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Mastering Intensive Care

Jan 26, 2020

In this episode of the Mastering Intensive Care podcast we replay a previous episode which featured Paul Wischmeyer (broadcast originally as episode 35).

Paul is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, the Director of Perioperative Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Nutrition Support Service at Duke University Hospital in the United States. Paul works mainly as a perioperative, critical care, and nutrition physician focused on enhancing preparation and recovery from surgery and critical care. His academic career has led to large numbers of publications, grants and invited presentations. And what’s unique about Paul is that his passion for helping patients stems from his own personal experience as a patient.

In this replayed interview from 2018, Paul describes how he ended up as a physician, after having disturbing and traumatic patient experiences (including procedures, medications and suboptimal communication) and how this has helped him to be a better doctor and an example and teacher to others. He also discusses topics including ward rounds, cooperating with a palliative care team, caring for ourselves, the importance of nutrition and exercise, good onstage presentation techniques, and some valuable closing tips for all of us.


I invite you to listen to this replay episode with Paul Wischmeyer.


Andrew Davies




About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to bring your best self to the intensive care unit, through conversations with thought-provoking guests. The hope is you’ll glean insights to move you closer towards being the best and most human healthcare professionals you can be, so you can make the most valuable contribution to your patient’s lives.




Links related to Paul Wischmeyer

Paul Wischmeyer website

Paul Wischmeyer at Duke University

Paul Wischmeyer at Duke Health

Paul Wischmeyer on Twitter: @Paul_Wischmeyer

Paul Wischmeyer on LinkedIn


Links to other resources (in order of mentioning)

2019/2020 Australian Bush Fires

American Delirium Society

Prof Wes Ely

SCCM ICU liberation initiative

Book “Presentation Zen Design” (by Garr Reynolds)

Prof Jean-Louis Vincent

Prof Mervyn Singer


Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast

Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 31 with Jean-Louis Vincent

Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 33 with Wes Ely

Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 35 with Paul Wischmeyer

Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 49 with Hugh Montgomery

Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 52 with Martin Bromiley

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Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook

Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane

Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66

Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66

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Audio Producer Chris Burke

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