PAN52: Pushing the Limits with Dr. Shawna Pandya

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Dr. Shawna Pandya dreamed of being a super hero as a little girl. As she grew, her dreams shifted to becoming an astronaut and medical doctor. While she may not done a cape to work, she is an every day hero who helps patients everyday and helps further our mission to explore this galaxy and beyond. On this episode of the Patient Activation Network podcast, we discuss Dr. Pandya’s fascinating career journey along with physician communication, soft skills, patient experience and what doctors can learn from pilots.  Shawna Pandya and Matt Cavallo at #PlaneTree18

About Dr. Shawna Pandya

Dr. Shawna Pandya is a physician, speaker, martial artist, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate with Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM, and prime crew aquanaut with Project Poseidon. Through her involvement with Project PoSSUM, Dr. Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in micro-gravity. Dr. Pandya holds degrees in Honors Neuroscience (BSc. Hons, University of Alberta), Space Studies (MSc., International Space University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta). She is licensed as a general practitioner. She is an accomplished speaker, having given talks at TEDxUAlbertaTEDxEdmonton and the University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the invitation of former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. 

Episode Details

  • About Dr. Shawna Pandya
  • Becoming an astronaut
  • What physicians can learn from pilots
  • Physician communication and the patient experience
  • Physician soft skills and communication
  • Closing thoughts

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