Monday, September 14, 2009

Recap of Episode 206: Rounds Goes Genetic

SEPTEMBER 16 UPDATE: This memorable show featuring Dr. Robert Marion is now available as a free podcast download on our iTunes page!

What a show!

The latest episode of Radio Rounds (Episode 206: Rounds Goes Genetic) featured a dynamic and truly eye-opening interview with pediatrician and author Dr. Robert Marion, whose new book -- Genetic Rounds: A Doctor's Life in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine -- is a poignant description of his daily work in the cutting-edge field of clinical genetics.

Dr. Marion (left) spoke candidly with 'Rounds' hosts Avash Kalra and Lakshman Swamy about a variety of topics -- including his experiences during residency during the early 1980s, which are described in his bestseller The Intern Blues. He told stories that highlight what can happen to physicians when they are pushed to their physical and mental limits. And he offered advice regarding how aspiring physicians can survive.

This episode is available for download on our iTunes page! Also, check out Dr. Marion's website here!

UP NEXT: The special guest for this Sunday's episode (LIVE, 12 p.m., September 20) will be Dr. Paula Termuhlen, who serves as the General Surgery Residency Program Director and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. More information about that episode will be posted later this week, so stay tuned!

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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.