How to Create the Freedom to Practice on Your Own Terms with Dr. Jimmy Turner [Limitless MD, Episode 75]


As physicians, asking for help can be seen as weakness. And yet we are burned out, emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed, navigating a broken medical system. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

Welcome to the Thrive State, a term coined by my guest this week, CEO and practicing academic anesthesiologist in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest, Dr. Jimmy Turner. He’s on a mission to de-stigmatize mental health for physicians with a mindset shift towards confidence, autonomy and self-determination. 

Tune in to this week’s podcast episode to learn what it means to be a doctor who truly thrives. We’ll talk about the three components of the Self-determination Theory and how to pinpoint areas of your life that need more work. It’s a no holds barred talk about mental health, financial freedom and finding work-life balance. Don’t miss it!


“You shouldn’t have to choose between being a great spouse, a great parent, and a great physician. You should be able to do all three.”
– Dr. Jimmy Turner

In This Episode:
00:00 Welcome back to another episode of the Limitless MD podcast

00:08 Welcome Dr. Jimmy Turner to the show

02:23 Jimmy’s origin story

03:44 Jimmy’s own experience with burnout

05:32 Focusing on time management and finding work-life balance

07:01 Why Jimmy was compelled to write the book “Determined”

07:49 We need to acknowledge that the medical system is broken

08:18 The three components of Self-determination Theory: 

11:37 Physician coaching is very new

13:20 Asking for help is viewed as weakness

15:32 Coaching can be helpful if you’re looking to make some kind of career transition

16:21 Investing in coaching is investing in yourself

19:00 Books and podcasts that Jimmy recommends

22:19 How to take part in Jimmy’s coaching program

23:36 Outro

Resources mentioned:

– Jimmy’s book, “Determined”:

– Jimmy’s podcast, “The Podcast Philosopher” featuring Dr. Vikram Raya:



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