Thursday, May 7, 2009

'Rounds' to host Mother's Day Special: Women in Medicine

Radio Rounds is proud to announce that we will celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday May 10 with a special episode on "Women in Medicine." This week's show is sponsored in large part by the American Medical Women's Association student organization at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. We are also sponsored -- as always -- by the Student Doctor Network.

Our first guest will be Dr. Amy Reed (left), a vascular surgeon in Cincinnati, Ohio (photo courtesy of the University of Cincinnati). Dr. Reed is one of less than 200 female vascular surgeons in the United States, and in addition to serving as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, she is the Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program at UC -- one of just four female physicians in the country to hold such a position.

We will also be joined by Dr. Sheela Barhan (right), an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Barhan, whose speciality is gynecological surgery, is also an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) at Wright State University.

Finally, we will speak to three current BSOM medical students -- Joanna Hurrell, Nicole Majoras and Michelle Kline. Joanna, a second year student, will be representing the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), a national network of nearly 11,000 female physicians and medical students who share many professional and personal values and concerns. Meanwhile, Michelle and Nicole -- both first-year students -- will be discussing their experience over the past few months pursuing a unique "Women in Medicine" elective course.

Tune in on Sunday (listening options are to the right) for what we hope is a great episode! We will also be giving away various prizes on the air (courtesy of AMWA), including Panera gift cards and baseball tickets!

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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.