Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Recap of Episode 301: January Heat Wave

The podcast of our Season 3 premiere is now available as a free download on our iTunes page!

This past Sunday Jan. 3, Season 3 of Radio Rounds got off to a hot start, so to speak, as the 'Rounds crew' welcomed special guest Dr. Harlan Selesnick, the team physician for the NBA's Miami Heat.

We enjoyed speaking to Dr. Selesnick, who also served in 2000 as the physician for the Gold Medalist U.S Men's Olympic Basketball Team in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Selesnick (pictured with NBA star Jason Kidd, above) shared with us the intricacies of his orthopedic practice in Miami, as well as the rewards and challenges of working regularly with high-profile professional athletes. We also discussed how he came to be a sports team physician in the first place, and he took us behind-the-scenes of his popular "The Jock Doc" column for The Miami Herald.

We encourage you to listen to the free-to-download podcast of the show on our iTunes page!

Season 3 began with hosts Avash Kalra and Lakshman Swamy returning to the air, alongside new co-host John Corker. The show's Executive Producer is Shamie Das. All four are medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and can be contacted via email at .

UP NEXT: This Sunday, January 10, tune in to Radio Rounds as we will feature two special segments. First, we will speak with the thoroughly entertaining Dr. Walter Hartwig, Professor and Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and author of a book entitled Med School Rx. We will also debut a new weekly segment, in which we will hear from a medical residency program director from somewhere around the country.

Have a great week, and we hope you can visit the blog on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET for our next show!

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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.