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Megastructures

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John Pienta has an profound moment with a patient, one which crystalized for him a sense that he’s doing exactly the right thing in his life. Meanwhile (being full of profundity this week) he brings Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, and Corbin Weaver good news–that we are not alone in the universe. Maybe…Marc’s not buying it. Whatever, science boy, this changes everything.
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Follow your Dreams–Get Fired!

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Well, so much for that. Photo by jiva.

Lisa Wehr teaches Kaci McCleary and Dylan Todd about the invention of the shipping container. We look forward to the day when humans are replaced by robots in the workplace so people can pursue their real dreams. On the other hand, we rage at the work-world gurus who suggest that we behave in a way that our bosses would fire us for (he’s looking at you, four-hour-work-week, follow-your-dreams spewers).
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Darren Hoffmann

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Darren S. Hoffmann, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

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 find out in this series, Secret Lives of CCOM Professors. Continue reading Darren Hoffmann

Burn due to water skis on fire

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Are you under-caffeinated but hate the kind of caffeine that doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth?  Do you lack ways to describe unlikely illnesses and injuries with absurd specificity?  Then come along with us as Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd (Todd Dylan?), Marc Toral, and Lisa Wehr explore medical news that makes us go hmm…
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A Tasty Treat

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popDave rewards his podcasters with a tasty treat. Though this may be a new definition of the words ‘tasty’ and ‘treat’ of which Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, Emily White, and newbie Alex Volkmar were previously unaware. And as a special bonus, we offer lots of lovely lip smacking sounds for our listeners.
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Advice for the Young At Heart

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Dylan Todd, Marc Toral, Eric Wilson are on hand to give advice to caller Todd, who is just beginning his journey from community college to medical school. Is the advice we give any good? Well, we tried, and that’s all that counts. Also, we discuss researchers’ discovery that it’s possible to cause hallucinations just by staring into someone else’s eyes for 10 minutes. Try it! Don’t be weird, get permission first; maybe even start by introducing yourself.
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SciFi MedEd

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My stars, Martha, I’m ever so sorry you’re feeling poorly! Now you sit right down, I’ve printed you a new liver. Photo by x-ray delta one

Christina Sloan, Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, and Eric Elliott are all in the Medical Scientist Training Program, which recently enjoyed a retreat in which they explored the intersections between medicine and science fiction to look at where medical science has been and where it’s going.  Jenna calls in with a question about what the spouse of a future medical student can do to support them during their studies.  We inadequately explore the question, since only Christina is in an actual relationship with another human.

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Science Works, But Who Cares?

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From the vibrant Boulware Learning Community, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, Dylan Todd, and Lisa Wehr discuss Yelp’s new hospital reviews and ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard. And we talk about why science and science facts fail to persuade people to believe the truth. Are emotional appeals better used than facts to teach people about medical truths? Is scientific fact as irrelevant now for most people as it was in the early part of the 20th century?
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How will you deal with a preceptor’s bad behavior?

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Ms. Jones, here’s your female viagra prescription. Now, it has serious side effects, but if it kills you at least you’ll go happy. Photo by dayblakelydonaldson

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an editorial from a medical educator admitting and highlighting the fact that there are objectionable people in medicine, and showing how the hierarchical nature of medicine leads otherwise well-meaning students to play along with racism, sexism, and harassment.   One can argue that no-one should ever play along, but in order to not be taken off guard by those who have control over your life, you must have a plan for bad behavior.  Corbin Weaver and newbies Tony Rosenberg, Nicole Westergaard, and Emily White toss around some ideas.

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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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