Monday, June 1, 2009

Recap for SEASON ONE FINALE: Advocacy in Medicine

THEME OF EPISODE 108 (Season 1 Finale): Advocacy in Medicine

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

GUESTS & THOUGHTS: We wrapped up a fun first season of Radio Rounds with an action-packed spectacle of a finale (only a slight exaggeration...). Our featured guest was Dr. Alvin Jackson (left), the Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Dr Jackson offered his thoughts and insight on a variety of topics -- health policy concerns, health disparities, his personal work caring for migrant workers, and his recent meeting in Washington with President Obama.

We were also joined by a lineup of leaders from various student organizations at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Representing the American Medical Association (AMA) were Tony Hesketh MSIII and George Salloum MSII, and representing the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) were Shanthi Ramesh MSII and Dr. Aaron Patterson. Dr. Patterson, who graduated earlier this month, also discussed his work and the importance of advocacy with the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).

We also had some fun during the show by inviting one of our professors, Dr. B. Laurel Elder, to sing a song that she recently composed for the BSOM Class of 2012 -- the "Microbiology Top 50."

We then wrapped up the show by reflecting on our first season and discussing what we have planned for Season 2, which premieres on August 9. Thanks so much to everyone who has listened to the show or downloaded the iTunes podcasts. We appreciate all the support, and we'll be posting on the blog periodically during the summer to discuss what we have planned for the next season. As we mentioned in our Season 1 Finale cliffhanger, we have some great guests ready to be announced later in the summer. Take care, everyone.

To comment on or discuss the show, visit our forum on the Student Doctor Network. Pictured above: Radio Rounds hosts Avash Kalra (l.) and Lakshman Swamy.

SONG OF THE WEEK: As voted on by you, the listeners, the song of the week was, quite appropriately, "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra.

CASE OF THE WEEK: The answer to last week's case of the week (which you can find in last week's recap) was 'Migraine.' Congratulations to Jesse Onyenekwe, a medical student at Ross University, for
submitting the correct answer! Jesse 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 22 year old man develops sudden onset of right-sided chest pain and shortness of breath while running. He has no significant past medical history, is a non-smoker, and is on no regular medications. The chest pain resolved in about 10 minutes. He presents to the emergency department two days later as mild shortness of breath persists. Evaluation in the emergency department includes a chest x-ray, which reveals a large right-sided pneumothorax. Electrocardiogram is normal. He undergoes a right intercostal chest tube placement with immediate improvement in his shortness of breath. He is admitted. 45 minutes later, you receive a call from his nurse stating that the patient has developed sudden respiratory, is diaphoretic, tachycardic, and hypotensive. The chest tube is checked and noted to be functioning normally.

What is the MOST LIKELY diagnosis?

NEXT: Season 2 of Radio Rounds will premiere on August 9 at 12pm ET. For more, keep checking the blog or our Facebook page. Have a great summer, and take care.

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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.