Sunday, April 12, 2009

Radio Rounds Premiere (Episode 101): Recap

THEME: The future of medicine

We hope everybody enjoyed the premiere of Radio Rounds. If you were unable to listen this week and would like to hear all the excitement, don't fret -- podcasts for Radio Rounds are FREE on iTunes! Podcasts will be available on Monday afternoons each week at this link:

CASE OF THE WEEK: Answer the following question for a Radio Rounds prize (email answers to 2 year old boy brought in by his parents after a wheezing episode that began during a Super Bowl party. On auscultation (listening with a stethoscope), the boy had inspiratory wheezing. What test do you order, and what is the probable diagnosis?

GUESTS: We were honored to welcome Dr. Gary LeRoy, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Conversation ranged from issues such as the future of primary care in the current political climate... to what it's like to receive a "pie in the face." In addition, we were joined in the studio by two current medical students -- Susan Conrad, who discussed the recent Match Day ceremonies for fourth year students, and Stephen Zitelli, who described the life of a third year medical student.

Thanks to all of you who voted over the past week. The results came down to the wire, but the winning song that was featured on air this week was -- appropriately -- "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. Look for new song choices this week, and vote!

THOUGHTS: We enjoyed hosting the premiere today and look forward to an exciting first season of Radio Rounds. As you listen, feel free to email us with thoughts and suggestions. What did you like about the show? More importantly, what did you not like about the show?

Also, one slight technical issue -- we are already aware that the volume of our microphones varied a little bit during the premiere show, so that will be corrected for future episodes!

Thanks again for listening, everyone. Look for information here in the coming days about a very exciting show that we have planned for next Sunday, April 19!


  1. Avash!!!!!!!!!!!! Man...this is awesome! I have not listened yet. I will find a way though!!!

    Keep up the good work Sanjay...I mean Avash!!!!! LOL

    Almost done with first year!!!! Congrats


    P.S. Histo is not the same without you man!

  2. Greetings from Cleveland! This is a great idea for a blog. I hope you don't mind if I link you to my blog.

    Do you take requests for topics? If so, any chance you could do a session on the new ACGME competency requirements for residents? These requirements were the impetus for my school's evaluation system, so I'd like to hear more about how it's being implemented at the residency level. Thanks, and keep up the good work!


Meet the Hosts

Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Avash was born in England and lived there for 11 years. He spends his free time working as a staff writer for an NCAA hockey website. Over time, he has developed unhealthy obsessions with college hockey, poker, and the Dave Matthews Band. His favorite television shows include Lost, 24, Dexter, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is now an avid reader... of medical textbooks. He frequently points out that he has "the perfect face for radio." And -- as you'll discover -- he likes puns.

Lakshman Swamy is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, where he self-designed the Neuroscience major. Before joining medical school, Lakshman worked for two years in the Trapp lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a lab technician working with multiple sclerosis.

Lakshman is a young gentleman in the MD/MBA program at Wright State, and accordingly, his favorite character on Scrubs is Dr. Kelso. He has an eclectic taste in music, loves audiobooks -- especially mysteries -- and watches 24, M*A*S*H, and Battlestar Galactica. Yes, two of those shows have run their final season -- he is also constantly behind the times. He has NO idea what he wants to do with his life, but he is sure it will involve turning down the position of Surgeon General for bigger and better things.

Shamie Das is an MD/MBA dual degree student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He graduated from Emory University in 2004 as a dual major in Biology and Sociology. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Health in 2007 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As a graduate student, he also performed bench research in Molecular and Cell Biology at the Emory University School of Medicine. In his free time during college, Shamie volunteered as an EMT-Intermediate and went on to become certified as a Paramedic.

Shamie was born in England and soon after moved to the US. In his free time he enjoys photography, traveling and fine cuisine. A few of his life goals are to visit every continent and climb Everest. An avid extremist, Shamie enjoys leaping out of perfectly good airplanes, white water rafting and jumping headfirst into gorges. Recently engaged, he also spends countless hours on the phone with his fiancée. His favorite authors include Hemingway, Frost, and Crichton (and of course Robbins). Television is a thing of the past in his current life, but occasionally he still watches PBS and listens to NPR and (of course) Radio Rounds.