Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Episode 104 recap: Admissions

THEME: Admissions

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

GUESTS & THOUGHTS: We were joined by a truly fantastic panel of admissions experts -- Dr. Stephen Peterson (pictured on the left; Asst. Dean of Admissions, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine), Dr. R. Stephen Manuel (Asst. Dean of Admissions, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine), Ms. Lorna Kenyon (Director of Admissions, The Ohio State University College of Medicine), and Joshua Evans (second year medical student at Wright State who serves as a full admissions committee member and interviewer).

The show was certainly targeted towards pre-medical students, and in this special 90 minute episode, our guests discussed topics such as the important of the MCAT vs. extracurricular activities, the weight of the personal statement and the applicant interview, the intricacies of applying as a non-traditional applicant, the national push to increase medical school class sizes... and MUCH more!

Above: Joshua Evans, MSII, Boonshoft School of Medicine

If you missed this episode, be sure to check out the free podcast on iTunes.

Also, for weekly articles on the admissions process, forums, and more, be sure to visit our friends at

SONG OF THE WEEK: As voted on by you, the listeners, the song of the week was -- appropriately -- Jack Johnson's "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing." Find the poll on the right side of the page to vote for this week's song!

CASE OF THE WEEK: The answer to last week's case of the week (which you can find in last week's recap) was 'parvovirus infection.' Congratulations to Richa Patel for submitting the correct answer!

As for this week's case of the week, here it is. If you know the answer, email for the chance to win a prize.

The patient is a 2 year boy, seen in the ER. His mom says that he has been refusing to use his right arm for the last two hours, since they returned from grocery shopping. The boy's mother did not recall any injury or trauma to the arm, but she noted that she grabbed his hand when he tried to run away from her in the store. Currently, he is sitting in his mom's lap and appears healthy. Vital signs are normal, but he will not actively flex, extend, pronate, or supinate his right elbow.

What is the probable diagnosis?

COMING UP NEXT: Our May 10 episode, airing live at 12pm EST, on Mother's Day, will be a "Women in Medicine" special. Check the blog and the facebook page for more info in the coming days! In the meantime, be sure to vote for the song of the week, and if you have any comments/suggestions, write to Avash and Lakshman at .

Thanks to everyone for listening!

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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.