Difficult Conversations Podcast

Lessons I Learned as an ICU Physician

Episode 133 | March 2, 2021

Difficult Conversations In The NICU

Dr. Vita Boyar

Neonatal/Perinatal Physician

Vita Boyar

Welcome to the Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. Today, my special guest is Dr. Vita Boyar, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University. She is a board-certified Neonatologist Associate Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is a Certified Wound Specialist Physician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. She is the only Wound Certified Neonatologist in the country. Her work with neonatal and wound products has been featured on Good Morning America, published in various journals, and has received awards and honors. Her teaching style and dedication to compassionate care led her to her nomination and completion of Humanistic Mentoring Fellowship Program at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra. In 2018, she was honored with Queens Ambassador Award for exceptional contribution to the community in the professional field.

Dr. Boyar tells us about her journey to becoming a Neonatologist and a Wound Physician. She describes herself as an “adventure junkie”. She tells us how she navigates through the difficult conversation when with a mother of a premature baby who may need to go home on a ventilator. She shares a great story from a former psychology teacher’s lecture. Dr. Orsini talks about the importance of active listening and medical error advice. Dr. Boyar shares advice on discussing medical errors. We learn how Dr. Boyar teaches her residents about communication, which involves balance, and why showing them how to do something is the best way to teach them. We hear stories from Dr. Orsini and Dr. Boyar on communication techniques they use in medical, business, and personal life. Dr. Boyar talks about how during COVID-19, physicians have been under so much stress and how communication is so important now more than ever to prevent burnout. Dr. Orsini tells a story about body language, signs, and makes a point by saying, “Communication is a lifelong learning process.” If you enjoyed this podcast, please hit the subscribe button to find out more about what we do and how we teach communication. Go ahead and download this episode now!

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