Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Recap of Episode 211: Blue Collar, Cold Steel

On our latest episode, we were joined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Collins, author of Hot Lights, Cold Steel and Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs, and the free podcast download will be available soon on our iTunes page!

This episode was also Part II (Episode 211) of our three-week "Experience of Residency" series that we have been featuring this month. In Part I (Episode 210), we spoke with Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation. The series concludes next week, October 25.

In our interview with Dr. Collins in Part II, we discussed his intriguing path to medicine -- which included working as a construction worker and cab driver before deciding to go to medical school. Upon graduating and entering residency, Dr. Collins found himself thrown under the hot lights... on the cold steel of the operating room. And of course his intern year is the subject of Hot Lights, Cold Steel.

The humor and emotion of the book definitely came through in our great conversation with Dr. Collins, and we encourage you to listen if you get the chance! We even enjoyed one of the more light-hearted moments on Radio Rounds this season, as Dr. Collins discussed with us his favorite beers.

That's right -- we occasionally talk about things other than medicine on Radio Rounds...

UP NEXT: This Sunday (October 25), we conclude our three-week Experience of Residency series with special guest Samuel Shem, author of arguably the most iconic book about the medical profession ever written -- The House of God. We'll be broadcasting the show from Chicago, and we'll air live here on the blog (streaming audio) at 12 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. CT.

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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.