For medical school admissions, package study of alternative medicine carefully
Chrissa wrote in to say that she believes that complementary and alternative medicine systems should be more important to mainstream, Western medicine. In fact, she’s studying Ayurvedic medicine, and she wants to know if she should talk about it in her future medical school admissions applications and interviews. Gabe Conley, Patrick Brau, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Derek Bradley (along with several other co-hosts I put the question to) offer their advice to Chrissa, which is, sure, but be careful how you do it. And we find out just how much our crew knows about Ayurvedic medicine with a little pop quiz.
Did Dave offend you with his jokes about CAM? Are you studying CAM or have an interest in using it in your practice some day? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should a Medical School Applicant Open Up About a Successful Journey to Sobriety?
Our recent episode on mental illness in medical school generated some listener feedback. K wrote to say thanks for the honest discussion (our pleasure!), and wondered how open she should be on her medical school application about her journey to sobriety and how it led her to find a love for community service. Dave’s six (!) co-hosts this week–Kalyn Campbell, Kylie Miller, Levi Endelman, Irene Morcuende, Kaci McCleary, and Laura Quast–agree that it’s a tough question with two answers…the one we’d like to be able to give, and the perhaps more realistic one that acknowledges human nature.
Listener Erica called in wondering how students cope with the challenges of medical school and residency, especially in the context of a mental illness. And Terel dropped us a line to ask the differences between a hospitalist and an internist.
This Week in Medical News
Groundbreaking research from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that alternative medicine is a crappy option for cancer patients‘ survival rates…except for prostate cancer. And a Chinese startup publishes a study in which CRISPR knocks out pig PERVs. That’s Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses, silly, and it means if you need an organ transplant one day, you might have to thank a pig for that heart.
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Dylan Todd joins the team, along with Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Cory Christensen to talk about magic. Specifically, whether there is a role for it in medicine. How far should we go in accepting the unknown as valid in treating sick people and in medical research? Complementary medicine, the placebo effects, cochlear implants, many drugs…all (maybe? usually? not always?) work but we don’t always know why or how. Continue reading Episode 086: Magical Mystery Medicine→
We’re trying something new with the podcast. It’s been a while between episodes, and your erstwhile executive producer hasn’t had a lot of time to arrange for great interviewees or topics. So, I thought, let’s get together and just…talk. Freestyle, as it were. We talk with med students Tim Bahr, Pat Hussey, Elizabeth Dupic, and Rhonda Endecott about their highs and lows of the past week, CCOM Match Day results, and whatever crossed our minds, basically.
And there were some news stories that caught my eye recently including infection rates at hospitals according to the CDC (hint: I’d rather drive recklessly than get admitted); and Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales says “Uh, no” to alt-med champions because he’d rather the site feature actually credible medical info (which is good news for basic science course directors, eh?).