Sunday, April 26, 2009

Recap for Episode 103: Have a Heart

THEME: Have a Heart

PODCAST: Free download of the episode is on iTunes on our brand new iTunes page here!

GUESTS: We were joined by Dr. Franklin Handel (right), a cardiologist from Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Handel discussed the changes he has seen in the field of cardiology during his 26 years of practice, while also offering insight regarding the future of the specialty. Dr. Handel also discussed the importance of humanism in medicine and shared stories from his own experiences caring for patients. While live on the air, we learned that Dr. Handel was once the President of his medical school class, as a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. This was especially fitting because of our second guest for this episode, TJ Hufford (below) -- the President of the first year class at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. TJ discussed medical student involvement in the community and shared experiences that highlight the importance of medical students "having a heart."

If you missed this great show, be sure to check out the free podcast on iTunes!

SONG OF THE WEEK: As voted on by you, the listeners, the song of the week was Weezer's "Island in the Sun." Find the poll on the right side of the page to vote for next week's song!

CASE OF THE WEEK: If you know the answer, email for the chance to win a prize!

A previously healthy 16 year old girl is evaluated for fever, sore throat, lymph node enlargement, and active polyarthritis of the wrist, elbows, knees and ankles for the past week. An erythematous macular rash is noted on her abdomen. Laboratory studies reveal an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, mild hemolytic anemia, normal urinalysis, and positive rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies. What is the most likely diagnosis?

THOUGHTS: We want to mention some other highlights of this week's show and share some important links with all of you! First, we discussed the recent and ongoing swine flu outbreak, and if you would like more information regarding it, visit the CDC website at

In addition, we featured the musical talents of Dr. Gary Onady, a Professor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine (more information coming soon), as well as Steve Zitelli and Matt Hensel, third year students who recently won the School's annual talent show. Here is the Youtube clip of Steve's and Matt's winning performance:

COMING UP NEXT: Our May 3 episode will be a Medical School Admissions special. Check the blog and the facebook page for more info in the coming days! We can tell you now, however, that we will be joined by Dr. Stephen Peterson, the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. For pre-medical students in particular, this will be a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of medical school admissions! Email questions for Dr. Peterson (which remain anonymous) to !


  1. Hi, i m new fan of you! nice show :p

    i downloaded this ep but its unredable

  2. hey its me again, i redownload the episode and it is fine now,
    thank you so much


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.