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Jul 25, 2018

Dr. Nii Darko is a trauma surgeon living in Pennsylvania and also the creator of the wildly popular Docs Outside the Box Podcast. In his podcast, Nii interviews ordinary doctors doing extraordinary things.  Nii’s guests have broken the typecast of doctors as just being doctors. He has interviewed physicians that are also media moguls, activists and trend setters. He has also recently written a book and manages a locums company. In between all of this, he and his amazing OB/GYN wife, Renee, paid off over 662,000 dollars in student loans!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How he found freedom from traditional medicine through his podcast.
  • Why he feels it is important to give diverse doctors a voice on his show.
  • How he got into the Locums Life and how that has changed everything for him.
  • How he started the podcast and got the original idea to do it for physicians.
  • Where he finds time to be a podcaster in the busy life of a trauma surgeon.
  • What the hardest thing about being a podcaster is.
  • Who his favorite podcast guest is so far.
  • How he got the idea to write his book for podcasters in the making.
  • How he tackled a huge amount of student loan debt between him and his wife.

Links we discussed in the show:

Quotes from Nii Darko, MD:

  • “It’s ok to just say, “I’m not just a doc.”
  • “I just wanted to tell other people’s stories and I wanted to tell it my way.”
  • “I love taking care of patients, I love what I do on a daily basis, but I love myself just as much.”
  • “I think the hardest thing about podcasting is realizing the show is not about me, the show is about the audience.”
  • “Loans were just basically the pain point for all the different things in our lives.”
  • “There is a difference between success and fulfillment.”

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