This week, David Wright is joined by Paula Ferrada, Division and System Chief for Acute Care Surgery and Trauma of Inova Healthcare, to discuss the importance of building effective trauma care systems. She also talks about embracing diversity of thought to drive innovation in medicine and never giving up on your dreams.

Key Takeaways:

(02:06) The key to achieving your dreams is not to quit, even when it gets difficult.

(11:28) Dreaming big and believing in yourself allows you to achieve your goals, however impossible they may seem.

(14:11) Your path in life is unique. Don’t compare yourself to others.

(21:04) Trauma care systems significantly reduce mortality rates.

(23:29) Healthcare rationing is a daily reality in many parts of the world.

(32:49) Creativity and questioning the status quo drive innovation in medicine.

(33:09) Diversity of thought and healthy conflict lead to better solutions.

(34:03) Persisting through challenges will lead to achieving your dreams.

Resources Mentioned:

Presence by Amy Cuddy

The Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

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