Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Recap of Episode 213: You're A Logical Doc

This past Sunday on Radio Rounds, we were joined by Dr. Dan Miller, a urologist in Dayton, Ohio. The free podcast will soon be available on our iTunes page, and we encourage you to listen!

Dr. Miller spoke to us about the high level of professional and personal satisfaction that he gains in the field of urology -- a specialty that has become highly sought after by medical students for its lifestyle. Dr. Miller also discussed a unique aspect of urology -- that, despite being a surgical specialty, it remains one that has a great amount of patient contact and one that can allow a physician to help patients in a short amount of time. As Dr. Miller says, he's a "fix-it guy." We also enjoyed a discussion about Dr. Miller's other interests -- which ranged from running marathons to dressing up as a mummy on Halloween!

During this episode, we also recapped our recent weekend in Chicago, where the Radio Rounds crew attended the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) Regional Conference. Hosts Avash Kalra, Lakshman Swamy, and Shamie Das interviewed Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky for a live-audience show (right) at the conference, and we talked all about it this past Sunday!

Again, the podcast of the episode will soon be available on iTunes at this link!

UP NEXT: This Sunday (November 8), our special guest will be Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey -- a book about her experience of a massive stroke and her eight year recovery. Dr. Taylor is the national spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, and in 2008, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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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.