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Welcome to The Medicine Mentors interview series. Our mission is to create a platform for top physician mentors to share key insights, traits and best practices based on their experiences to guide medical students and residents.

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Dec 29, 2020

Oliver T. Fein, MD, serves as a Professor of Medicine, Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research and as the Associate Dean (Affiliations) at Weill Cornell Medicine. He also chairs the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and is the former president of the national organization. He completed his medical school from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and his residency at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Dr. Fein has made outstanding contributions to health system delivery reforms on both local and national levels. His contributions to medicine and the healthcare system of the United States have been recognized through a number of honors and awards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Do you stand behind your values? When something comes along that goes against what you believe—how do you react? Today, Dr. Oliver T. Fein shares fascinating anecdotes about his efforts to improve healthcare throughout his long tenure. Since the very beginning of his career, Dr. Fein has stood up for what he believes in. And on top of that, he knows how to unite groups of people to fight toward shared goals. He teaches us how teamship is a key to success. And that when we feel strongly about something, we need to speak out. And we should never have to go at it alone.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Things happen by chance. Seize those chances when opportunity arises. The way we approach these chances has the power to define our journey?
2. Stand up for what you believe in, don’t be afraid to speak out, and find others who will join you in your stance.
3.  Not just mentorship—but ‘teamship’—is a key to success. Find issues that can unite us, work toward shared goals together, and the rewards will be exponential.
4. Take a “family history” from your mentor. When we aim to get to know them on a deeper level, we’ll find they’ll relate to us more.