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Episode 4

conversations with shem

Aired LIVE on November 29 at 6 PM EST, exclusively on SoMeDocs platforms.

about this series

conversations with shem

Conversations are taking place, with medical literature icon Samuel Shem of “The House of God” fame at their helm, as we search for answers on how to put the human back into healthcare.

it started with a chance encounter

origins

Shem and I linked up in late 2020, in the midst of a pandemic. We were connected through a mutual contact, in that magical way social media has for bringing people together who would not have otherwise met. We instantaneously clicked, unified by the healthcare field we had dabbled in and our love of the arts. Yada, yada, yada, several vent sessions later, we had ourselves a plan. We would join forces on the project, and use each of our talents to spread the word.

That’s how Conversations with Shem was born.

Dana Corriel, MD

Conversations with Shem: Putting the HUMAN Back into Medicine
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Meet the Talent

production Team

A lot of magic – time, energy, effort – goes on behind the scenes in order to create a project of this nature. Here are the humans behind this project. Contact SoMeDocs anytime to infuse magic into your own work.

series host
Samuel Shem, MD

Shem (our host’s title of preference) is a novelist, playwright and activist. Education: Harvard, Phi Beta Kappa; Rhodes Scholar at Oxford Ph.D.; Harvard MedicalSchool, M.D. with honors. He is Professor of Medicine in Medical Humanities at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. In 2020 he published his new novel, Man’s 4th Best Hospital, sequel to The House of God, which has sold 3 million copies. More at samshem.com and www.mans4thbesthospital.com.

Books: The House of God, Man’s 4th Best Hospital

producer & creator
Dana Corriel, MD

Dr. Dana Corriel is a board-certified internist who has taken a drastic pivot from seeing patients in the office to more creative entrepreneurial ventures. She founded SoMeDocs in an effort to empower physicians to use the online in order to innovate and therefore fuel positive change in healthcare. Dr. Corriel now regularly consults with individuals and companies, produces series, and markets thought leaders. You can check out a sprinkling of her creations in her self-named online portfolio, drcorriel.com.

"Good connection is mutual connection" - Shem

voices

The Guests

Each episode brings together an eclectic group of accomplished physicians. We simply bring them on, tell them the topic, and let personalities get to work. Our goal: an open-ended discussion on how to put the HUMAN back into healthcare.

Dr. Torie Sepah

panelist

Dr. Torie Sepah straddles several worlds: primary care, journalism, psychiatry and activism. Her route to medicine has been a circuitous one. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science, magna cum laude and went to work as a journalist, becoming the Assistant Editor of Ms. Magazine where she wrote the health column sparking her interest in medicine. Dr. Sepah is the founder of, Physician to Physician: Healing the Practice of Medicine and also sits on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Reproductive Psychiatry and the Committee for Diversity at the APA’s Southern California chapter. She can be reached at her self-titled site, Torie Sepah, MD,  and on Twitter @toriesepahmd.

Episode 4: Shem is joined by Drs. Sepah, Tait, and Profeta, to discuss how we can put the HUMAN back into healthcare. More Shem conversations.
Dr. Eric Tait

Dr. Eric Tait

panelist

Dr. Eric Tait is a board-certified internist as well as an investment fund manager with Vernonville Asset Management (VAM), LLC. Dr. Tait works in private practice and currently serves on the medical staff of Saint Joseph Medical Center in Downtown Houston. He also founded The Physician’s Road, a physician services platform designed to help doctors and dentists create a well-rounded life inside and outside of medicine.

Dr. Louis Profeta

panelist

Dr. Louis M. Profeta is a nationally recognized, award-winning writer and Emergency Physician at St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis. He is clinical instructor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University and Marian University Schools of Medicine. A graduate of Indiana University and its School of Medicine, Dr. Profeta completed his post-graduate training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a dynamic and sought-after public speaker and writer as well as a frequent guest on TV and radio who has gained critical acclaim for his essays on topics such as his eye-opening look at our national preparedness for influenza pandemics in What Scares Me More than Ebola.

 

Book: The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God

Louis Profeta, MD
Dr. Jonathan Vitale

Dr. Jonathan Vitale

pianist

 

Dr. Jonthan Vitale is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at HappyHealth.

Jonathan is a Family Physician, wherein he treats a diverse patient-body on a daily basis. When Vitale isn’t promoting wellness or treating illness, he is also very active on Twitter as a vocal member of the Patient Advocacy and Primary Care Revolution communities.

special considerations

Thank you

Dr. Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever is the author of Recapturing Joy in Medicine, a life & leadership coach specialized in physician wellness, “burnout” prevention, & life-work integration, and a passionate advocate for the patient-physician relationship. You may reach her at www.faithfulMD.com.
Dr. Vandna Jerath is the Medical Director of Physician Wellness at Parker Adventist Hospital I empower physicians by helping them connect, communicate, collaborate, build community, and foster a culture of wellness.
Dr. Alar Sambandam is a locum tenens cardiologist who recently advocated for physicians at the 2020 American College of Cardiology Legislative Conference.

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