Dr. Ted X. Connell, MDOn this special coronavirus/COVID-19 episode of The Nurse Keith Show, Keith interviews Dr. Ted O’Connell, MD, Professor of Medicine, family physician, and host of the podcast, Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic. Keith and Ted discuss recent COVID-19 news, the current state of the pandemic, thoughts about the coming fall and winter, and other salient topics of the day.

Dr. O’Connell founded the Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, the first fellowship in the United States to formally combine both community medicine and global health.

Prior to establishing the residency and fellowship programs at Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano, Dr. O’Connell served as a faculty member, associate program director, and then residency program director at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills. While at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, Dr. O’Connell established the Kaiser Permanente Community Medicine Fellowship Program, which has expanded to eight fellowship positions across six different medical centers. Dr. O’Connell also served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

Dr. O’Connell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame with honors and his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. O’Connell has completed the Emerging Leaders Program through The Permanente Medical Group, the Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education course at Harvard University, and Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School.

Ted has written and edited over a dozen medical textbooks as well as numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Many of his textbooks are medical best-sellers (see Books). Dr. O’Connell currently serves as Editor-In-Chief for Elsevier’s Clinical Key MedEd, a worldwide medical education platform.

Dr. O’Connell is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of ExamCircle, a disruptive innovation dedicated to providing free online question banks in an effort to reduce the cost of education and help eliminate the access gap to high-quality exam preparation materials. Dr. O’Connell is also Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of InsideTheBoards, which is focused on providing audio resources in the form of podcasts and apps for medical students.

For more than a decade, Dr. O’Connell has served as an Expert Reviewer and Medical Consultant for the Medical Board of California. In this role, Dr. O’Connell has reviewed dozens of cases to help ensure high-quality medical care in the State of California.

Recently, Dr. O’Connell was named Physician of the Year by the Napa and Solano Medical Society.

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DISCLAIMER: In these episodes regarding COVID-19, I reference the most up-to-date information I can, as well as adding personal opinions and reflections from me and my guests. Please note that the situation is changing by the moment, and any information shared in the course of any episode may not apply once new data or evidence emerges. Please also note that nothing shared in the course of any Nurse Keith Coaching COVID-19 podcast is intended for diagnosis or treatment; please consult your healthcare provider, your local Department of Health, the CDC, the WHO, or other reputable evidence-based sources. 

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Nurse KeithIn case you didn’t already know, Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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