Melissa Palma met former transplant surgeon Hani Elkadi in the clinic, and when they got to talking she realized she couldn’t keep him to herself. Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Nicholas Sparr join her for a discussion of his youth in the middle east, the choices (or lack thereof) that led him along the winding road of life. Dr. Elkadi discusses the role of technology and how it’s changed medicine both for the better and the worse, shares stories from his medical training, the role of volunteering in medical training, and the trap specialists sometimes fall into when trying to treat patients.
Medical School is hard work. Between the information to memorize and the concepts to understand, along with the time you’ll spend on it all, it seems ripe for technological intervention. Can an app really help you memorize anatomy? Can a website really help you make medical decisions? Can a table really help you get organized? We recently surveyed students here at the UI Carver College of Medicine and on Reddit, asking them for recommendations and tips on using tech during medical school. Listen in as Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Lisa Wehr, and Greg Woods wade through the results.
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This week, Lisa Wehr and I talk about the dangers of lady hurricanes (do NOT ignore a lady or you will suffer). A Yale prof get’s addicted to an exercise app. Bringing cheaper medical equipment to developing countries. Iowa’s new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building is nearing completion, which is nice for science but even nicer for people who don’t want to look at mounds of dirt any more. X-factors in med school applications–what is (was) yours? Apple moves on creating a place to store all the data your apps are currently housing separately.
- Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them
- Is Some Tech Too Addictive?
- The secret to surviving surgery in a little yellow box
- Apple’s Answer to the Quantified You
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When you’re drinking from the firehose, you need a good straw. This is why medical students often turn to technology to help distill everything down into something they can actually remember and use. But buried under a mountain of technological possibilities, it’s really difficult to decide on what level of dependence on technology you’ll accept, what apps to use, what websites to trust, how to establish a workflow for studying, whether or not residents (or worse, patients) will ding you for whipping out your smartphone during rounds, how to keep all your devices charged, and how to pay for it all.
Students Alison Pletch, Jesse Van Maanen, and Cole Cheney talked about the tech they use; what about you?