The Summer Health Professions Education Program, SHPEP, has become a summer tradition at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Students from around the country participate in SHPEP’s goal: “to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.”
Iowa program’s SHPEPers Hailey Phillips, Hiancha Pinho, and Meranda Pham join co-host Teneme Konne to discuss the program, what it accomplishes for them, and how mentorship — examples of success in healthcare — is crucial for those who are underrepresented in medicine.
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It’s time for a change, whether we want it or not.
Oh, gosh. It’s Kaci McCleary and Amy Young’s last show as co-hosts. Irisa Mahaparn and Teneme Konne join them to discuss their impending moves to Colorado and Minnesota. Also, they lament Iowa’s new Fetal Heartbeat Bill and what some observers believe will be an associated collapse of OB/Gyn in Iowa should the law go into effect. But life goes on, and Amy–a relatively new parent–talks parenting fails. Luckily for her little Sammy, and sadly for his own children, Dave has her beat. And listener Corey reaches out on Facebook to tell Dave he’s wrong. Shocker.
Plus, Dave reveals how you can get free swag Dave made with frickin’ laser beams…listen to find out how.
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.
CCOM’s Summer Program for Future Health Professionals Was a Success.
While Dave was on vacation, Teneme Konne got together with some folks we talked to back in July, pre-health students in UI’s Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a program that offers minority students and others access to mentorship and insight into future health careers. Yasmine Rose, Kristine Pham, Gil Osuna-Leon and Martin Rosenfeld came back, along with program administrator Nicole Keating, and shared with us the progress they made, what they learned, and where they’re going to take their newfound confidence in their health career choices. Also, are Iowans really the rudest drivers? And Yasmine is passionate about her rant on the hypocrisy of environmentalists that eat meat.
In Medical News…
Last year, the United Nations admitted–after five years of denials–that it did play a role in Haiti’s cholera outbreak following the 2010 earthquake there. Epidemiologists believe that the outbreak originated in a UN peacekeeping camp with poor sanitation, and probably from a UN soldier who’d brought the disease from Nepal. The UN has a lot at stake here, and the gang looks at the situation and what they feel the UN has as its responsibilities and risks in dealing with an outbreak that has sickened 770,000 Haitians and killed 9,200.
[We’re re-releasing this episode because when it was first posted the file was screwed up. Enjoy!]
Much like America, doctors are afraid of mental illness.
Physicians are no better than the rest of us at dealing with mental illness, even as they work valiantly to get their patients to recognize and get treatment for their conditions. As society becomes more open about ‘mood disorders,’ it is still common for MDs to reject treatment for depression, substance abuse disorders, anxiety, and more…and physicians and medical students are literally killing themselves–America loses 300 to 400 doctors every year to suicide. Our co-hosts this week, Zeynep Demir, Innie Kim, Jason Lewis, and Kaci McCleary all have experienced their own disorders, and have formed a CCOM chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Still in it’s infancy, they’ll be working to destigmatize mental illness among physicians, residents, and medical students in the hope that those who suffer can be saved and become what they always wanted to be: effective, compassionate, and healthy physicians.
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Do you suffer from a mental illness, and worry about your future as a physician? We’d love to hear your story, anonymously if that’s what you’d prefer. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email email@example.com.
Med School Requires Sacrifice…but not of everything.
Listener Arman is starting school this fall, and is feeling something many do at the start of this journey: that in order to succeed, he’ll have to do nothing but study. Will he’ll have to sacrifice his outside interests to succeed? Kylie Miller, Matt Wilson, Teneme Konne and Patrick Brau admit that medical students love to talk about how hard it is and how much time they give to their new lives. To be sure, sacrifice is a part of learning to be a doctor. But they do have reassuring words for those who worry their identities are about to be ransacked. Plus, Yahoo! Answers leave us with more questions than we started with…like, did the fruit fly regain consciousness?
What do you do when you’re pulled in too many directions?
The world of work, and medical school, is often about adjusting for a number of “top” priorities. Dave’s been having one of those weeks where his work is pulling him in several directions at once, and thought to ask his co-hosts Erin Pasaski, Patrick Brau, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Kaci McCleary what techniques they use when they, inevitably, find themselves struggling to manage all of the important tasks med school throws at them.
Also, since the CCOM Writing and Humanities Program exists to bring art into the lives of busy med students, Dave went out and bought playdough so his co-hosts could flex their sculpting skills on common patient complaints. Visit our Facebook page for the gallery!
Most Med Schools Prize Minorities…but they can be hard to find.
This week, Teneme Konne introduced Dave to some students participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/AAMC venture, the Summer Health Professions Education Program, which has as it’s aim to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of minorities and prepare them to apply, matriculate, and succeed in healthcare professional education. Yasmine Rose, Kristine Pham, Gil Osuna-Leon and Martin Rosenfeld talk about how students of ethnicities underrepresented in medicine need this kind of mentorship from people who have faced, fought, and vanquished the same challenges they’ll face on their path to medical school.
As a planned parenthood sex educator, listener T’keyah wants to know what medical schools teach about meeting the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients. Amy Young, Patrick Brau, Liza Mann, and Teneme Konne can’t, of course speak for all medical schools, but they can speak about what they are learning: quite a lot, not least because we have an LGBTQ clinic they can rotate on! T’keyah snuck a second question in, too: she loves her job, and it’s important work. So, is the advice she’s gotten to stop working while studying for the MCAT valid?
This Week’s Medical News
A study out of the UK says that men of advanced paternal age (ahem, forty or older) tend to father geekier boys: smart, focused, and unconcerned about what people think of them. And we took note of an column this week on why doctors swear so much. Hint: it’s not all sunshine and roses, being a physician. With this in mind it is only logical that, in the name of science, Dave has his co-hosts stick their hands in ice water and recite Dr. Seuss. Will they be able to withstand the ethically induced pain?
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A flood of listener questions this week! It’s probably due in part to medical school application season has begun, which means medical school applicants are trying to figure out if they have what it takes…on paper. For instance, an anonymous listener (“Meldor”) called in to find out what kinds of gap year jobs Liza Mann, Elizabeth Shirazi, Kelsey Adler, and Teneme Konne thought would allow her to keep connected to the world of medicine while she’s applying. Of course, a gap year job like that isn’t hard to find…but is that really necessary? We play a game to find out who can best spin any gap year job to an admissions interviewer.
Also, listener Mike returns to let us know more exactly what he was concerned about in our long-past episode in which we spoke of gun violence. And Andrea wants to know more about what medical students learn about health disparities; given that much of human disease is about societal influences, including economic and racial divides, it turns out the answer is quite a lot.
Lastly, after hearing our recent discussion on food deserts, Erica let us know about an organization at her alma mater, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Brightside Produce is devoted to generating scientific results that increase yields and reduce environmental impacts of small-scale agriculture in cities. Basically, they’re fighting inner-city hunger using science to enable urban farmers.
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Hearing from Mike, Andrea, Erica, and Meldor only whets our appetite for more listener contact. Thank you, everyone! If you have something to say or a question to ask, call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email email@example.com.