Statistics on human trafficking vary, but Dr. Shannon Findlay, an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, offers some sobering information. It is believed that 21 million people worldwide are affected by human trafficking, and perhaps 18,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year in forced labor or sex work. It’s not just people being brought into the country against their will, either, or even moved across state lines. Even people within their home towns can be victims. Recognizing that someone is a victim of human trafficking is difficult, as there are so many variables and misunderstandings to overcome. Physicians may be running across victims and not realizing it, even if something doesn’t seem right about a patient interaction. Corbin Weaver, Tarek Karam, and Kylie Miller join Dr. Shannon to discuss the problem, how physicians can recognize potential victims, and what they can do about it. And with Match Day around the corner, Dr. Findlay also recalls her match experience as well as offers advice to new residents in their intern year. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page where we record Live to include your questions and comments in the show.
Halloweeeeeeennnn! It’s upon us, and while we’re women and men of science around here, we’re not completely able to shed our lizard-brain’s need to take shortcuts. Which is why we are not at all surprised to know that ER docs still think the moon’s revolutions around the big blue marble are in any way important. Fortunately, the post-cave-dwellers at the Marburg Center for Undiagnosed and Rare Disease are putting IBM’s Watson to good use by diagnosing–in seconds– rare diseases that defy the efforts of meatier doctors. And a Rutgers study finds that med school faculty severely underestimate students’ stress and mental health issues.
Our show this time was record in front of a remarkably appreciative audience at The Examined Life Conference, and it was a lot of fun. We talked with several presenters from the conference, including Gabriel Ledger an emergency physician who became a filmmaker when he decided he wanted to find out more about the patients he’d encountered in the ER. We spoke with Emily White, an Iowa undergrad who has been doing research on Dignity Therapy and who no doubt has a bright future in medicine. Toni Becker is a speech language pathology grad student whose portraiture and interviews of people with disabilities remind us of their significance. Susan Ball is associate director of the New York Presbyterian’s AIDS care center, and shared with us her experiences as a physician at the start of the AIDS epidemic.
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