Presentation: The What, Why & How of Walking Meetings, with America Walks

Last week I was fortunate to co-present with Sheila Franklin and Jessica Tunon on one of my favorite topics.

It’s the best sign of contagion when you are not the only person presenting on something that you are so passionate about.

My slides are below. You can also view the entire presentation at the America Walks web site..

On the occasion of preparing for this presentation, I went back and visited the semi-Epic post I wrote in 2008 to see what had changed since then:

  • Wearable devices have since been shown not to be the motivating force they were once thought to be, with two significant studies in 2016 published about this. This makes modification of the work environment even more critical – a smart watch isn’t going to make people walk any more than a scale makes someone lose weight. An appointment on a calendar that says “walking meeting” – that works ๐Ÿ™‚ .
  • All of the rules about how many people can be in a walking meeting have been smashed, now that I have a 1,000-person walking meeting under my belt.
  • This is still one of the most contagious health interventions I have experienced/infected others with – nothing has stopped the walking
  • I still love hearing stories about adoption of walking meetings – please tweet those to me and/or put them in the comments.

Presentation: Why be Social (Media)? Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences

With my colleague and collaborator / protector Vince Golla (@VinceGolla) I had the opportunity to:

I like to say “you can’t be social and anti-social at the same time.” My portion of the presentation (given after awesome case studies provided by Vince that we walked and talked about) was about the Why of using social media as a professional.

  • To communicate (not just “to use technology”)
  • To LISTEN (listening is the ultimate app)
  • To be present (what the people we serve expect from us)
  • To spread contagious ideas (walking meetings, respect for others)
  • To be accountable to the people we serve, which means society (because much of a physician’s education is paid for by society)

The other thing I like to say is that the people who work in health care are exceptional by definition; you have to be in a job this challenging. I could tell on our walks together and in the dialogue that there is no shortage of the drive to be there and be professional for the people we serve, across the health workforce, which includes our allied health professional colleagues.

Enjoy, feel free to embed elsewhere, comments welcome, thank you for the invitation.

Professor Vince Golla at Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences
Professor Vince Golla at Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences (View on

Just Presented: Working to be a Transgender Ally | Wright Center Family Medicine Residency, Washington, DC USA

Capital TransPride 2016
Capital TransPride 2016 – Photo Credit Chadwick Cipiti (View on

I was asked by James Huang, MD (@semaj187) to give a presentation to the Washington, DC site Wright Center National Family Medicine Residency (@WrightCenterGME) on the policy issues relating to transgender person health.

So, not about how to deliver medical care, how to improve the health of the population. The two concepts are different and interrelated.

The conversation we are having in 2016 is vastly different than the ones I had in 2012, 2013, 2014, and even 2015 (check the way back machine on this blog to see for yourself). Many (most) of the policy levers and protections are in place and the science is clear. That’s not enough / the work is not done, though. It’s time for our specialty (family medicine) and profession (medicine) to lead in providing care and changing the environment so that the care is healing rather than hurtful.

As I commented on this blog previously, Medicare joined the 21st Century in 2014, 3 years ahead of schedule ๐Ÿ™‚ . I hope these conversations inspire doctors/people/patients/humans to be as inclusive in their thinking about the total health of the people we serve.

I was asked at the end about the “why” I am engaged in this area. I appreciate the question, and it’s important. There’s a short version in the slides at the end of the presentation. Here’s the longer version.

Feedback and questions welcome, as always.

Presentation: How to sustain a (health) revolution

I gave this presentation, what I call my 2nd TED talk (although not affiliated with an actual TED event, just a person named TED – me), exactly 3 years to the day after I gave my first one, at Henry Ford Health System, in 2012 (see: โ€œEmbrace of Failureโ€ โ€“ TEDx talk with Regina Holliday ), with awesome leader Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday).

Back in 2012, it’s highly possible that I thought that everything that needed to be done had been, and then a mobile app (see:What it means to earn a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index) and an anonymous email sent to me around the time of the 2012 presentation changed everything.

Thanks to my colleagues, who are doctors, nurses, lawyers in our government relations organization who asked me to bring this dialogue forward in 2015.

As it says on slide 2, I ๐Ÿ™‚ Kaiser Permanente, and all of the people who have trust and hope that physicians, nurses, health professionals, and patients have the power to change everything. It’s in our DNA. Oh, and love always wins.

Enjoy, feel free to post any questions or comments.

Built for the Future: My business card includes my pronouns

Ted Eytan MD Business Card with Pronouns
Ted Eytan MD Business Card with Pronouns (View on

Resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air. Others do not. This is the nature of resilience, and we will never completely understand it. – Coutu DL. How resilience works. Harv. Bus. Rev. 2002;80(5):46.

Now that I’ve presented this card in enough contexts (and in an actual presentation, see below), I’d like to share it here as an easy innovation that anyone can do to build respect for all people and change society to be more inclusive.

And, it’s obvious – adding the pronouns I use for myself in my email sig, and also on my business card, pictured above. (Note, it’s not “pronouns I prefer” – preference implies that it’s optional)

As it shows in the image, I’ve received unexpected and awesome comments from people who notice. The one above is from Sarah Firman.

Jason Bellett (@Jason_Bellett) from Eko Devices (@EkoDevices) said this to me when he saw it:

Quick side note, I think it’s phenomenal that you put your preferred gender pronouns in your email signature…I hope it sparks others to follow suit.

And then, I noticed his pronouns were in his e-mail sig. That’s diffusion of innovation. And respect. I love this century ๐Ÿ™‚ .

credit for this innovation doesn’t go to me. It goes to one of my mentors, Garrett G, (see: WAIT = Why am I Talking? Learning how to be a better Ally ) who suggested that I do this, and when I said my e-mail sig was already too long, he said, “Just add them in parenthesis after your name.”

I did, it was simple, and it works, for me, for the people I serve, for the future of health for all that I am going to help create.

It will work for you to, try it now, or if you’re not sure, ask questions in the comments…

Here’s the presentation it was part of, by the way. With great thanks to Kaiser Permanente for promoting resilience in people and the health system.

Presentation: Work While Walking – Walking Meetings – with Professional Convention Managers Association Capital Chapter

2015.10.22 Work While Walking Eytan PCMA.001

It was so great to dialogue with the Professional Convention Managers Association – Capital Chapter (@PCMACC) about walking meetings, part of a whole program on healthy meetings. My slides are attached for reference, feel free to share.