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May 23, 2019
The Laws that are Shrinking the Telomeres of OB/Gyn Residents
Admissions counselor Megan Kosovski joins Aline Sandouk, Emma Barr, Nick Lind, and Hannah Van Ert for this show, because we had a listener question from a Canadian listener not-named "Molson." What it's like, Molson wanted to know, for a Canadian to apply to medical school in the US, which he's considering doing since Canadian schools are so few and the odds are so low. Molson, pull the tab on that brewski and we'll get you sorted. As Executive Producer Jason Lewis is leaving us for greener pastures, Dave is preparing to take part in interviewing his replacement. Which means that he's gotta rev up his BS detector so he can help select the right person. With that in mind, can his co-hosts detect the BS or truth found within the often ridiculous claims found Snopes.com? A tragic incident of a trans man losing his baby after a series of errors and confusion related to his gender is detailed in a case study. Yet another reason for the US graduate medical education system to change how it treats residents might be found in their shrinking telomeres. And the risks to OB/Gyn training that recent abortion bills in Alabama and elsewhere are posing (WARNING: politics and conspiracy theories ahead!).. We Want to Hear From You--How do you feel about the recent anti-abortion bills? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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63 min
May 16, 2019
In 2019, Medicine Is Political.
[Once again, our charitable mission is supported in this episode by CommonBond. Thank you, CommonBond!!!] Former listener Cash commented on Facebook that he doesn't listen any more because of our political comments. So on today's show, Aline Sandouk, Rob Humble, Irisa Mahaparn, and Admissions Counselor Kate McKenzie help Dave process Cash's feedback. Should medical students, physicians, and scientists express themselves on political issues or should they remain publicly neutral? Moreover, with medicine and science having become among the hottest topics in politics, is there an actual obligation to take a stand? This Week in Medical News: A recent study of volunteers who had their genes sequenced, proteins mapped, biome surveyed, and blood and cheek swabs analyzed intensively found that the dream of "personalized" medicine may just be within reach...but at what cost? Coca Cola is accused of including undisclosed kill clauses in its nutrition research agreements in case don't like the results. And another study confirms that which women of color have three times the risk of dying during pregnancy and after compared to white women! How can we help you on your med school journey? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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51 min
May 9, 2019
Marcia’s Measley Message Makes Mistaken Moms Mad
Our charitable mission is supported in this episode by CommonBond. Be sure to pay them a visit to learn more about their new medical school loan, and tell 'em we sent you! Emma Barr, Miranda Schene, Allison Klimesh, and new co-host Jenna Mullins are all first-years at the Carver College of Medicine. As our co-hosts this time, they're happy to help answer listener questions! For instance, Tim wrote to us asking about the disadvantaged applicant designation on the med school application, saying he's hesitant to apply it to himself though on paper he might fit that description. And Mike wrote in to clarify some things about three-year MD degree programs, but he's also wondering if he might be a good fit for an accelerated path. This week in medical news, actor Maureen McCormick claps back at anti-vaxxers who are using an episode of the 1960s sitcom The Brady Bunch, which she starred in as Marcia Brady, to support their argument that measles is not that big of a deal. Which got Dave thinking about the medical dramas of his youth (and beyond), specifically their theme songs. Can his co-hosts Name Those Med Tunes? We Want to Hear From You: What was your favorite medical drama and why? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
May 2, 2019
Here’s Vomit In Your Eyes
Our charitable mission is supported in this episode by CommonBond.co/scp. Be sure to pay them a visit to learn more about their new medical school loan, and tell 'em we sent you! Admissions counselor Megan Kosovski joins the fun to help LJ Agostinelli, Aline Sandouk, and new co-host Armin Avdic answer some listener questions. Claire, for instance, wants to know if she needs to quit her job as a radiation tech to fulfill pre-med requirements like shadowing and volunteering. And Elizabeth wants to know what colleges typically do when personal difficulties arise between one's peers and mentors. Plus, Dave satisfies his pretensions to be a medical educator by giving the crew a pop quiz. Can they discern which strange research project is the actual strange research project and not one Dave made up? The AAMC offers insight into a 'new' trend in medical education: the three-year fast-track MD degree program. It's been tried before in times of shortages...is the time right to roll it out again to address physician shortages and high student debt? The Short Coats offer free advice! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com! We'll try to help!
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57 min
April 25, 2019
Brown Girl, White Coat, ft. Saie Joshi
Saie Joshi is a first-year med student at Baylor, but that's not all she is. She's got a beautiful singing voice and a busy schedule advising med school hopefuls from her tight-knit Indian-American community. And, of course, as she's an up-and-coming podcaster we were excited to have her on as a guest co-host. Aline Sandouk, Issac Schwantes, and Rob Humble spoke with Saie about her show Brown Girl White Coat, and about ZdoggMD's recent reflection on moral injury among physicians and healthcare providers. Fittingly, we had a question from listener Jesse about his path forward after a bad first semester lead to a low graduating GPA. Luckily Saie was on hand to help. Scientists at Yale have found a way to partially re-start the brains of pigs hours after they were slaughtered, causing ethicists to clutch their inhalers. The Feds rounded up more than 60 people including doctors and pharmacists in Appalachia charging them with opioid offences and fraud. And a cure for bubble boy syndrome using HIV has changed the lives of 10 infants barring unknown future side effects. We Want to Hear From You. Do you have a project you want to tell us about? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'll help you spread the word. Merchandise: theshortcoat.com/store.
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52 min
April 18, 2019
A Tinkle In Our Pants and A Song In Our Hearts
This week, with help from LJ Agostinelli, Irisa Mahaparn, and new co-host Fili Bogdanic, Dave offers listener Karstan some advice for med students (and others) who want to start a podcast. It's a worthwhile activity, without question, for discovering and understanding the field you're growing into, provided you can find the time! Listener Coleman writes in to find out what kind of plan we'd suggest having for visiting medical schools. Dave has ideas...but to his surprise his co-hosts weren't even sure pre-interview visits were necessary! Vive la difference! And we once again plumb the depths of Yahoo! Answers for some real-life medical questions, the excuse Dave always gives for doing this to his co-hosts. To Dave's relief, scientists have found that declines in working memory can be temporarily reversed using non-invasive transcranial alternating-current stimulation, but to his eternal dismay, his co-hosts always...uh, the always...wait, what was I writing about? What would you do to increase your working memory? Let us know that, or anything else by calling 347-SHORTCT anytime, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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64 min
April 16, 2019
Bonus: Tropical Medicine is Saving the World, ft. Karen Goraleski
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a sprawling organization, and for good reason. As CEO Karen Goraleski says, it's a big tent. And with all the disciplines needed to fight emerging infectious diseases like Leishmaniasis and other neglected tropical diseases, from veterinary medicine to ecology to entomology to logistics--it's no wonder. With University of Iowa College of Public Health epidemiology student Kurayi Mahachi, this bonus episode explores the job of eliminating the world's most difficult to treat diseases--infectious or otherwise--and why Americans must not shrug it off as someone else's problem but join the fight. Also, premedicine and med students take note: TropMed is the ASTMH's yearly conference, and it sounds very friendly and is a ridiculous bargain for those looking to explore this fascinating, world-saving effort as a career. This November, consider joining them in Maryland, just 10 miles from Washington, DC. We offer free advice! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'll answer your questions or find someone who can!
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55 min
April 11, 2019
Your Romance Could End In Tears, But It Doesn’t Have To!
We're devoting this episode to the perils of love between med students and their non-medical partners. Despite the clickbait title (don't hate the player, hate the game), it isn't destined to end badly! It just takes lots and lots of patience, communication, and sacrifice, not to mention a plan. Kelsey Adler, Madeline Slater, Terry Hayes, and new co-host Chris Schanbacher--all married or in committed relationships with people who aren't medical learners--are ready to offer an anonymous listener advice on keeping love alive with her soon-to-be med student. Plus, we talk about how med students socialize, how "their persons" can join in some of the more fun bits, and what changes significant others can expect to change about their relationships. To cap off their hard-earned words of wisdom, Dave decided to see how close his co-hosts and their "persons" really are, with a bit of fun we're calling The NewlyMed Game. Will each couples' answers to Dave's questions agree? Will their loving relationships dissolve in acrimony when they disagree? That's a chance Dave's willing to take! Are you dating a medical student? What advice do you have for others? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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62 min
April 4, 2019
What Med Schools Miss Out On Because of “Technical Standards”
Dr. Marley Doyle is a reproductive psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She's also "legally blind", with 20/400 vision. She struggled through medical school just like all med students, but with that additional complication. She made it, however, and her discussion with Aditi Patel and Irisa Mahaparn gives some clues as to why. First, her disability was invisible which made it easy for people to assume that she wasn't disabled. And second, she was naive to the fact that she could ask for help. In other words, she stumbled through it all and came out the other side without having been a "burden" for her school. Years later, she acknowledges that she could have asked for more help. We also discuss the technical standards that most schools have in place to define what a student physician should be able to do physically, intellectually, and emotionally to succeed in school. These standards, however, often seem to be written with a stereotypical disabled person in mind, one who cannot possible succeed because of their disability, and thus should not be in medical school. We discuss the concept of "assumed competence" which, as recent CCOM guest lecturer Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami pointed out, allows people with disabilities to show they are able to fulfill their duties as opposed to assuming they cannot. And we discuss the AAMC's recent first-of-its-kind report "Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians With Disabilities," which brought to light the inconsistent policies and procedures for, lack of support of, and lack of awareness many schools have of their legal obligations under the law towards students with disabilities. And we talk about why med schools that don't encourage disabled people to apply are missing out on a piece of the diversity puzzle. Plus, Dr. Doyle helps answer a listener who is lucky enough to have several med school acceptances, and wants to know how to decide among them! Lucky you, 'Anxious Premed!' Don't worry, we can help. Are you living with a disability and discouraged about your med school plans? Are you in medical school, disabled, and have some advice to offer? Tell us about it by calling 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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55 min
March 28, 2019
Get In Next Time: Our Top Recommendations For Fixing Your Application!
If you got only rejection letters this application season, you might be thinking your dreams of attending med school are dead. Well, pick yourself up off the ground, soldier, it's not over yet because you can apply again. But don't go throwing good money and time away by reapplying without taking a close, honest look at what your application was missing. Amy A'Hearn, our admissions assistant director, visited to discuss what you should think about when re-evaluating your competitiveness, with the help of Aline Sandouk and Irisa Mahapan. Don't give up...find out what Amy's top recommendations are, and get your dream back on track! Match Week was great for us here at UI as our students did better than the national average for finding a job after med school. But all was not perfect this year, as during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), the servers crashed denying unmatched residency programs and applicants critical time to do the same. In the end, it all worked out...but it was a stressful time for all--but from our viewpoint, especially for SOAPing students! And it isn't the first time, either. Share your stories--anonymously, if you like--of your rejections and how you fixed it! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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59 min
March 21, 2019
Invent the Future of Medicine, ft. Matthew Howard, MD
Think of an inventor. What comes to mind? The quirky lone genius, coming up with a blockbuster device that will save the world? The Avengers' Tony Stark in a cave throwing together a functional exosuit from scrap metal? Back to the Future's Doc Emmet Brown crying "1.21 jigawatts?!" and then immediately coming up with the perfect solution? Or is it a person like neurosurgeon Matthew Howard, toiling away year after year alongside a team of trusted experts, all working together to take an idea--slowly--from problem to concept to prototypes to product to FDA approval to market to patient? Dr. Howard was recently named the University of Iowa's first ever National Academy of Inventors fellow, with 34 patents in his portfolio, so we wanted to take a look at yet another amazing aspect of medicine: the people who define and then create solutions that make the surgical world go 'round. Some of his inventions succeed--including a way to guide catheters to their destinations using magnetic fields--while others --like the "shunt scissors" he discusses--are waiting to set the surgical world on fire. But to Dr. Howard it's just a good time. Also, Dave gives the crew--Aline Sandouk, Miranda Schene, Hannah Van Ert, and Maddie Mix--a pop quiz to see if they can guess the invention from some weird patents. Some of the quiz's incorrect answers could be money makers, so feel free to patent them and make a fortune. We Want to Hear From You. Have you ever had an idea for something and thought, I should patent that? Like that time Dave thought up an ejection seat for motorcyclists? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com and tell us about it.
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52 min
March 14, 2019
Why Med Students Join Medical Societies
Listener Zachary wrote to theshortcoats@gmail.com to ask whether it's useful for students to join medical associations and societies such as the AMA, ACOG, or AAP. Co-hosts Aline Sandouk, Laura Quast, Hillary O'Brien, and newbie Sophie Williams-Perez offer some things they find useful about their memberships, including staying informed about political positions and the latest research in their fields, as well as for understanding what it means to be a physician. Listener Oscar about had a heart attack when he read how much money the Carver College of Medicine thinks a first-semester student should budget for additional expenses (aside from tuition and living expenses). So we asked Financial Aid Counselor Chris Roling to help, and it turns out that this area of the med student budget is real squishy. Plus, Dave has some mouth spreaders to use up, so he makes his co-hosts deliver made-up diagnoses to fictitious patients with them. Because that's educational. A BMJ article got us talking about whether or not doctors should be crying at work. And we revisit everyone's favorite anti-anti-vaccination 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger--who has famously annoyed his mother by getting his vaccinations just as soon as he legally could--after he testified before the US Senate. Are you a member of a medical society or organization? What do you get out of membership? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. SCP T-shirts are available at theshortcoat.com/store!
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52 min
March 7, 2019
Second Looks and Fantasy Gap Years
As CCOM's second-look day (which we call Get Acquainted Day) approaches, Aline Sandouk, LJ Agostinelli, Miranda Schene, and Danial Syed discuss the benefits--to both the student and the school--of taking a second look at the schools they've been admitted to. And listener Caven wants us to talk about our fantasy gap years. Can our co-hosts articulate the benefits of gap year jobs that Dave made up for them? Spoiler--they sure can. UC Berkeley biologists have found a way to genetically engineer brewers yeast so that they pump out dank medicines. Texas Republican state representative Bill Zedler has some pointless thoughts about why vaccines aren't needed in the US. And we discuss what Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers have to offer med students. If you could do anything you want--and you can--what would you do during your gap year? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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72 min
February 28, 2019
Is Your Previous Career A Strike Against You?
Here's a question we get often, in one form or another: will [some aspect of my life to date] hurt my chances for getting into medical school? Kyle Kinder, Irisa Mahaparn, Aline Sandouk, and Hanna Van Ert are here to reassure listener Rachel that, despite her background in medical malpractice law, she's going to be fine...if she can articulate what she took away from that part of her life. Listener Fifi Trixiebell, who you may recall set off the keto wars of 2018 which ultimately led Dave to declare a moratorium on diet related topics, wrote in to apologize (no need, Fifi), and also point out that Iowa is the most America of the states. Can the co-hosts discern which other states have achieved total-Murica status based on their rankings for bald eagles, fast food, and astronauts? The Chinese researcher who claimed that he'd genetically engineered two girl infants may have accidentally (or as Dave speculates, purposefully) made them into super-intelligent, super-stroke-recovering humans. And researchers my have discovered an entirely new form of neural communication. We Want to Hear From You. Do you need advice? We give it out, whether it's related to med school or not? Call in your pleas for help to 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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48 min
February 21, 2019
What Research Means for Residency Applications
Listener Nathan called in to the SCP Hotline at 347-SHORTCT to ask how research works for medical students. Is it necessary? Is it recommended? How do you find research to do? Irisa Mahaparn, Miranda Schene, Emma Barr, and newcomer Nadiah Wabba are on hand to discuss the roles of research in med school, how it can help a residency applications, for which residency applications research is a recommended component, and how it all works. Also, can the crew figure out what has been censored from medical stock photos? To play along, visit the show notes for this episode at theshortcoat.com. Cancer Dogs is a Canadian organization looking to make cancer-smelling dogs a valid screening tool; we discuss whether physicians and med schools discourage med students from pursuing primary care; and as a generation of vaccine deniers' children comes of age, are they going to defy their antivaxxer parents? Is research important to you? Do you plan to do research in med school or residency? Let us know at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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68 min
February 18, 2019
Dr. Mamdouh Aker: Palestinian doctor and human rights activist (Bonus Episode)
Dr. Mamdouh Aker is a very big deal in Palestine, the kind of man everyone knows and respects, and it's easy to see why. He’s urology surgeon and the deputy chair of the Board of Trustees of Berzeit University in Palestine's West Bank. Among the founders of the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners and the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Dr. Aker was also a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and in the Palestinian-Israeli bilateral talks between 1991 and 1993. He's also a member of several councils and committees focused on the health, education, and wellbeing of the Palestinian people. During his visit to the Carver College of Medicine he spoke to our students and faculty about the state of Palestinian healthcare. He was generous with his time, as he also sat down with med students Shakoora Sabree, Ossama Habu-Halawa, Jordan Harbaugh-Williams, and Joelle Friezen to discuss the topic. Our discussion was near the anniversary of his 45-day ordeal in the custody of Israeli security forces in the early 1990s because of his outspoken views that his Palestinian patients were prevented from receiving adequate healthcare.
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82 min
February 14, 2019
Doubts, Needles, and Measles
[Buy our podcast merch and help eliminate the stigma of mental illness–your purchase goes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and you get  a cool tee shirt.  Pick yours up today!] Listener Jen sent an email to theshortcoats@gmail.com asking M4 Irisa Mahaparn, and M1s Nick Lind and Madeline Slater about the doubts they’ve experienced in their journey through medical education.  Oh, Jen.  The doubts they have experienced!  We discuss them, along with the sources of doubt and how they are learning to overcome them to achieve their goals.  Also, we try to give listener Ryan some ideas about his genetics course assignment. We also visit the worst place on the internet to get medical advice, Yahoo! Answers, and discover a potential new treatment for desert-based constipation.  All it needs is a good clinical trial and a few not-squeamish human subjects! This Week in Medical News As the measles outbreaks in the northwestern US and elsewhere continue, Clark County in Washington has experienced a jump in vaccination rates of 500%, almost as if people are starting to trust science.  Inventors at MIT and Harvard are both working on swallowable injectors, which sounds worse than it is.  And is Wikipedia good enough for med schools to use it in some way?  It depends, of course. We Want to Hear From You What are your rejection stories? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime,
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59 min
February 7, 2019
MD/PhD admissions and Shadowing Strategies
[Purchase an SCP T-shirt to contribute to our Charity of the Semester, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Visit http://theshortcoat.com/store. Thank you!] Listener Renee writes in to ask Aditi Patel, Maddie Mix, Nick Lind, and guest Dr. John Pienta whether she can legitimately hope for admission to an MD/PhD program without a strong science background. Luckily, Maddie rolls MSTP style, so she helps us answer. Another listener, Sarah, wrote to us hoping for some suggestions on how to prepare and strategize for her physician shadowing experiences. And Ellen writes to give us some feedback on a recent episode. Plus, Dave's Pop Quiz on undeniably dangerous drinking games--inspired by a case study involving Dutch men, booze, MDMA, and a drinking game of fish swallowing which no one should ever play--is suspiciously easy for his co-hosts. Want to skip med school and go straight to treating patients in your very own pre-fab hospital room? Well you mustn't do that...but with this product on Amazon, you could. Contribute your ideas to the show! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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46 min
January 31, 2019
Doctor down under, or Medicine in ‘Merica?
This week, we're winging it on SCP--life was a bit more complicated for Dave than usual--but we have some great questions to address from some non-US listeners. Nice to have confirmation that we have more than a couple of those! Luke from Australia wants to come to America, either to study medicine or after his Australian medical education is complete. Which should he choose, and what will he think of our Australian accents after he listens? And Justin, listening in the Philippines, wants to know what story our co-hosts tell themselves when they think about why they're studying medicine. Justin Hababag, Aditi Patel, and Kylie Miller are on hand to discuss. What story do you tell yourself about your interest in medicine? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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46 min
January 24, 2019
Med School Hidden Costs, and Extracurricular Activities
But what's this? Podcast merch? Dave has a special announcement, what we're going to use the money for (it's *not* for the show or to line Dave's pockets), and how you can get a special offer and help do some good at the same time. Everybody knows about med school tuition. And then there's the cost of student loans. But there's so much more, and listener Richard wrote in to theshortcoats@gmail.com ask: what are the hidden costs of attending medical school? Luckily Dave has a crew of people on hand who've figured that out: Aline Sandouk, Nick Lind, Maddie Mix, and LJ Agostinelli. Get prepared with their list of things you need to spend money on, and a couple things you shouldn't spend on. Another listener, Sarah, would like some idea of what kinds of extracurricular activities med students can get into, and how to find them. We got you, Sarah! And after pondering what the point is of the case study in medical literature (aside from amusing Dave to no end), the crew takes a pop quiz on weird cases found on the internet. The Gates Foundation may be throwing it's considerable weight and funding behind reducing maternal deaths in the US. What hidden costs of medical school did we miss? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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62 min
January 17, 2019
The MD path or the PA path
When thinking about a career in medicine, those who are leaning towards getting an MD often consider the Physician Assistant path; and if they're leaning towards a PA career they often consider the Medical Doctor path. On this show, PA students Steffanie Robertus and Terry Hayes join MD students Emma Barr and Katie Christel explore the similarities between their educational journeys, the exams they'll take, the career paths, and the lifestyles they'll enjoy. Then, Dave pits the two teams against each other in a fight to the death. Or was it a trivia contest? Have you ever wondered if "defecation postural modification devices" (i.e., those potty stools recommended by unicorns to help you poop) really work? So do gastroenterologists and their friends. Cancer rates have dropped a whole bunch in the last few decades. And a Chinese researcher who edited the genomes of twin baby girls is either in danger of being put to death or is doing just fine thank you. Love or hate the Squatty Potty? Need advice? Have questions? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Tell us all about it.
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65 min
January 10, 2019
Don’t count on Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Former co-host and now PM&R Doctor Cole Cheney returns for a discussion of what he's discovered about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which rewards careers in public service by forgiving student loans after 10 years of qualifying work. The first 11 years have passed since its inception, and you'll never guess how many people have had their loans forgiven. Aline Sandouk, Dylan Todd, Brady Campbell, and financial aid counselor Chris Roling were on hand for a discussion of why you'll want to have a backup plan to pay off your med school debt. A study looks at whether we're ready for whole genome sequencing as a screening tool for newborn babies. We discuss whether teenagers are capable of withstanding the rigors of medical school. And an we explore the 'confidence gap' between men and women in medicine and whether it's even important. Are you a woman who has been counselled to lean in and act more confident? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!
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57 min
January 3, 2019
The Harsh Truths and Pleasant Realities of Med School
Happy New Year! With the holidays slowing down the pace of listener questions, Dave asks new co-host LJ Agostinelli and old hands Rob Humble and Hillary O'Brien to discuss the harsh truths and pleasant realities of studying medicine. Plus, Yahoo! Answers gets another visit, and manages to live up to Dave's characterization of it as the saddest place on the internet. Scientists make themselves chuckle while proving a point about the gold standard of research, the randomized controlled trial, by elaborately studying whether parachutes save lives. Expensive drugs eek out a win over cheap exercise in treating high blood pressure, causing doctors and patients everywhere to cry, "Meh." And in the battle to curb the ever-increasing national sleep debt, Dave gets a weighted blanket for Christmas.
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58 min
December 27, 2018
The Darkness Without: SAD in Med School
Madeline called to ask: it's finals week and you're stricken with seasonal depression--what's a med student to do? We feel you, Madeline. Luckily, Aline Sandouk, Nick Lind, Derek Bradley, and Hillary O'Brien are ready to throw open the curtains on their ideas to help. And Jeannet-tello hit us up on our Instagram to find out what she should do about impostor syndrome. Dave shares the recent video that UIHC Marketing and Communications unwisely allowed him to be in. Healthcare providers, if you want to take the Surgeon General's advice and save people from dying of opioid overdoses, you might kiss your ability to get health insurance goodbye. And a Tennessee physician starts off his new job as a US Representative by promising--for no reason at all--to dig up the dirt the CDC has been hiding about vaccines and autism. Thank goodness, we're all saved. Are you nervous about starting med school? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Share your fears!
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54 min
December 20, 2018
Mouths Wide Open
Aline Sandouk discusses with her co-hosts the recent breakthrough in her research--which is pretty much that she's experiencing the exact opposite of what PhD students fear, and that her research may just have a path forward. Whew! And while we couldn't answer any listener questions this week--hang in there, Madeline and Tiana, you're on the list!--we did answer anatomy questions asked with dental mouth spreaders in our mouths. Warning: this episode contains more than the usual amount saliva-based sounds. Plus, Kylie Miller explains to Aline, Madeline Slater, and Nick Lund that she is a compulsive licker. This Week in Medical News: A DNA study determines that stethoscopes are gross. More doubts expressed at the validity of research in light that many top docs aren't disclosing conflicts of interest in their publications. And docs (plus Dave) are learning that women might actually need uteruses for more than housing and then expelling babies. Are you a compulsive licker? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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59 min
December 13, 2018
Genetically Engineered Babies, Medical Student Influencers
Are you buying what med student Instagrammers are selling? You've probably noticed them. Cute med students hawking makeup and study guides on Instagram, posting photos of their fav study beverage, and composing carefully arranged shots of the contents of their backpacks, #medstudentlife #sponsored. Well, who can blame them--med school's expensive! But is it a slippery slope, just waiting for some unsuspecting student to lose their ethical footing? Short Coats Sam Palmer, Miranda Schene and newbies Allie Fillman and Allison Klimesh take a look. Funny thing: that stuff you learned about mitochondria? Wrong. And with the news that there are now real live genetically engineered babies in the world--thanks to a Chinese scientist with his own ethical problems--we wonder why it was even necessary, what the dangers are to the family who 'benefited,' and just where the heck is this young mad scientist, now, anyway? Would you be a med student influencer if you could? Why, and what limits would you set? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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57 min
December 6, 2018
LGBT in Med School
Short Coats Rob Humble and Claire Castaneda are joined by new co-hosts Mitchell Hooyer and Jeremy Sanchez to talk about their personal experiences as members of the LGBT community while studying medicine. They highlight Iowa's surprisingly inclusive nature--among other things, Iowa was only the third state to legalize same-sex marriage. And they discuss the interesting origin of CCOM's student group EqualMeds, as well as how LGBT topics are covered in med school curricula. We also answer the question: why is it even necessary to include specific discussion of these groups given that all people are the same on a cellular level? Plus, we answer a listener question from Nikki: is it easy to make friends in medical school if you're an introvert? What have you experienced as an LGBT student or seen as an LGBT ally? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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69 min
November 29, 2018
Recess Rehash: Poor: a deadly diagnosis in America, ft. Sarah Smarsh
This past week, the Carver College of Medicine hosted its 12th annual Examined Life Conference. Our featured presenter, journalist and memoirist Sarah Smarsh, grew up in a family of farmers and teen mothers in Kansas. Her family, laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty, made the kinds of choices that poor people must make in rural America--whether to eat or seek medical attention, for instance. Decades of inattention--and scorn--from politicians and the media have widened this class divide, and have sent the inexorable message that their voices don't matter. Ms. Smarsh's recent book, Heartland: A Memoir of working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, tells the tales of her family's struggles with poverty, addiction, workplace injuries, and family violence that many economic and political elites don't have the background or will to truly understand. Though Ms. Smarsh has managed to escape that cycle, she has retained her citizenship in--and love for--that largely unexplored country, and offers a deep look at what it's like to be poor in the wealthiest and most powerful society on the planet. Our executive producer Jason T. Lewis, Rob Humble, Gabe Conley, Teneme Konne, and Christopher Portero Paff talk with Ms. Smarsh about what the working poor are facing, how our willful lack of understanding shapes our perceptions of their struggles, and why it's crucial that medicine encourages and welcomes them as providers.
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62 min
November 22, 2018
Recess Rehash: Bonus Episode! Why You Might Want an MD/PhD
The MD isn't the only degree offered by many medical schools. For those who get excited about data, research, and advancing medical knowledge, you can add a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Of course, there are those who get their PhD separately from their Medicinae Doctor. Others get their PhDs from combined degree programs, including Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTP). Aline Sandouk and Jayden Bowen took on the topic with a number of first-year MSTP students--why is an MD/PhD something you should consider? Join them and Ossama Abu-Halawa, Hassan Ahamed, Akansha Jain, Madi Mix, Nate Mullin, Miranda Schene, Hannah Van Ert, and Qi Wang as they reveal reasons you might want to consider this sort of combined degrees and the types of programs to choose from. What questions do you have about MSTP or MD/PhD programs? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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84 min
November 15, 2018
Getting there from here, a novel recipe, and future projects
[We’re now available on Spotify and RadioPublic!] Co-hosts Tim Maxwell, Aline Sandouk, Annie Rempel, and Mackenzie Walhof confront pictures of their younger selves and offer themselves the advice they should have gotten at the start of their med school journeys. Listener Darius asks us for the best options to progress from his current work as an EMT-B/paramedic to medical school–among our suggestions is to check out the AAMC’s list of post-baccalaureate programs, including Iowa State University’s excellent but reasonably-priced option.  Dave offers up his own Recipe for Med School Success–a concoction he’s pretty sure no-one has ever thought of, but which his skeptical co-hosts end up enjoying–and promises an e-book with them all!  Submit yours to be part of it and get it free! Annie also tells us about her recent arts-and-medicine exhibit at The Examined Life Conference, called Snapshots.  A follow-up to her Stanford Honors in the Arts show, it’s a series of drawings and interviews offering “realistic glimpses into the inspirational life stories of those affected by Huntington’s Disease.” We Want to Hear From You What’s your favorite weird snack?
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55 min
November 8, 2018
An Episode of Questionable Things
As medical science progresses, it not only answers questions but generates even more. Listener Tyler pointed out a study (now on hold) that proposes to withhold the current standard of care for victims of penetrating trauma to try something else, and he wondered what we thought of the ethics involved. Co-hosts Nick Lind, Kyle Kinder, Madeline Slater, and Justin Hababag are here to help unwind these and other questions. For instance, we explore how far medicine has come in its quest for answers by looking to the past, and what does My Pillow (as-seen-on-tv) have to do with the opioid crisis? Puzzled, we explore the possibilities for how as-seen-on-tv products could help with other public health efforts. Could the Comfort Wipe wipe out ebola? We visit with (a) President Donald Trump (soundboard) to find out. We still don't know how a pillow can help with opioid addiction, but perhaps we're seeing the first glimmers of a turn-around in this particular public health crisis. What are favorite as-seen-on-tv products, and have you used any to eliminate a public health issue? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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53 min
November 1, 2018
Poor: a deadly diagnosis in America, ft. Sarah Smarsh
This past week, the Carver College of Medicine hosted its 12th annual Examined Life Conference. Our featured presenter, journalist and memoirist Sarah Smarsh, grew up in a family of farmers and teen mothers in Kansas. Her family, laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty, made the kinds of choices that poor people must make in rural America--whether to eat or seek medical attention, for instance. Decades of inattention--and scorn--from politicians and the media have widened this class divide, and have sent the inexorable message that their voices don't matter. Ms. Smarsh's recent book, Heartland: A Memoir of working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, tells the tales of her family's struggles with poverty, addiction, workplace injuries, and family violence that many economic and political elites don't have the background or will to truly understand. Though Ms. Smarsh has managed to escape that cycle, she has retained her citizenship in--and love for--that largely unexplored country, and offers a deep look at what it's like to be poor in the wealthiest and most powerful society on the planet. Our executive producer Jason T. Lewis, Rob Humble, Gabe Conley, Teneme Konne, and Christopher Portero Paff talk with Ms. Smarsh about what the working poor are facing, how our willful lack of understanding shapes our perceptions of their struggles, and why it's crucial that medicine encourages and welcomes them as providers.
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62 min
October 26, 2018
Hit By A Bus
Our newest co-host has already had a taste of fame. Abby Fyfe joins the crew this time, along with Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, and Aditi Patel. Turns out, Abby is an old hand at being internet famous, because she was once run over by a bus. True story. She has since regained her 3-dimensional shape, but did she mine that experience for her med school applications? But first, listener Tyler wants to know: is your undergrad institution's reputation an important factor for med school admissions committees? And we got some feedback from Alex, an actual registered dietician, and Blake responds to a recent question from Courtney about raising kids during med school. Later, Jayden quizzes us: can we guess what these genes do based on their very geeky names?In light of recent scandals in research and retractions of studies, an article in Molecular Cell proposes a Hippocratic Oath for scientists. And there's a new opioid possibly coming to market that is 500 times more powerful than morphine. What experiences did you mine for your med school application? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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66 min
October 18, 2018
Nebraska has questions.
Jennifer Andersen, a sociology PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaches a course called Sociology of Health and Health Care. She reached out to us to propose that her students would send in questions for us as an extra credit assignment, which was a great idea we jumped on because it meant Dave would barely have to prepare for this show...I mean, it'd be a great education opportunity for her students' young, fertile minds. Ahem. Aaanyhow, her students really stepped up with some great questions for Aline Sandouk, Aditi Patel, and new co-hosts Kelsey Anderson and Jacob Chrestenson. So come along with us as we dive into questions like, "have you ever had to do something in med school that wasn't ethical," "is it better to come to medical school with an open mind about your eventual career," and "what's it like working with different attendings all the time?" They've got answers to all these queries and a lot more. What do you want us to talk about on a future show? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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83 min
October 11, 2018
Listeners Revolt!
We love listener feedback...even when it's negative. And this whole obesity thing is really great for generating negative listener feedback. For instance, Marlene thought our comments on nutrition were mostly wrong. And Laura didn't seem happy with what we thought was our neutral stance on keto, either, as she's having some success with it...although a lack of carbs looks just as bad as a bunch of carbs. We could ride this obesity gravy train all the way...but Dave is le tired. Fortunately for our egos, a while back we managed to give some good advice to Victoria on interviewing , who called back to give Irisa Mahaparn, Aline Sandouk, and newbs Justin Hababag and Annee Rempel some GREAT news! Go, Victoria! This Week in Medical News: are you ready to share your brains with other people? Are you ready to drink your own urine? Are you ready to not choose a medical school based on it's ranking in US News & World Reports? We think hard about those important questions. We Want to Hear From You. Have we stepped on your sacred cow? Are you happy with our advice? Have we done anything useful today? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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46 min
October 9, 2018
Bonus Episode! Why You Might Want an MD/PhD
The MD isn't the only degree offered by many medical schools. For those who get excited about data, research, and advancing medical knowledge, you can add a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Of course, there are those who get their PhD separately from their Medicinae Doctor. Others get their PhDs from combined degree programs, including Medical Scientist Training Programs (MSTP). Aline Sandouk and Jayden Bowen took on the topic with a number of first-year MSTP students--why is an MD/PhD something you should consider? Join them and Ossama Abu-Halawa, Hassan Ahamed, Akansha Jain, Madi Mix, Nate Mullin, Miranda Schene, Hannah Van Ert, and Qi Wang as they reveal reasons you might want to consider this sort of combined degrees and the types of programs to choose from. What questions do you have about MSTP or MD/PhD programs? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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84 min
October 4, 2018
Ambien Dreams
This week, listener Jen sent us an article from JAMA in which the author bemoans his tendency to let the electronic health record (coupled with his data-entry difficulties) dominate his attention at the expense of his ability to really see and empathize with his patients. The cost: missing clues that indicate a patient's progressive decline and family dynamics that contribute to the condition. Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend find themselves chewing on sleeping pill side effects, causing us to wonder--why is Ambien still on the market, unless it's to create really great slam poetry? And we practice our teamwork in a mobile game called SpaceTeam, proving perhaps that not all such games make for good podcast fodder--you decide, but don't @ us, we already know the answer. Will we see a shift in the standard of care for appendicitis, now that a Finnish study has backed up the mounting evidence that it can often successfully without surgery? And a study on the high costs of poor healthcare around the world suggests that fixing it will cost 6% of the cost of doing nothing. Do you have suggestions for what we should talk about on SCP? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Pick your favorite!
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46 min
October 2, 2018
Bonus Episode! Palliative Care: A Perspective from A Land Where It Barely Exists, ft. Dr. MR Rajagopal
In most of India, palliative care--a medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life of people with life-limiting or disabling diseases--is available to only 1% of people who need it. But in Kerala, one organization is making lots of headway in promoting this vital specialty. In this episode, Pallium India's founder, chairman, and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. MR Rajagopal visited the University of Iowa College of Medicine to talk about their efforts to introduce to Indian providers a new way of thinking about pain and other symptoms by providing emotional, social and spiritual support. As you might expect from such a practitioner, Dr. Rajagopal is an extraordinarily thoughtful man with a kind, quiet voice that belies what must be an extraordinary force of will needed to accomplish his goals. Tony Rosenberg, Ellie Ginn, Rachel Schenkel, and Jayden Bowen discussed how he began his journey, what his fellow Indian providers made of these ideas, and what his hopes are for the future of palliative medicine around the world. Do you or anyone in your family have experience with palliative care? Tell us about it at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!
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46 min
September 27, 2018
What Skinny Doctors Don’t Get About Their Obese Patients
Fifi Trixiebell (not her real name) wrote to theshortcoats@gmail.com asking us to discuss what medical students learn about nutrition, and whether they think the keto diet is just another fad. Luckily, Madeline Slater, Emma Barr, Kyle Kinder, and newbie Sam Palmer--M1s all--just had a unit on nutrition so that's an easy one. But Fifi Trixiebell had written in before, a message which--despite his policy of answering every listener question--Dave had passed over. Why did he ignore it? He's not sure; it was a while back, but it may have triggered him. We also discuss an article from HuffPo about the "unique and persistent trauma" doctors visit upon their obese patients. Plus, with the announcement of the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, we cover the weird winners in medicine; and Dave puts his co-hosts to the test on their knowledge of past winners. Sure, when a person is stressed out, the cortisol and adrenaline circulating in the blood mediate the body's responses, but what about mitochondrial DNA? Have you ever heard from a perfect stranger how to fix your life? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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50 min
September 20, 2018
Are physicians hopeless in the face of the obesity epidemic?
Listener Hannah wrote in after shadowing physicians, noting that many of the morbidly obese patients she observed resisted their doctors' advice to lose weight. Is there any hope that doctors can treat this intractable illness when patients don't "want" to do the work? Aline Sandouk, Claire Casteneda, Ali Hassan and Kylie Miller offer their views and what they've learned so far about treating this difficult disease. Also, in Dave's constant quest to 'contribute' to his co-hosts clinical skills, we visit the saddest place on the Internet, Yahoo! Answers, so they can practice their patient education techniques. Congratulations, Sperm Donor #2757! You're the father of 45 girls and boys between the ages of 1 to 21 years old, and your generosity has made things very weird! And we discuss yet another questionable beauty practice, the vampire facial, which OH COME ON NOW, HOW CAN THIS BE REAL? What are your views on the obesity epidemic...is it hopeless? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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58 min
September 13, 2018
Is AOA racially biased?
Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, Aditi Patel, and newbie Madeline Slater are on hand to answer listener questions, such as J's query about the utility of post-bacc programs for med school applicants, and Chelsea's question about the use of primary literature in medical school curricula. We also discuss how membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society boosts residency applicants' competitiveness, and what some schools are doing to ensure they don't leave out minorities underrepresented in medicine. Plus, have you considered acquiring a medicine bag of polished stones from everyone's favorite MD, Gwyneth Paltrow? With the news that her company GOOP has settled a lawsuit in several states alleging some of their products make questionable health claims, we explore some of the items promoted at their recent convention. Hospitals are tired of shortages of vital medicines, so some are banding together to make them by forming their own non-profit drug company. Do you know anyone who uses GOOP products? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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57 min
September 6, 2018
Man Ovens, Shoring Up Weaknesses, and Ditching the MCAT
Activia (not her actual name, though it probably should be. Feel free to take that name, anonymous caller) emailed us at theshorcoats@gmail.com to ask whether she should retake her physics classes (which she took while coping with other unfortunate life-related stuff) or concentrate on getting great grades in other courses. In addition, she wanted to know if admissions committees REALLY take into account extenuating circumstances? Well, you're in luck, Activia! We've got answers from non-traditional first-year students Kyle Kinder, Nick Lind, and Emma Barr; and our friendly admissions staff Dan and Amy chime in, too. We also play a game of Psych! while Dave tries to use their performance to make judgements about their personalities. Can he do it? No he can't, though he notes with concern Kyle's suspicious ideas about male anatomical structures and function. Too late, Admissions, you said yes! Facebook has become known as a place where you can find any number of suspicious ideas, but it seems ready to judge so-called alternative health pages as unworthy of its platform. And we discuss an article that argues the MCAT should no longer be used because of a legal concept called "disparate impact." Have you just started medical school? What's been the best and worst parts of your new life? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
September 2, 2018
Owning a Visible Disability during Med School Interviews
On today's show, we'll answer a question from listener Victoria about having a feeding tube during med school interviews--should she worry that it will make her look weak and infirm, and thus not a good applicant for med school? Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, Jayden Bowen, Marissa Evers and Gabe Conley tell her why she should OWN it by not being the first to mention it! Go Victoria! Meanwhile, Mark discusses what he did to overcome his sadness in the past year after his wife moved to pursue her own medical education in California, and what he's learned by adopting his new unconventional lifestyle. Go Mark! A CNN story about an alleged "medical kidnapping" of an 18-year-old brain aneurysm patient shocked many, but it turns out the story wasn't as simple as the article made it appear. And reaction to New York University's plan to make tuition absolutely free to all medical students forever took the med ed world by storm...but some aren't buying that it will have the ostensible consequences of lowering the barrier for underrepresented minorities and encouraging more to go into primary care. Did NYU's announcement move it higher on your list of schools to apply to? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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51 min
August 23, 2018
A Crucial Health Professions Pipeline Pt. 2
Our visit with pre-health students in the Carver College of Medicine's Summer Health Professions Education Program continues as co-host Teneme Konne talks with SHPEPers Asjah Coleman, Kirsten Grismer, Ahone Koge and Margaret Mungai. Before the show, Teneme also visited with two of Iowa City's homeless population, and gained some insight into their lives as well as the reasons they are living on the streets. Plus, we play a game of Mafia, SCP style. Will the hospital administrator, the attending, or the resident escape death? And who is the mystery disease that threatens them all? Dun, dun, duuuunnnn. Also, we discuss LGBTQ+ health disparities, and a review of the evidence that criminalizing drug use has negative effects on efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and other illnesses. Were you lucky enough to take advantage of a SHPEP program, or are you looking forward to participating in the future? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
August 16, 2018
Recess Rehash: Emily Silverman, MD, and The Nocturnists
The day-to-day of internship, residency, and an MD career doesn't allow much time to process the effect it's having on the practitioner. Rushing from one patient to the next, putting out the fires even while drinking from the firehose, and being selfless in service to the patients' needs means that one's own stories are buried, neglected. More and more, however, medicine is acknowledging the need for practitioners to examine and tell their stories so that they can learn from them, teach their lessons to others, and show colleagues that they are not alone. In 2015 Dr. Emily Silverman was in her second year of her internal medicine residency at UCSF. She found herself with a little more time following her frenetic intern year, and with her own stories that had gone untold and unexamined. She started to write, first in a blog she called The Nocturnists. Then, in 2016 she organized the first live storytelling session with her colleagues. Now, in 2018, those live sessions--held in theaters with fun music and a bar-- are playing to sellout crowds. Not only do the shows allow for catharsis, but for community. And because Dr. Silverman isn't ready to allow The University of Iowa to be a satellite venue (and believe us, we asked), we're grateful that The Nocturnists is also a podcast! Each episode feature a piece from the live show, followed by a relaxed, thoughtful discussion between Dr. Silverman and the storyteller. Her email to Dave earlier this spring to tell The Short Coats about The Nocturnists was a wonderful break from the usual pitches for Caribbean med schools and Ivy League pay-to-play programs; and it gave Kylie Miller, Brendan George, Marisa Evers, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe a great opportunity to discuss what it is The Nocturnists are thinking about.
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50 min
August 9, 2018
SHPEP: A Crucial Healthcare Professions Pipeline
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 -- are crucial for those who are underrepresented in medicine. Are you underrepresented in medicine? Who is your mentor? What barriers have you faced and/or overcome? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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64 min
August 2, 2018
When The Cat’s Away, The Mice Found Risky Business Ventures
Executive Producer Jason has kindly let Dave go on vacation, so Aline Sandouk takes over the hot seat, with Irisa Mahaparn, Hillary O'Brien, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Jayden Bowen. Together they unravel the mysteries of the human body and med school. For instance, why do med students feel guilty about having to take time off to deal with their bed bug infestations? And what would having many normal or two overly large testicles do to fertility? Such brilliant questions!!! Does Amazon's Jeff Bezos have Toxoplasmosis? Our lawyers say definitely not, but toxo does have a link with risky behaviors, and business people can win big by taking risks. So, naturally, a new study looks at how likely students with toxo are to be business majors. Also, the mental health consequences of sucking up to your boss, and one woman's warning that her child's Hot Cheetos habit led to her losing her gallbladder. So, what's up with you? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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53 min
July 26, 2018
Applying to Med School? Don’t Worry About the Money (so much).
While Dave and the crew try a recipe from the Med School Success Cookbook, they consider listener Imari's question: how much did co-hosts Aline Sandouk, Eric Schnieders, Gabe Conley, and Irisa Mahaparn think about finances when choosing a medical school? While it's important to know what your financial standing will be when you graduate, including your loans and how they're affected by scholarships and living situation, we think there are more important things to think about. And Maggie has noticed many med schools have co-ed fraternities and wants our thoughts on their benefits for students. Happy to help explore this interesting and fun possibility for lowering costs, sharing responsibilities, and joining a new med school fam, Maggie! Now that the Large Hadron Collider has finished tearing a hole in the universe, researchers are using the technology in its subatomic particle detectors to create 3D color x-rays. And CRISPR-Cas9 has proved to be an excellent tool for editing genomes...and also tearing them up and spitting them back out with all kinds of errors and random deletions. Do you belong to a med school fraternity? What's it like? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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54 min
July 19, 2018
Interview Prep, Opening Up, and Death.
'tis the season to be applying to medical school. Which is why we got so many listener questions to address on this episode (thank you!) Listener Magnus wanted suggestions for how to prepare for MMI and regular admissions interviews, so we invited our resident experts, Amy A'Hearn (from CCOM med student admissions) and Tom O'Shea (from CCOM physician assistant admissions, for his experience with MMI interviews) to help out. They, along with Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, Marc Moubarek and new co-host Shakoora Sabree, also answered questions from listeners Cameron and Sarah about whether opening up about personal/political views and sexual orientation is okay on applications and in interviews. And listener Jake wanted to know how med students learn to cope with death. Do you have something to add to the discussion, or a question we can answer? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com!
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56 min
July 12, 2018
Med School Youtubers, Pre-Med Experiences, and Overcoming Shyness
Listener Amari returns to ask Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, Tony Rosenberg, and Mark Moubarek--what do they think of med school YouTubers? Is it advisable to broadcast your life during med school in an age when everything you do online has a permanent risk associated with it? Of course, there are some recommendations for residency program directors in searching social media for candidates' info. Next up, Jordan is looking for advice on great pre-med activities that will teach him as well as look great on his application. And Richard is both shy and working in a lab, and he's worried that it will be difficult for him to make connections with doctors for things like shadowing. Have you ever regretted your social media footprint professionally? What pre-med activities would you recommend to Jordan? How can Richard break out of his shell? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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66 min
July 5, 2018
Why You Might Want to Wait to Apply to Medschool
Listener Hanna wrote in to ask an important question: is it better to apply this year despite possibly ending up in the second tier of applicants due to a late MCAT score, or should she just wait until next year? Good question, Hannah! Aline Sandouk, Irisa Mahaparn, Tony Rosenberg, and admissions counselor Dan Schnall (in absentia) have the answer. Another listener, Amari (and we hope we've spelled that right), phoned in to the Short Coats Hotline to find out if there is a medical school equivalent to the infamous Freshman 15 many undergrads suffer through, and if so, what she could do about it when she starts her journey in medical education. Med students aren't, in general, known for being good liars; they tend to be a pretty ethical bunch. But perhaps they suspend their morality enough to fool each other with lies about their time in medical school. We'll see about that, as they play Two Truths and a Lie. Researchers discover what might be a vaccine to treat diabetes...and it's already in use around the world, though not in the US. And the US Supreme Court 's decision to uphold the most recent version of Trump's travel ban won't hurt patients seeking medical attention at all, unless they need a geriatrician, nephrologist, cardiologist, internist, critical care specialist, nurse, medical technician...hmm, that seems like rather a lot. We're still giving away keyfobs if you post a review somewhere and send a screenshot to theshortcoats@gmail.com, and we've begun collecting recipes for our future Recipes for Med School Success cookbook. Do you need advice? Do you have questions about medical school? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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57 min
June 28, 2018
The Secondary Application: Bragging vs. Confidence
How can you brag about yourself without bragging about yourself? We are taught from a young age (most of us, anyway) not to brag. It is better, we may sometimes be told, to show confidence. Listener Rachel wrote in with a question about the secondary application: how does one confidently talk themselves up without coming across as a braggart? Lucky for Rachel, we have Daniel Schnall from our Admissions staff, on hand to help Mark Moubarek, Kylie Miller, Aline Sandouk, and Gabe Conley with some great advice about how to sell yourself on your application and also back it up. Don't want to look like a chump? Dan has your answer, Rachel. Plus, Kylie wants to feed the (med student) world, and the group plays Doctor Forehead. Do you know the terms and concepts Dave found in the news last week, and why they were even being talked about? Meanwhile, everyone knows ortho residents don't get enough exercise. Skinny, pale, weak, they're practically collapsing under the weight of their own skin. Which is why we're relieved that someone took pity and created a peer reviewed(?) workout routine for them, using common materials found around the ortho workroom. Get swole! Is the NIH doing it's job of funding innovative research and fostering research careers? Doesn't sound like it. And the AMA goes all in on a call to ban the American Dream sale and ownership of assault weapons. Are you a gun owner who feels like the AMA goes to far? Do you want advice and don't want to pay for it? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'll talk about it.
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57 min
June 21, 2018
Hotel Influenza, Confirming Right-to-Try Problems, REM Sleep Revealed
We love when listeners get in touch, which is why Dave was glad to hear from Adil who, after listening to our discussion of the new national Right-To-Try legislation, sent us a paper he wrote on the subject the year before. It really helped clear some things up that we weren't sure of. Like the fact that it doesn't actually do anything to help patients get faster access to experimental drugs, has a kind of informed consent problem, allows patients to further conflate research with therapy, and more. And with thousands of new medical students poised to matriculate this fall, Dave and co-hosts Aline Sandouk, Kylie Miller, and Amy Hanson try out a new awkward icebreaker activity to see if it has some utility for new student orientations. The Trump administration walks back their recent decision to claw back money earmarked for fighting epidemics around the world. Back home, St. Louis University opens an influenza hotel. And the function of REM sleep finally revealed...maybe.
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50 min
June 14, 2018
Healthcare In Occupied Palestine: The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Steve Sosebee is the president and CEO of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. He’s married to Dr. Zeena Salman, a pediatric oncologist working with the PCRF. For 25 years, PCRF has been leading medical missions to help children in the Middle East, helping children get medical treatment abroad, and delivering humanitarian aid. Their recent visit to the Carver College of Medicine gave Short Coats Reem Khodor, Ethan Craig, and Nico Dimenstein a chance to sit down with them to discuss the challenges and realities of working to provide healthcare within the confines of an occupied territory.
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53 min
June 7, 2018
Routines, Right To Try, and Reviews
Listener Meghan is about to start med school in the fall, and is thinking about what sort of regular habits medical students like Aline Sandouk, Tony Rosenberg, and new co-host Jayden Bowen use to keep them on track. Not only do we look at some routines they use (and debate whether they're even helpful), but we also have a suggested routine for the new student. And Dave, who's begun writing dean's letters (or 'Medical Student Performance Evaluations') for students who will be looking for jobs this year, has some sobering news for his co-hosts: they are, themselves, already writing them. Dave thinks most first-year medical students have never heard of this important document, nor do they know what will be in it...and how it could help or hinder their efforts to land that plum residency. Dermatologists are less accurate in diagnosing melanomas than the stupidest artificial intelligence...but don't cancel your derm dreams yet. Meanwhile, patients get the 'right to try' from the Trump administration...but is almost completely bypassing the slow FDA approval process a good idea, or will the bad actors in medicine end up lining their pockets on the hopes of their desperately ill patients? What are your med school routines? Did your school read you in on the MSPE when you started? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Take your pick!
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75 min
May 31, 2018
Another Test Anxiety Killer, Physician Bias, and Suspicious Meat
Irisa Mahaparn, Tony Rosenberg, Aline Sandouk, and Rachel Schenkel--a crew of rising M3s and an MD/PhD candidate--were on hand this time to help answer some listener questions. Arman writes in to give us his method for combating test anxiety, and Jen wants to know what med students learn about physicians' bias against obese patients. Plus, our Short Coat Podcast keyfob giveaway is still kicking--listen to find out how to get one of your very own for free. But first, Irisa has strong feels about her local community supported agriculture subscription, so she made us some snacks. Most of them were delicious. One of them was...well, surprising is a word for that one, given Dave's reaction. Dave learned this week about one company that says cockroach milk is a superfood. Do you want free advice from people who've been there? Leave a message at 347-SHORTCT, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com!
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62 min
May 24, 2018
Relax or Prepare? Advice for Incoming Med Students
Listener Amanda is like many medical students--anxious and worried. In her case, she wonders if she won't be as prepared for med school as her classmates when she starts in the fall, because they are "ahead" of her due to their experience and former careers. We've got you, Amanda: Aline Sandouk, Hillary O'brien, Erik Kneller, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe are here to help. Also, which of our hosts are on team Yannie or Laurel? It doesn't matter, because Dave did some sophisticated analysis and discovered something about the morphing audio clip that has the internet arguing again. The netflix series 13 Reasons Why returns for season 2 today as we record this, and Netflix has announced it's response to mental health professionals' concerns with the content. Speaking of mental illness, Blue Cross Blue Shield has released a new study that says diagnoses of major depression are on the rise. A portrait of Henrietta Lacks, the unwitting donor of the amazing HeLa cell line used for just about every kind of study of every kind of disease these days, is hung in the National Portrait Gallery. Do you have a question we can help answer? Do you need advice? We're giving away answers for free (along with SCP key fobs)! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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42 min
May 17, 2018
Family Strife, Chuck’s Pro-Life, & the Ebola Bureaucracy Knife
Our Short Coat Podcast keyfob giveaway is still happening! Post the show somewhere on the internet where pre-med and med students hang out, and email a screenshot to theshortcoats@gmail.com, and we'll send you one with our thanks! Our own Claire Castaneda won first place in the Carver College of Medicine's Carol A. Bowman Creative Writing Contest for Medical Students, and her piece caught Dave's eyes and heart. She talks with Aline Sandouk, Melissa Chan, and Tony Rosenberg about the dynamics of family strife and the pressure they can exert to follow one career path over another. Meanwhile, Aline expresses her feelings on being left behind by her original classmates as she continues her MD/PhD studies. And considering that most doctors still don't (and mostly, can't) know much about how medical marijuana should be prescribed, Dave subjects his co-hosts to a pop quiz. NYU Langone Medical School lost two of their community to suicide in one week, in the ongoing tragedy of physician and student suicide. What Maryland doctors could face as the bar for juries to decide medical malpractice is lowered. Is Iowa's US Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, trying to pressure Supreme Court judges to retire in order to one day secure a Roe v. Wade busting win for pro-life conservatives? Ebola is back, just in time for the Trump administration to dissolve the office responsible for preparing for pandemics.
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71 min
May 10, 2018
Parenting Fails, Pro-Life Wins, Free Laser Gifts
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, Dave has her beat. And listener Corey reaches out on Facebook to tell Dave he's wrong. Shocker. Plus, you can get a free SCP keychain/backpack-flair/shot glass-coaster made by Dave...listen to find out how. Meanwhile, Indiana is recommending that it's citizens get vaccinations before traveling to...Kentucky and Michigan? Trump's old doctor finally admits that his former patient really did dictate his note that praised the then-candidate's health. And the Golden State Killer is nabbed by a DNA ancestry website. If you're a future OB, are you concerned about or celebrating Iowa Republicans' strategy to overturn Roe v. Wade? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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63 min
May 3, 2018
Emily Silverman, MD, and The Nocturnists
The day-to-day of internship, residency, and an MD career doesn't allow much time to process the effect it's having on the practitioner. Rushing from one patient to the next, putting out the fires even while drinking from the firehose, and being selfless in service to the patients' needs means that one's own stories are buried, neglected. More and more, however, medicine is acknowledging the need for practitioners to examine and tell their stories so that they can learn from them, teach their lessons to others, and show colleagues that they are not alone. In 2015 Dr. Emily Silverman was in her second year of her internal medicine residency at UCSF. She found herself with a little more time following her frenetic intern year, and with her own stories that had gone untold and unexamined. She started to write, first in a blog she called The Nocturnists. Then, in 2016 she organized the first live storytelling session with her colleagues. Now, in 2018, those live sessions--held in theaters with fun music and a bar-- are playing to sellout crowds. Not only do the shows allow for catharsis, but for community. And because Dr. Silverman isn't ready to allow The University of Iowa to be a satellite venue (and believe us, we asked), we're grateful that The Nocturnists is also a podcast! Each episode feature a piece from the live show, followed by a relaxed, thoughtful discussion between Dr. Silverman and the storyteller. Her email to Dave earlier this spring to tell The Short Coats about The Nocturnists was a wonderful break from the usual pitches for Caribbean med schools and Ivy League pay-to-play programs; and it gave Kylie Miller, Brendan George, Marisa Evers, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe a great opportunity to discuss what it is The Nocturnists are thinking about.
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50 min
April 26, 2018
Reactions, Reagents, and Repose
Remembering a recent episode in which we spoke briefly of colored test tubes, Adee writes in with a question for Hilary O'Brien, Erik Kneller, Mackenzie Walhof, and Rob Humble--what, if anything, do medical students learn about laboratory science? And we got a lot of feedback on our recent discussion of unwanted sexual attention from patients, all of it pretty good! Which is nice...thank you, listeners! We also see if the co-hosts have the skillz needed to translate patients' chief complaints into...well, something that resembles a chief complaint.
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48 min
April 19, 2018
Unwanted Sexual Attention from Patients
Listener Zipadee Doodah (not her actual name) was the victim of unwanted sexual attention from a patient. Because her employer didn't have a policy in place to deal with it, she fought for one. But she wonders, what sort of training do medical students get on dealing with unwanted advances from patients? Kaci McCleary, Erik Kneller, Eric Schnieders, and newbie co-host Cheryl Wang offer their perspectives. Plus we consider a clever approach from a restauranteur who was surprised to learn that her efforts to create a welcoming, inclusive place of business had a harassment problem of its own. How she dealt with it might be a model for medicine. We also heard from Yanis, who's got an MBA/MA and is applying to medical school. But he's worried a lack of science-types to write letters of recommendation letters might hurt his chances. Finally, Paulius responded to our recent episode on test anxiety--specifically, Dave's painful ice cube technique--with a more gentle technique of his own.
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44 min
April 12, 2018
Night Float: Finding Mentors, Being a Mentor
Short Coat Podcast veteran Keenan Laraway, MD (CCOM '15, Internal Medicine), returns to the microphone to give his insights into one of the most important parts of residency--finding and being a mentor.
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38 min
April 5, 2018
Tests, Tact, and Turpentine
The news that students at Oregon Health and Science University will now be subject to 'compassion tests' in order to graduate got Dave thinking about test anxiety. As schools pile on the examinations, how do students deal with the stress? Dabin Choi, Gabe Conley, Claire Casteneda, and Erik Kneller discuss meditation, sleep, prayer, and eating habits that keep them from letting the fear derail them.
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51 min
March 29, 2018
The Truth About “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?
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55 min
March 22, 2018
Putting the Anxiety Cart Before the Horse
Listener Luis wrote in expressing his anxiety that his med school--which he'll begin attending this fall--doesn't have the prestige or programs to support his desire for a competitive specialty like ophthalmology. If that's the case, he wondered, what can he do to increase his chances of obtaining his dream career?
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58 min
March 16, 2018
Should you consider romance when selecting a med school?
Lauren wrote in to ask us to what extent her love life should play a role in her selection of a medical school, and how we thought med school challenges relationships. Gabe Conely, Joyce Wahba, Claire Casteneda, and new host Brendan George discussed their perspective on how med school can affect romantic relationships, and what role it should play in the selection of a school to attend. And, after reading an article about how blind people use echolocation--and that they were better at it even than previously thought--Dave thought up an experiment to test his co-hosts. A stupid experiment, but he's a podcast host not a doctor. The opioid epidemic isn't going anywhere...and it's getting worse despite the hand wringing done around the country about how to arrest it. And 23andMe has the green light from the FDA to test customers for BRCA mutations. Do you know anyone who echolocates? That's something we all want to hear more about! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
March 8, 2018
Lack of Empathy: A Med School Dealbreaker?
Listener Mo wrote to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com to ask us if a lack of interest in dealing with the foibles of patients--with their anti-vaccine beliefs, their non-compliance with treatment, and reliance on the latest internet fads--means he should reconsider his med school dreams. Lucky for Mo, Kaci McCleary, Irisa Mahaparn, and newbs Melissa Chan and Dabin Choi were on hand to propose some paths forward for non-empathetic med school applicants, as well as outlining some of the less obvious areas empathy comes in handy they might want to think about. There isn't a lot of wiggle room in this area...but there's a little, and maybe Mo can squeeze into those cracks and come out with an MD on the other side. Is the ubiquity of IV saline an example of institutional inertia? And in response to this article, the gang explores the institutional and systemic barriers that AMCAS and some schools' admissions committees have erected against disadvantaged students. Are you a disadvantaged applicant worried about your grades, money, and connections? Tell us your story at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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59 min
March 1, 2018
Another Student Fights Mental Illness Stigma
One of the things we Short Coats agree on is that the stigma medical students and physicians face when dealing with mental illness must end. We are people, too, and thus are subject to the full range of human maladies. So when listener Kate reached out to theshortcoats@gmail.com to tell us of her University of Michigan classmate Rahael Gupta's JAMA article addressing her own struggles, we could only respond with sympathy and admiration. Turns out, however, that the Google autocomplete hive-mind isn't terribly sympathetic to MDs, med students, pre-meds, or nurses. That's what we learned playing a game of Google Feud. Do you want to throw away your #nofilter lifestyle...completely? Then jump on the trend and ask your plastic surgeon to make you look like your favorite Snapchat filter. More news on the fight against influenza comes as a Japanese company has crafted a drug that eliminates the virus in just 24 hours. Do you need advice? Do you want us to talk about something near and dear to your heart? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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45 min
February 22, 2018
Recess Rehash: Bropocalypse 2017
Dave found himself with another group of women co-hosting the show, so what better time to talk about #MeToo and the powerful people being taken down by their sexual harassment and abuse of others. Erin Pazaski, HIllary O'Brien, Laura Quast, and Liza Mann weigh in on why this seems to have staying power in the news cycle, and why it seems to destroy some powerful men and not others. Plus, since this is a group of friends who, through med school, have come to know each other well, Dave challenges each to answer questions as their friends would. Speaking of creepy, The University of Miami has a problem on its hands with a medical student who's been posting other students' social media pics of their car selfies and beach photos on websites where other folks are excited by such things. A New Hampshire doc loses her license after refusing to use an EHR because she'd rather practice 'medical art' (among other things). And more medical schools want to hear from premeds what they think about health insurance. Your thoughts and comments are important to us! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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48 min
February 15, 2018
Med Student Parents, Part 2 | Plan for Debt but Don’t Worry
On our last show, we fielded a question from Courtney who wants to go to med school but is worried about being a mom and a med student. We got one dad's perspective then, and now it's time for mom. Dr. Maya Lopez (CCOM MD '04) was another non-trad entering school with a supportive husband and a few bundles of joy. She told Eric Schnieders, Tucker Dangremond, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe how she dove headlong into med school, how she and her husband (along with a village) made parenting and med school work for them. To top it off, we got another question from Clovis (not his real name) who was worried that he'd either have to join the military or sell all of his internal organs to afford medical school...unless we could come up with some other options for him. CCOM debt counselor Chris Roling had some good news (not to mention advice) for him. The medical education world is humming with the news that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has reversed a long-standing prohibition against students contributing to patients' medical records. Boring? Maybe, but it's going to change how clerkships are done and the ease with which students make the transition to residency in the very near future. Do you have worries we can help sooth (or stoke)? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We're ready to give free (and perhaps even good) advice!
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49 min
February 8, 2018
How Med Student Parents Make It Happen
In the first of a two-part answer to listener Courtney's question, Dr. Tom McNalley (MD '04) joins the gang to assure her that it is possible to be a parent of three small children while studying medicine. Also, we take personality inventories and compare the results; do we have what it takes to be in medical school?
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67 min
February 1, 2018
Tales from the Clinic: from Theory to Practice
Kylie revisits her fears of moving into the clinics--was she right to be afraid? The US's largest health insurance company is sick of their patients' bullshit. Needle exchanges may be coming to Iowa, and the work of our own Sarah Ziegenhorn, a 2nd year medical student here at Iowa and executive director of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition was featured on Iowa Public Radio this week. And If you're going to have a robot crawling around inside you, it'd better be cute.
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57 min
January 25, 2018
Refusing to Treat: A Collision of Medicine and Conscience
During Human Rights Week at the Carver College of Medicine, we heard some hard truths from national news commentator, human rights activist, and podcaster Angela Rye. In her speech to the College of Medicine, she clued white people in on what black Americans face every day in 2017, and how Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech was just the beginning of his activism. Meanwhile, Mackenzie Walhof, Joyce Wahba, Claire Casteneda and Gabe Conley discuss the department of Health and Human Services announcement that it would be forming a department to protect doctors from having their rights infringed by requirements that they provide treatments that they don't agree with because of religion or conscience. Do doctors need that protection? Or do they self-select what they do and don't do by where they practice and what they specialize in? And with the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in the history books, Dave delivers a pop quiz to see if his co-hosts can identify real or fake health-adjacent gadgets. The march of genetic medicine continues, as the NIH has given the green light to using CRISPR to modify cancer patients' T-cells ex vivo, hoping to turn them into killers of myeloma, sarcoma, and melanoma. And Walmart is going to do its part in the fight against opioid addiction by including in prescriptions a substance that destroys leftover opioids when patients are done with them, for free. Are you ready to patent Dave's inventions? Do you think docs need to be protected by the government from their patients' needs? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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53 min
January 18, 2018
Checking the Boxes: Should You Give Up Your Job To Do Research?
Annie wrote in to theshortcoats@gmail.com to ask Kaci McCleary, Erik Kneller, Gabriel Conley, and Marissa Evers if she should give up her 10-year job as a radiology tech so she'd have time to do research before applying to medical school. As is often the case with these kinds of questions, the answer is no! But maybe yes. In some cases. Later in the show, we say to hell with this brave new world of collaboration-not-competition, and battle to the death! Will neurotoxin triumph over infinite sausage? We discuss the recent Medscape Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report and find out who will be happier: neurologist Kaci, or urologist Gabe. Also, we find out what they will drive, and how many friends they won't have. A Pennsylvania Democrat introduces The Stable Genius Act (tempting...). And we find out how the weather and the holidays impacts the blood supply and what the Red Cross wants you to do about it (hint: it involves giving blood now). It's coming up on application season! What questions do you have? Is our advice to Annie useful or rueful? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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69 min
January 11, 2018
Making Clerkships Work
The second-year students are moving from the pre-clinical curriculum to the clerkships this week. This transition is exciting--after all, seeing patients is what they've come to medical school to do, and now it's finally happening. Pat Brau, Kylie MIller, Brady Campbell, and Levi Endelman discuss some of the things they've learned in their Transition to Clerkships week, and Dave has some advice for them on how to get the most out of clerkships and how to get good evaluations for their 'dean's letter' that will make them shine for future residency directors. Of course, one thing that is helpful if you're seeing a patient is being able to tell if they're truly sick. That becomes second nature at some point, but even lay people can do it. That skill will come in handy for those in California who subscribe to the idea that raw water is a good idea. Transitions are exciting and tough...what makes changes easy or harder for you? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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46 min
January 4, 2018
Taking Advice is Hard To Do
Listener Arman calls back to thank us for some good advice we gave him on continuing his hobbies and interests outside medical school! Nevertheless, he notes how difficult it often is to take advice, even when we want it, and wonders if we know why? Of course we do, and Levi Endelman, Tony Rosenberg, Mark Moubarek, and Rob Humble are willing to advise him. And Samuel paints doctors with a broad brush when he writes to tell us his worries about the kinds of people who go to medical school and the sorts of things they do when they get those precious letters after their names and the prestige to go with them. The WHO and others are ready to add 'gaming disorder' to the International Classification of Diseases, to the dismay of many experts (and little ol' us). And researchers in India are taking a 2014 internet hoax to its logical conclusion and trying to decide if 'selfitis' (the obsessive taking of selfies) is a real concern, as well as how people use them to prop themselves up. Wanna show us your best duck-lips selfie? Need some advice that you won't take? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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55 min
December 28, 2017
Winter Break, Guts and Brains, and Yahoo! Answers
It's winter break at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. For most people, that means there are a couple weeks to relax and rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and familial relations. Despite a lack of available co-hosts, The Short Coats never take a break, which is why Dave had to invite fellow student affairs staffers Chris Roling (Financial Services) and Kate McKenzie (Admissions) to join MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk and physician assistant student and noob co-host Paul Kretkowski on this week's show. To give Chris and Kate the full experience, we visit with the fine patients at the Yahoo! Answers Doctor's Office to hear and answer their questions on concussions, nail gun injuries and impressive DIY treatments, and the potential dangers of floor pizza. Our humble state of Iowa is home to a new effort to create nanovaccines for influenza which promise to eliminate many of the current vaccine's downsides while increasing its effectiveness. More evidence that the gut and brain are intimately linked. And the scandal of the CDC's banned words might have been a trifle overblown. Have something you want us to talk about on the show? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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60 min
December 21, 2017
Man Flu and Other Struggles
As the semester wrapped up, Dave didn't feel it was necessary to ponder great questions or debate contentious issues, so this week's show is pretty newsy...and there's never a shortage of things to talk about there. Of course, Dave had to make up a stupid game for his co-hosts Erik Kneller, Erick Schnieders, Irisa Mahaparn, and Kaci McCleary to play, in which they pimp each other on non-medical topics. Ever heard of bagel-related hand injuries? Avocados can also wreak havoc on unwary knife-wielders, which is British chain Marks & Spencer excuse for offering UK citizens seedless avocados. Significant progress has also been made in the fight against tropical illnesses as a result of the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. We discuss the idea that moving to Canada may solve American MDs' paperwork woes, even if the countries' respective healthcare systems each have their benefits and drawbacks. A UK surgeon decides it's cool AF to carve his initials in his patients' livers, although the patients themselves disagree. And man flu is real. Of course it is. Do you have any suggestions for future show topics? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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61 min
December 20, 2017
Night Float: Choosing a Specialty
From an early age people are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether they knew it all along or discovered their career path along the way, medical students have made a commitment to the answer, “I want to be a doctor.” As soon as that answer is given, however, an equally challenging question awaits. “What kind of doctor do you want to be?” In the second episode of Night Float, Dr. Tony Chung (R1: Ophthalmology), Dr. Travis Snyders (R2: Internal Medicine), and Lisa Wehr (M4) discuss the process of choosing a specialty. Some medical students will have an ‘aha’ moment, while many others will face a timeline and search more for a ‘tipping point’ that favors a particular choice. The resident physicians share their own experiences with decision making and encourage students to explore their options through making early connections, asking questions, gaining experiences, and not being discouraged or dissuaded even when the process involves navigating unsolicited advice or looping back around. How are you going about making your choice of specialty? What questions do you have about specialty choice? In general, what would you like to hear from residents about their medical school or residency experiences? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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27 min
December 14, 2017
Admissions Bias Against Alternative Medicine?
Chrissa wrote in to say that she believes that complementary and alternative medicine systems should be more important to mainstream, Western medicine. In fact, she's studying Ayurvedic medicine, and she wants to know if she should talk about it in her future medical school admissions applications and interviews. Gabe Conley, Patrick Brau, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Derek Bradley (along with several other co-hosts I put the question to) offer their advice to Chrissa, which is, sure, but be careful how you do it. Researchers publish results that show bacteria may have been busy developing resistance to Ampicillin even before it was made available for prescription in 1962. Modern Americans are preparing for bloody combat by learning battlefield medicine. And we consider evidence that surgical patients may be more aware of pain than Dave is real comfortable with. Did Dave offend you with his jokes about CAM? Are you studying CAM or have an interest in using it in your practice some day? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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50 min
December 12, 2017
Preparing for Residency Interviews
Fourth year medical students are currently in the heart of residency interview season, and they are doing all they can to secure a position through the residency match process. In the first episode of Night Float, Dr. Desiré Christensen (R2: Psychiatry) and Dr. Matt Maves (R1: Pediatrics) discuss their interview experiences and offer suggestions about how to prepare.
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29 min
December 7, 2017
Bropocalypse 2017
Dave found himself with another group of women co-hosting the show, so what better time to talk about #MeToo and the powerful people being taken down by their sexual harassment and abuse of others. Erin Pazaski, HIllary O'Brien, Laura Quast, and Liza Mann weigh in on why this seems to have staying power in the news cycle, and why it seems to destroy some powerful men and not others. Plus, since this is a group of friends who, through med school, have come to know each other well, Dave challenges each to answer questions as their friends would. Speaking of creepy, The University of Miami has a problem on its hands with a medical student who's been posting other students' social media pics of their car selfies and beach photos on websites where other folks are excited by such things. A New Hampshire doc loses her license after refusing to use an EHR because she'd rather practice 'medical art' (among other things). And more medical schools want to hear from premeds what they think about health insurance. Your thoughts and comments are important to us! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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48 min
November 30, 2017
More Surgery for Better Global Health: Dr. Mark Shrime
Mark Shrime is an otolaryngologist (and American Ninja Warrior competitor) who may just be on the leading edge of change in the way global health sees surgery. In this conversation with Tony Mai, Amanda Manorot, Brian Wall, and Hadeal Ayoub, Dr. Shrime argues that the way surgery is used in international development to date--surgeons fly in for two weeks, do their thing, and fly back out--doesn't do much to allow their host countries to develop their own surgery skills. For his part, he's managed to arrange his work at Harvard to allow him two months abroad helping to strengthen health systems in countries like Congo, Haiti, Cameroon, and Madagascar. The problem is, policy-makers see surgery as 'too expensive,' disregarding it as a tool for global health intervention. Ebola and Zika therefore get all the attention. But analysis of the cost-effectiveness of surgery as a tool in global health efforts belies this view, and shows the burden of surgical diseases may be as high as a third of the global total. Fortunately, Dr. Shrime has good advice for future surgeons who face a system that embraces Relative Value Units as a measure of physician performance, and yet want to pursue work outside their hospitals to effect global healthcare change. What are your thoughts on the effort to elevate surgery as a global health intervention? Any thoughts on who we should interview next? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com to share your ideas.
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47 min
November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving surprise: they didn’t vomit
Dave loves all Short Coats--he's like a benevolent god, except without any godly powers or omniscience but with plenty of love. However, he does like to put people in iffy situations, which is why he and his wife Christine fired up the Short Coat Test Kitchen to create Golden Thanksgiving Perfection Salad for the co-hosts. Perfection not included, but Gabe Conley, Claire Casteneda, and noobs Erik Kneller and Nick Evans don't hate it. While they enjoy that, listener Rachel messaged us on Facebook to suggest we discuss the latest news in chronic traumatic encephalopathy research, in which former NFL player Fred McNeill is the first to have had a PET scan before his death, which means there is now evidence that PET scans can be used as a diagnostic tool for CTE. Speaking of research, Dave pops a quiz from tweets on #weirdresearch. A 7-year-old boy has had 80% of his skin replaced with close to 1 square meter of skin genetically engineered from his own cells...and he's doing great! And another genetic engineering first will soon bear fruit (or fail) for a man who is the first to have had his DNA engineered from within as a treatment for Hunter syndrome. Do you have things for us to talk about? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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56 min
November 16, 2017
The Business of Medicine
Medical school definitely hasn't made a priority of teaching about how medicine works as a business. MDs who get involved in that side of healthcare typically learn on the job. But recent caller Ryan is interested in that topic, and wanted to hear from us about what CCOM students are learning about it. A couple years ago, M4 Joe Nellis and some other students founded the Healthcare Management and Delivery Science Distinction Track, in part because they knew that decisions about healthcare delivery and outcomes evaluation were being made without MDs having a clear idea (or even input on) how and why. He and M2s Philip Huang and Amanda Manarot got together with Dave to talk about what they've learning on issues like teamwork, e-health, data and decision-making. And while the healthcare leaders of tomorrow still have to learn much of the biz after they leave medical school, having a fuller grasp of the forces that affect how medicine is practiced is key, especially as the private practice of medicine gives way to employment in hospitals and other organizations. Dave took issue with this article which posits that doctors' salaries are a problem for healthcare costs, despite the fact that according to the author's own figures, that amount makes up about 1/32 of the cost of healthcare per US household. Do you want to learn about this stuff? Or are you content to worry only about taking care of patients? Tell us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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39 min
November 9, 2017
“I’ve Got Some Bad News”
When many people think about becoming a physician, they focus on the positive side of the practice of medicine. Things like diagnosing and successfully treating patients, forming therapeutic relationships, and even income and prestige get most attention. But there is one thing that receives less attention: sometimes, doctors deliver very bad news to their patients. Learning how to do that gracefully in a way that supports patients rather than devastating them is an important skill. And in a team-based environment, it can be tricky. M3 Marc Moubarek shows M1s Joyce Wahba, Gabe Conley, and new co-host Claire Casteneda the ropes. Of course, Dave devises an educational exercise to "help." In other bad news, it's not getting any easier to get into medical school...in fact, it's getting harder. In the last decade, applications have doubled for top 10 schools focusing on primary care, and others (like Iowa) have increased 1.5 times. Time to be interesting, applicants! Are you doing something more interesting than checking off the boxes on your medical school application? We definitely want to know about it. Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. If you're doing something really interesting, maybe we'll interview you on the show
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58 min
November 2, 2017
Reaffirming points of pride, and life in rural Iowa
Dave has been noticing a certain mid-semester droopiness among some students at the College of Medicine. Perhaps, he conjectured, we all need a bit of a pick-me-up. So, Levi Endelman, Issac Schwantes, and new co-host Derek Bradley share things about themselves of which they are proud. Issac, however, finds himself less than impressed by Dave's contribution. And the boys reminisce about their rural Iowa upbringings, from careening over the ubiquitous gravel roads to romancing atop grain elevators. Vox has begun collecting data from ER visitors on the resulting bills, so the American Hospital Association issues a warning to its members. And the US opioid epidemic is finally a national emergency, officially. Will the president's latest proclamation have any effect? Will there be any actual, you know, funding applied to the problem? Your guess is as good as anybody's. What do you do when you're academically down in the dumps? Do you take your cell phone to the bathroom? Admit it! Show the world you aren't afraid of its judgement by calling us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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45 min
October 26, 2017
Med School Medicine vs. Real World Medicine
In Iowa and many other states, migrant workers are a big part of the economy. Many of these people don't have time for and can't afford regular medical care. But leaving them without care isn't an option, either. Fortunately, there are organizations which engage with this population. The Carver College of Medicine, for instance, has a very strong emphasis on learning through serving the medically underserved. By setting up migrant health clinics where those workers live--in their often temporary and extremely basic housing communities--students can learn about the practice of medicine outside a doctor's office or hospital while bringing badly needed healthcare to those who'd otherwise forgo it. Second-year med student Jesse White suggested a show on working with these populations. Joined by fellow second-year Erin Steele and retired Physician Assistant Peg Bouska, we discuss the non-ideal world of practicing medicine without the right spaces, equipment, systems, and tools...and what students learn about medicine by doing so. Is learning through service important to you? What experiences have you had with service learning, and what did you learn? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you.
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58 min
October 19, 2017
Alumni Visit
Alumni Nate Curl, MD (emergency medicine, '07) and Cathryn Turner (pediatric psychiatry, '10) returned to the Carver College of Medicine last week to attend The Examined Life Conference Jason and Dave put on every year. It was a great opportunity to connect Levi Endelman and Matt Wilson with them for a discussion of their paths to med school, the kinds of experiences they've had since graduating, and some of the things they'd like to have done differently. They also helped answer a listener question from Mary, who is concerned about what she's heard: that self-care--eating healthy, exercise, etc.--in medical school and beyond is well-nigh impossible for such chronically busy people. What concerns do you have about entering medical school? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We'll try to help.
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28 min
October 12, 2017
Planning Now for MD Happiness
Once you're on a path, it can be hard to step off it. You think you're happy...but doubts creep in. Sure, you're making money, you're an important part of the medical profession, you've got this under control...but there's something missing: satisfaction. How can medical students prevent that from happening? How can anyone? Eric Snieders, Brady Campbell, Erica Henderson, and Marissa Evers take the example of San Diego's local hero Slomo (former neurologist John Kitchin) as well as the apparently happy lives of hunter gatherers and residents of Norway, (but perhaps NOT the residents of the US of A) and try to think about what will keep them happy as they wend their way through the medical industrial complex. Thinking about tattooing your eyeball? No? Hmm, weird. Well, a Canadian model would like you to think again...especially if you're planning on having your boyfriend do it. You've been warned. Are you eyeing a tattoo? Got one you want to show us? We want to see it! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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50 min
October 5, 2017
Pets in Medical School
Dave's gotten a few requests over the years from folks who want to know: is it a good idea to have pets while you're in medical school? And Dave also has co-hosts who wanted to talk about their pets on The Short Coat Podcast. Now, Dave isn't a pet kinda guy, but luckily he went out of town and Kylie Miller was able to take over the mic. Which means that finally, after all this time, some med student pet owners--Kaci McCleary, Vic Hatcher, Tim Maxwell, and Lisa Wehr--were able to get together with Kylie to talk about the challenges and rewards of having a fur baby while working through medical school. Are you worried about having a pet while studying medicine? Or are you completely unconcerned? Tell us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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47 min
September 28, 2017
The Donors Who Get No Plaques Or Portraits
Donors are very important to universities and medical schools, typically contributing money to further the educational mission. Often, donors get a plaque on the wall, and some even get whole buildings named after them. But we're also grateful for the donors who get no plaques and whose names aren't known: those who, after they pass away, donate their bodies to medical schools so that students can use them to learn. On the afternoon of the CCOM Deeded Body Ceremony, Patrick Brau, Mackenzie Walhof, Brady Campbell, and Reed Johnson reflect on the nature of this gift, what it meant to them, and some of the unexpected things they learned. Scientists were surprised this week to find out that jellyfish sleep, perhaps just like we do...which is weird because you'd think that sort of thing would get them killed. And in the spirit of the season (interview season, that is), we discuss evidence for why you probably shouldn't have your med school or residency interview at 30,000 feet. Would you donate your body to a medical school? Why? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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47 min
September 21, 2017
Rejection Happens
Euthalia (not her actual name, though it probably should be. Feel free to take that name, anonymous caller) called us at 347-SHORTCT to express her sadness that she didn't get a secondary interview at Iowa. Which sucks for Iowa because...well, we might not get to meet Euthalia. Of course, she knows rejection is not the end of the road for her dream. Brett Hanson, Tony Mai, Patrick Brau, and Levi Endelman share some things she needs to do now to prepare her for the next time she applies, if that's what she decides to do. Euthalia might be feeling anxious, a good bet because just about everyone we know has anxiety up the wazoo. Luckily, Dave heard about a study in which subjects were able to decrease their anxiety by talking to themselves in the third person. This seemed like a good idea, so we gave it a try. Warning: you might want to turn down the volume. Or unsubscribe. Meanwhile the Endocrine Society has new guidelines for how young transgender kids can begin hormone therapy. And, to the surprise of no nurses at all, nurses in some places have more dangerous jobs than prison guards and police officers. Be kind to the nurses, doctors. What are your rejection stories? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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30 min
September 14, 2017
How Premeds Find Their Med Schools
Among the biggest projects a premed faces: not just getting into medical school, but getting into one that meets their needs. Do they want a school strong in service learning activities? Will they be happy in a system that recognizes academics first and foremost? Is the location more important than other factors? These are only a few of the factors that go into the decision...and Dave's co-hosts couldn't care less about them. There were only two things that M1s Kyle Leubka, Gabriel Conley, Joyce Wahba and Eric Schnieders were most interested in... Listeners Ryan and Michelle called in to pitch show ideas. Ryan wants a show about Technology, Business, and Policy (he's a podcaster at the University of Pennsylvania medical school...check them out). And Michelle wants to know whether her currently well-cared-for Husky will survive having a med student owner. Watch for future episodes, guys! What topics would you like to see us tackle? Do you have any strongly held criteria you're using to judge medical schools? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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51 min
September 7, 2017
I Can Taste the Gravy™ ft. The Vagibonds Podcast
Katee Verhoef and Corbin Weaver, from the new show The Vagibonds Podcast are in the studio to talk about their work discussing feminism through the OB/GYN student lens, as well as how they never introduce their co-host who just happens to be familiar to the SCP audience. Plus, we explore the taste of medications. Right out of the research lab, they usually taste gross. This is why pharmaceutical companies go to a lot of effort sweetening them up, otherwise you'd throw up instead of being soothed. But Dave suspects that Big Pharma hasn't fully considered the possibilities for how medicine should taste, so he devises one of his 'experiments' to test whether medicine should taste like ham and gravy baby food instead. Katee, Corbin, Elizabeth Shirazi and Hillary O'Brien help Dave test this medical marketing breakthrough (psst, GSK, call us!). And listeners Evelyn and "Maynard" wrote in with feedback and questions for The Short Coats. And Ryan Gray, MD of the Specialty Stories Podcast wrote in offering a clarification of our answer to Terel's recent question. Perhaps a bigger breakthrough, however, is the news that the FDA is willing to consider evidence that MDMA (or ecstasy) could be a "Breakthrough Therapy" for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. And what about the new genetically engineered T-cells designed to seek out and destroy childhood leukemia, which the FDA has actually approved? What experiments should Dave inflict on his co-hosts next? Do you want to call us out on some bogus thing we said? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, visit our Facebook group, or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. Do all three!
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55 min
August 31, 2017
Questions Abound.
Interview season begins soon, which means it's time to worry about the weird questions you'll be asked during med school interviews. Kayla got in touch with us at our new Facebook Group, The Short Coat Student Lounge, and asked what strange or difficult questions Lisa Wehr, Liza Mann, Irisa Mahaparn, and new co-host Mackenzie Walhof had been asked when it was their turn. Kayla's question, of course, inspires Dave to have them try to play a game of Questions, at which all the co-hosts fail miserably. The FDA announced that it's seeking public comment on plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to sub-addictive levels. Interesting idea...but we have questions. Google is trying to give US mobile users who search for info about depression a link to a screening tool for the disease...but we have questions. One thing we don't question: our old friend Martin Shkreli's securities fraud trial jury selection transcripts were released, and let's just say the jury of his peers don't give a rat's butt about what he's actually on trial for...they hate him for the drug thing. What questions do you have for us? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, join our Facbook group, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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42 min
August 24, 2017
Open on Applications about New-Found Sobriety?
Listener Erica called in wondering how students cope with the challenges of medical school and residency, especially in the context of a mental illness. And Terel dropped us a line to ask the differences between a hospitalist and an internist. Groundbreaking research from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that alternative medicine is a crappy option for cancer patients' survival rates...except for prostate cancer. And a Chinese startup publishes a study in which CRISPR knocks out pig PERVs. That's Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses, silly, and it means if you need an organ transplant one day, you might have to thank a pig for that heart. Are you ready for your future pig heart? Who would win in an alpha-gal fight, Kylie or Kalyn? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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53 min
August 17, 2017
Future Summer Health Professionals, Revisited
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, 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. If you want to rant for any reason, and think we are the best people to rant at, give us a call! Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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46 min
August 10, 2017
Crushing It with Mental Illness During Med School
Physicians are no better than the rest of us at dealing with mental illness, even as they struggle to get their own patients to recognize and have treated their own disabilities. 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. Our co-hosts this week, Zeynep Demir, Innie Kim, Jason Lewis, and Kaci McCleary all have e xperienced their own disorders, and have formed a CCOM chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Still in it's infancy, they hope 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. We want to hear from you! 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 theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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59 min
August 3, 2017
Recess Rehash: Medical School Secondary Applications: What Do They Want?
A listener wants to know more about the secondary application. Given the the turnaround time often recommended (a week), how important are they? Do they need to be as well crafted as your personal statement? What do schools get out of them? And are they just a way for schools to extract more money from applicants? We asked our medical school's admissions staff for answers to these questions so you can get on with crafting your best possible application. In science and medicine news, one major destination for patients' medical dollars is the emergency room visit. One recent study asks what do docs know about the costs of caring for some common complaints they see in the ER? Turns out, not much...but when doctors are in charge of knowing the costs of care, is the patient really helped? Meanwhile, a startup in (where else) California wants to charge $8000 to give old people young blood, because we need more dystopian sci-fi concepts. And a discussion on the problems people can experience surrounding orgasms reveals something about Kylie that would have made Jim Henson blush. We LOVE hearing from listeners, and we really work hard to answer your questions. If you have something to say or a question to ask, call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
July 27, 2017
Recess Rehash: You can buy that on Amazon?
[Dave’s on vacation, so enjoy this re-run while he eats seafood and catches some rays on the beach] All work and no play…is not what we do. Sometimes you’re having so much fun that the time flies by and you forget that you have other important things to do.  That’s what happened on this week’s show, in which Dave brings Aditi Patel, Aline Sandouk, Kylie Miller and Irene Morcuende along for a trip through the medical supplies section of Amazon.  Can they guess what the medical device is based on the reviews alone? This week in science and medicine news We did get to talk about one bit of medical news, pointed out to us on twitter by AJtha808Scientist: the fact that Iowa made national news by forcing the closure of 1/4 of its Planned Parenthood clinics.  Thanks for the tip! We want to hear from you We also heard from Hannah of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  She wrote in to let us know why, according to the study we discussed in our last show about longevity in US counties, her beautiful corner of the country is so damn healthy.  Spoiler: it doesn’t involve sitting on the couch and eating chips like Dave was hoping.  Listeners, share your suggestions with us each week.  Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We need validation. Leave a review: iTunes 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.
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50 min
July 23, 2017
Sacrifice It All to be A Med Student? Don’t Do It!
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? We also discuss a study from Sweden that looks at whether drones can deliver life-saving automatic emergency defibrillators to heart attack victims faster than EMS can get to them. And we explore the power of names to get you to eat your vegetables. We want to hear from you. If you have fears we could address, and think we are the best people to do so, who are we to question your judgement? Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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46 min
July 13, 2017
Harry Potter and the Suddenly Bald Litigant
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! Speaking of priorities, a research letter in JAMA takes note of the FDA's somewhat lackadaisical interest in surveilling the cosmetics and hair care industry, and why that should probably change. Will flu shots (and other vaccination injections) soon be replaced by a tiny bed of nails? And Dave warns medical students not to study with their phones in the same room. If you have something to say or a question to ask, and think we are the best people to do so, who are we to question your judgement? Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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60 min
July 6, 2017
Medical Education’s Underrepresented Minorities Challenge
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. If you have something to say or a question to ask, and think we are the best people to do so, who are we to question your judgement? Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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44 min
June 29, 2017
Which is More Important: the MCAT or Your Job?
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 a great LGBTQ clinic for our students to do clerkships 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? 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? Thank you, T'keyah for your question! If you have something to say or a question to ask, call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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43 min
June 22, 2017
Your Gap Year Job Doesn’t Matter
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, there are lots of jobs like that...but is it 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. Meanwhile, 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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49 min
June 15, 2017
Recess Rehash: Gap Years, Disguised Blessings, and Forbidden Words
Listener T'keyah sends Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta a question on gap years, which boils down to what kinds of gaps are okay according to admissions committees? Cole reveals his post-med school podcasting plans, and he and John discuss how not getting your residency match can be a GOOD thing...after one is done crying. And at T'Keyah's suggestion, we try to offer sex education to each other without using words or concepts banned by state boards of education. Listeners, share your suggestions with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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63 min
June 8, 2017
Medical School Secondary Applications: What Do They Want?
A listener wants to know more about the secondary application. Given the the turnaround time often recommended (a week), how important are they? Do they need to be as well crafted as your personal statement? What do schools get out of them? And are they just a way for schools to extract more money from applicants? We asked our medical school's admissions staff for answers to these questions so you can get on with crafting your best possible application. In science and medicine news, one major destination for patients' medical dollars is the emergency room visit. One recent study asks what do docs know about the costs of caring for some common complaints they see in the ER? Turns out, not much...but when doctors are in charge of knowing the costs of care, is the patient really helped? Meanwhile, a startup in (where else) California wants to charge $8000 to give old people young blood, because we need more dystopian sci-fi concepts. And a discussion on the problems people can experience surrounding orgasms reveals something about Kylie that would have made Jim Henson blush. We LOVE hearing from listeners, and we really work hard to answer your questions. If you have something to say or a question to ask, call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
June 1, 2017
Bandwagons, Bicarb, and Broca’s Bitty Bulb
What is it about public health issues that lends itself to bandwagons? John Pienta, Levi Endelman, Hillary O'Brien, Issac Schwantes, and Jason Lewis discuss Finland's contribution to parenting, the cardboard box in which babies sleep. This year, hundreds of thousands of boxes will be given to new parents by US states in an attempt to improve infant mortality rates. Is that at all helpful, or are we ignoring other causes of death among infants? You know things are weird in healthcare when baking soda is in such short supply that hospitals start cutting back on open-heart surgery. And thanks to a certain 19th neuroanatomist's ideas about the relative sizes of the frontal lobe and the olfactory bulb, we decided that humans have crappy senses of smell...a 'fact' that turns out was never tested and is probably not at all true! We also heard from listener Mike, who we offended 70 episodes ago. We're not entirely sure what we said, exactly, that made Mike give us up after listening to roughly 80 hours of our half-baked opinions, but we always count ourselves fortunate to hear specific negative feedback (and hey, positive feedback is nice, too). Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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49 min
May 25, 2017
You can buy that on Amazon?
All work and no play…is not what we do. Sometimes you’re having so much fun that the time flies by and you forget that you have other important things to do.  That’s what happened on this week’s show, in which Dave brings Aditi Patel, Aline Sandouk, Kylie Miller and Irene Morcuende along for a trip through the medical supplies section of Amazon.  Can they guess what the medical device is based on the reviews alone? This week in science and medicine news We did get to talk about one bit of medical news, pointed out to us on twitter by AJtha808Scientist: the fact that Iowa made national news by forcing the closure of 1/4 of its Planned Parenthood clinics.  Thanks for the tip! We want to hear from you We also heard from Hannah of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  She wrote in to let us know why, according to the study we discussed in our last show about longevity in US counties, her beautiful corner of the country is so damn healthy.  Spoiler: it doesn’t involve sitting on the couch and eating chips like Dave was hoping.  Listeners, share your suggestions with us each week.  Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com. We need validation. Leave a review: iTunes 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.
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50 min
May 18, 2017
Premeds Can Be Science Podcasters, ft. Terel Jackson
It's a more-or-less unstated goal of ours to show medical learners that podcasting can be a beneficial experience both for the host and for listeners. And we're always banging on about the need for better science communicators. So Erin Pazaski, Levi Endelman, Kylie Miller, and Irene Morcuende were recently excited to get an email from Terel Jackson, a premed at OSU who said she had gotten the message! She started her own show, Health Science (For The Rest of Us), which takes "a super practical look at the body, its shenanigans, and the world of fascinating ways we try to keep it healthy." Of course, we had to have her on the show to tell us all about her adventures in radiation, body odor, neti pots, and more. Also, how Americans' lifespans vary widely by county, and the unusual prescription one PA hospital is giving their patients. Listeners, share your suggestions with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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45 min
May 11, 2017
Gap Years, Disguised Blessings, and Forbidden Words
Listener T'keyah sends Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta a question on gap years, which boils down to what kinds of gaps are okay according to admissions committees? Cole reveals his post-med school podcasting plans, and he and John discuss how not getting your residency match can be a GOOD thing...after one is done crying. And at T'Keyah's suggestion, we try to offer sex education to each other without using words or concepts banned by state boards of education. Listeners, share your suggestions with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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63 min
May 4, 2017
Self-Doubt and Riding the Ethical Railroad
One of our podcasting goals is to encourage others to create their own shows, especially medical learners. So John Pienta, Irisa Mahaparn, Adam Erwood, and Erin Pazaski were pleased to hear from listener Terel, who got it and launched a podcast of her own! Go, Terel! Although perhaps she and her fellow pre-meds should (not) consider the path taken by another undergrad, who decided to skip all that pesky applying and test taking and just declare herself a medical student so she could jump right in and start seeing patients. On the other hand, if you worked hard getting your MD, then getting married to it may be something to consider. And Dave offers his co-hosts some practice at answering health questions they might really hear someday, which he pulled from the saddest place on the internet: Yahoo! Answers. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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51 min
April 27, 2017
General Haze-pital
Improvisational acting is a greater part of medical school than one might expect. Between pretending to be doctors for one's simulated patients, or acting like you know what you're doing when you're not entirely sure, a big part of med ed is faking it until you make it. So Dave, in his never ending quest to offer (ahem) valuable teaching moments, asks Mark Moubarek, Irisa Mahaparn, Kaci McCleary, and newcomer Johnny Henstrom to put on their masks once again for a game of General Haze-pital. Will Johnny be cured by the dashing doctor Dr. Mark and his two eager med students, Kaci and Irisa? Tune in to find out. Also, we discuss the recent trend of trying to cure public health issues by using market forces, including the recent proposal to tax prescription opioid manufacturers a penny per milligram to fund addiction treatment and prevention. And an Indian medical student turns to Whatsapp to deliver a baby on a train...thus fulfilling a heroic daydream we've all had about saving the day in dire circumstances. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, or send your greetings to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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46 min
April 20, 2017
Real, and Fake, Research Day
We've got a crowd of M1s in the house rapidly approaching the end of their first year. This past week, Kylie Jade Miller, Levi Endelman, Adam Erwood, and new co-host Irene Morcuende took their physical exam skills practical exam; and they discussed some research they did at the intersections of medical and society--the public health implications of the American-as-apple-pie cycle of incarceration, the effects of Medicare expansion have had on access to mental healthcare, what happens when substance abuse sufferers are offered clean needle and Narcan, and whether taxing sugary drinks have an effect on obesity. Dave, seeing an opportunity to torture his co-hosts, put them through a Pop Quiz: can they discern if the research he presents to them is real or from the depths of Dave's mind? Kylie uses the occasion to let her secret gunner out. Listeners, we offer free advice! Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime, or email us at theshortoats@gmail.com.
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52 min
April 13, 2017
Consumer Genetic Testing, Marmite for Your Brain, and Counting Human Calories
Dave is no scientist, but he is 'science-adjacent.' This week, after having read of research involving the benefits to brain function conferred by Marmite consumption, he conducts his own experiment on SCP hosts John Pienta, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, and Nathan Miller. Will they be able to use their new Marmite-based powers to pass Dave's Pop Quiz and identify actual Amazing Health Products You Can Get? Listener Hannah wants to know all about the medical science training program lifestyle, and how it differs from the MD student experience, and since Aline is an MSTP student herself, Hannah's in luck. And 23andMe has finally received approval from the FDA to offer genetic screenings for defects that either one already knows about or that knowing about might do more harm than good. Listeners, if you like what you hear today, please leave us a review on iTunes!
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66 min
April 6, 2017
314 Action: Encouraging People of Science to Make the Leap into Politics
Among the topics we Short Coats often ruminate on is the lack of basic science literacy in the public and press...and among politicians. How did we get to this place when science is so mistrusted? So when Dave put out the call for co-hosts to talk with this week's guest, Kelsy Adler, Levi Endelman, Lisa Wehr, Marc Toral, and Laura Quast were only too happy to oblige. Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action, an organization that seeks to address dearth of science knowledge among politicians directly by encouraging and financing the election of people with STEM backgrounds to public office at all levels. Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action, which "champions electing more leaders to the U.S. Senate, House, State Executive and Legislative offices who come from STEM backgrounds." her organization seeks to change are politicians' active resistance to the acquisition of data on things like gun violence and climate change, and ignorance of the evidence that already exists on vaccinations and evolution. Among the challenges they face is the perception that science is above politics; the task of creating and financing a network of donors and supporters; understanding and effectively countering the politician's biases toward reflecting certainty instead of nuance. And they're addressing the need for training people of science to move beyond simple advocacy so that they can engage with the political process and change the system's anti-science biases from within. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for occasional Live shows in which you can participate.
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41 min
March 30, 2017
The Black Mask and Mental Health in Iowa
Sometimes, Dave has ideas. This time Dave's idea was to get his long-suffering co-hosts to enjoy the YouTube beauty treatment known as The Black Mask. Because, dermatology! Which is better, the DIY treatment or the store-bought version? Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Adam Erwood, and Lisa Wehr will try to suss it out so you don' t have to. Also, we discuss Iowa's shortcomings with respect to mental health--its recent closures of state mental health hospitals and the reduction of psych beds across the state--as well as Iowa's recent moves counter to the trend--adding hospital beds and even residency programs! Meanwhile, is the anesthetic ketamine poised to revolutionize emergency treatment for suicidal depression? It's been many years since we had a new class of drugs to treat depression, but as always there are risks and doubts to be considered. On a related note, Dave attended a meeting of CCOM's new chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and John reviews briefly the College's new class "The Thriving Physician," both meant as antidotes for medical education's deleterious effects on mental health. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page where we often broadcast our recording sessions live so you can join in on Fridays.
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48 min
March 23, 2017
The False Dichotomies in Medical Politics, Physician Lifestyles, and Public Discourse
This episode is all about false dichotomies--situations or ideas that seem like dilemmas (and thus require a difficult choice to be made) but which really aren't. Much of the public discussions of things like the hours that residents work, the funding for medical research, the lifestyles that residents are forced to lead, the choices that prospective medical students make are couched in terms of either/or choices. Corbin Weaver, Matt Wilson, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary discuss the alleged dilemmas that we encounter in medicine and medical education, and conclude that these choices are often not mutually exclusive. It is possible to have both shorter hours and safer patient handoffs and quality education, despite rules that seem to indicate otherwise. It is possible to adequately fund basic science research and fund a sensible national defense, despite presidential budgets that slash NIH funding. And should listener Justin study during the summer prior to med school to begin medical school on the right foot, or will he struggle if he takes a break to live a little? Listeners, share your thoughts and questions with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time.
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55 min
March 16, 2017
Human Trafficking and What Physicians Need to Know, with Dr. Shannon Findlay
Statistics on human trafficking vary, but Dr. Shannon Findlay, an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, offers some sobering information. It is believed that 21 million people worldwide are affected by human trafficking, and perhaps 18,000 people are trafficked into the United States every year in forced labor or sex work. It’s not just people being brought into the country against their will, either, or even moved across state lines.  Even people within their home towns can be victims. Recognizing that someone is a victim of human trafficking is difficult, as there are so many variables and misunderstandings to overcome.  Physicians may be running across victims and not realizing it, even if something doesn’t seem right about a patient interaction.  Corbin Weaver, Tarek Karam, and Kylie Miller join Dr. Shannon to discuss the problem, how physicians can recognize potential victims, and what they can do about it.  And with Match Day around the corner, Dr. Findlay also recalls her match experience as well as offers advice to new residents in their intern year.  Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week.  Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page where we record Live to include your questions and comments in the show. We need validation.
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51 min
March 9, 2017
Cardiothoracic Surgery: A Woman’s World, For Dr. Sharon Larson
Dr. Sharon Larson is Iowa's first female cardiothoracic surgeon. You might be forgiven for thinking that Iowa's been a bit backwards for not having had this glass ceiling broken sooner, but there aren't exactly a surplus of women who've sought out this demanding career. In the United States, only 5% of CT surgeons are women in this already-tiny specialty. When Dave read about her in the local paper, he figured she'd be a great guest for Kylie Miller, Philip Huang, Hadeal Ayoub, and Erin Pazaski to talk with about things like glass ceilings and how women succeed in a man's world. Turns out, Dave was right--she's a great guest to talk to about the long road to becoming an attending in her field, what male surgeons should know about female surgeons and vice versa, and how a woman might find she and her friends taking golf lessons to prove a point. Listeners, we freaking love hearing from you. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and email theshortcoats@gmail.com.
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47 min
March 2, 2017
Happy Glitches, Research Niches, and Doc Dash Pitches
We recorded this week's show while doing a Facebook LiveThis week we start with some feedback from listener Paulius, who has a suggestion for a future show on the unsung heroes of primary care. Thank you! Dave bats the idea around with John Pienta, Kylie Miller, Tarek Karam and Elizabeth Shirazi. Meanwhile, as biomedical science grapples with a study-replication crisis perhaps caused by structural problems that discourage repetition in favor of novel findings and breakthroughs, we consider the advice of Ioannis Yannas, one of the inventors of artificial skin. Are cat lovers really at risk for schizophrenia? A large UK study says piffle, although cat-lover Kylie points out that there are some caveats. And though Tarek and Kylie are well-behaved on the mic, their individual approaches to weather-related flight delays reveal some points of contention. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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47 min
February 23, 2017
The Stages of Life: Love, Body Odor, and Body Donation
Love is on the air this week, as Cole Cheney hears a declaration of listener Naomi's feelings...and then gets a Valentine's week surprise. Also, Dave, Matt Wilson, Levi Endelman, and newbie Tarek Karam confront the perils of old age (apparently, Dave is emitting 2-Nonenal as we speak). An article on the lower cost of body donation (as compared to funeral costs) has the group thinking about the contributions their own donors have had on both their education and their understanding of how important it is to do one's best to honor them. As Match Week creeps up on us, the potential for confusion is high for hospitals and residents from from countries marked for travel bans/extreme vetting/whatever by the US president. To the extent the US healthcare system depends on foreign medical graduates and international medical graduates, there may be trouble ahead. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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44 min
February 17, 2017
Recess Rehash: Henrietta Lacks vs. HeLa, and the People Behind the Specimens
The efficacy of any biomedical researcher is based on his or her foundation of scientific knowledge. Few would have any problem grasping that idea. What's less well understood, by both researchers and laypeople alike, are the stories of the biological materials they work with. Often these materials are cell cultures, tissue samples, human DNA. Unlike the chemicals, reagents, test tubes, and machinery used in research, these materials often come from people. That's easily forgotten when they can be ordered from catalogs and websites in the way of other commodities. But those people, who may no longer live among us, have stories. In the case of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who passed away in the early 1950s of cervical cancer, the cells taken from her without her or her families' knowledge touched off a revolution in biomedical science. They've contributed to the vaccine for polio, were the first cells to be cloned, and have been used in a number of cancer, virus, and pharmacological studies all over the world. Rebecca Skloot's 2009 book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks noted that Mrs. Lacks' cells have been used in more than 60,000 studies, and 300 more are being added each month. They are of huge importance to science because they were the first so-called immortal cell line--unlike most cells, they divide and reproduce essentially without limit. But though no-one in Henrietta Lacks' family knew of their existence at first, the cells ultimately became of huge importance to her descendants. In this episode, Alison Pletch, Eboni Jones, Greg Pelc, and I were honored to be able to welcome two members of the Lacks family to the show. David Lacks is Mrs. Lacks' grandson, and Victoria Baptiste is her great granddaughter, and they spoke with us about their ancestor, informed consent, and their work with the National Institutes of Health on HeLa cell research guidelines.
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45 min
February 9, 2017
A Podcast for Iatroblasts: Ian Drummond’s “The Undifferentiated Medical Student”
Ian Drummond is a fourth-year student at Case Western. When it came time to consider what specialty to go into, Ian realized he didn't have the knowledge needed to make an informed choice. So he did what anyone would do: started a podcast in which he will interview physicians from all 120 medical specialties listed on the AAMC's Careers in Medicine site. Okay, not everyone would do that, but he did, and iatroblasts everywhere owe him a huge thank you. Because while it is a massive undertaking it is also super helpful! Cole Cheney, Tarun Kadaru, Liza Mann, and Hillary O'Brien spoke with Ian to find out what he's learning from his guests on The Undifferentiated Medical Student. We also discuss the challenges and benefits of podcasting for busy med students. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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50 min
February 2, 2017
We’ve Made It: Our First Tweetstorm
Is labeling people during a med school interview a good idea? Is such labeling always an example of ad hominem? Are doctors who write newspaper articles espousing antivaccination ideas deserving of sanction by their employers, or are they simply expressing valid concerns? Are their employers guilty of the same sins as administrators at NASA who didn't listen to engineers before the space shuttle Challenger disaster? Our first tweetstorm critique brought Dave to consider all these thoughts with Matt Wilson, newbies Laura Quast and Kendra Frey, and Adam Erwood. Also, radiologists face the extinction of diagnostic radiology by AI and pigeons, 3D printers capable of producing functionally complete human skin are here, and hybrid pig-human embryos all found their way into the news this week. And Dave tests his co-hosts' knowledge of medical history in a Pop Quiz. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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49 min
January 26, 2017
Coming From a Medical Family
On Inauguration Day, listener Tekia (and we hope that's spelled right) called to let us know that we were helping her stay frosty. Another listener, Liza, wrote wondering if her peers with MD family members are at an advantage in medical school. Co-hosts John Pienta and Adam Erwood (who have physicians in their immediate families) and Kylie Miller and Rob Humble (who don't) are happy to discuss the blessings supposedly showered upon those for whom medicine is a family business, and how those who aren't so fortunate can soldier on without those advantages. Also, birds don't break wind. Thanks for letting us know, Twitter. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every week.
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53 min
January 19, 2017
Your Pre-med Clinical Experience Can Cost You Money and Waste Your Time…and Hurt Your Application.
Medical school admissions committees look for clinical experiences on applications, so it behooves premeds to seek out ways to get into the clinic as a way of learning about the practice of medicine and to show they are serious about becoming a physician. But there are clinical experiences that can hurt your application, and the Association of American Medical Colleges want to warn premeds that participation might signal a lack of judgement. Corbin Weaver, Kylie Miller, Teneme Konne, and Levi Endelman give some advice on the ones to avoid. Meanwhile our president-elect is thinking about creating a 'commission on autism,' and may be looking to a well-known anti-vaxxer to head it up. And a cybersecurity flaw leaves pacemakers and defibrillators wide open to hackers, allowing them to shock patients or drain batteries. And we find out whether our co-hosts can really understand their patients, even if they speak sdrawkcab. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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50 min
January 12, 2017
Careless (and Repulsive) Whispers
Fresh from winter break, Kaci McCleary, Tony Rosenberg, Mark Moubarek, and new co-host Teneme Konne bring us up to date on their activities during their time off. We hear from co-host Amy Young as she sends in her (surprising?) thoughts on the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, the good old mesentery might get a well deserved promotion, from fatty membrane that gets in the way during abdominal surgery but conveniently holds your spleen to full blown organ...so long as you're an Irish researcher. Sadly, recent extra-legal efforts to replace fatally flawed mitochondria in human ova with healthy ones might prove to be worthless (and worse). France declares everyone an organ donor, unless you opt out (you jerk). And Dave takes everyone on a tour of the murky world of autonomous sensory meridian response on YouTube. Will we jump on the bandwagon, or wipe the condensed hot breath off our ears and sit this one out? Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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55 min
January 5, 2017
Putting 2016 behind us…waaaay behind us.
Dave and the gang (Kaci McCleary, Rob Humble, Elizabeth Shirazi, and later in the show Anthony Hunt (an Iowa pharmacy student to whom Rob is affianced) say goodbye to what many acknowledge was an itchy, prurient rash of a year. Fortunately, medical students around the country are working to make medical school a better place, including some Michigan students who have formed a consult service for those who need help not being terrible oral presenters. NASA technology is doing its part, taking Mars lander technology and using it to detect bed sores, which is a far bigger deal than you might expect. Another group of researchers has created a cool bit of nanotech that can effectively diagnose 17 different disorders just by 'smelling' your breath. Can today's co-hosts smell any better than a bunch of high tech nano-whatis? We do a little experiment to find out. Listeners, share your thoughts and ideas with us each week: call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, send us emails at theshortcoats@gmail.com, and follow us on Facebook.
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48 min
December 30, 2016
PIMPing and Jamming, Sexist Science, and Salon Samaritans
Dave once again forces the group to play a game of questionable relevance to medicine in which his co-hosts ask each other anatomy questions while wearing speech jammer headphones. Corbin Weaver, Matt Wilson, and Issac Schwantes are good sports, however, which is easy for them seeing as how Dave is the absolute worst at talking while wearing the mind-scrambling headset. We also discuss a couple recent examples of bias in medicine, including flight attendants' response to a young, black doctor's offer to help a distressed passenger in flight, and Delta's follow up admission that its policies weren't helpful. Another example: a recent study that seemed to conclude women were better doctors than men, without addressing other, perhaps systemic reasons for the results. And what can hairdressers do about domestic violence? Illinois lawmakers think they can help quite a bit. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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49 min
December 22, 2016
Re-doin’ the Drops, a Clash of Wits, and Snapchat Surgery
We tried Roto Z eye drops in the past, and were unimpressed. But thanks to Doug Russo, who secured the real deal--Roto Z Pro eye drops--Kaci McCleary and newbies Matt Wilson, Jenna Schade and Elizabeth Shirazi felt the burn. Now that they're suitably refreshed, Dave decides that he must do his part to help med students keep their wits about them by playing a game of MegaClash! Listener and ortho resident Emily calls in to say hello and express concern that med students are forced to choose specialties based on shallow exposures. We address a worrying sentiment Dave noticed popping up a lot this week: that "if you can see yourself doing anything else besides being a doctor, do that instead." But it's cool, because the National Academy of Medicine has formed a coalition of organizations to address burnout and suicide in medicine and medical education. And a UK surgeon offers his students a way to observe surgery without all the boring bits, leveraging Snapchat Spectacles. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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59 min
December 15, 2016
Semester Wrap-up, Gramma’s baked, and Short Thoughts
Dave and the crew--Mark Moubarek, Levi Endelman, Julie Gudenkauf, and Erin Pazaski--look back on things they experienced as the semester draws to a close. As first years, Levi and Erin share their thoughts on entering medical school. Mark is getting ready for his clerkships to begin. And Julie has finished up her primary-care clerkships and is moving into exploring some of the more specialized areas of medicine. We also discuss the not surprising fact that baby-boomers are more into cannabis than their children and grandchildren are. Meanwhile, some other podcasters who couldn't join us this week send in their Short Thoughts on American consumerism, a woman that was truly a pioneer in medicine, and cats. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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50 min
December 8, 2016
The Value of Coaching in Medicine.
Coaching is an integral part of sports, it's often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD. But until recently coaching wasn't something physicians used to achieve their goals. For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, and Amy Young talk with Georgetown University faculty member Maggi Cary and Georgetown student Jack Penner. Dr. Cary is a certified coach specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare professionals. But a serendipitous acquaintance with Jack lead to him becoming a client. Recognizing its value for him as a student--in dealing with the so-called hidden curriculum and impostor syndrome, among other things--they have put together a pro-bono arrangement for twelve Georgetown student with area coaches. These relationships have allowed students to address areas of concern for them without the fears they may have in reaching out to faculty or peers, such as raising red flags or competitive issues. It has also allowed them to get some of the individual attention they may be missing in education systems that are focused more on mass production of doctors. And as medicine itself moves away from the idea that the doctor is the captain of the ship and towards a more integrative model of cooperation between medical professionals, more doctors are excited about learning leadership, management, and even surgical skills that encourage and value the input of their teammates. Dr. Cary and Jack also help us consider an idea sent in by listener JW--that burnout among physicians might be addressed by adopting a less martyred approach to their work in favor of understanding that "it's just a job." Share your thoughts with us on this episode and ideas for future episodes. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every week.
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61 min
December 1, 2016
Recess Rehash: The Ultimate Taboo: Medicine and Suicide
Just hours before a new crop of medical students are to be welcomed into the world of medicine, Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, and Lisa Wehr confront one of the most uncomfortable topics in medical education: physician and student suicide.  Among doctors, suicide rates are much higher than among the general population.  The long hours, high pressure (from both one's internal monologue and from outside sources) to succeed, fear of public humiliation regarding one's shortcomings, isolation, inadequate supervision, the stigma against mental illness, the career penalties faced by those who admit to unwellness, and more, all contribute to the problem.  Institutions also have a difficult time addressing incidents of physician suicide effectively, as they try to walk a tightrope strung between respect for the privacy of the deceased, the needs of colleague survivors to talk about it, the desire to avoid adverse publicity.  Meanwhile, the work does not stop. The only breaks are a moment of silence, a visit with a grief counselor, or an "open forum" to discuss one's feelings.
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44 min
November 24, 2016
RIP, Radioactive Boy Scout
Happy Thanksgiving! The crew--John Pienta, Marc Toral, Dylan Todd and new guy Jay Blomme--were lucky enough to hear from a couple listeners about our recent post-presidential election episode. For instance, Kayla called 347-SHORTCT to say thanks; we presume she had more to say, but she got cut off. We continue our discussions on logic and logical errors, considering the efforts that Facebook and Google are making to reduce the effects of 'fake news.' John has some suggestions on how to have a productive conversation with people whose opinions you don't share. Dylan is the master of strange analogies that ultimately are right on target. We discuss one idea in DIY medicine we might be able to get behind, a device that allows women to take some control of their breast reconstruction journey. And we mark the passing of 'The Radioactive Boy Scout,' David Hahn, who attempted to build a working nuclear reactor in his back yard as a teenager. And some podcasters who couldn't join us this week send in their thoughts on what they'd do with an extra day no one else could mess with. Listeners, share your thoughts with us each week. Call us at 347-SHORTCT any time, and see our Facebook page for a question to consider every Monday.
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51 min
November 17, 2016
Considering The Other Sides
With the close of the election of 2016, many people, including us, found themselves dismayed and surprised by a great many things. But why were we so shocked? Now that our hindsight has been LASIK'd, some are noticing the truth that was hiding in plain sight: people were feeling ignored. And those people were the ones that the electoral college protects: rural Americans. In this episode, we (that is, Dave, Mark Moubarek, John Pienta, Rob Humble, and Amy Hanson) try to step out of our bubble. We cast our eyes on our own ignorance and speculate a little on what our fellow Americans want. We try to avoid politics in this episode in favor of thoughtful, empathetic consideration. Let us know whether or not we were successful.
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52 min
November 10, 2016
Do Better Because You Will Die Some Day.
John Pienta, Levi Endelman, Kylie Miller, and Adam Erwood get to answer some probing questions: what's the first thing a student wants to know upon starting a new clerkship? What's the most important skill they've ever learned? And what medical specialty should Vladimir Putin pursue? Also, if you're in a performance slump, science says you just need to be reminded that one day you will be worm food. And men seem to be having trouble with the idea of having minor procedures and experiencing side effects in exchange for the privilege of having sex without certain undesirable consequences like babies. And we discuss the apparent YouTube trend of DIY braces made by 13-year-olds from wires, superglue, and rubber bands. If you can ignore the risks of your face falling off, it's a real money saver!
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50 min
November 3, 2016
Compassion Isn’t Easy
Compassion fatigue is a problem for many practitioners. In medicine, some of the needs are so great, and the resources are often so finite. Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Rob Humble, and Kaci McCleary discuss what happens when caring itself becomes a limited resource, the reasons empathy can dwindle, ways to cultivate it, and the role that compassion can play in caring for oneself. We also learn what monks and nuns are teaching us about how compassion manifests positivity and even neural plasticity. Also, in his role as showrunner, Dave talks with the group about whether it's a good time (or even a good idea) to spread the word through things like t-shirts (you can let him know what you think about it), and the crew visits with the strange patients over at Yahoo! Answers, where people are vibrating on command, accidentally pulling out their nerves, and considering cranial anatomy.
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55 min
October 27, 2016
Superstition is the Human Condition
Halloweeeeeeennnn! It's upon us, and while we're women and men of science around here, we're not completely able to shed our lizard-brain's need to take shortcuts. Which is why we are not at all surprised to know that ER docs still think the moon's revolutions around the big blue marble are in any way important. Fortunately, the post-cave-dwellers at the Marburg Center for Undiagnosed and Rare Disease are putting IBM's Watson to good use by diagnosing--in seconds-- rare diseases that defy the efforts of meatier doctors. And a Rutgers study finds that med school faculty severely underestimate students' stress and mental health issues. But enough of that scariness; the Short Coat Podcast is fielding a team for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine's Trivia Night fundraiser, so we practice and accidentally learn a lot more than we thought we would.
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56 min
October 20, 2016
Against Logic there is No Armor like Ignorance.
WHO researchers in Uganda are keen to teach schoolchildren there how to spot dubious health claims. This leads Dave to ask Levi Endelman, John Pienta, and newcomers Alice Ye and Adam Erwood whether their generation was taught the principles of logic and scientific thought in a way more effective than his own generation was taught. On a related note, listener Jake writes in to remind John that even we on The Short Coat Podcast, careful as we are to disclaim any logic whatsoever, should be wary of "shallow/uncontrolled" arguments.  We discuss emerging ideas on treating ICU patients in ways that minimize ICU delirium and PTSD, a problem once known as ICU psychosis, including changing the ways patients are sedated, their environments, the emphasis on convenience for healthcare personnel, and other factors that may be making patients crazy. Perhaps one day, ICU patients might receive some benefit from Kratom, which the DEA has now removed from the Schedule 1 drugs list after public outcry.  And doctors are still better than online "symptom checkers" at diagnosing both common and uncommon illnesses.  Take that, Doctor Google.
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61 min
October 13, 2016
Recess Rehash: Here’s Lemons In Your Eyes
Mark Mubarek, Amy Young, Rob Humble and Corbin Weaver are here to discuss the AMA's policy to support the ban on direct to consumer advertising of drugs and implantable devices, and how such advertising makes the doctor-patient relationship complicated. Will drug companies retaliate by advocating for bans on advertising doctors and hospitals to patients.  Researchers in the UK may be about to get the green light to edit the genes of human embryos seeking answers to why some miscarriages happen.  Are we approaching the slippery slope? A neurologist wonders why Ted Cruz's face is so unsettling.  And we note with interest a number of recent public health news stories in which officials suggest that women have the primary role in undesirable health consequences, including Zika/microcephaly and alcohol-related unwanted pregnancies; now South Africa has chimed in by tying scholarships for young women to virginity in order to prevent the spread of HIV. And Dave forces everyone to practice their clinical skills by answering random people's "health" questions from the Internet.
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46 min
October 6, 2016
The Fellowship of the Mic
This week, Dave, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Doug Russo, and Tony Rosenberg reflect upon the joy that podcasting brings, as we were recording the show on International Podcasting Day (Sept. 30).  Something else to celebrate: Doug (and Rob Humble) got to chill with an actual hobbit.  Or maybe it was Sean Astin, it isn't entirely clear. But whoever it was, Samwise was in Iowa stumping for Hillary Clinton. Hobbitses are very liberal, what with their hairy feet and pipeweed. Meanwhile, Doug was listening to the recent show in which Mark Moubarek discussed Rhoto eye drops, and bought some for us to "do." After the burning subsides, we discuss the advice from an attending overheard should everyone really try to know everything?
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September 29, 2016
Reversing Pavlok, and What You Can Learn From Your Bike Wreck.
After listening to our recent show that featured a review of a wrist-worn device that you can shock yourself with to punish you for engaging in bad habits, listener Paulius drops us a line to ask what Amy Young, Corbin Weaver, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta do to reward themselves when they do the right things. Like watching YouTube videos of people doing things well. Or turning your life into a video game. Next, Amy attempts to learn some sort of lesson about clinical medicine as a result of her recent nasty bike wreck. And Dave's fear of ending up on YouTube in a video recorded while he recovers from anesthesia leads to a discussion on online privacy
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41 min
September 22, 2016
The Modern Opioid Epidemic
Close your eyes, and picture an opioid abuser. If you're like me, you see a man in a flophouse or dark alley. He's cooking up heroin in a spoon over a lighter. Maybe he has a loop of tubing around his upper arm, and he's shooting the heroin into a vein in the crook of his elbow. Once he's done with the injection, he leans back with a euphoric sigh. Fade to black. Maybe it's just me, but this is the image that, for years, mediated my perception of the opioid epidemic, but it's a stereotype created by television and movies. Even as a stereotype, it's outdated, though. For decades, now, much of the epidemic is one of prescription drugs. The CDC says 78 people die from opioid overdoses every day. At least half of all opioid overdoses are from prescription drugs. Meanwhile, deaths from illegally made opioids, like the synthetic Fentanyl which is often mixed with heroin or cocaine to increase the high, increased 80% from 2013 to 2014. The American Society of Addiction Medicine says that prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400% from 1999 to 2010, compared to 237% among men. In 2014, 168,000 adolescents were addicted to prescription pain medications. More than 2 and a half times that number of kids were taking prescription pain relievers for non-medical uses. Next week, from September 26 to September 30, 2016, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host the Opioid Overdose Prevention Summit. Second-years med students Sarah Ziegenhorn, Petra Hahn, and Cameron Foreman helped organize the conference, in which students from the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Social Work, Public Health, and Nursing will join together to increase their knowledge and to influence public policy and legislation; personal perspectives; and student advocacy. , Sarah, Petra and Cameron were joined by Assistant Dean Denise Martinez and Nurse Kim Brown, whose son Andy died of an overdose, to talk about the issues of opioid addiction, treatment, and overdose prevention.
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44 min
September 15, 2016
Shocking the Habits Away
This week, Dave volunteers to wear a device that's received a lot of buzz lately, Pavlok. It's creator says that through classical conditioning it will help eliminate bad habits--nail biting, unhealthy eating, procrastination, for instance. It's ubiquity on Dave's social media feeds this past summer got Dave thinking about how much of human disease is based in behavior, bad habits. So Dave asked the company to send it's crowdfunded, wrist-mounted electrical shocker for evaluation, and they inexplicably said yes. Aline Sandouk, Lisa Wehr, and Nick Sparr all had a crack at it, and share their experience. Along with Rachel Schenkel, they attempt to use it to teach Dave not to say "Uh." Is it effective and worth the $169 price tag? Are its integrations with the Internet of Things or its Chrome plugin a help for those looking to kick their bad habits? Are there better, cheaper alternatives? Also, the Affordable Care Act has begun withholding Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals based on patient satisfaction surveys, and giving bonuses to those which do well on those surveys. We explore medical education's trade-offs in a game of what if. Hint: it turns out that our little group members are a bit mercenary.
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50 min
September 8, 2016
Keeping Up With Your Interests and Relationships
Stress is a part of medical school. Worrying about tests, studying until you drop, late nights, early mornings, and drinking from the firehose all seem to promote the idea that med students should do nothing else but study. Dave, Aditi Patel, Marc Toral, Levi Endelman, and Kylie Miller agree, which is one reason Aditi and Dave put on a monthly Art Club. Students get together over lunch and have fun with paints, ceramics, drawing, whatever! No pressure, just an hour away from medicine. And speaking of being away from medicine, a listener calls into 347-SHORTCT with a question about how best to keep in touch with family and friends who might not understand the demands of medical school. And we discuss Aditi's family (who just happen to be the subject of a documentary available on Netflix) and the methods they're using to select her future husband. And we play Superfight!
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63 min
September 1, 2016
They have questions, we have…more questions.
Dave, John Pienta, Mark Moubarek, Matt Maves, and Levi Endelman are aware that the world is full of questions.  Nowhere is that more true than on the saddest place on the Internet, Yahoo! Answers. There folks ask the kinds of things that a primary care physician might have to answer.  What is the worst way to get rid of acne scars?  What could be the cause of blisters on one's lips after kissing one's dog?  How much milk should one use in one's bath?  There are no stupid questions. But first, since Matt has returned from a year in Des Moines doing clerkships there, we discuss what that's been like and the benefits of doing some clerkships outside a more academic setting.  We also discuss the psychiatric disorder pica and the kinds of things people swallow on purpose (or by accident).  Also we talk about drug maker Mylan's difficulties with, well, everyone after we collectively realized they're gouging patients who need epinephrine auto-injectors to keep themselves alive.  Meanwhile, a company is offering a supplement that its CEO, a pioneering MIT aging researcher, and it's Nobel-prize festooned board of scientific advisors say might just be a way to extend the human health span.
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46 min
August 25, 2016
The Doctor Is In: Ryan Gray Lifts Up the Next Generation of Medical Students
yan Gray, MD, was a physician in the Air Force. He'd planned all along to be an orthopaedic surgeon...but the military had other plans for him: aerospace medicine. Later, when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis forced him to give up flying, his career plans changed once again, and he decided to set aside the practice of medicine to focus his growing business as the proprietor of MedicalSchoolHQ.net where he advises pre-medical students on their efforts to get into medical school. He's also a podcaster in that vein, as the host of The Premed Years podcast, the OldPreMeds Podcast, and The MCAT Podcast. As Dave, Nicole Morrow, Amy Hansen, Alex Volkmar, and Tony Rosenberg found, not only is Dr. Gray a thoughtful adviser, but he's a lot of fun to talk to. His thoughts on being a non-traditional medical student (he was one himself), the efforts of some schools to create competency- and systems-based curricula instead of exam-based curricula, and the types of students admissions committees are most interested in are definitely worth knowing. And check out Dr. Gray's new book, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview.
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44 min
August 18, 2016
The Ultimate Taboo: Medicine and Suicide
Just hours before a new crop of medical students are to be welcomed into the world of medicine, Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, and Lisa Wehr confront one of the most uncomfortable topics in medical education: physician and student suicide.  Among doctors, suicide rates are much higher than among the general population.  The long hours, high pressure (from both one's internal monologue and from outside sources) to succeed, fear of public humiliation regarding one's shortcomings, isolation, inadequate supervision, the stigma against mental illness, the career penalties faced by those who admit to unwellness, and more, all contribute to the problem.  Institutions also have a difficult time addressing incidents of physician suicide effectively, as they try to walk a tightrope strung between respect for the privacy of the deceased, the needs of colleague survivors to talk about it, the desire to avoid adverse publicity.  Meanwhile, the work does not stop. The only breaks are a moment of silence, a visit with a grief counselor, or an "open forum" to discuss one's feelings.
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44 min
August 11, 2016
Recess Rehash: Snapchat, Psychiatry, Femininity, and Savory Toothpastes
Is Dave ready for Snapchat? Corbin Weaver, Cole Cheney, Taz Khalid, and Tony Rosenberg try to convince him to start one up for the show. Are antibiotics really dead, now that the first totally resistant E.coli bacteria has been found in a US patient? Amazon reviews of common medical equipment leave everyone a bit unsettled. We explore Corbin's reflections on psychiatry and whether patients are helped or hindered when healthcare does the tasks of everyday life for them. And since dental health is so important for overall health, Dave creates some savory alternatives to traditional toothpaste flavors, and the crew tests them out, to see if any of them are a good idea.
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58 min
August 4, 2016
A Leg Up for Non-Traditional Med Students: Learning the Ropes
Dave is excited to meet some new people who are getting ready to don the short coat this coming week. Kylie Miller, Brady Campbell, Kyle Anderson are all new students at the Carver College of Medicine. Each of them would be called a non-traditional medical students, either because they come to med school with a college degree outside the usual pre-medical subjects, or because they took a break between college and medical school. This summer they all participated in the Introduction to Medical Education at Iowa program, and along with their teaching assistant Vivian Zhu, were adventurous enough to take the microphones for a spin. What other things these guys did to prepare for starting their medical studies? Have they experienced any doubt? Have they considered the emotional challenges med school offers in addition to the hard work?
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42 min
July 28, 2016
The World is Burning
Dave's feeling a bit concerned for the future of the world these days. As a consumer of science fiction movies and books, he's long noticed a theme therein: that of the old people holding on to the reigns of power, both economic and political, while the young people struggle for a foothold.  As society continues to skew older--with medicine becoming better and better at keeping the elderly healthy longer--will the youngsters lose whatever agency they have?  John Pienta, Nick Sparr, Tony Rosenberg and Taz Khalid humor Dave by talking about it.  Also, since Tony's here, there is  somehow more talk of poop.
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45 min
July 21, 2016
What penniless med students should know about money with Joe Saul-Sehy
Do you, dear students, have tons of money? No? Weird. Luckily, Joe Saul-Sehy of the Stacking Benjamins podcast joins us on the show this week.  Joe was a financial advisor for many years, he was known as the Money Man  on WXYZ-TV in Detroit, and he’s a financial columnist in a bunch of places around the print and web news media. He and his wife Cheryl, a pediatrician, have gone through all the stages that pre-meds and med students go through. So we asked him to join us to talk about the strategies they employed to claw their way back from med school debt, educating yourself about how money works, having fun with  managing your money, and why it's particularly important for doctors to understand money.  Joe's got plenty of information, resources and 'fintech' apps to recommend for succeeding in this area that many people (never mind med students) have not adequately explored.
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51 min
July 14, 2016
Recess Rehash: Sister Helen Prejean: Why Medical Students Should Care About The Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean has been an anti-death-penalty advocate since 1981, when she first became the pen pal of a death-row inmate in Louisiana's Angola State Prison. Since then she's witnessed five executions in Louisiana, and has written two books on the subject, including the book that was made into the 1996 film Dead Man Walking. The role of physicians in state-sanctioned death isn't much talked about, and being a prison physician isn't something many doctors aspire to; nevertheless, we saw an opportunity to talk with Sister Helen about why medical students should think more about the death penalty.
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41 min
July 7, 2016
A Career in Health Policy: Dr. Lauren Hughes
Dr. Lauren Hughes is a graduate of the Carver College of Medicine who, in addition to her work as a family physician, has made a career in public policy. During medical school she also got her Masters in Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, DC. After graduating from med school in 2009, she delayed her residency to serve the American Medical Student Association as its national president, and then completed her residency at the University of Washington. These days Dr. Hughes is the Deputy Secretary of Health Innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health. Mark Moubarek, Corbin Weaver, Rob Humble and newcomer Morgan Bobb spoke with her about her career in public health and policy.
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50 min
June 30, 2016
There Will Be No Problems: Confidence and Reassurance
On a recent show, Dave opined that shaving one's armpit hair might cut down on deodorant failure, and a listener called into vindicate him, much to Mark Moubarek's shame. Another listener, PharmD and author Tony wants to know how a medical student gets to the point where they can be confident enough to say to a patient, "There will be no problems." Mark, Amy Young, John Pienta, and newcomer Julie Gudenkauf weigh in on the acquisition of confidence and the art of reassurance.
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51 min
June 23, 2016
Guns and Butter
John Pienta's been experimenting with his diet. Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek and Corbin Weaver talk about the science and John's experiences with a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting. He concludes that the medical profession is giving bad advice about what we eat and how nutrition works. Plus, John drops some knowledge on how the combination of theanine and caffeine can improve cognitive performance (for goodness sake, ask your doctor first, none of us are qualified on this stuff). And is the tide shifting against the National Rifle Association? The American Medical Association's reaction to the recent Orlando mass shooting is one sign, perhaps. We discuss America's gun culture, the signal that open carriers send to people around them, the cultural components of using guns as a resolution to problems, and more. Is increasing violence in America a sign that humanity's immune system is kicking in?
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60 min
June 16, 2016
When Balloon Animals Attack
In his former life, co-host Mark Moubarek was a children's entertainer. So in a stroke of genius, Dave decides to have him make balloon animals for Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Rob Humble. On an audio podcast.  But it's okay because it's summer! Or, read another way, Dave had nothing prepared for the show, and so we're free styling.  Not a care (or a plan) in the world.  We talk about eating bugs, the television programs we were allowed to watch as children, Dave's impending trip to the Podcast Movement conference, and how he'd love to do a presentation on what podcasting can do for medicine.  Also, Aline's physical transformation after she took Step 1, and we observe the phenomenon of scientists with out of control eyebrows.
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56 min
June 9, 2016
To Live the Dream, You First Have To Get There.
Ask "How are you?" of students in the hallways of the Carver College of Medicine, and you'll hear them respond that they're "living the dream." Okay, that's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but getting to live that dream is easier for some groups of people than it is for others. After Dave spoke to UI med student Terrance Wong about his plans to connect mentors with pre-meds who need them, especially minority pre-meds, Dave and Alison Pletch thought it'd be fun to get together with some of those very people and find out what they're doing to prepare for medical school. What are the challenges they've faced? And what resources have they found to help them get there? Xavier Ferrer, Teneme Konne, and Waale Gbara--members of the University of Iowa's Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students--join us with their personal stories; and if you are a student "underrepresented in medicine," what have you learned on your journey to medical school? And what questions would you have asked that we forgot? Tell us at http://theshortcoat.com/tellus
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58 min
June 2, 2016
Snapchat, Psychiatry, Femininity, and Savory Toothpastes
Is Dave ready for Snapchat? Corbin Weaver, Cole Cheney, Taz Khalid, and Tony Rosenberg try to convince him to start one up for the show. Are antibiotics really dead, now that the first totally resistant E.coli bacteria has been found in a US patient? Amazon reviews of common medical equipment leave everyone a bit unsettled. We explore Corbin's reflections on psychiatry and whether patients are helped or hindered when healthcare does the tasks of everyday life for them. And since dental health is so important for overall health, Dave creates some savory alternatives to traditional toothpaste flavors, and the crew tests them out, to see if any of them are a good idea.
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58 min
May 26, 2016
Peeps, Prestige, Presents, and Public Health.
We want to know more about you! Post a photo of where you're listening using #shortcoatpeeps, so we can creep on you. With the semester suddenly over, Doug and Rob look back with Kaci on their first year of medical school. We answer the questions of listeners Claire and Jennifer on the value of attending a prestigious medical school and the career opportunities afforded an MD/MPH graduate. Harvard biologist and mad (but probably awesome) biologist organizes a secret meeting to explore the production of synthetic human genomes, and we play a game to celebrate the end of another arduous semester.
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56 min
May 19, 2016
Sister Helen Prejean: Why Medical Students Should Care About The Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean has been an anti-death-penalty advocate since 1981, when she first became the pen pal of a death-row inmate in Louisiana's Angola State Prison. Since then she's witnessed five executions in Louisiana, and has written two books on the subject, including the book that was made into the 1996 film Dead Man Walking. The role of physicians in state-sanctioned death isn't much talked about, and being a prison physician isn't something many doctors aspire to; nevertheless, we saw an opportunity to talk with Sister Helen about why medical students should think more about the death penalty.
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41 min
May 12, 2016
Recess Rehash: How Residents Cope, and the Costs of America’s Most Violent Sport
What can medical students and residents do to keep their chins up during their training? That's what listener Ross--who has noticed the contrast between his happy med student co-workers and his crabby resident co-workers--wants to know. John Pienta, Gabe Lancaster, Jake O'Brien, and Matt Becker consider the question and the advice we gathered from residents. Also, with the news this week that Hawkeye alumnus and former NFL player Tyler Sash, who passed away in September, was a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Jason Lewis joins in to examine the implications. Is football a worthy pass-time or is it a killer of young men? When parents ask their doctors for a sports physical, should their doctors be thinking about the risks? And when docs see kids with injuries caused by their participation in sports, do they need to consider their obligations as mandatory reporters of child abuse?
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54 min
May 5, 2016
Doctors Without Borders, and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention
The war in Syria continues, and while West Africa's Ebola outbreak has receded, Doctors Without Borders is still in West Africa as it works to transition from caring for survivors to rebuilding and supporting local healthcare systems to do the work. Med students Ethan Forsgren, Nick Dimenstein, Amelia Hurst and Sean Wetjen spoke with Dr. John Lawrence, vice president of the aid organization's US board of directors, about some of the future directions that MSF might consider in a world where humanitarian crises seem to happen every day.
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60 min
April 28, 2016
The Multiple Mini Interview, the Prince of Funk, and the Erosion of Childhood
Prince has left the building, so The Short Coats take a moment to eulogize the Purple One. Listener Rayhaan is looking for advice on preparing for the dreaded multiple mini interview, and of course we have ideas for him to consider. Of course, some wackadoos think that if only he'd begun preparing for medical school in high school, perhaps he'd have it in the bag. And if you're worried that the over 40 crowd are too addled to work more than 25 hours a week, you're not alone--the University of Melbourne has the research to back it up.
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51 min
April 21, 2016
Evil But Fair Scientists, Conversion Therapy, and The (Real?) Reason Docs Remove Fewer Tumors
As Alison Pletch and Deep Bhatt prepare to leave CCOM and begin residency, they share with Kaci McCleary and Corbin Weaver their thoughts on leaving Iowa and beginning their new chapters. LIstener Todd calls the Short Coat Hotline with a question on studying for the MCAT. We aren't much impressed by a study that says people view scientists as trustworthy murderers. Iowa's Board of Medicine considers a ban on conversion therapies. And are docs shrinking 'tumors' by deciding they don't get paid enough to remove them?
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51 min
April 19, 2016
From Oakland to Iowa City to Silicon Valley: Founding a Tech Startup in Med School
From inner-city Oakland, Cali to medical school; that's an unlikely journey. Unlikely because inner city poor kids don't even hear about opportunities, never mind have access to them. UI med student Terrence Wong was one of those kids, but he eventually found an advantage that most such children don't have: a mentor. Today he's not just a medical student, but he's a startup founder. His company, MedMentor, is about to launch its app to connect those who need mentorship to those who can provide it. Dave and Terrence spoke about his journey, how he deals with critique, why he's doing it, and how he manages the crazy med student slash startup life.
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30 min
April 14, 2016
Sudden Empathy, Too Much Empathy, and A Lack of Empathy
Today's show features empathy--having too much or too little, or what happens when it's switched on very suddenly. Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, Amy Young, and Kaci McCleary discuss an autistic man whose ability to sense the feelings of others is activated suddenly; why ignoring what others think might help you win at life; and how incorrect beliefs about the biology of black people can lead you to misinterpret their pain just when they need you most. Plus a listener's plight gives us an opportunity to empathize with the lack of Short Coat Podcast episodes for her to listen to...and provide a solution.
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42 min
April 7, 2016
The Twin Epidemics: Our Changing Understanding of Diabetes and Obesity
The understanding of the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes is changing. The "calories in, calories out" model is giving way, faster and faster, to a more nuanced view. The brain, molecular medicine, hormonal differences, and genetics are all coming into play as we consider this new paradigm. Drs. Dale Abel and Miguel Lopez are two researchers--one in Iowa, one in Spain--working to advance the science of these world-wide epidemics, and Taz Khalid, Aline Sandouk, and Eric Wilson want to know: where is this train headed?
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35 min
March 31, 2016
Post-acceptance anxiety, Match stats, and backup plans.
Listener Oscar's having the pre-med/post-acceptance jitters; luckily Aline, Marc, Dylan, and Lisa are on hand to offer some advice on this all-too-common case of impostor syndrome. Plus, now that Match Week has concluded, we discuss what the Match 2016 stats reveal, and ask ourselves what options exist for those who don't match. And we play One-Word Medicine--can the good doctor treat an embarrassing problem in the emergency room?
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39 min
March 24, 2016
Abolishing Step 2, Self-Electrocution to Treat Boredom, and More Answers to Internet Questions
Are board exams a waste of resources? Is electrocution an antidote to boredom? This week we discuss the petition, created by medical students at Harvard, to zap the USMLE Step 2 exam, and opine on whether it (and other such exams) actually accomplish anything. Next, according to one study, people are happier self-administering electrical shocks than they are being alone with their thoughts. And we once again visit Yahoo! Answers Health to practice patient education.
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55 min
March 17, 2016
A Touching Episode
Listener Mitch writes in to ask what this week's co-hosts (Tony Rosenberg, Alex Volkmar, Rob Humble, and Nicole Morrow) wish they knew before they got to medical school. What should Mitch think about debt? Seeking honors? Voluntourism? And with the news that an artificial fingertip was successfully wired to an amputee's nerves allowing him to detect rough and smooth surfaces, Dave decides it's time to test the amazing sense of touch. This may or may not be an excuse for Dave to get his co-hosts to wear bags on their heads. Speaking of touching, the CDC and Consumer Reports isn't real happy with hospitals and their C. diff infection rates. Not. At. All. West Virginia lawmakers get excited (and pretty nauseous) about a new law there allowing the consumption of raw milk. The first US uterus transplant took place, and failed. And, health app makers tend to play fast-and-loose with the health data they collect, lacking things like robust privacy policies.
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41 min
March 10, 2016
Two-weekers: What are they good for?
Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd, Amy Young and Corbin Weaver are on hand this time to talk about the two-week specialty rotations, like Ophthalmology and Radiology.  You see, as Kaci entered her clinical clerkships, she had four of these short rotations in a row, and found herself hating them.  They seemed like a waste of time, and weren't offering her much in the way of hands-on experience.  While her experience isn't universal, we thought some might question the utility of these short rotations, especially if one isn't going into a specialty but is more focused on primary care.  Fortunately, there's some hope on the horizon in the form of instant learning through brain stimulation.  Will future med students even need two-weekers?  This leads us into a discussion on the place of rebellion in medical school.  Does medicine need people who buck the system?   How should someone who sees herself as firmly outside the box react when they're surrounded by it?
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48 min
March 3, 2016
Searching for Cures from Old-Timey Remedies, Dopamine Headphones, and Cuban Vaccines
Corbin Weaver visits the local grocery store to hear a presentation on pelvic floor disorders, part of the store's health outreach efforts, and marvels at the fact that A) many people seem to have a very foggy notion of anogenital functions, and B) that some also seem to have no inhibitions about bringing up embarrassing bodily foibles in a room full of strangers. Also, Dave points out that sometimes medical research reaches into the past to 'discover' ancient remedies that actually work. So Corbin, Mark Moubarek, Alex Volkmar, and new host Erin Renfrew sample and evaluate some folk- and old-timey prescriptions to see if they have any merit, aside from causing very bad breath and wet, salty feet.
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46 min
February 25, 2016
Power Poses, Mesh Body Suits, and the Return of Dr. Love
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy's well known TED talk discusses the utility of 'power poses,' and medical students are always looking for ways to feel more powerful.  So Dave challenges Ellie Ginn, Tony Rosenberg, Marc Toral, and Mark Moubarek to give them a try.  Zika remains a force for making people crazy, and Brazil has banned the use of a larvicide incorrectly linked with  Monsanto as a result of a report from a group of Argentinian physicians who advocate for the ban of insecticides.  Tony suggests a better option: mosquito-mesh body suits.  In fact, he's full of ideas, including replacing the traditional family-medicine feces chart, used to help patients discuss their poop with their doctors, with plastinated specimens; and he's considering launching a company that offers fecal transplants from specimens provided by celebrities and sports figures. Also, Wake Forest researchers have 3D printed implantable body parts, including muscle, bone, and cartilage.    A hospital in California has it's data hacked and held hostage, and it pays up $17,000 to get it back. And a certain ambitious 18-year-old, of whom we spoke in Episode 063, is back in the news for opening a clinic and practicing medicine without a license.
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41 min
February 18, 2016
Here’s Lemons In Your Eyes
Mark Mubarek, Amy Young, Rob Humble and Corbin Weaver are here to discuss the AMA's policy to support the ban on direct to consumer advertising of drugs and implantable devices, and how such advertising makes the doctor-patient relationship complicated. Will drug companies retaliate by advocating for bans on advertising doctors and hospitals to patients.  Researchers in the UK may be about to get the green light to edit the genes of human embryos seeking answers to why some miscarriages happen.  Are we approaching the slippery slope? A neurologist wonders why Ted Cruz's face is so unsettling.  And we note with interest a number of recent public health news stories in which officials suggest that women have the primary role in undesirable health consequences, including Zika/microcephaly and alcohol-related unwanted pregnancies; now South Africa has chimed in by tying scholarships for young women to virginity in order to prevent the spread of HIV. And Dave forces everyone to practice their clinical skills by answering random people's "health" questions from the Internet.
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46 min
February 11, 2016
Brazil’s Zika Crisis
Zika has been in the news, if you haven't noticed, as a neglected tropical disease which has been linked to a frightening surge in birth defects in Central and South America. The response to Zika is going to depend upon the science--which is very much up in the air--along with economic and cultural factors. Chief among those are huge income disparities, population complexities, and limits on access to family planning options. On today's episode, Ellie Ginn, Marielle Meurice, Kevo Rivera, and Jessica Walters meet up with one of the researchers who is fighting this bug. Dr. Selma Jeronimo isn't a household name in the US, but she is becoming one in her home country of Brazil. She is the director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Rio Grande do Norte, and a professor of biochemistry and medicine at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal. Her job is investigating Brazil's endemic diseases. With Zika spread to more than 20 countries including the United States, along with its links to microcephaly, we took advantage of her faculty appointment at the University of Iowa and her long-time collaborations with Iowa faculty and students, to have her on the show.
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49 min
February 4, 2016
How Residents Cope, and the Costs of America’s Most Violent Sport
What can medical students and residents do to keep their chins up during their training? That's what listener Ross--who has noticed the contrast between his happy med student co-workers and his crabby resident co-workers--wants to know. John Pienta, Gabe Lancaster, Jake O'Brien, and Matt Becker consider the question and the advice we gathered from residents. Also, with the news this week that Hawkeye alumnus and former NFL player Tyler Sash, who passed away in September, was a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Jason Lewis joins in to examine the implications. Is football a worthy pass-time or is it a killer of young men? When parents ask their doctors for a sports physical, should their doctors be thinking about the risks? And when docs see kids with injuries caused by their participation in sports, do they need to consider their obligations as mandatory reporters of child abuse?
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54 min
January 28, 2016
Dr. Paul Farmer and Liberation Medicine
Dr. Paul Farmer is sort of the rock god of global health.  He’s an incredibly busy and influential guy, so when he flew in from Liberia to spend the entire day here with us at the Carver College of Medicine, it wasn’t easy to keep the stars from our eyes.  Of course, he’s a physician, but he’s also a medical anthropologist, chief of Brigham and Women’s Division of Global Health Equity, professor of medicine at Harvard, and the UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.  One of the things you notice about Dr. Farmer is that although he’s clearly a celebrity in his field, it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm, idealism, and the pleasure he takes in meeting students who share his passion for understanding and changing how healthcare is delivered to the world’s neediest people. What’s more, he’s the founding director of Partners in Health, an international non-profit that provides direct healthcare services, research, and advocacy to the sick and impoverished around the world in places like Liberia, Haiti, and here in the US.  So, yes, he has things to do. All of which is to say that it’s a particular honor that Petra Hahn, Katie Ryken, Josh Bleicher, Jordan Harbaugh Williams, and Greg Yungtum got to chat with him for this week’s show to explore the differences between charity, development and liberation medicine; it’s Dr. Farmer’s emphasis on the latter, and his view that the poor deserve preferential treatment, that makes him such a force in global health. We need validation. Leave a review: iTunes | Stitcher Listen to more great shows for medical students on
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52 min
January 21, 2016
Moonshots and Worldviews
Dave and Emily White, fresh from the University of Iowa Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's yearly 4Cast conference,  talk about their presentation on the podcast, which was fun.  And they, along with Rob Humble and Doug Russo, talk about the President's recent State of the Union address, including the so-called "moonshot" to cure cancer.  Can that even work?  Rob takes issue with the whole moonshot comparison. Also, Google Cardboard saves a baby after other imaging techniques fail.  A Boston urologist is upset that he's been fired for opposing his hospital's LGBTQ inclusiveness policies which he finds incompatible with his 'biblical worldview.'  Should personal beliefs enter into a physician's practice of medicine? And the Carver College of Medicine's own Examined Life Journal (our literary journal featuring fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) has been released.
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35 min
January 14, 2016
Normalizing Human Behavior, Transvaginal Speakers, and Deflating Outsized Egos
John Pienta, Cole Cheney, Amy Young, and newbie Rob Humble join Dave to discuss the recent winter break, the Rose Bowl, and Stanford's half-time band performance.  We discuss doctors who are non-compliant with their own recommendations for patients.  Is that something they should be condemned for, or is it human nature?  And when patients are non-compliant or engage in risky behavior, should docs acknowledge that as normal human behavior and avoid shaming them for it? Also, a Spanish doctor has created a transvaginal speaker to help fetal development, because expecting moms like that sort of thing.  Cole has seen a patient who is concerned about a recent change in their urine's flavor.  He also laments that, because of public health concerns, he can't get a straight-razor shave in Iowa and would like our great state to revisits its legal views on the matter.  And everyone helps Dave flesh out his idea for an endowed chair that would recognize and deflate outsized egos.
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47 min
December 31, 2015
Losing the white coat, psych fears, and Internet questions answered
Cole Cheney returns from our state capital, where he's been doing his clerkships at our kind-of satellite campus. He and Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Rachel Schenkel talk about the differences between doing rotations in a teaching hospital and doing them in a community hospital. For example, how are community hospital patients different? And in that setting, what does it really mean if your patient is non-compliant? Cole reveals that he's 'afraid' he's going to love psychiatry and wants to know: are other students also wary of the specialty? We talk about the downsides of the field, as well as the rather big professional and caregiving upsides.
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51 min
December 24, 2015
Karma Bro, A Trumped-Up Doctor’s Note, and Sleepless in The Saddle
This week our expert medical news analysts, John Pienta, Marc Toral, Greg Woods, and Amy Young, discuss why Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli is so hated, given that capitalist enterprises have profit as their overarching goal--hasn't he just done his job?  Meanwhile, two ongoing clinical trials have been experimenting on human subjects without consent. Those subjects: residents and their patients.  The experiment: what happens if hospitals return to the longer hours that prevailed for residents before they were restricted in 2011? We explore consent, residents' satisfaction with their working conditions, how many residents may not feel that restricting their hours is best for the patients, and what working and being a patient at an academic medical center means.
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47 min
December 17, 2015
Their Patients Won’t Know What Hit Them.
Second-years Kaci McCleary, Marc Toral, Corbin Weaver, and Aline Sandouk are about to finish their didactic studies in the curriculum and embark on their clinical clerkships! At long last, they get to work with patients. Among the questions they face: is it better to put yourself out there during clerkships? Or keep your head down? And are they nervous? Maybe a little, but there was plenty of health news this week to distract themselves with, including a Harvard study that provides evidence that one's stress and one's health may be unrelated.
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36 min
December 10, 2015
Guns and Research
Even though Dave's in NYC, he still finds a way to call it in (pun intended) for a show with Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, John Pienta, and Jason Lewis. The myriad definitions of pizza are covered, as well as other more consequential things, including the possibility that most medical abstracts are at best wishful thinking and at worst fraudulent. And speaking of research, physicians finally get it together to petition congress to start treating gun violence as a fundable research topic for the CDC.
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54 min
December 3, 2015
Recess Rehash: Recorded in the Nude
This time, Dave is on vacation, but John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Kaci McCleary didn't let that stop them. Thanks to Intern Cory, they were able to carry on without him (*sniff*). Kaci and Aline review their first year: was it fun? I bet you know the answer to that one. How did it change them? What did they discover during the experience? How did they cope? What choices did they make, and how did that affect their well-being? And John and Cole clue them on what they'll face next year.
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41 min
November 25, 2015
Replaced by a bird.
This Thanksgiving, why not enjoy a Cthurkey while you contemplate the many health hazards embodied by America's favorite celebration of gluttony?  And if you are a future radiologist, you might be as demoralized as Ellie Ginn, Tony Rosenberg, Dylan Todd, and Kaci McCleary were to learn about a UIowa/UC-Davis study that finds pigeons are just as good at it as you'll ever be.
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33 min
November 19, 2015
A deadly pile of potatoes
Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd, and Marc Toral discuss things of much import, such as why Dave's iPad lock screen is a pile of potatoes, and why it's important to use the correct pronunciation of gyros but not other ethnic foods.  Also, uterus transplants are about to become a thing surgeons do in the US.
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38 min
November 12, 2015
From a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
Rosenberg, Alex Volkmar, and Doug Russo indulge their Star Wars geekery with Dave, entertaining the various Internet theories of Luke's and Jar Jar's importance, while Ellie Ginn sits in the corner wondering what they're talking about. Rosenberg, Alex Volkmar, and Doug Russo indulge their Star Wars geekery with Dave, entertaining the various Internet theories of Luke's and Jar Jar's importance, while Ellie Ginn sits in the corner wondering what they're talking about. Meanwhile, the crew discuss their "Early Clinical Experiences" and how great they were...except possibly for Tony's.
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31 min
November 5, 2015
Science stubbornly refuses to be easy
Cory has found something to enable Dave's plan to hang a portrait of himself somewhere in the medical school, which leads (somehow) into a discussion of Corbin Weaver's deep loathing for visitors of the Louvre and Kaci McCleary's similar feelings for commercial art. And Corbin shares with Kaci, Marc Toral and Dylan Todd a very special experience she had with a patient that really enabled her to experience a patient's point of view...from about floor-level.
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35 min
October 29, 2015
How not to close a residency program
New York Presbyterian and Columbia decide to get out of family medicine, so they abruptly closed their FM residency program...three months after a new class of residents began working there. Meanwhile, Dave teaches Marc Toral, Tae Kim, and Kaci McCleary about what physicians used to do to memorialize their patients: use their skin to bind books about their conditions. So that's nice. Meanwhile, the FDA is considering the first prescription video game. And Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli's amazingly awful business plan to take an inexpensive generic drug and charge a boatload of money for it blows up in his face when another company undercuts his price by $749 per tablet.
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34 min
October 22, 2015
Megastructures
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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36 min
October 15, 2015
Follow your Dreams–Get Fired!
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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35 min
October 13, 2015
Darren Hoffmann
Professor Hoffmann joins Melissa Palma to talk about his secret life, that of a pie baker. It's the sort of thing, he says, that allows him to work with his hands while turning down the intellect a bit. A pie, unlike science, is a short-term goal with an end that, like pie itself, is satisfying. Plus, pie.
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29 min
October 8, 2015
Burn due to water skis on fire
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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31 min
September 30, 2015
A Tasty Treat
Dave 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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36 min
September 24, 2015
Advice for the Young At Heart
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. Also, it's time to brush up on your cyber-security skillz, as a group demos how it might be possible to hack pacemakers and such. And Dr. Oz returns after a listening tour of America in which he sought feedback on his brand of infotainment. Been a rough year for our boy, but can he come out smelling like a ratings rose?
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31 min
September 10, 2015
SciFi MedEd
Christine 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 Christine is in an actual relationship with another human.
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47 min
September 3, 2015
Science Works, But Who Cares?
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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48 min
August 27, 2015
How will you deal with a preceptor’s bad behavior?
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. Also, Dave and Nicole plan a CCOM motorcycle gang, despite the occasional judgy medical students (and Nicole's EMT background).  Researchers grow a small brain from stem cells that includes 99% of the cell-types present in the human brain.  Female viagra is approved by the FDA, after having twice been rejected.  A blood test for suicidal thoughts might be BS, but we talk about it anyway.
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43 min
August 20, 2015
Fried Lard on a Stick in a Cup
Kaci McCleary, Cory Christensen and Tae Kim are excited to experience Iowa State Fair food, which is arguably responsible for a large percentage of the people needing bypass surgery in Iowa every year.  Enjoy your nacho balls, bacon and brisket explosion, 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. Also, researchers grow monkey arms in the lab .  And Google Life Sciences is working on a bandage-sized disposable device that will replace the familiar but reviled finger stick that diabetics use to monitor blood glucose.
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41 min
August 13, 2015
Do Doctors Unintentionally Limit Their Patients?
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. Then Eric Wilson, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen discuss: when doctors try to manage their patients' expectations of what they can accomplish after an illness or injury, are they limiting their patients? Should they encourage them to reach for a great result rather than just a reasonable one?
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40 min
August 6, 2015
Recess Rehash: Nick’s Post Apocalyptic Harem
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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46 min
July 30, 2015
Are you being realistic about the medicine lifestyle?
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 correct expectations in terms of money, time, love, raising children, and all the folderol that comes along with living the dream.
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52 min
July 23, 2015
Things No One Tells You About Med School
The commitment required for medical school is well known. But how does that actually affect your life? What are the things that you find out only after you've begun? Will you stop untying your shoes to save time? Will your ethics be challenged during medical school? Will you need to invest in a crockpot? Will you doubt your choice to come to medical school? Yep. Find out how Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, and Nick Sparr have dealt with these inevitable questions on this week's show.
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48 min
July 16, 2015
How to Get Into Medical School
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. The process of getting in can be mysterious, and we'll shed some light on it. Aline Sandouk and Kaci McCleary grill our Assistant Director of Admissions Amy A'Hearn, and also a shadowy figure known only as Dr. B, a long-time member of our admissions committee at Iowa. Together we'll answer the question the pre-meds scream into the forums, "What do you people want from me?"
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50 min
July 9, 2015
The Case of the Foolish Anesthesiologist
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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45 min
July 2, 2015
Magical Mystery Medicine
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 (for some), many drugs...all (maybe) work but we don't always know why or how. Also, we discuss how data from fitness wearables have been used in court recently as evidence. Meanwhile, Facebook thinks Marc is into endurance tickling contests, and Aline and her partner seem to be down with that.
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37 min
June 30, 2015
SLoCCOMP: Denise Martinez
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. She and her husband (Mark G on Yelp) have traveled all over Iowa (and the world) becoming Yelp superstars. She talks with Melissa Palma about food, ethnic food, traveling for food, reviewing food on Yelp, and food.
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28 min
June 25, 2015
1970s Personalized Care?
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). Also, Northwestern's bioethics journal published a recent issue entitled "Bad Girls," which included an essay about a Syracuse professor's experience there in the late 70s (at the age of 18) when he became paralyzed. See, he alleged that there were nurses who...erm...contributed to the male patients' rehab in a very...uh...specific way. We speculate on the power issues that were at play 37 years ago, what the author (now in his 50s) intended for us to get out of his experience and his essay, and where he went wrong.
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42 min
June 18, 2015
Of Advanced Maternal Age
This time, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen are joined by CCOM alumna Yolanda Villalvazo to talk about what it's like to have your doctor call you 'old' at 39. Two terms are used for moms over 35: 'geriatric OB patient,' and 'advanced maternal age.' How does that affect moms? How does it affect moms who are physicians, and what are the tensions then between doctor-mom and doctor? What decisions can and should be made to avoid over-medicalizing pregnancy and birth? And, as a Latina, how have Yolanda's cultural ideas on pregnancy factored in to her thoughts on maternity?
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49 min
June 11, 2015
Dissent In Medschool
We've been bandying about the topic of professionalism recently, and perhaps we're not the only ones.  Kaci McCleary, Alison Pletch, and Eugene Velednitsky caught an episode of the Inside Stories podcast which featured a medical student who is in trouble with his med school's administration for what he might characterize as his activism and honesty (but which his administration might characterize as his propensity to express his opinions unprofessionally).  Consider listening to Joji's story before you listen to our show (link below), but given our recent focus on the topic, we decided to chime in on Joji's disillusionment.
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48 min
June 4, 2015
Nick’s Post Apocalyptic Harem
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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46 min
May 28, 2015
Doctor, Artist, Writer, Teacher
Melissa Palma met former transplant surgeon Hani Elkadi in the clinic, and when they got to talking  she realized she couldn't keep him to herself. Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Nick Sparr join her for a discussion of his youth in the middle east, the choices (or lack thereof) that led him along the winding road of life.   Dr. Elkadi discusses the role of technology and how it's changed medicine both for the better and the worse, shares stories from his medical training, the role of volunteering in medical training, and the trap specialists sometimes fall into when trying to treat patients.
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37 min
May 21, 2015
Keenan’s Final Rant
This time, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, Keenan Laraway, and John Pienta have a wide ranging discussion on evaluations and med school's fascination with data (and how poorly written evaluations lead to poor data); weather social media's emotional content is a true reflection of reality; and Dave's desire to have the opportunity to decide for himself that having a lot of money will not make him happy. And as Keenan's time in medical school draws to a close, and he has nothing to lose, he decides to get something off his chest--are students who are disagreeable really deserve to be tarred with the "unprofessional" brush?
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46 min
May 19, 2015
SLoCCOMP: Peter Rubenstein
Melissa Palma wanted to find out more about the professors students love (and curse) so dearly, so she started a new series we're calling The Secret Lives of CCOM Professors with a student favorite, Peter Rubenstein, PhD. Ruby, as he is known (but don't tell him, he doesn't know), has been at the Carver College of Medicine teaching biochemistry for a long time, and has seen a few different curricula come and go.  But it's his passion for teaching and his accessibility to the students that makes him a favorite.  That and his penchant for putting biochemistry to music.
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18 min
May 14, 2015
The Magic Ch-chingdom.
Dave returns from his vacation at Disney World in sunny Florida, and recaps for Suri Jayatilleka, John Pienta, and Cole Cheney his fascination with how Disney takes your money and makes you love it.  How does that relate to medicine?  Who cares, it's fun! And Suri Jayatilleka is puzzled by her surgery shelf exam, which seemed to have few questions on actual surgery.
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45 min
May 7, 2015
Recorded in the Nude
This time, Dave is on vacation, but John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Kaci McCleary didn't let that stop them. Thanks to Intern Cory, they were able to carry on without him (*sniff*). Kaci and Aline review their first year: was it fun? I bet you know the answer to that one. How did it change them? What did they discover during the experience? How did they cope? What choices did they make, and how did that affect their well-being? And John and Cole clue them on what they'll face next year.
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41 min
April 30, 2015
Miles of Smiles
Fourth-year students David Janssen and Lindsay Knake recently arrived home to Iowa from Guatemala, where, along with anesthesiologist David Swanson, they participated in the Miles of Smiles Team (MOST) cleft palate repair medical mission.  Team leader and former UI otolaryngologist Dr. John Canady joined us to discuss what it's like to do a 'short term' medical mission each year for more than 10 years in a country where the needs are great and the resources aren't. How are medical missions different for medical students from, say, a clerkship?  What's Guatemala like to live in, both as a citizen and as a visitor?  Who can medical missionaries help, and how do they decide?  What are the ethical considerations that are navigated in short-term medical missions?  Are medical missionaries welcomed with open arms?  Why is going on such a mission a better idea than waiting around to hear your match results? Find out on this week's show!
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32 min
April 23, 2015
The Examined Life Conference
Our show this time was record in front of a remarkably appreciative audience at The Examined Life Conference, and it was a lot of fun.  We talked with several presenters from the conference, including Gabriel Ledger an emergency physician who became a filmmaker when he decided he wanted to find out more about the patients he'd encountered in the ER.  We spoke with Emily White, an Iowa undergrad who has been doing research on Dignity Therapy and who no doubt has a bright future in medicine.  Toni Becker is a speech language pathology grad student whose portraiture and interviews of people with disabilities remind us of their significance.  Susan Ball is associate director of the New York Presbyterian's AIDS care center, and shared with us her experiences as a physician at the start of the AIDS epidemic.
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40 min
April 16, 2015
How do you solve a problem like the Food Babe?
The blogosphere is full of science misinformation, and lately Food Babe has been getting an earful for her contributions to that steaming pile of nonsense.  If you don't know her, you should because she's on a mission to teach people how to eat 'like the Food Babe' because she knows what she's doing--and those people she's teaching are your patients.  Is her heart in the right place--she just wants people to know what they're eating--despite her lack of scientific knowledge, and does that make it okay?
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39 min
April 9, 2015
The Dean Speaks
What would you do if you were the Dean of a medical school?  Heck, how would you even get to be a dean, anyway?  What are the priorities of the person in charge of it all?  It's a long road, and a lot of hard, deliberate work to get to the top spot; and there's not that many top spots available.  Fortune 500 CEOs are a dime a dozen, but there are only a relative handful of dean positions out there.  For this episode, Cole Cheney interviewed our own Dean Deb Schwinn to find out the answers to those questions and more, and Zhi Xiong, Greg Woods, and Corey Christensen pitched in with their reactions.
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43 min
April 2, 2015
Chew Blood
Hey, sports fans! This week, Aline Sandouk, Kaci Mcleary, John Pienta, and Corey Christensen talk about sports injuries, particularly football. Lately John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens and Chris Boreland of the 49ers have brought this issue back into the spotlight, as Boreland quits the game and Urschel continues despite risking the intellectual capabilities that have enabled him to be a published mathematician.
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46 min
March 26, 2015
Match Day 2015!
The excitement was palpable as we waited for the clock to strike 11 a.m. CST. Or maybe it was fear, hope, dread...whatever it was, we were waiting for the results of Match Day 2015, when med students throughout the country found out where they'd be going as newly minted residents to finish their training for the next few years. After the drama had played out, and the happy (and one or two not-so-happy) faces had left the building to start celebrating, Damien Ihrig--he's the registrar here at the College of Medicine--sat down with Nathan Miller, Melissa Palma, and Jordan Harbaugh-Williams to talk about Match Day and everything that lead up to it.
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37 min
March 19, 2015
The Shortcoat Potcast
Nathan Miller, Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, and Eric Wilson explore the attention marijuana is getting lately from the medical and legislative/legal communities.  On the medical front, what are the uses of pot?  Do we actually know anything useful about the uses of pot?  What are the ramifications of the legalization of recreational marijuana?  Have med schools caught up with these new views on pot?  Are there other countries that have successfully legalized MJ without collapsing into anarchy or suffering from the effects of potheads' endlessly innovative bong-making drives?
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49 min
March 12, 2015
Technology to Make Med School Easier
Medical School is damn hard. Between the vast amounts of information to memorize and the vast amounts of concepts to understand, along with the vast amounts of time you'll spend on it all, it seems ripe for technological intervention. Can an app really help you memorize anatomy? Can a website really help you make medical decisions? Can a table really help you get organized? We recently surveyed students here at the UI Carver College of Medicine and on Reddit, asking them for recommendations and tips on using tech during medical school. Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Lisa Wehr, and Greg Woods wade through the results.
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49 min
March 5, 2015
Stoking and Stroking
Aline Sandouk shares her secret to stoking the fires of studying, in which bombastic music plays a part, which is great so long as it doesn't cross the line into wanting to go to war or whatever. John Pienta adds a little class by mentioning philosophers whose names Dave can't remember but which were nonetheless on fleek. Terrence Wong thinks happiness is overrated, and the rest of the team--Nathan Miller, and Kaci McCleary--seems to be more or less on board with that, perhaps saying something about how everyone's week went.
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13 min
February 26, 2015
Welcome to Cheese Island
John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, and Kaci McCleary (Ethan Forsgren joined in later) debate the merits of Iowa's recently defeated measure that would have allowed PhD psychologists to prescribe psych meds.  Would they be able to deal with co-morbidities? Would an education course be enough to cope with the complexities of psychiatric medications?  Do psych meds function at a level so fundamental to the operation of the human brain that allowing people without a certain basic level of psychiatric education would be too dangerous, or are prescribing algorithms enough?
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43 min
February 19, 2015
Second Shot–Enabling Outdoor Pursuits
This time on The Short Coat, CCOM physical therapy student Reid Wilson stops by to tell Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Greg Woods about Second Shot. Reid is an outdoorsman and hunter. When his dog Zeus was laid up with a broken leg but clearly hankering to go out and do his thing in the woods, it occurred to Reid that Zeus likely wasn't the only one. There were plenty of people like Zeus who, despite their physical disabilities, could benefit from time in the outdoors. And so, Second Shot was born to create opportunities for people to get out there and experience the outdoors once again.
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46 min
February 12, 2015
Uncomfortable Truths along the Border
In the fall of 2014, fourth-year students Melissa Palma and Hana Khidir left Iowa City for Texas' Rio Grande Valley for an international health elective pediatrics rotation.  Their experiences there, along the porous border between the US and Mexico, brought home to them some truths that aren't well-known to most Americans. Their stories--of overwhelmed systems, children in limbo, and desperation--are  worth adding to the popular understanding of the undocumented alien
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41 min
February 10, 2015
Author Sam Kean and the Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons
Lisa Wehr, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary, along with producer Jason Lewis, get to interview New York Times Bestselling author Sam Kean. Mr. Kean has written several meticulously researched books that tell the stories of science and scientific advances. His most recent book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery.
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38 min
February 5, 2015
21 Mumps Street
Cole Cheney, Matt Maves, Aline Sandouk and Dave talk about Cole's revolutionary new idea to help antivaccers understand the consequences of their decision: create pop culture around everyday diseases! Yay! Write books, create movies, and television shows that deal with the issue! I'd watch a movie about measles in Disneyland, wouldn't you?
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52 min
January 29, 2015
Imposter Syndrome–are we good enough?
This week we welcome new Short Coat podcaster Caroline Sanderson who, along with Aline Sandouk, Greg Woods, and Kaci McCleary are ready represent the modern medical student. Including the feeling that all medical students get from time when they're faced with medical school, which is that they are just not good enough. Imposter syndrome, the unrealistic expectations, and maybe the pressure exerted by the newfangled integration of basic and clinical years in medical school may all play into it.
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40 min
January 22, 2015
Swipe right for surgeons, swipe left for psychiatrists
Greg Woods, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, and Cole Cheney react to the latest news from Duke University on HHMI cancer researcher Anil Potti's disgrace: that, contrary to what Duke said when the scandal broke in 2010, there was a whistleblower...and it was a medical student.  Bravery, money, Barbara Streisand, prestige, ego, fear...all these things come into play when researchers falsify, and when institutions cover it up.
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43 min
January 15, 2015
Shakes on a Plane
Miriam Murray and Keenan Laraway--joined by Corbin Weaver and Miriam's brother Aaron Weiner--bring us tales from their residency interview trail, including Keenan's real-life "is there a doctor in the house" moment during his flight from Washington to Chicago, with a guest appearance by John Boehner.
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48 min
January 8, 2015
Recess Rehash:, America’s War on Polio
In this episode from way back, Natalie Ramirez, Zhi Xiong, and Mgbechi Erondu got to hang out with a real Pulitzer winner (!) and a nice man, David Oshinsky, PhD. He is the author of Polio: An American Story. From the papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and other key players, Dr. Oshinsky records the U.S. public health crisis of polio and the search for a cure in the early 1950s, a frightening time for all Americans. Your Hosts This Week: Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. 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.
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29 min
January 1, 2015
The Most Important 21 Seconds of Your Life
It's the last show we'll record this semester, and to mark it we'll consider what went well for our hosts in their studies, what didn't go so well, who helped them not go crazy, and what they'll be doing differently in the coming year.  Also, some very important news about how long it takes all animals to urinate (There's a poll attached to this post, so visit http://theshortcoat.com to fill it out)
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46 min
December 25, 2014
Doctor Psychopath Will See You Now
Merry Christmas, if that's your thing. This week, Aline Sandouk, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Kaci McCleary ponder the prevalence of psychological issues among doctors. It turns out, they're messed up, especially surgeons. Keep away from those guys, unless you need a transplant.
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34 min
December 18, 2014
Privilege, Racism, and Allies
The U.S. has recently (and not-so-recently) been rocked by the killings of black men by police; these events have spawned protests, among them the die-ins at medical schools around the country.  Students Ben Quarshie, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Aline Sandouk discuss these events, how non-minorities can take part in the conversation without screwing it up, and why these events are important to medical students.
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42 min
December 11, 2014
The Med Student Humblebrag
This time, Greg Woods, Aline Sandouk, Ethan Craig, Kaci McCleary, and Cole Cheney talk about the medical student humblebrag, as well as the score-comparison conversations that happen after exams, this despite the common reassurance from administrators and professors that these scores aren't the most important thing about one's medical school experience.
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45 min
December 4, 2014
The Lofstrums–Medical Missionaries in Tanzania
Dr. Denny and nurse Paula Lofstrum's journey together began in the late 1980s, when they embarked on a mission to Guatemala with a team of healthcare professionals.  It was the first of several such trips until, in the early 2000s, they visited Iambi, Tanzania in East Africa. It was there that the Lofstrums would discover a new chapter in their mission work.  In 2006 they formed International Health Partners in the US and Tanzania, which works to improve healthcare for the people of Tanzania.
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41 min
November 27, 2014
Barbie is a Terrible Computer Engineer
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, have a heaping slice of Greg Woods, Lisa Wehr, Cole Cheney, and Corbin Weaver who cover the attention Mattel's Barbie is getting for being a shockingly bad computer engineer, and whether and how this sort of bias against the competence of women appears in medical education. We also talk a lot about bacteria studies, for some reason.
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40 min
November 20, 2014
Is Total Transparency the Best Medicine?
The Short Coats opine on one doc's quest to encourage her colleagues to adopt a policy of 'total transparency' with their patients--financial relationships, personal values, the whole shebang--in an effort to increase trust in the doctor/patient relationship. Also, happy World Vasectomy Day, direct brain-to-brain interfaces successfully demonstrated again, a woman has seizures when she hears Ne-Yo sing, and Google's new employee benefit.
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41 min
November 13, 2014
Celebrity Look-Alikes
The Short Coats talk about Brittany Maynard’s decision to move to Oregon so that she could be in a position to end her suffering from glioblastoma by taking advantage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. Also, A 2-foot lungfish is removed from a brazilian man’s intestine, Internet social media disease tracking beats the WHO to the punch on Ebola, and mid-term voting’s effects on health issues around the country are all up for discussion this week.
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45 min
November 6, 2014
Halloween Bro Cast
This week’s show, featuring Cole Cheney, Willis Hong, Lisa Wehr, and Matt Maves, was recorded on Halloween so just pretend it’s a week ago.  Lisa couldn’t stay for the whole thing—she had to leave for a test—and without her moderating influence the show turned into a bro-cast. Cole isn’t happy with Ebola-quarantined Maine nurse Kaci Hickox and her bike rides while quarantined, but Dave argues that perhaps nurses are pushing back against the political maneuverings of certain governors in public health issues, and the blame that the CDC and the media have been putting on them for the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital’s handling of the Eric Duncan’s Ebola fiasco. Also, JAMA Dermatology reports that top colleges and universities feature tanning beds as a lure for students.  Scientists create adorable, tiny stomachs to study the the tummy.  More scientists create less adorable but nevertheless tiny male reproductive organs for rabbit bros, getting us closer to the production of complex solid organs.  CT-scans verify that chronic fatigue syndrome has a basis in the structures of the brain.  Cole’s beard, which is notably full and lush in recent weeks, has been declared ‘not very peaceful’ by his hothouse yoga instructor, who doesn’t understand bros, I guess. And a proposal for the Medicine and Society course’s Wellness Passport component comes from research that bros who have more than 20 partners have reduced risk of prostate cancer. * Prostate cancer risk reduced by sleeping with many women, but increased with many men, study finds * Many U.S. Colleges Have Indoor Tanning Salons On, Near Campus: Study * Tiny human stomachs grown in the lab * MRI identifies brain abnormalities in chronic fatigue syndrome patients Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. 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.  And for the love of all that is holy, this isn’t medical advice you’re getting, here, people.
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45 min
October 30, 2014
Silent but Therapeutic
This week on The Short Coat Podcast, Lisa Wehr, Cole Cheney, Zhi Xiong, and Greg Woods are back with this week’s completely inadvertent theme: odoriferous treatments.  Also we talk about how medical students do a lot of staring at the bark and missing the trees, and the scandalous and sexist mnemonics used in medical school for all that bark staring.  Dave looks forward to the delivery of his iPad Air 2 and ditching his 2010 iPad 2 because iOS 8 destroyed it.  U2’s Bono reveals that his silly glasses are a treatment for his glaucoma, making everyone feel bad for thinking he was just trying and failing to look cool. There is a evolutionary reason for the thick male skull, which seems to coincide with the appearance of The Three Stooges on the fossil record. Cole reveals he’s a beta male as evidenced by his reaction to blood draws, and how this reaction perpetuates the survival of the species. A British man fakes a 2-year coma to avoid court. Proposals for a robot force to deal with Ebola.  The University of Exeter isolates a compound from the smell of flatulence that they think will treat diseases that are mediated by damage to mitochondria. Researchers peg when adult humans gained lactase and thus the ability to process milk, and as a result we are thankful that Lisa grew up on a dairy farm and explains why and how adults grew to do that.  Scientists discover that our skin contains odor receptors, and a man with a spinal injury gets cells from his olfactory bulb transplanted into his spine and regains motion and sensation. * Big Boobs Matter Most (I swear, that’s the title of the article, don’t fire me) * Headstrong Hominids * UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court * Did Nose Cells Help Paralyzed Man Walk? * Archaeology: The milk revolution * Rotten egg gas holds key to healthcare therapies * Here Are Some Robots We Could Use To Figh...
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44 min
October 23, 2014
“The Cheese Slid Off My Cracker”
It’s our 50th episode, and students Lisa Wehr, Matt Maves, Greg Woods, Cole Cheney, and Deep Bhat are on hand, and admissions recruiter Amy A’hearn stops by to address a listener’s Moment of Truth: are overseas medical mission trips still a good idea when you’re looking to add a little something to your CV as you prepare to apply to med school? She says, sure, but there are some gotchas you need to know about. Also, Facebook and Apple cover the costs for female employees to freeze their eggs. The first baby born from a transplanted uterus is doing fine. Withdrawal symptoms due to a Google Glass addiction are mistaken for alcohol withdrawal. Breast cancer awareness campaigns—are they trivializing with humor a serious disease? A woman’s “cheese slid off her cracker,” resulting in a fugue state that lasts 2400 miles, but shows that people are still looking out for each other. A berry’s juice, applied to some cancers, make them disappear, but (because Mother Nature hates us) it’s a pretty rare berry. Long Islanders’ are becoming allergic to red meat due to tick bites. We succumb to the Ebola coverage epidemic raging through America. * Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing * Womb transplant marks birth of new legal and ethical dilemmas * Man Is Treated in First Case of Google Glass Addiction * When funny business crosses the punch line *
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44 min
October 16, 2014
Human Hamburger Meat
Matt gets in touch with a question:  does a mediocre academic history automatically destroy med school aspirations, or are there ways to fix that?  There are, and Amy A’hearn of our admissions office gives Matt a path to follow.  Lisa Wehr and Matt Maves discuss apps that seek to help poor people, a UK chef creating ‘human meat burgers’ to promote a popular television show (with recipe, so be sure to save this one for your next Walking Dead premiere party), and a special shout out to the first genetically modified babies, who are graduating high school in the coming year.  Please use your superpowers responsibly. * 4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers’ Payments To Doctors * Apps for the Poor: They’re Not What You Think * ‘Human Flesh Burgers’ By Chef James Thomlinson Probably Do Taste Like Human * The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. 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.
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39 min
October 14, 2014
Terrence Holt interview audio only
Having a little trouble with iTunes, so I’m posting this to (try to) make sure listeners get our discussion with Dr. Holt delivered to their iDevices properly. See the previously posted episode description here. I hope this works!
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36 min
October 9, 2014
A Doctor’s Story with Terrence Holt
On this week’s show, Dr. Terrence Holt, author of Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories visits with Writing and Humanities Program Director Jason Lewis, and students Cole Cheney, Ethan Forsgren, Aline Sandouk, and a studio audience. Dr. Holt is a geriatrician at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  His book is about residency, and is an exploration of how doctors find the compassion and strength to care about their work and patients.  The first chapter,  “A Sign of Weakness,” takes us through an inexperienced doctor’s confrontation of his own helplessness against the impending death of his patient.  You may want to read it before you listen. (Look for the link below the audio player.)  Dr. Holt has a lot to offer med students in terms of wisdom.  How having a deep and thoughtful appreciation of your own humanity helps If you’re going to practice medicine humanely.  The role doubt plays in the life of a doc, and the fact that If you’re not having doubt multiple times in the course of a day, you’re not paying close enough attention.  The things that keep him going as a doctor and as a writer. How the connection between writer and reader gives writers advantages that other kinds of artists may not have. And using literature as a way of getting the kinds of experience that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Episode 048: A Doctor’s Story with Terrence Holt Excerpt: Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories, “A Sign of Weakness” Excerpted from Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories by Terrence Holt. Copyright © 2014 by Terrence Holt. With permission of the publisher, Liveright Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. The opinions expressed in this feed and podcast are not those of the University of Iowa or the Roy J. and Lucille A.
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36 min
September 25, 2014
What Keenan Can’t Say.
Keenan Laraway struggles to comprehend the rules on what you can say on a podcast, while the M1s suffer through their Anatomy and Biochem exams.  Also, Matt Maves, Emily Reynolds, and Holly Van Den Beldt discuss the connection between healthcare staff, hand hygiene, and peer pressure; why parents feed their kids unhealthy foods (hint: it’s not because they don’t know what healthy food is); where superbugs may be hiding in hospitals, and what they’re doing while they’re skulking about; and some questionable dreaming research. Episode 046: What Keenan Can’t Say. * Colleagues Not Washing Their Hands? Apply a Little Peer Pressure * The Art & Science of Teaching Kids to Eat Right * Sex in the Sink: Gene-Swapping Bacteria Are Making New Superbugs * http://time.com/3398931/bizarre-dreams/ Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. 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.
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40 min
September 18, 2014
Research Day!
On September 12, the Carver College of Medicine celebrated medical student’s efforts in reseasrch, and what better day than that for a ‘cast featuring student researchers? Cole Cheney hosts David Peters, Ezequiel Brown, Tyler Olson, and Emi Deumic to talk about their efforts in broadening medical knowledge and in learning about the world that researchers inhabit. It’s a fascinating place, and it makes Cole talk funny. Also, are scientists selfish about sharing data? Cornell cancer researcher talk…with patients, a radical new idea. And the hazards to funding posed by the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, and one MD/PhD student’s solution–the liquid nitrogen/dry ice bucket challenge to support NIH funding. Listen: Episode 045: Research Day! Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. 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.
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39 min
September 11, 2014
Peace Be With You, Russian Sex Geckos
Nathan Miller and Aline Sandouk return to react and discuss the latest news and info from the world of medicine and medical education.  We say a little prayer for some Russian geckos sent into space for what should have been the time of their lives, but sadly wasn’t. We also applaud the NIH’s solution to the ethical dilemmas posed by the use of Henrietta Lacks’ so-called immortal cells in research (catch up on that by going back to episode 025).  We talk about resident- and fourth-year suicides and what to do about the problem.  We talk about Dr. Brian Goldman’s solution to medical mistakes: talking about them openly.  And yet another innovative use of 3d printing: medication implants. Episode 044: Peace Be With You, Russian Sex Geckos Listen to more great shows for medical students on The Vocalis Podcast Network. * Sex Geckos Die In Orbit on Russian Space Project * NIH Finally Makes Good with Henrietta Lacks’ Family * Why Do Doctors Commit Suicide? * Doctors Make Mistakes. Can We Talk About That? * LSU Student Creates 3D Medical Implants 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.
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40 min
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