Monday, September 21, 2009

Recap of Episode 207: Hope With Honesty

This past Sunday (September 20), we were thrilled to be joined by Dr. Paula M. Termuhlen (below), the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM).

It was a fantastic interview, and the free podcast will is now available on iTunes!

Dr. Termuhlen spoke with us about the difficulties and rewards of treating cancer patients, noting that a physician must convey to the patient and their family a balance of "hope with honesty" -- hence the title of the episode. She also shared her personal reasons for being so invested in the field of surgical oncology. In addition, Dr. Termuhlen discussed topics such as resident work hours, academic dishonesty, and the process of selecting fourth year medical students to enter a surgical residency -- a process she undertakes each year as Residency Director.

It was a great interview and episode, so we encourage you to listen to the podcast if you missed it live. An additional highlight of this episode was a brief conversation about co-host Lakshman Swamy's recent skydiving appearance!

To find all of our past episodes, visit our iTunes page at this link.

UP NEXT: This Sunday (September 27, live at 12 p.m. ET), we will be joined by Dr. Inzune Hwang from the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Hwang is the technical specialty unit lead for 2009 H1N1 response at CDC's Emergency Operations Center and will be providing us with all of the CDC's up-to-date efforts regarding the H1N1 ("swine flu") pandemic. We hope you can join us for that epsiode! Stay tuned to the blog in the coming days for more information, and have a great week!

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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.