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Episode 092: Fried Lard on a Stick in a Cup

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Brought to you by…State Fairs: We Make French Fries Seem Healthy! Photo by Brett Jordan

Kaci McCleary, Cory Christensen and Tae Kim are excited to experience Iowa State Fair food, which is arguably responsible for a large percentage of Iowa’s dead people.  Enjoy your nacho balls and other crunchy spheres, bacon and brisket explosions, and fried food-that-used-to-be-good-for-you-until-they-fried-it on a stick.  We also talk about The Atlantic’s article about what babies undergrads are about touchy subjects, which just annoys Kaci, who thinks this is a media-manufactured trend.

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Episode 091: Do Doctors Unintentionally Limit Their Patients?

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Mrs. Jones, your injury means you’ll never dance with the Bolshoi. Photo by mthaeg

Listener Brett leaves us a voicemail in the hopes he’ll receive a Starbucks gift card, and he wins, so we play his message (apparently recorded from the scene of a horrific car accident). Brett, don’t forget to send us an address to which we can send your reward, and we hope your injuries heal up nicely.

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Recess Rehash: Episode 082: Nick’s Post Apocalyptic Harem

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Nick cranes his head around to look into the back seat at his little group. “Ladies, we’re almost at the compound.” Photo by Nico Time

 

 

 

 

 

[Today’s episode is a rerun, brought to you by Dave’s vacation.  Enjoy!]

This time, Mark Toral, John Pienta, Kaci McCleary and Nick Sparr discuss Medical Student Performance Evaluations and Dave’s problem: if you’re looking for it to be a recommendation, that’s not going to happen; but the good news is that when you start your clinical rotations, you are already starting to write your own MSPE through the comments you get, so we discuss how to get good comments and how to learn from the formative ones. We debate Mt. Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine ongoing program that guarantees admission to college sophomores who have good grades and are humanities majors, no MCAT required. And Nick describes one of his medschool interviews in which he laid out his plans for an end-of-the-world harem.

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Episode 090: Are you being realistic about the medicine lifestyle?

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A discussion on StudentDoctor.net made Dave wonder if Kaci McCleary, Alison Pletch and John Pienta are truly prepared for life as a doctor. Are their significant others prepared? What are the right expectations in terms of money, time, love, raising children, and all the folderol that comes along with living the dream.

[NOTE: Apologies for the rather weird audio…we tried new mics and they suck. Boo.]
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Episode 089: Things No One Tells You About Med School

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The commitment required for medical school is well known.  But what do you find out about this commitment out only after you’ve begun?  Should you stop untying your shoes to save time?  Will your ethics be challenged during medical school?  Is it best to invest in a crockpot?  Will you doubt your choice to come to medical school?  Find out how Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, and Nick Sparr have dealt with these inevitable questions on this week’s show.  And we announce our voicemail contest, in which you, dear listener, can win a Starbucks gift card.

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Episode 088: How to Get Into Medical School

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Take a deep breath, pre-med. Photo by born1945

You’ve got the grades under control, right?  You’ve got your extracurriculars all planned, right?  You’re shadowing, researching, studying, panicking! Is it all going to be okay? Will I get into medical school?! WILL I?! Yes, you will. You know why? Because we’re going to reveal the secrets of the admissions process.
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Episode 087: The Case of the Foolish Anesthesiologist

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Go ahead, doc. I’m listening. Photo by James Cridland

Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta discuss the anesthesiologist whose patient accidentally caught her on tape insulting, defaming, and generally being a jerk about him. Obviously, this crosses a line, but there is a lot of gallows humor in medicine. Are doctors at risk for having their ‘private conversations’ recorded and being used against them, even in the operating room? And John, reacting to a scenario in an ethics small group session, suggests that it might be a valid thing to ignore legality in favor of doing the right thing, and his classmates were not happy.

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The opinions expressed in this feed and podcast are not those of the University of Iowa or the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; nor do they reflect the views of anyone other than the people who expressed them.  If you have feedback on anything you hear on the show, positive or not, let us know.

Episode 086: Magical Mystery Medicine

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Dylan Todd joins the team, along with Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Cory Christensen to talk about magic. Specifically, whether there is a role for it in medicine. How far should we go in accepting the unknown as valid in treating sick people and in medical research? Complementary medicine, the placebo effects, cochlear implants, many drugs…all (maybe? usually? not always?) work but we don’t always know why or how.
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SLoCCOMP 002: Denise Martinez

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They stand up every day in the front of the room, going on about the nitty-gritty details of this or that, while your desperate fear of missing something that will be on the test is coming off you like an odor.  But who are these lecturers and professors, really? We’ll find out in this series, Secret Lives of CCOM Professors.

Denise Martinez, MD, Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives
Denise Martinez, MD, Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives

Denise Martinez, MD, is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and as such it may be fitting that she and her husband are foodies with a special interest in ethnic foods. Continue reading SLoCCOMP 002: Denise Martinez

Episode 085: 1970s Personalized Care?

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Personalized medicine? Or weird power dynamics?

Senuri Jayatilleka and Eric Wilson have clawed their way to the surface of the M3-year waters to take a breath, and are ready to update Lisa Wehr on what they’re doing (and have been told they should do) to prepare for their fourth year (‘the promised land’) and matching. Time off, here they come! They share what they’ve learned about presenting patients, and the role the white coat plays in their education (hint: never let them see you sweat).
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