A podcast by Andrew N. Wilner, MD, FACP, FAAN, associate professor of neurology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was named among Feedspot.com’s “Top 20 Physicians Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021.”
“The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner” is hosted by Dr. Wilner, who serves as the division director of neurology at Regional One Health. His podcast was also included in the online platform’s Top 20 list in 2020.
“As host and producer, I strive to make each program informative and entertaining,” Dr. Wilner said. “It’s gratifying that Feedspot.com has recognized us for the last two years. I hope it encourages more people to listen.”
The podcast, which “explores the arts, business, and clinical aspects of the practice of medicine,” has been up since February 2020. An accomplished author, Dr. Wilner conceived the idea for it after brainstorming ways to continue conversations that originated from his book content.
“In January 2018, I published my fourth book, “The Locum Life: A Physician’s Guide to Locum Tenens,” he said. “I wanted to get the word out, so I interviewed doctors who did locums or temporary physician assignments. I also created individual videos for each of the book’s 20 chapters. I got great feedback, then I ran out of chapters. So, I had to think of more ways to spread the information.”
To date, the program has hosted 24 shows, which cover a diverse range of health care topics. Dr. Wilner described the experience as fun and informative. “I’m curious by nature and love to learn,” he said. “I try and make guests feel comfortable and get them talking about their careers and expertise.”
Local guests have included Dennis Leber, chief information security officer and HIPAA security officer at UTHSC, who explained the scope of cybersecurity threats to hospitals and educational institutions. He also interviewed Paul Hill, MD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UTHSC, who spoke about the effect of COVID-19 on people with mental health disorders.
As a freelance journalist, Dr. Wilner also interviews notable guests for Medscape.com, a website dedicated to medical information and resources for clinicians. In a recent interview for the site, Scott Strome, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs for the UTHSC College of Medicine, discussed the university’s ongoing COVID-19 efforts and initiatives.
“My ultimate goal is for listeners to enjoy each episode, while learning something important,” Dr. Wilner said. “As a teacher, I believe that education is the key to a successful life in a complex world. I hope that, at least in a small way, my podcast can entertain and provide people with knowledge and perspective to help understand and navigate life’s many challenges.”
“The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner” is available for streaming on all major podcast platforms.