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Aug 21, 2023

Welcome to the Doctor Me First Reboot Showcase where we are spotlighting the amazing podcasts and podcasters who have interviewed ME. Over the next several months we will be sprinkling in interviews I’ve done on other shows to highlight other amazing podcasts. This episode is from The Surgeon Masters Podcast with Dr. Jeffrey Smith.

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

Jeff welcomes to the podcast physician coach and family physician, Errin Weisman, DO. In this episode, Errin takes the reins and interviews Jeff about his recent surgical sabbatical.

Earlier this summer, Jeff had lumbar spine surgery to address a herniated disc and foraminal stenosis. Since the procedure, he has been doing his best to be a good patient by taking six weeks off from taking calls and performing surgery. It’s been a difficult transition, since Jeff has never taken that much time away from surgery in his entire career!

As physicians, we often make for terrible patients. According to Jeff: “Despite my knowledge that wellness includes the mental, emotional, and spiritual, I was much more prepared for the physical experience and recovery. The forced experience of not being the one delivering the care as a surgeon gave me a new perspective and tremendous opportunity for growth.”

What tips does Jeff have for surgeons who are taking a step back (either via sabbatical, medical leave, or figuratively) so they can move forward?

  • Tip 1 – Reach out to a coach or someone who has the skill set to listen and support you through the experience. listen and support you through the experience.
  • Tip 2 – Start working with that person well before the big challenges come along as this will help prepare you for dealing with such a significant change.

  • Tip 3 – Be prepared for the work of the experience including the unease, discomfort, turmoil, and pain mixed in with the positives.

Most importantly, practice taking a mini-sabbatical that allows for reflection or coaching!



  1. Buy my Kindle Book,Doctor Me First, on Amazon
  2. Sit with me in my Slack Channel.

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