After Hours showcases the exciting lives of healthcare providers outside of their day-to-day practice, highlighting their hobbies across the globe – spanning speedways, art studios, wineries, and more – After Hours takes a look into what they enjoy most when their white coat is retired for the day.
After Hours: Innovation and Social Impact
Radiologist Tobias Schifter, MD, discussed his multicultural background, a driving mission to increase understanding and unity among people of different religions, and his work as CEO of the Israel Latin America Network (ILAN), a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring innovation and social impact in the Latin American community.
After Hours: The Emergency Medicine Mummer Who Saved a Stranger
New Year’s Day 2023 was one to remember in Philadelphia, as the city’s famous annual Mummers Parade in the morning gave way to an afternoon kickoff for Eagles football just down the road. South New Jersey native Vincent Basile was taking in both festive events on his Sunday off—first participating in the parade as a costumed Mummer with his friends, as has been their tradition through the years, then borrowing his dad’s season tickets to watch the Eagles take on the Saints later that day. But as the game approached halftime, a man collapsed in Basile’s section, no longer breathing and bleeding from the mouth. Still fully dressed in his vibrant Mummers costume and surrounded by thousands of distracted fans, the third-year emergency medicine resident at the local Einstein Medical Center snapped into action and made a memorable New Year’s Day one he could actually never forget. In an interview with Kevin Kunzmann, associate editorial director of HCPLive and an old acquaintance of Basile’s, the young doctor reflected on the events that led to his and a nurse’s resuscitation of a stranger at the game. Basile also discussed the physician’s mindset in a sudden medical emergency, as well as the correlation of his story with that of NFL player Damar Hamlin, who was resuscitated on national television during a Monday Football Game only one day later.
After Hours: Oil Painting and Mindful Art
Tracey McGrath, PharmD, created Bliss Arts Co. after spending over 18 years in retail pharmacy. She became a mindful art coach who provides resources for women to use mindfulness techniques and meditation in their art practice to keep out judgement of themselves and their work. She also created a course designed specifically to help women create more calm and peaceful awareness in their lives using mindful art.
After Hours: Author of "Untangled"
“I have noticed that many people are tangled in a very dysfunctional cycle of trauma either as individuals, families, or communities.” In this installment of After Hours, Omar Reda, MD, discusses Untangled, his 5-component model of care that he uses to help individuals in communities around the world heal from trauma.
After Hours: Award-Winning Fiddler
Dr. Robin Downing talks about a fascinating musical talent she has—playing the fiddle! In fact, she even was named an award-winning old-time fiddler during her time in practice in Northern Wyoming. She details this experience along with other stories associated with her fiddle playing and how it has offered a source of joy in her life outside of vet med.
After Hours: Racing for Patients in the Boston Marathon
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Howard Weinstein trains and participates as a runner every year in the Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. For 25 years, he has been running alongside his patients to raise money in support of pediatric cancer care and research. Weinstein describes the origins of his passion for running, details his yearly training program, and recounts the long-lasting memories involving the personal triumphs of his patients in the marathon.
After Hours: Finding Joy in Creativity
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, discusses her enjoyment in writing poetry and listening to music. Whenever Hernandez-Trujillo is inspired, she may sit and write a few notes of poetry. She also listens to music when she can, even dancing on occasion. In the future, she hopes to improve her skills at playing the piano as well.
After Hours: Finding Leisure in Exercise, Whiskey, and Wine
Along with managing the day-to-day operations of a cancer clinic and advocating for value-based care delivery, Kathy Oubre, chief operating officer of the Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Louisiana, is a self-described “gym rat” who enjoys exercise at the gym and long hikes with her family. On today’s After Hours, Kathy speaks with The American Journal of Managed Care® on the benefits she gains from her active lifestyle, as well as her growing collection of unique wines, bourbons, and whiskies that she shares with her husband, David.