Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

Here is another great podcast from Maryal.

Dr. Lauren Hedde, DO is a family physician and co-founder of Direct Doctors in East Greenwich, RI.

She trained in primary care at Brown and found herself motivated to start something new and better. Coming fresh out of residency, Dr. Lauren opened her practice with a goal to keep overhead low, modeling her clinic after the Ideal Medical Practice or micropractice concept.

The guiding principal in the practice has remained, “the simplest solution is almost always the best.” She and her partners have developed hacks to keep overhead low while maintaining the goals of an independent, innovative and highly accessible practice for their patients.

Dr. Hedde is releasing the blog, detailing efforts to improve physician burnout, particularly in primary care, and helping fellow physicians find the courage and resources to begin their own low overhead Direct Care practices.

In her interview, she describes the “hacks” she uses in more detail and shares about how she has had to establish boundaries with her patients over the years. She shares how the clinic operates without staff, how it has thrived throughout the years and so much more!

Together with her Husband Dr. James Hedde and Dr. Mark Turshen, she has been practicing at Direct Doctors since 2014.

Here is the link. Enjoy!

11840cookie-checkMy DPC Story Podcast: Dr. Lauren Hedde of Direct Doctors – East Greenwich, RI

By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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