Does research mean a whole lot when applying to residency?
Listener Nathan called in to the SCP Hotline at 347-SHORTCT to ask how research works for medical students. Is it necessary? Is it recommended? How do you find research to do? Irisa Mahaparn, Miranda Schene, Emma Barr, and newcomer Nadiah Wabba are on hand to discuss the roles of research in med school, how it can help a residency applications, for which residency applications research is a recommended component, and how it all works.
Also, can the crew figure out what has been censored from medical stock photos? To play along, here’s the gallery:
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Aline Sandouk discusses with her co-hosts the recent breakthrough in her research–which is pretty much that she’s experiencing the exact opposite of what PhD students fear, and that her research may just have a path forward. Whew! And while we couldn’t answer any listener questions this week–hang in there, Madeline and Tiana, you’re on the list!–we did answer anatomy questions asked with dental mouth spreaders in our mouths. Warning: this episode contains more than the usual amount saliva-based sounds.
Our newest co-host has already had a taste of fame.
Abby Fyfe joins the crew this time, along with Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, and Aditi Patel. Turns out, Abby is an old hand at being internet famous, because she was (trigger warning) once run over by a bus. True story. She has since regained her 3-dimensional shape, but did she mine that experience for her med school applications?
But first, listener Tyler wants to know: is your undergrad institution’s reputation an important factor for med school admissions committees? And we got some feedback from Alex, an actual registered dietician, and Blake responds to a recent question from Courtney about raising kids during med school.
Later, Jayden quizzes us: can we guess what these genes do based on their very geeky names?
Jennifer Andersen, a sociology PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaches a course called Sociology of Health and Health Care. She reached out to us to propose that her students would send in questions for us as an extra credit assignment, which was a great idea we jumped on because it meant Dave would barely have to prepare for this show…I mean, it’d be a great education opportunity for her students’ young, fertile minds.
Ahem. Aaanyhow, her students really stepped up with some great topics for Aline Sandouk, Aditi Patel, and new co-hosts Kelsey Anderson and Jacob Chrestenson. So come along with us as we dive into questions like, have you ever had to do something in med school that wasn’t ethical, is it better to come to medical school with an open mind about your eventual career, and what’s it like working with different attendings all the time? They’ve got answers to all these queries and a lot more.
How can you brag about yourself without bragging about yourself?
We are taught from a young age (most of us, anyway) not to brag. It is better, we may sometimes hear, to show confidence. Listener Rachel wrote in with a question about the secondary application: how does one confidently talk themselves up without coming across as a braggart? Lucky for Rachel, we have Daniel Schnall from our admissions staff on hand to help Mark Moubarek, Kylie Miller, Aline Sandouk, and Gabe Conley with some great advice about how to sell yourself on your application and also back it up. Don’t want to look like a chump? Dan has your answer, Rachel.
Kylie had an excellent idea: med students are pressed for time, and nutrition can be one of those things they deep six in favor of studying. Her thought: let’s make a cookbook for Med Student Success, and listeners can contribute! Do you have a favorite recipe you use to keep your Kreb’s cycle in tip top shape? Then submit the recipe so we all can benefit! Comfort food, speedy prep, healthy living, or whatever, we want to hear about it! We’ll publish the results in some fashion, and everyone who contributes will get a free copy!
Plus, the group plays Doctor Forehead. Do you know the terms and concepts Dave found in the news last week, and why they were even being talked about?
This Week in Medical News
Everyone knows ortho residents don’t get enough exercise. Skinny, pale, weak, they’re practically collapsing under the weight of their own skin. Which is why we’re relieved that someone took pity and created a peer reviewed(?) workout routine for them, using common materials found around the ortho workroom. Get swole! Is the NIH doing it’s job of funding innovative research and fostering research careers? Doesn’t sound like it. And the AMA goes all in on a call to ban the American Dreamsale and ownership of assault weapons.
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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 a long road, and a lot of deliberate work to get to the top spot in academic medicine; and there’s not that many top spots available. Fortune 500 CEOs are a dime a dozen, but there are only a relative handful of dean positions out there. For this episode, Cole Cheney talked with our own Dean Debra Schwinn to find out more about her and her journey, and Zhi Xiong, Greg Woods, and Corey Christensen pitched in with their reactions to questions like…
On September 12, the Carver College of Medicine celebrated medical student’s efforts in reseasrch, and what better day than that for a ‘cast featuring student researchers? Cole Cheney hosts David Peters, Ezequiel Brown, Tyler Olson, and Emi Deumic to talk about their efforts in broadening medical knowledge and in learning about the world that researchers inhabit. It’s a fascinating place, and it makes Cole talk funny. Continue reading Research Day!→
Junk science dominates our thoughts in this episode, our first recording in front of a live studio audience (the Introduction to Medical Education at Iowa students who were kind enough to join us). Cole Cheney, Alison Pletch, Keenan Laraway, and Eric Wilson talked about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s recent troubles, including a New York M3 who asked the AMA and the NY Medical Association to step in. Also, Cole drops some new research knowledge on us about why pot makes people paranoid (hint–having a researcher stand over you asking you if you’re paranoid might be another known cause of paranoia), and The Egyptian Army says it has cured HIV and hepatitis, or so they claim, using a simple point and shoot device that detects AND purifies the blood. But it needs a leeeeetle more testing…
This time Lisa Wehr, Cole Cheney, and Zhi Xiong get to hear Dave’s many terrible business ideas for medical students.
Also, Zhi shares her enjoyment of studying for Step 2 CK and CS. A NY medical school proposes a terrorism-focused curriculum, which sounds nice. We view a trailer for the independent film Code Black created by an LA emergency medicine doc. Missouri is thinking about creating ‘assistant physicians’ to drastically shorten the intern year. And Cole shares research that shows mice will readily use a running wheel and tell their friends about it, if you just set it in the woods where they live, thus paving the way for tiny mouse gym memberships and strip malls.