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The Specialist: Diana Blum, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Dr. Diana Blum is a board-certified neurologist who completed her medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker school of Medicine and her Neurology Residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. She is currently in private practice in Silicon Valley, California where she focuses on the chronic management of Parkinson’s Disease patients. When not practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Blum is a fierce patient and physician advocate, defending Hippocratic oath medicine and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship through education and activism. She enjoys mentoring medical students and residents interested in pursuing direct care medicine and is a founding fellow of FAIR in Medicine.

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Dr. Blum’s Prescription for Success:

[Editor’s Note: Dr. Blum provided her prescription for success as an essay, of which, these bullet points cannot do justice. If you have not listened to it already, I would highly recommend you do. The section starts at 39:24] Number 1: Have a daily self-compassion and gratitude practice.

Number 2: Know your worth.

Number 3: Be Kind. And don’t let your kindness and compassion be mistaken for weakness.

Number 4: Breathe.

Number 5: Allow yourself to be vulnerable.

Number 6: Admit when you are wrong. Admit when you don’t know something.

Number 7: Learn how to forgive.

Connect with Dr. Blum

Dr. Diana Blum on LinkedIn.

Notable quotes from Dr. Blum’s interview:

I think the field of medicine is probably engrained in my DNA.
Take the time to really get to know what the issues are with the patient.
You can’t properly diagnose and treat someone in 10 minutes. It’s not sustainable.
Good, Quality care, people will seek out.
This is the problem. We are not practicing medicine, we are practicing healthcare.
I don’t like the term “Burnout” Burnout is gaslighting the victim.

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