Sunday, October 11, 2009

Recap of Episode 210: Surviving the 'Initiation'

This week's episode of Radio Rounds kicked off a special three-week series featuring best-selling physician-authors who have written well-known memoirs about their experiences during residency.

The podcast of this episode -- Part One of the three-part series -- is now available our iTunes page, and we encourage you to check it out!

Our special guest to kick off our series was Dr. Sandeep Jauhar (left) author of a book entitled Intern: A Doctor's Initiation. "Intern" is the term traditionally used to refer to a first-year medical resident (i.e. a physician in the year after graduating from medical school), and the book describes Dr. Jauhar's disillusionment upon entering the medical profession -- a sentiment which he explained in our conversation with him in this episode. The first year of residency is a famously brutal experience for young physicians, and Dr. Jauhar eloquently discussed with us his journey through that year and beyond.

Today, Dr. Jauhar is the Director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Needless to say, he survived his initiation and lived to talk -- and write -- about it! Again, be sure to check out the free podcast of the entire episode on iTunes.

UP NEXT: Our next episode (Sunday October 18 at 12 p.m. ET) will feature Part Two of our three-week "Experience of Residency" series, as we will be joined by Dr. Michael Collins, author of Hot Lights, Cold Steel and Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs. The former book describes his residency experience at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, where he was Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery. And the latter is a reference to his jobs before entering medicine -- working as a cab driver and a construction worker. We hope you will join us next Sunday as we speak with Dr. Collins!

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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.

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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.