Ok, has Medutopia finally lost its mind? A lollipop moment? Really? What the heck is a lollipop moment and what does it have to do with medical education? I’m glad you asked…

I was traveling on the road today and was listening to a recent episode of the Nobody Told Me Podcast (a GREAT podcast by the way). The guest was a guy named Drew Dudley. I remember hearing about him a few years ago after I saw a great TED Talk that he gave about leadership and “lollipop moments.” We will get to that in a moment. Incidentally, I also just started reading a new book that Drew released called This is Day One. I am about a third of the way into it, and I have to tell you it’s phenomenal. It’s great for many reasons–and the big one is that Drew simply gets it. He gets leadership and defines a simple, yet elegant approach to making a difference in the lives of others.

As I was driving I had the simple thought: Anyone who doesn’t know about Drew and his inspirational message has to know, and I simply have to share this TODAY.

If you want to truly make a difference in the lives of others and add some badly needed positivity to the world this is how you do it.

Here is Drew’s new book. Now, I know what you might be thinking. Another leadership book. “Great, just what I needed.” But, this is no ordinary leadership book. The beauty is that it outlines simple behaviors for being a positive, effective leader and how we should treat each and every day as “day one.”


Who is this Drew Dudley guy? He’s an author and speaker, and he has positively impacted many people around the world. Do yourself a favor and check out some of the TED talks he has done, and definitely listen to the recent episode of he Nobody Told Me Podcast. You won’t regret it.



Now, what the heck is a lollipop moment?

One of the many reasons Drew became famous was for creating the idea of the “lollipop moment.” I am going to let you watch the short TED X video in this post and define for yourself what exactly it is. One way to think about a lollipop moment is that it occurs when someone does something for you that fundamentally changed your life. Maybe it was an influential teacher in high school who inspired you to be your best. Maybe it was a parent. Maybe it was a friend that made a huge difference in your life. Or maybe it was someone who helped you believe in yourself and helped you realize your potential has a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. We have all had these moments.

Now, here is the question you need to answer for yourself: how many of you have told those individuals that they helped you? Imagine not knowing the effect you have had one someone.

Here is Drew’s talk from TEDx Toronto-it is a must watch and it will change your life!



How does this pertain to medical education?

Well, in general it pertains to all of us, not just folks in medical education. Drew’s message is really all about leadership and how to lead a good life by creating a truly positive impact in the lives of others. The lollipop moment concept is nothing more than “paying it forward” and thanking someone for something they did for us. Believe me when I say that this type of moment is very powerful, and the world needs more moments like them. Many of us in education and medical education have had these moments. It’s time we thank the people who helped us and to create more of these moments for others.

Here is what Drew says about lollipop moments:


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Practical advice:

  • Write a letter to someone who did something nice for you.
  • Email someone and acknowledge them for their hard work and the influence they had on you
  • Thank someone by picking up a phone and simply calling them
  • Aim to create these moments for the people who surround us in our daily lives

If you are trying to make the world a better place, start my creating a lollipop moment…