The Revitalizing Doctor

Empowering Physicians to Advocate for Themselves: Dr. Rip Patel's Advice

August 29, 2023 Andrea Austin, MD Episode 55
The Revitalizing Doctor
Empowering Physicians to Advocate for Themselves: Dr. Rip Patel's Advice
The Revitalizing Doctor
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Show Notes

Discover how Dr. Rip Patel found fulfillment and reconnected with medicine's values and ethics as a physician. But just when everything seemed to be falling into place as a new emergency physician, he experienced a toxic workplace. Dr. Patel was at a crossroads in his career. How did he navigate this challenge and find fulfillment? Tune in to find out!

My special guest is Dr. Rip Patel

Dr. Rip Patel is an accomplished emergency medicine practitioner who bucks the industry's traditional norms. After graduating with honors from New York University and UT Southwestern Medical Center, Rip pursued his passion for global health, working on charity medical missions across Central and South America. Rather than being tied down by fixed hospital contracts, Dr. Patel found a way to maintain his standards of practice and personal freedom through locums work. Rip shares his formula for cultivating a meaningful career, in line with his ethics and values.

Ultimately, to me, it's about control and controlling my own life, my own practice, how I practice. And it's since allowed me to get back to doctoring. - Dr. Rip Patel

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Explore the advantages and difficulties of locums work
  • Grasp the art of building lasting alliances with hospitals as a locums physician
  • Acknowledge the vital role of uniform preparation and onboarding in every new hospital assignment.
  • Master the skill of setting definitive boundaries and asserting oneself within the healthcare industry.
  • Tap into the joy of your practice and reaffirm your commitment to the principles of healthcare.

Streamlining the onboarding process at new medical facilities
Adapting to new medical facilities as a locum tenens physician often requires developing effective onboarding strategies. Dr. Rip recommends taking measures such as shadowing a colleague and creating a comprehensive checklist of important questions to ensure seamless adaptation to the new workplace. Having personalized tools and protocols, such as personal airway equipment, can further assist in managing the unique challenges of transitioning between different hospitals.

The resources mentioned in this episode are:

  • Check out Mercision Emergency Medicine: Visit their website ( to learn more about their work and how you can get involved or support their mission.

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