Monday, May 18, 2009

Recap for Episode 106: The Healer's Art

THEME OF EPISODE 106: The Healer's Art

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

GUESTS & THOUGHTS: This week, we had an inspiring and heartwarming discussion with internationally renowned physician Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, the author of the New York Times bestseller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. Dr. Remen joined us via telephone and spoke for almost an hour on the role of the physician as a healer, and she discussed the great power of humanity that lies at the heart of medicine. Dr. Remen is the founder of the Healer's Art course program that is used by medical schools all over the world, and as we heard on Sunday, she is a master storyteller. If you missed her interview, the podcast is available on iTunes at the link above!

In the second half of the show, we opened things up for a roundtable discussion. With Dr. Remen still on the line, we were also joined by two additional guests in the studio. First, we spoke to Dr. Evangeline Andarsio (above, middle), who is an OB/GYN in Dayton, Ohio and a Clinical Professor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM). She is also the co-director of BSOM's Healer's Art Program. Finally, we were joined by Dr. Dean Parmelee (below, right), a Child Psychiatrist and Dean of Academic Affairs at BSOM, who has helped implement the Healer's Art program at BSOM in addition to other innovative educational opportunities.

Again, we had a lot of fun with this show. We're also giving away Panera gift cards to winners of our trivia contest (see the post below this for the questions and send responses to for a chance to win!).

Special thanks to AMWA (American Medical Women's Association) for providing us with those gift cards.
Also, thanks to our Executive Producer Shamie Das for all of his photographs (you can see more photos from all of our past shows on our Facebook page).

SONG OF THE WEEK: As voted on by you, the listeners, the song of the week was, quite appropriately, "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young. 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 'Pulmonary embolism.' Congratulations to Ahmed Elganzory all the way from Cairo, Egypt for submitting the correct answer! Ahmed will be receiving a Radio Rounds prize.

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 75 year old man presents for evaluation with regard to passing out after a coughing paroxysm following a fit while in a party. He had just finished drinking a glass of red wine. His wife who was accompanying him reports that he regained consciousness quickly. On regaining consciousness, he was fully oriented, spoke clearly, and had no difficulty standing up or walking. He denied any chest pain or palpitations prior to this syncopal episode. He reports feeling faint and light headed several times while trying to urinate. His past history is significant for coronary artery disease, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and benign prostatic hypertrophy. He also has a seizure disorder with seizures occuring on an average of 2 to 3 every month. Neurological examination is completely normal.

What is the MOST LIKELY diagnosis?

COMING UP NEXT: Next week's episode (Sunday May 24, 12 pm ET) is entitled "The Gift of Life." We will be joined by two organ transplant surgeons -- Dr. Thav Thambi-Pillai (Miami Valley Hospital & BSOM) and Dr. Ravi Chari (Vanderbilt University Medical Center). We will also be joined by Dr. John Donnelly (Associate Professor of Family Medicine at BSOM), who received a life-changing pancreas transplant several years ago. We're looking forward to this great panel discussing their experiences regarding organ transplants. If you have any questions or even any of your own experiences that you'd like to share, email us ( or post on our forum on the Student Doctor Network or on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone for listening!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for featuring Evangeline Andarsio. We have been blessed to have four children under her care. She is an angel on earth.


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.