Revitalizing Healthcare

Dr. Alecia Gende: Variety is the Key to Thriving

July 26, 2022 Season 1 Episode 11
Dr. Alecia Gende: Variety is the Key to Thriving
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Revitalizing Healthcare
Dr. Alecia Gende: Variety is the Key to Thriving
Jul 26, 2022 Season 1 Episode 11

In this episode, Dr. Austin interviews Dr. Gende, a former nurse, now a physician with a varied career in both emergency medicine and sports medicine. We discuss her path from nursing to medicine, and insights on interactions between nurses and doctors. We discuss her strategies for staying fulfilled in medicine and being healthy.

Alecia Gende, DO, CAQSM is currently working at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. She is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics, and splits her time evenly between Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. She is the head team physician for Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN, Team physician for US Ski and Snowboard.

She completed medical school at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to  Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was Chief Resident. She completed a  fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

She is professionally interested in US guided procedures, specifically MSK procedures, sideline medicine, education and culture change and leadership (AAWEP involvement)

She served in the US Navy Nurse Corps officer from 2004-2008. She deployed to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa, and Al Asad, Iraq in support of OIF/OEF, and served in Al Asad as the lead flight nurse. 

Her hometown is Princeton, WI, where she is still connected to the VFW post. She serves as race director for VFW Run for Sam 10K which she created in honor of our former post commander. Run for Sam benefits a scholarship for local students pursuing an education in healthcare. They have awarded over $12K. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, family overall, sitting and chatting, coffee, CrossFit, weight-lifting, running, hunting, hiking, and farming!

Are you a healthcare professional looking to empower yourself and advance in your field? Then, you won’t want to miss the transformational Women in Medicine Summit, September 13-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This event is a powerhouse of inspiration designed to elevate and celebrate women in medicine.

Dr. Austin, host of this podcast will be there and hopes you will be too!


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  • Connect with Andrea on Instagram (@revitalizingdoc) or LinkedIn about the show and more, or visit her website www.andreaaustinmd.com.
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  • Join this list to keep up to date on the launch of her forthcoming book, Revitalized: A guidebook to rediscovering your heartline. This book provides a beacon for channeling emotional intelligence not only to survive but thrive in medicine.
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Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Austin interviews Dr. Gende, a former nurse, now a physician with a varied career in both emergency medicine and sports medicine. We discuss her path from nursing to medicine, and insights on interactions between nurses and doctors. We discuss her strategies for staying fulfilled in medicine and being healthy.

Alecia Gende, DO, CAQSM is currently working at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, WI. She is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics, and splits her time evenly between Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. She is the head team physician for Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN, Team physician for US Ski and Snowboard.

She completed medical school at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then went on to  Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and was Chief Resident. She completed a  fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

She is professionally interested in US guided procedures, specifically MSK procedures, sideline medicine, education and culture change and leadership (AAWEP involvement)

She served in the US Navy Nurse Corps officer from 2004-2008. She deployed to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa, and Al Asad, Iraq in support of OIF/OEF, and served in Al Asad as the lead flight nurse. 

Her hometown is Princeton, WI, where she is still connected to the VFW post. She serves as race director for VFW Run for Sam 10K which she created in honor of our former post commander. Run for Sam benefits a scholarship for local students pursuing an education in healthcare. They have awarded over $12K. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, family overall, sitting and chatting, coffee, CrossFit, weight-lifting, running, hunting, hiking, and farming!

Are you a healthcare professional looking to empower yourself and advance in your field? Then, you won’t want to miss the transformational Women in Medicine Summit, September 13-14 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This event is a powerhouse of inspiration designed to elevate and celebrate women in medicine.

Dr. Austin, host of this podcast will be there and hopes you will be too!


MicroSkills is built on one core, easy-to-learn principle: every big goal, complicated task, healthy habit, and, yes, even what we think of as character traits, can be broken down into small, learnable, skills that can be practiced, and incorporated real-time. Pre-order wherever you buy your books or on Amazon; launches Apr 16.

Support the Show.

  • Connect with Andrea on Instagram (@revitalizingdoc) or LinkedIn about the show and more, or visit her website www.andreaaustinmd.com.
  • Sign up for her newsletter, “Revitalizing Healthcare.” It is your go-to source for insightful content on transforming the healthcare landscape and staying well while changemaking.
  • Join this list to keep up to date on the launch of her forthcoming book, Revitalized: A guidebook to rediscovering your heartline. This book provides a beacon for channeling emotional intelligence not only to survive but thrive in medicine.