiologist Dr. Lorenzo Patrone. They discuss their experiences with balancing clinical, academic, and family responsibilities, as well as differences in the American and European physician work environments and the use of social media in medicine.

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BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, October 7). Ep. 249 – Plumbers, Scientists and Educators: Is It Possible to Fit It All In and Have a Life? [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com

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Dr. Lorenzo Patrone discusses Plumbers, Scientists and Educators: Is It Possible to Fit It All In and Have a Life? on the BackTable 249 Podcast

Dr. Lorenzo Patrone

Dr. Lorenzo Patrone is a Vascular and Interventional Radiology Consultant with London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

Dr. Aaron Fritts discusses Plumbers, Scientists and Educators: Is It Possible to Fit It All In and Have a Life? on the BackTable 249 Podcast

Dr. Aaron Fritts

Dr. Aaron Fritts is a Co-Founder of BackTable and a practicing interventional radiologist in Dallas, Texas.

Synopsis

Dr. Patrone recounts his entry into the European IR speaking circuit. Through networking, he continues to meet speakers, learn from their experiences, and gain effective communication and presentation skills. He speaks about normalizing the feeling of imposter syndrome, especially when being invited to speak among IR founders and luminaries. He emphasizes personal growth and identifying where your passion and talent overlaps with lecture content.

Dr. Patrone highlights the fact that the field of IR revolves around three different aspects: First, the pioneering phase to innovate new procedures, then the research/evidence phase to demonstrate reproducible results, and finally, the education phase to disseminate knowledge and inspire new generations of IRs. It is common for IRs to feel overwhelmed when trying to commit to all of these fields. Instead of trying to master all aspects of the job, Dr. Patrone recommends that clinicians find different angles of their jobs and hone in the aspects that make them enthusiastic to come to work. Personally, he prioritizes clinical care and teaching. We discuss how time is the ultimate luxury, and how to avoid over-commitment and burnout. We also consider societal gender roles and talk about unjust extra pressures faced by female physicians.

Then, we look at some key differences between a physician career in the US, versus one in Europe. Dr. Patrone comments on the pay gap, training pathway, and overall philosophy of the Italian and British healthcare systems.

Finally, we discuss benefits and misuses of social media within the medical community. Dr. Patrone emphasizes that social media should be used as a tool to teach and inspire, rather than a platform to criticize individuals or specialties. Regarding case-based posts and feedback, he highlights the point that every clinician could have a different but valid approach to each case, based on the practice setting and operator skill. He also encourages other posters to talk about case complications, which can provide enormous educational value for learners.

Disclaimer: The Materials available on BackTable.com are for informational and educational purposes only and are not a substitute for the professional judgment of a healthcare professional in diagnosing and treating patients. The opinions expressed by participants of the BackTable Podcast belong solely to the participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views of BackTable.

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