Friday, November 20, 2009

He's Baaack! This Sunday (Nov. 22) -- Part II of our conversation with Dr. Conrad Fischer

Last week, we aired Part I of our recent conversation with Dr. Conrad Fischer (left), renowned educator and author of Routine Miracles: Restoring Faith and Hope in Medicine. That episode also featured a special Veterans Day segment, and the free podcast of Episode 215 is now available as a free download on our iTunes page!

This Sunday (November 22, with live streaming audio here on the blog at 12 p.m. ET), we will hear the conclusion to our interview with Dr. Fischer. If you heard the first part, you know that Dr. Fischer is dynamic, outspoken, and engaging... and that this is as motivational as it gets.

Well, Part II only gets better.

In the second half of our conversation that you can hear on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET, Dr. Fischer discuss negativity that potentially exists within and regarding the profession of medicine, and he proclaims a call to action for medical students and physicians alike. He also discusses the "price of nobility" and how that concept relates to the practice of medicine. And -- of course -- underlying the entire conversation is the three-pronged theme to his book, Routine Miracles -- Hope, The Facts, & Heroism.

We hope you can tune in this Sunday for the show! We'll also be joined in the studio by guest host John Corker, a first-year medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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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.