How to Think About Med Schools’ Primary Care Statistics
Listener Lavender BloodPoison (not their real name) sent us a message saying they were impressed by CCOM’s Primary Care residency match statistics. And while many schools that serve states like ours do love primary care, “there are lies, damn lies, and statistics,” as the saying goes. How should one interpret match statistics in light of the fact that many who appear to match in primary care will go on to specialize after their first year residency? Lisa Wehr, Teneme Konne, Aline Sandouk, Amy Young, and Kaci McCleary are here to drop some truths about the so-called “Dean’s Lie” (less a lie as much as it is a truth that doesn’t tell the whole story).
Also, Meldor returns to give us an update (congratulations, Meldor!), though we mourn losing her to another school. So we console ourselves by dishing on the medical scientist training program lifestyle.
It’s winter break at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. For most people, that means there are a couple weeks to relax and rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and familial relations. Despite a lack of available co-hosts, The Short Coats never take a break, which is why Dave had to invite fellow student affairs staffers Chris Roling (Financial Services) and Kate McKenzie (Admissions) to join MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk and physician assistant student and noob co-host Paul Kretkowski on this week’s show. To give Chris and Kate the full experience, we visit with the fine patients at the Yahoo! Answers Doctor’s Office to hear and answer their questions on concussions, nail gun injuries and impressive DIY treatments, and the potential dangers of floor pizza.
This Week in Medical News
Our humble state of Iowa is home to a new effort to create nanovaccines for influenza which promise to eliminate many of the current vaccine’s downsides while increasing its effectiveness. More evidence that the gut and brain are intimately linked. And the scandal of the CDC’s banned words might have been a trifle overblown.
Even though Dave’s in NYC, he still finds a way to call it in (pun intended) for a show with Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, John Pienta, and Jason Lewis. We discuss the possibility that most medical abstracts are at best wishful thinking and at worst fraudulent. And speaking of research, physicians get it together to petition congress to start treating gun violence as a fundable research topic for the CDC. Continue reading Guns and Research→
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?).