Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Recap for Episode 105: Women in Medicine

THEME OF EPISODE 105: Women in Medicine (Mother's Day Special, May 10)

PODCAST: The free download of the episode is on iTunes here!

GUESTS & THOUGHTS: We were fortunate to have another great lineup of guests for our episode this week. And thanks to the AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) chapter here at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, we hosted a Mother's Day lunch event in the station and were pleased to see many of our medical school colleagues at the station! AMWA also provided us with Panera gift cards that we gave away during the show... and we will be giving more away on future episodes!

In fact: we are still waiting for the correct response to one of the trivia questions that we asked during the show, so the first person to email with the answer will win a $10 Panera gift card! The question: Which US state is Dr. Amy Reed originally from? (She mentioned it during her interview with us -- check out the podcast if you missed it!).

Dr. Amy Reed is a vascular surgeon at the University of Cincinnati -- one of less than 200 female vascular surgeons in the United States. She spoke to us about her decision to become a surgeon, her experience during her training, and her ability to balance her family with a demanding professional career. We were also joined this week by Dr. Sheela Barhan, an OB/GYN in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Barhan is also the Director of the Boonshoft School of Medicine's "Women in Medicine" elective course, and she spoke to us about the benefits of that course.

Our other guests this week included Joanna Hurrell (left, accompanied by her mother; second year student and President of AMWA at Wright State), Michelle Kline and Nicole Majoras (first year students who took the aforementioned "Women in Medicine" elective course this year), and Laura Previll (below; a second year student who joined us on air and read a moving poem dedicated to her mother).

Again, thanks to AMWA for helping us produce the show this week. And just a reminder: for weekly articles, student forums and more, visit our sponsors, The Student Doctor Network, at

SONG OF THE WEEK: As voted on by you, the listeners, the song of the week was "Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic," by The Police. Find the poll on the right side of the page to vote for this week's song!

BSOM first-year students, Nicole Majoras (l.) and Michelle Kline

CASE OF THE WEEK: The answer to last week's case of the week (which you can find in last week's recap) was 'Radial head subluxation,' more commonly known as "nursemaid's elbow." Congratulations to Robert Clark from California 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.

A 35 year old woman presents for evaluation in the emergency department for syncope after a 24 hour plane flight home from Australia. She has no significant past medical history and is on no medications except the birth control pill. Examination reveals her to be in moderate respiratory distress. Pulse is 120 per minute, blood pressure 90/60, respirations 20 per minute. Lungs are clear. A left parasternal precordial heave is present. Heart sounds are soft; there is a palpable and accentuated S2 over the second left parasternal space, a presystolic low pitched extra sound is audible over the sub-xiphoid area, and a holosystolic murmur is heard over the epigastrium which becomes louder with inspiration.

What is the probable diagnosis?

COMING UP NEXT: Check the blog and the facebook page for more info in the coming days regarding our "Healer's Art" episode on Sunday May 17, 12pm EST. Again, we will be joined by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. 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!

Co-host Lakshman Swamy, on air on Mother's Day -- with a photograph of his mom

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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.