Thursday, October 8, 2009

Recap of Episode 209: National Child Health Day

Last Sunday, Radio Rounds presented a special feature episode on pediatrics -- in recognition of National Child Health Day, which falls by tradition on the first Monday of October every year.

The free podcast download of this episode is now available on our iTunes page here!

This childhood health episode naturally featured a pair of interviews with pediatricians. In the first, we spoke with Dr. Joel Fein, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Dr. Fein discussed his interests regarding mental health screening and violence prevention, and as the conversation progressed, it became evident that working in a major urban pediatric emergency department is far from -- shall we say -- child's play. One study he discussed involved the use of an interactive voice response tool to followup with patients, and right on cue, the results from that study were published this week in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.

You can find that published paper at this link on PubMed.

Our second guest for the episode was Dr. Shalini Forbis, who joined us from the Children's Medical Center here in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Forbis highlighted the aspects of pediatrics that make it so worthwhile for her and her colleagues -- the ability to positively impact the health of young individuals for life and the benefit of health education and health literacy for patients and their families.

Again, this was a great episode, so we hope you get the chance to listen to our podcast!

UP NEXT: This Sunday (October 11 at 12 p.m. ET), we kick off a three-week "Experience of Residency" series. Our special guest for Part I will be Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, the author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation. Dr. Jauhar is the Director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and he writes regularly for The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine. As always, join us for 'Rounds' this Sunday with live streaming audio here on the blog at Noon ET!

Parts II and III of the series will follow in ensuing weeks with special guests Michael Collins (author of Hot Lights, Cold Steel) and Samuel Shem (author of The House of God).

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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.