You Should NOT Go to Med School (Recess Rehash)

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At least, not until you understand these IMPORTANT downsides

[We took a break for Thanksgiving, so here’s a rerun to enjoy! Happy Holidays!]

  • Co-hosts Aline, Riley, Jacob, and Tracy discuss why they’d have reconsidered their desire to go to medical school…if only they’d known!
  • Things like medical ‘hazing,’ the opportunity costs, and the heirarchical nature of medicine are all infuriating at times, and cause a sort of stress that can make students miserable. Forewarned is forearmed!
  • Plus, listener John and his fiancé will be applying to medical school together. Is that even a good idea, and should they tell their schools about it?

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Urology = Mac & Cheese, and other Thanksgiving Questions Answered

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What Thanksgiving dish will you become?

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Dave and co-hosts Matt, Miranda, Happy, and Chirayu take a moment to acknowledge and call out those they’re thankful for.
  • The gang settles an age-old question: what medical specialty would each Thanksgiving dish be?
  • Listener Thor wants to know: how can he be the best and most “helpful” shadower possible?

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A Medical School Frat?

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Co-op housing saves money for health professions students

  • Housing is among the most expensive parts of the medical student budget, but here at Iowa there is an option that could serve as a model for students at other schools looking for inexpensive housing that comes with friends!
  • The Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Society started in the early 20th century as a fraternity, but in more recent times has evolved into a housing co-op/collective–owned and maintained by its residents rather than a landlord looking for profit.
  • Zay, Conor, Nolan, and Ian discuss its organization, weird bits of its history, and purpose; and its community of not just medical students, but all the other healthcare students who live, study, and play there.

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Hot Takes: Med School Edition (Part 1?)

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These might be very bad ideas…but we’ll talk about them anyway.

  • Riley leads a discussion with Jeff, Levi, and Katie of unpopular opinions about medicine and medical education.
  • Anki sucks! Gap years should be mandatory! All clerkships should be optional! 8th graders should review scientific papers!
  • We don’t know about you, listeners, but the co-hosts enjoyed this discussion so much you can look for a part 2 in December!

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Zebra Hoofbeats: Rare Compassion for People with Rare Diseases

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“Rare Compassion” links medical students with families living with rare diseases

  • M2s Matt, Happy, and Jacob, and MD/PhD student Levi welcome Rachel Barron and M4 Dao Tran to talk about a program which links medical students with families and patients suffering from rare genetic conditions.
  • Rare Compassion from Global Genes seeks to build mutual understanding between learners and people with untreatable or unknown conditions as they navigate a healthcare system that has difficulty dealing with ambiguity.

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Is A Research Year Right for You?

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Many medical students decide to take a year “off” to do research. But is it necessary?

  • M2s Zach and Elvire, PA2 Ethan, and Md/PhD students Miranda and Riley talk about why a student would want to take a whole year out of med school to do research.
  • Some reasons discussed include ambitions for a research-heavy specialty program; to make up for deficiencies in other areas; and just to increase one’s skills in the event that their future careers might benefit.
  • The gang pimp each other on important ‘medical’ knowledge, and Dave fires up the SCP Test Kitchen to create more efficient snacks for busy students.

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Vote For Your Patients

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Election day is nearly here! Here are the issues you might consider

Disclaimer: We’re don’t intend to suggest you vote in any particular way, though we may discuss our own views. We’re wish to illustrate the connection between medicine and politics, and emphasize: no matter what you believe, vote for yourself and your patients!

Editorial note: one statement made in a previous version of this episode, that the origins of policing started as slave patrols in the south, is not completely accurate. You can read more about that common misconception here. We’ve removed that statement from the episode.

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Physician Associate vs. Assistant: What’s in a name?

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Physician Assistants have been an important partners to MDs for 50 years.

  • A big crowd is in the studio to talk about physician assistants during National PA Week! PA2 students Ariele and Hannah join M2s Chandler, Hend, and Sophie to talk about the partnership in learning they have at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, as well as their future partnerships with physicians.
  • The gang explores these roles and more in an improv game of General Hazepital.

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How Studying Changes from Premed to Clnicals

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What you get away with as an undergrad won’t serve you in med school.

  • M2s Jacob and Maddie, M4 Mason and new co-host PA2 Mark take us through how they changed their study habits from undergrad through the clinical years.
  • Dave reads an old German folktale about how to become a doctor. Hint: it’s harder today, and involves much less mansplaining, but there’s at least one feature that still exists from antiquity.

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Pancakes and Firehoses: How Med Students Decide Where to Focus

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There’s always something more to do, but should you do it? And how much?

  • First, we get something important out of the way: Is “Drinking from the Firehose” the best analogy for medical school’s workload, or is “The (Infinite) Stack of Pancakes” more accurate?
  • M2s Matt and Zay, MD/PhD student Riley and M4 Nathen discuss how they decide how much to do in medical school to become the best doctor they can be.

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