They say that one of the keys to being a great artist is to be honest. But have you ever tried creating something and then wondered… what would people think? Maybe I should rein myself in?

Today’s guest is a woman who is not afraid to make the bold statement. And it is precisely because she is willing to speak her mind, to challenge the status quo, and to challenge the patriarchy, that she’s emerged as a rising leader and thinker in healthcare.

Dr. Amy Faith Ho is an emergency medicine physician and nationally-published writer and speaker.

Her work, ranging from health policy to medical education to women’s advocacy, has been featured and published in venues such as NPR, The Today Show, Chicago Tribune, The Hill, KevinMD and others. Her speaking and media engagements include presentations with TEDx, FeminEM, American Medical Association, American Academy of Emergency Medicine and various other projects.

Amy serves as a board member of American Academy of Emergency Medicine Young Physician’s Section and is a leader in organized medicine. She also continues to write, speak, mentor, and take care of patients as an attending physician in Dallas-Fort Worth,

After hearing her story, you’ll discover that it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks. Fortune… and change… favor the bold.

Show Notes
  • (00:01:51): Writing a love letter to Chipotle
  • (00:03:42): The post on KevinMD that launched a writing career
  • (00:06:12): Less time creating, but more time observing in medical school
  • (00:08:14): How do you decide what ideas you want to pursue and what ideas you want to scrap?
  • (00:11:31): What is your process for writing?
  • (00:12:56): Writing poetry for the In-House publication
  • (00:14:10): How did you keep yourself sane in residency?
  • (00:15:46): How do you organize yourself?
  • (00:19:19): Where do you get your ideas from?
  • (00:21:07): Did you always want to be a doctor?
  • (00:23:33): Advocating for women by taking on Spike Lee and the movie Chi-Raq
  • (00:25:35): How do you run a code that fits with your personality and is advantageous for you?
  • (00:29:58): How to make yourself feel more worthy and promote yourself
  • (00:33:48): What are your thoughts on the future of health policy and the Affordable Care Act?
  • (00:38:32): Let’s say you are the health czar of the United States. What is one problem you would immediately fix?
  • (00:39:43): After residency, you transitioned into an Associate Medical Director role. What led you in that direction?
  • (00:43:37): Why an MPH and not an MBA?
  • (00:47:13): How did you become such a great public speaker?
  • (00:48:43): How to become a better public speaker
  • (00:49:46): Working as an actor on the TV show Untold Stories of the ER
  • (00:52:49): The secret behind sending a cold email
  • (00:55:23): Which books have inspired or influenced you?
  • (00:59:15): Any new challenges or projects on the horizon?
  • (01:00:21): Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • (01:01:15): What does leadership mean to you?
  • (01:02:30): Do you have any role models or anyone you look up to?
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“Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was alright to be strong.”

– Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate