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The Ethics of End-of-Life Care

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Decisions made at the end of life are among the most complicated.

  • M1 Jeff, M3 Ananya, and MD/PhD students Riley and Miranda discuss what they’re taught about the ethics surrounding the end of life.
  • What are the physician’s responsibilities? How do they balance the patient’s wishes, the family’s desires, the directive to do no harm and to provide the best possible care, and the need to ensure that such considerations are supplied to any and all patients.
  • Add in the myriad cultural and religious beliefs that doctors, patients, and families have, and you get quite a difficult set of calculations to ponder.

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They Came, They Saw, They Figured It Out: Tales from First Semester

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Three Medical Students’ perspectives on their first med school semester

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“Soft” Skills: The Importance of Learning to Communicate

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Communication skills are just as important as medical knowledge and clinical skills

  • M3 Ananya, M3 Eric, MD/PhD student Madi, and our admissions guru Rachel talk about communication skills and their importance for patient outcomes, professional development and advancement, and career satisfaction.
  • Whether it’s patients reviewing their notes in the electronic health record, residents passing on knowledge to students, providers empathetically communicating findings and plans to patients with no scientific background, or scientists collaborating professionally with their colleagues, everything depends on this thing that humans do all the time–with varying degrees of success.
  • Meanwhile, some students may see these as “soft” skills, giving less importance to them than grades on exams or their scores on boards.

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Breaking the Silence: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on the Power of Trauma-Informed Care

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[A Note to Listeners: this episode features discussions of sex abuse, rape, and other crimes that many listeners will find disturbing.]

Insights From the Bench on How Doctors Can Work With The Law To Protect Victims of Sexual Assault.

  • The Honorable Rosemarie Aquilina–the judge in the Larry Nassar USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse trial–talks with us about how even well-meaning doctors can ruin prosecutions of sex abuse cases.
  • Trauma informed care, restorative justice, and compassionate advocacy are all tools that must be shared between the law and medicine.
  • As Aline and Jessica discuss very sensitive and disturbing topics with her–listeners beware–we think you’ll find Judge Aquilina’s courage and values resonant with attributes of the best medical practitioners.

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Race Is Everywhere In Medicine–Meet A Student Trying To Change That (Recess Rehash)

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Is race, a social construct, appropriately used to make medical decisions?

  • Race is commonly spoken of in medicine as a risk factor for diseases. It has even found its way into the equations that help doctors assess biological function.
  • But is race–commonly acknowledged these days as a social construct and not a biological one–really a valid way to factor in the differences between one patient and another? M3 Vijay and other students are helping lead the charge to re-assess these ideas.
  • Also, MD/PHD students Aline, Levi, and Riley help listener Michelina decide what to do about her hair during interviews…and debate whether aspiring docs should even be worried about their physical look when applying.

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How to Get Involved in Meaningful Med School Research

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And what does “meaningful” mean?

  • This episode is about how med students should think about research projects, how to get involved, what to look for in a mentor, and realistic expectations for research in medical school.
  • Co-hosts Chandler, Jeff, Matt, and Faith talk with Robert Roghair, MD, the director of our Medical Student Research Program to find out what it means to do research during medical school.
  • Dave makes his co-hosts take a pop quiz on Holiday Season research posted at StudyFinds.org.  

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PHI RHO: ANOTHER CO-OP HOUSING OPTION

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Another “frat” is more evidence that housing co-ops work in med school.

  • After our recent episode with members of AKK, the students living at Phi Rho wanted their time on the show. Tracy, Mitch, Jeff, and Ashray stop by to discuss their own beloved housing arrangement.
  • The gang plays another of Dave’s weird games, in which his co-hosts try to match each other’s energies with a sound-based guessing game.

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Medical School Hot Takes, Part 2

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More possibly terrible ideas about how the world should work

  • Dave and Riley enjoyed the first hot takes episode so much, they decided to do a follow up of those they didn’t get to.
  • Aline, Alec, and Miranda join in, with their takes: no medical students who haven’t failed, Tik Tok filters are doing to damage to children’s brains, students lie about their ability to hear heart murmurs, and more.
  • Listener and US Marine Tanner writes in to ask about his undergraduate education plan as his military service draws to a close, but Dave has concerns about how admissions committees will view undergrad education at a for-profit institution.

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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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