Listener Shivam wrote to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask his question: does becoming a DO hinder one’s chances in competitive specialties? MD/PhD students Aline Sandouk and Sahaana Arumugam, M2 Nathan Spitz, and M4 Marisa Evers weigh in, while Dave uses his tiny brain to try and parse the National Residency Matching Program’s statistics to find an answer.
The gang considers whether it would help their anxiety to adopt an alter ego to overcome their anxiety surrounding upcoming events. Then Nathan clues them in to the defacing of the famous George Floyd mural in Minneapolis by a medical student. All that and a smattering of Ellen Degeneris news–is she cancelled?
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Do med students get training on how to deal with sexual attention from patients?
Listener Zipadee Doodah (not her actual name) was the victim of unwanted sexual attention from a patient. Because her employer didn’t have a policy in place to deal with it, she fought for one. But she wonders, what sort of training do medical students get on dealing with unwanted advances from patients? Kaci McCleary, Erik Kneller, Eric Schnieders, and newbie co-host Cheryl Wang offer their perspectives. Plus we consider a clever approach from a restaurateur who was surprised to learn that her efforts to create a welcoming, inclusive place of business nevertheless masked a simmering harassment problem. How she and her crew dealt with it might be a model for medicine.
We also heard from Yanis, who’s got an MBA/MA and is applying to medical school. But he’s worried a lack of science-types to write letters of recommendation letters might hurt his chances.
Finally, Paulius responded to our recent episode on test anxiety–specifically, Dave’s painful ice cube technique–with a more gentle technique of his own.
Anxiety about your competitive specialty ambitions in your first year isn’t worth it.
Listener Luis wrote in expressing his anxiety that his med school–which he’ll begin attending this fall–doesn’t have the prestige or programs to support his desire for a competitive specialty like ophthalmology. If that’s the case, he wondered, what can he do to increase his chances of obtaining his dream career? Fortunately for Luis, Irisa Mahaparn, Gabe Conley, Brendan George, Jason Lewis, and new co-host Andres Dajles were on hand to give Luis the advice and encouragement he needs…and a tiny dose of tough love, too.
Also, Dave indulges in his interest in tech startup culture by having his co-hosts pitch to him random product ideas for random people.
This Week in Medical News
Did an astronaut’s genetic code change after being in space? Of course not. Should med students upgrade their stupid brains with “cognitive prosthetic” implants? Anything to pass that test! Should Dave have his brain turned to glass when his stupid body is ready to kick it so he can be uploaded to the cloud someday? Er…ask again later?
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Would you get a chip in your head if it made you a better student? Or is there a line you just won’t cross? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 2006 review of studies on medical student psychological distress suggests that its common for medical students to experience depression and anxiety, more so than in the general population or those in the later years of medical training. Hello, Captain Obvious. As our new medical students finish up their first full week of medical school, student Natalie Ramirez and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics psychiatrist Jodi Tate join us to talk about the stress that medical students face as they begin medical school, and what they can do to take the edge off.