Friday, November 13, 2009

Fisch Out of Water: This Sunday (Nov. 15), 'Rounds' to feature the dynamic Dr. Conrad Fischer

For established physicians and aspiring physicians, the time is now.

So says Dr. Conrad Fischer (left) -- author of Routine Miracles: Restoring Faith and Hope in Medicine and advocate for the hope that medicine represents and the culture of heroism that should be instilled in all physicians.

This Sunday November 15 (12 p.m. ET; live streaming audio here on the blog), tune in to Radio Rounds to hear Part One of our special conversation with arguably the most dynamic speaker to ever appear on our show. In Routine Miracles, award-winning internist and medical educator Conrad Fischer investigates the paradox between medical advances and the rise of physician dissatisfaction. Fischer surveyed more than 3,000 physicians and interviewed hundreds of patients to uncover the seeds of doctors' discontent. Based upon his findings, he offers a deeply personal and compelling call to action for all of us, doctor and patient alike, to celebrate the present and the future of medicine.

Dr. Fischer has been Chairman of Medicine of Kaplan Medical since 1999 and is the only person to teach Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, and the Internal Medicine Boards. Currently, Dr. Fischer serves as the Director of Educational Development for Nassau University Medical Center. Previously, he was the Associate Chief of Medicine for Educational and Academic Activities at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine in Brooklyn and also an Attending Physician at King’s County Hospital, the largest municipal hospital in New York City.

ALSO this Sunday, we will be joined in the studio by Dr. Larry Lawhorne (Chair of Geriatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine) and Beth Delaney (Program Manager of Palliative Care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio). They will join us for a special segment on Veterans health care, in honor of Veterans Day this past Wednesday November 11.

We hope you can tune in. To listen, visit this blog for live streaming audio at 12 p.m. ET this Sunday! As always, the free podcast download will be available on our iTunes page next week.

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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.