Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Recap of Episode 216: Hope. The Facts. Heroism.

On this past Sunday's show (the free podcast of which is now available on our iTunes page!), we featured the second half to our recent conversation with Dr. Conrad Fischer, author of Routine Miracles: Restoring Faith and Hope in Medicine. This was one of our favorite interviews that we've conducted for Radio Rounds, and we hope you can take a listen to both parts (Episodes 215 and 216)!

In Part II of our interview, Dr. Fischer continued his message of hope and heroism in medicine, and he discussed how current medical students and physicians can overcome negativity that sometimes might rear its ugly head regarding the medical profession -- whether it's in the media or from physicians themselves. NOW, he says, is the best time to be in medicine -- not 25 years ago, as you may hear some people say.

He describes his book, Routine Miracles, as a "manifesto for action" within the current culture of medicine, and he uses his closing message to assure the listeners of the inspiring and unprecedented work that physicians and the profession of medicine are doing. Again, this was a fun interview for us, and we believe the message is motivational -- whether you're a medical student, physician, or anyone interested in the miracles of modern medicine and the intricacies of the current medical culture.

UP NEXT: There are only two episodes left in Season 2 of Radio Rounds! The first of those two episodes will air live this Sunday, November 29 at 12 p.m. ET. Our special guest is Dr. Catherine DeAngelis the Editor in Chief of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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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.

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.