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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Jul 31, 2022

Do you have the nerve to stick the needle into the artery and have the blood shooting back at you?

Are you capable of making life and death decisions?

Then a career as an Interventional Neuroradiologist might be the right fit for you!

Even if you have already found your dream job – you will be blown away to learn how Interventional Neuroradiologists are saving the lives of people with acute strokes and other severe acute neurological conditions!

Meet and greet Kristine Blackham, MD, from the University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, who shares one of the most challenging clinical cases in her career and provides an eye-opening clinical and research practice comparison between Switzerland and the US.

In addition, Dr. Blackham shares her story of the profound impact life coaching had on her life and its potential to transform the lives of specialists working in stressful clinical settings.

Tune in and learn what the future of treating neurological conditions holds! Enjoy this informative podcast with Dr. Blackham, and stay tuned!

During this episode, you will learn about:

[00:00] Episode intro and what’s in for you in today’s episode

[01:00] Meet and greet Kristine Blackham, MD, from the University Hospital of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

[02:03] What is neuroradiology, and what inspired Dr. Blackham into Interventional Neuroradiology

[03:43] How Dr. Blackham realized she wanted to be a medical doctor and how her passion has evolved

[05:09] Skills that make one good at interventions

[07:13] Resilience secrets Dr. Blackham shares that have kept her going in that stressful field of work

[08:39] Challenges Dr. Blackham faced on her journey to become an Interventional Neuroradiologist

[10:21] How coaching became a game changer in Dr. Blackham’s career path

[12:38] Dr. Blackham, as a scientist who’s passionate about clinical research

[15:33] Will machine learning algorithms take over the place of neurologists in the future?

[17:46] Greatest differences Dr. Blackham has witnessed between working as a neurologist in the US and Europe

[20:46] Managing a stressful moment in Interventional Neuroradiology- A case scenario

[24:50] Amount of time Dr. Blackham dedicated to learning new things

[25:58] Current major trends in the field of neuroradiology

[28:43] Diseases that could not be treated 20 years ago but are comfortably treated currently

[30:56] How these trends in neuroscience are spread around the globe

[32:53] Are technologies advancing faster than we adopt them?

[33:56] How Dr. Blackham helps her clients as a career coach

[37:16] Dr. Blackham’s advice to people who are getting into the field of neuroradiology

[38:27] Future plans in the field

[40:32] Approaches to achieving the perceived impossible

[43:03] The future of neuroradiology 20-30 years from now

[45:15] How to reach out and connect with Dr. Kristine Blackham and learn more about her work

[46:17] Resource recommendations for your education

Notable Quotes

  • One of the best predictors of success in medical intervention is the ability to use your temperaments well.
  • The greatest challenges in your career path are your thoughts and limiting beliefs.
  • Machine learning is there to help us in our work and not take our work away.
  • All cases in Interventional Neuroradiology are stressful. The difference is the extent.
  • There’s so much technology in neuroscience, but the usage of it is very low due to a lack of awareness and knowledge of using them.

About the Podcast Guest

To grow in your career, seek a mentor and ask endless questions to the people who have done what you aspire to do.

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About the Podcast and Its Host

The podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches and its founder - Milena Korostenskaja, PhD - a neuroscience educator, neuroscience research consultant, and career coach for people in neuroscience and neurotechnologies:

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