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Dave Etler and the Students of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

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What no one tells you about medical school is just how remarkable it really is. Thanks to the medical students at the University of Iowa med school, and their co-host Dave Etler, you have a window into what *really* happens here at the margins of me...Show More

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A Crucial Health Professions Pipeline Pt. 2

52:11 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Our visit with pre-health students in the Carver College of Medicine's Summer Health Professions Education Program continues as co-host Teneme Konne talks with SHPEPers Asjah Coleman, Kirsten Grismer, Ahone Koge and Margaret Mungai. Before the show,...Show More

Recess Rehash: Emily Silverman, MD, and The Nocturnists

50:29 | Aug 16th, 2018

The day-to-day of internship, residency, and an MD career doesn't allow much time to process the effect it's having on the practitioner. Rushing from one patient to the next, putting out the fires even while drinking from the firehose, and being sel...Show More

SHPEP: A Crucial Healthcare Professions Pipeline

1:04:03 | Aug 9th, 2018

The Summer Health Professions Education Program, SHPEP, has become a summer tradition at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Students from around the country participate in SHPEP’s goal: "to strengthen the academic proficiency and car...Show More

When The Cat’s Away, The Mice Found Risky Business Ventures

53:58 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Executive Producer Jason has kindly let Dave go on vacation, so Aline Sandouk takes over the hot seat, with Irisa Mahaparn, Hillary O'Brien, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Jayden Bowen. Together they unravel the mysteries of the human body and med school. F...Show More

Applying to Med School? Don’t Worry About the Money (so much).

54:22 | Jul 26th, 2018

While Dave and the crew try a recipe from the Med School Success Cookbook, they consider listener Imari's question: how much did co-hosts Aline Sandouk, Eric Schnieders, Gabe Conley, and Irisa Mahaparn think about finances when choosing a medical sch...Show More

Interview Prep, Opening Up, and Death.

56:59 | Jul 19th, 2018

'tis the season to be applying to medical school. Which is why we got so many listener questions to address on this episode (thank you!) Listener Magnus wanted suggestions for how to prepare for MMI and regular admissions interviews, so we invited o...Show More

Med School Youtubers, Pre-Med Experiences, and Overcoming Shyness

1:06:08 | Jul 12th, 2018

Listener Amari returns to ask Aline Sandouk, Jayden Bowen, Tony Rosenberg, and Mark Moubarek--what do they think of med school YouTubers? Is it advisable to broadcast your life during med school in an age when everything you do online has a permanen...Show More

Why You Might Want to Wait to Apply to Medschool

57:56 | Jul 5th, 2018

Listener Hanna wrote in to ask an important question: is it better to apply this year despite possibly ending up in the second tier of applicants due to a late MCAT score, or should she just wait until next year? Good question, Hannah! Aline Sandou...Show More

The Secondary Application: Bragging vs. Confidence

57:51 | Jun 28th, 2018

How can you brag about yourself without bragging about yourself? We are taught from a young age (most of us, anyway) not to brag. It is better, we may sometimes be told, to show confidence. Listener Rachel wrote in with a question about the secon...Show More

Hotel Influenza, Confirming Right-to-Try Problems, REM Sleep Revealed

50:44 | Jun 21st, 2018

We love when listeners get in touch, which is why Dave was glad to hear from Adil who, after listening to our discussion of the new national Right-To-Try legislation, sent us a paper he wrote on the subject the year before. It really helped clear so...Show More

Healthcare In Occupied Palestine: The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

53:10 | Jun 14th, 2018

Steve Sosebee is the president and CEO of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. He’s married to Dr. Zeena Salman, a pediatric oncologist working with the PCRF. For 25 years, PCRF has been leading medical missions to help children in the Middle East, ...Show More

Routines, Right To Try, and Reviews

1:15:23 | Jun 7th, 2018

Listener Meghan is about to start med school in the fall, and is thinking about what sort of regular habits medical students like Aline Sandouk, Tony Rosenberg, and new co-host Jayden Bowen use to keep them on track. Not only do we look at some rout...Show More

Another Test Anxiety Killer, Physician Bias, and Suspicious Meat

1:02:43 | May 31st, 2018

Irisa Mahaparn, Tony Rosenberg, Aline Sandouk, and Rachel Schenkel--a crew of rising M3s and an MD/PhD candidate--were on hand this time to help answer some listener questions. Arman writes in to give us his method for combating test anxiety, and Je...Show More

Relax or Prepare? Advice for Incoming Med Students

42:21 | May 24th, 2018

Listener Amanda is like many medical students--anxious and worried. In her case, she wonders if she won't be as prepared for med school as her classmates when she starts in the fall, because they are "ahead" of her due to their experience and former ...Show More

Family Strife, Chuck’s Pro-Life, & the Ebola Bureaucracy Knife

1:11:17 | May 17th, 2018

Our Short Coat Podcast keyfob giveaway is still happening! Post the show somewhere on the internet where pre-med and med students hang out, and email a screenshot to theshortcoats@gmail.com, and we'll send you one with our thanks! Our own Claire Ca...Show More

Parenting Fails, Pro-Life Wins, Free Laser Gifts

1:03:41 | May 10th, 2018

Oh, gosh. It's Kaci McCleary and Amy Young's last show as co-hosts. Irisa Mahaparn and Teneme Konne join them to discuss their impending moves to Colorado and Minnesota. Also, they lament Iowa's new Fetal Heartbeat Bill and what some observers beli...Show More

Emily Silverman, MD, and The Nocturnists

50:29 | May 3rd, 2018

The day-to-day of internship, residency, and an MD career doesn't allow much time to process the effect it's having on the practitioner. Rushing from one patient to the next, putting out the fires even while drinking from the firehose, and being sel...Show More

Reactions, Reagents, and Repose

48:15 | Apr 26th, 2018

Remembering a recent episode in which we spoke briefly of colored test tubes, Adee writes in with a question for Hilary O'Brien, Erik Kneller, Mackenzie Walhof, and Rob Humble--what, if anything, do medical students learn about laboratory science? An...Show More

Unwanted Sexual Attention from Patients

44:02 | Apr 19th, 2018

Listener Zipadee Doodah (not her actual name) was the victim of unwanted sexual attention from a patient. Because her employer didn't have a policy in place to deal with it, she fought for one. But she wonders, what sort of training do medical stud...Show More

Night Float: Finding Mentors, Being a Mentor

38:10 | Apr 12th, 2018

Short Coat Podcast veteran Keenan Laraway, MD (CCOM '15, Internal Medicine), returns to the microphone to give his insights into one of the most important parts of residency--finding and being a mentor.

Tests, Tact, and Turpentine

51:58 | Apr 5th, 2018

The news that students at Oregon Health and Science University will now be subject to 'compassion tests' in order to graduate got Dave thinking about test anxiety. As schools pile on the examinations, how do students deal with the stress? Dabin Ch...Show More

The Truth About “Primary Care” Statistics

55:20 | Mar 29th, 2018

Listener Lavender BloodPoison (not their real name) sent us a message saying they were impressed by CCOM's Primary Care residency match statistics. And while many schools that serve states like ours do love primary care, "there are lies, damn lies, ...Show More

Putting the Anxiety Cart Before the Horse

58:51 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Listener Luis wrote in expressing his anxiety that his med school--which he'll begin attending this fall--doesn't have the prestige or programs to support his desire for a competitive specialty like ophthalmology. If that's the case, he wondered, w...Show More

Should you consider romance when selecting a med school?

52:32 | Mar 16th, 2018

Lauren wrote in to ask us to what extent her love life should play a role in her selection of a medical school, and how we thought med school challenges relationships. Gabe Conely, Joyce Wahba, Claire Casteneda, and new host Brendan George discussed ...Show More

Lack of Empathy: A Med School Dealbreaker?

59:10 | Mar 8th, 2018

Listener Mo wrote to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com to ask us if a lack of interest in dealing with the foibles of patients--with their anti-vaccine beliefs, their non-compliance with treatment, and reliance on the latest internet fads--means he shoul...Show More

Another Student Fights Mental Illness Stigma

45:20 | Mar 1st, 2018

One of the things we Short Coats agree on is that the stigma medical students and physicians face when dealing with mental illness must end. We are people, too, and thus are subject to the full range of human maladies. So when listener Kate reached...Show More

Recess Rehash: Bropocalypse 2017

48:28 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Dave found himself with another group of women co-hosting the show, so what better time to talk about #MeToo and the powerful people being taken down by their sexual harassment and abuse of others. Erin Pazaski, HIllary O'Brien, Laura Quast, and Liz...Show More

Med Student Parents, Part 2 | Plan for Debt but Don’t Worry

49:49 | Feb 15th, 2018

On our last show, we fielded a question from Courtney who wants to go to med school but is worried about being a mom and a med student. We got one dad's perspective then, and now it's time for mom. Dr. Maya Lopez (CCOM MD '04) was another non-trad ...Show More

How Med Student Parents Make It Happen

1:07:03 | Feb 8th, 2018

In the first of a two-part answer to listener Courtney's question, Dr. Tom McNalley (MD '04) joins the gang to assure her that it is possible to be a parent of three small children while studying medicine. Also, we take personality inventories and c...Show More

Tales from the Clinic: from Theory to Practice

57:19 | Feb 1st, 2018

Kylie revisits her fears of moving into the clinics--was she right to be afraid? The US's largest health insurance company is sick of their patients' bullshit. Needle exchanges may be coming to Iowa, and the work of our own Sarah Ziegenhorn, a 2nd y...Show More

Refusing to Treat: A Collision of Medicine and Conscience

53:24 | Jan 25th, 2018

During Human Rights Week at the Carver College of Medicine, we heard some hard truths from national news commentator, human rights activist, and podcaster Angela Rye. In her speech to the College of Medicine, she clued white people in on what black A...Show More

Checking the Boxes: Should You Give Up Your Job To Do Research?

1:09:37 | Jan 18th, 2018

Annie wrote in to theshortcoats@gmail.com to ask Kaci McCleary, Erik Kneller, Gabriel Conley, and Marissa Evers if she should give up her 10-year job as a radiology tech so she'd have time to do research before applying to medical school. As is ofte...Show More

Making Clerkships Work

46:16 | Jan 11th, 2018

The second-year students are moving from the pre-clinical curriculum to the clerkships this week. This transition is exciting--after all, seeing patients is what they've come to medical school to do, and now it's finally happening. Pat Brau, Kylie ...Show More

Taking Advice is Hard To Do

55:01 | Jan 4th, 2018

Listener Arman calls back to thank us for some good advice we gave him on continuing his hobbies and interests outside medical school! Nevertheless, he notes how difficult it often is to take advice, even when we want it, and wonders if we know why?...Show More

Winter Break, Guts and Brains, and Yahoo! Answers

1:00:58 | Dec 28th, 2017

It's winter break at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. For most people, that means there are a couple weeks to relax and rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and familial relations. Despite a lack of available co-hosts, The Short Coats ...Show More

Man Flu and Other Struggles

1:01:06 | Dec 21st, 2017

As the semester wrapped up, Dave didn't feel it was necessary to ponder great questions or debate contentious issues, so this week's show is pretty newsy...and there's never a shortage of things to talk about there. Of course, Dave had to make up a ...Show More

Night Float: Choosing a Specialty

27:30 | Dec 20th, 2017

From an early age people are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Whether they knew it all along or discovered their career path along the way, medical students have made a commitment to the answer, “I want to be a doctor.” As soon as th...Show More

Admissions Bias Against Alternative Medicine?

50:46 | Dec 14th, 2017

Chrissa wrote in to say that she believes that complementary and alternative medicine systems should be more important to mainstream, Western medicine. In fact, she's studying Ayurvedic medicine, and she wants to know if she should talk about it in ...Show More

Preparing for Residency Interviews

29:33 | Dec 12th, 2017

Fourth year medical students are currently in the heart of residency interview season, and they are doing all they can to secure a position through the residency match process. In the first episode of Night Float, Dr. Desiré Christensen (R2: Psychiat...Show More

Bropocalypse 2017

48:28 | Dec 7th, 2017

Dave found himself with another group of women co-hosting the show, so what better time to talk about #MeToo and the powerful people being taken down by their sexual harassment and abuse of others. Erin Pazaski, HIllary O'Brien, Laura Quast, and Liz...Show More

More Surgery for Better Global Health: Dr. Mark Shrime

47:37 | Nov 30th, 2017

Mark Shrime is an otolaryngologist (and American Ninja Warrior competitor) who may just be on the leading edge of change in the way global health sees surgery. In this conversation with Tony Mai, Amanda Manorot, Brian Wall, and Hadeal Ayoub, Dr. Shr...Show More

Thanksgiving surprise: they didn’t vomit

56:16 | Nov 23rd, 2017

Dave loves all Short Coats--he's like a benevolent god, except without any godly powers or omniscience but with plenty of love. However, he does like to put people in iffy situations, which is why he and his wife Christine fired up the Short Coat Te...Show More

The Business of Medicine

39:53 | Nov 16th, 2017

Medical school definitely hasn't made a priority of teaching about how medicine works as a business. MDs who get involved in that side of healthcare typically learn on the job. But recent caller Ryan is interested in that topic, and wanted to hear f...Show More

“I’ve Got Some Bad News”

58:32 | Nov 9th, 2017

When many people think about becoming a physician, they focus on the positive side of the practice of medicine. Things like diagnosing and successfully treating patients, forming therapeutic relationships, and even income and prestige get most atten...Show More

Reaffirming points of pride, and life in rural Iowa

45:13 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Dave has been noticing a certain mid-semester droopiness among some students at the College of Medicine. Perhaps, he conjectured, we all need a bit of a pick-me-up. So, Levi Endelman, Issac Schwantes, and new co-host Derek Bradley share things abo...Show More

Med School Medicine vs. Real World Medicine

58:05 | Oct 26th, 2017

In Iowa and many other states, migrant workers are a big part of the economy. Many of these people don't have time for and can't afford regular medical care. But leaving them without care isn't an option, either. Fortunately, there are organizatio...Show More

Alumni Visit

28:51 | Oct 19th, 2017

Alumni Nate Curl, MD (emergency medicine, '07) and Cathryn Turner (pediatric psychiatry, '10) returned to the Carver College of Medicine last week to attend The Examined Life Conference Jason and Dave put on every year. It was a great opportunity to...Show More

Planning Now for MD Happiness

50:52 | Oct 12th, 2017

Once you're on a path, it can be hard to step off it. You think you're happy...but doubts creep in. Sure, you're making money, you're an important part of the medical profession, you've got this under control...but there's something missing: satisf...Show More

Pets in Medical School

47:26 | Oct 5th, 2017

Dave's gotten a few requests over the years from folks who want to know: is it a good idea to have pets while you're in medical school? And Dave also has co-hosts who wanted to talk about their pets on The Short Coat Podcast. Now, Dave isn't a pet ...Show More

The Donors Who Get No Plaques Or Portraits

47:45 | Sep 28th, 2017

Donors are very important to universities and medical schools, typically contributing money to further the educational mission. Often, donors get a plaque on the wall, and some even get whole buildings named after them. But we're also grateful for t...Show More

Rejection Happens

30:59 | Sep 21st, 2017

Euthalia (not her actual name, though it probably should be. Feel free to take that name, anonymous caller) called us at 347-SHORTCT to express her sadness that she didn't get a secondary interview at Iowa. Which sucks for Iowa because...well, we mi...Show More

How Premeds Find Their Med Schools

51:38 | Sep 14th, 2017

Among the biggest projects a premed faces: not just getting into medical school, but getting into one that meets their needs. Do they want a school strong in service learning activities? Will they be happy in a system that recognizes academics firs...Show More

I Can Taste the Gravy™ ft. The Vagibonds Podcast

55:13 | Sep 7th, 2017

Katee Verhoef and Corbin Weaver, from the new show The Vagibonds Podcast are in the studio to talk about their work discussing feminism through the OB/GYN student lens, as well as how they never introduce their co-host who just happens to be familiar...Show More

Questions Abound.

42:55 | Aug 31st, 2017

Interview season begins soon, which means it's time to worry about the weird questions you'll be asked during med school interviews. Kayla got in touch with us at our new Facebook Group, The Short Coat Student Lounge, and asked what strange or diffi...Show More

Open on Applications about New-Found Sobriety?

53:15 | Aug 24th, 2017

Listener Erica called in wondering how students cope with the challenges of medical school and residency, especially in the context of a mental illness. And Terel dropped us a line to ask the differences between a hospitalist and an internist. Groun...Show More

Future Summer Health Professionals, Revisited

46:47 | Aug 17th, 2017

While Dave was on vacation, Teneme Konne got together with some folks we talked to back in July, pre-health students in UI's Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a program that offers minority students and others access to mentorship ...Show More

Crushing It with Mental Illness During Med School

59:55 | Aug 10th, 2017

Physicians are no better than the rest of us at dealing with mental illness, even as they struggle to get their own patients to recognize and have treated their own disabilities. As society becomes more open about 'mood disorders,' it is still commo...Show More

Recess Rehash: Medical School Secondary Applications: What Do They Want?

52:02 | Aug 3rd, 2017

A listener wants to know more about the secondary application. Given the the turnaround time often recommended (a week), how important are they? Do they need to be as well crafted as your personal statement? What do schools get out of them? And ar...Show More

Recess Rehash: You can buy that on Amazon?

50:04 | Jul 27th, 2017

[Dave’s on vacation, so enjoy this re-run while he eats seafood and catches some rays on the beach] All work and no play…is not what we do. Sometimes you’re having so much fun that the time flies by and you forget that you have other important things...Show More

Sacrifice It All to be A Med Student? Don’t Do It!

46:48 | Jul 23rd, 2017

Listener Arman is starting school this fall, and is feeling something many do at the start of this journey: that in order to succeed, he'll have to do nothing but study. Will he'll have to sacrifice his outside interests to succeed? Kylie Miller, M...Show More

Harry Potter and the Suddenly Bald Litigant

1:00:38 | Jul 13th, 2017

The world of work, and medical school, is often about adjusting for a number of "top" priorities. Dave's been having one of those weeks where his work is pulling him in several directions at once, and thought to ask his co-hosts Erin Pasaski, Patri...Show More

Medical Education’s Underrepresented Minorities Challenge

44:30 | Jul 6th, 2017

This week, Teneme Konne introduced Dave to some students participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/AAMC venture, the Summer Health Professions Education Program, which has as it's aim to strengthen the academic proficiency and career develo...Show More

Which is More Important: the MCAT or Your Job?

43:56 | Jun 29th, 2017

As a planned parenthood sex educator, listener T'keyah wants to know what medical schools teach about meeting the needs of LGBTQIA+ patients. Amy Young, Patrick Brau, Liza Mann, and Teneme Konne can't, of course speak for all medical schools, but th...Show More

Your Gap Year Job Doesn’t Matter

49:56 | Jun 22nd, 2017

A flood of listener questions this week! It's probably due in part to medical school application season has begun, which means medical school applicants are trying to figure out if they have what it takes...on paper. For instance, an anonymous list...Show More

Recess Rehash: Gap Years, Disguised Blessings, and Forbidden Words

1:03:03 | Jun 15th, 2017

Listener T'keyah sends Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta a question on gap years, which boils down to what kinds of gaps are okay according to admissions committees? Cole reveals his post-med school podcasting plans, and he and John discus...Show More

Medical School Secondary Applications: What Do They Want?

52:02 | Jun 8th, 2017

A listener wants to know more about the secondary application. Given the the turnaround time often recommended (a week), how important are they? Do they need to be as well crafted as your personal statement? What do schools get out of them? And ar...Show More

Bandwagons, Bicarb, and Broca’s Bitty Bulb

49:56 | Jun 1st, 2017

What is it about public health issues that lends itself to bandwagons? John Pienta, Levi Endelman, Hillary O'Brien, Issac Schwantes, and Jason Lewis discuss Finland's contribution to parenting, the cardboard box in which babies sleep. This year, hun...Show More

You can buy that on Amazon?

50:04 | May 25th, 2017

All work and no play…is not what we do. Sometimes you’re having so much fun that the time flies by and you forget that you have other important things to do.  That’s what happened on this week’s show, in which Dave brings Aditi Patel, Aline Sandouk, ...Show More

Premeds Can Be Science Podcasters, ft. Terel Jackson

45:09 | May 18th, 2017

It's a more-or-less unstated goal of ours to show medical learners that podcasting can be a beneficial experience both for the host and for listeners. And we're always banging on about the need for better science communicators. So Erin Pazaski, Lev...Show More

Gap Years, Disguised Blessings, and Forbidden Words

1:03:03 | May 11th, 2017

Listener T'keyah sends Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta a question on gap years, which boils down to what kinds of gaps are okay according to admissions committees? Cole reveals his post-med school podcasting plans, and he and John discus...Show More

Self-Doubt and Riding the Ethical Railroad

51:53 | May 4th, 2017

One of our podcasting goals is to encourage others to create their own shows, especially medical learners. So John Pienta, Irisa Mahaparn, Adam Erwood, and Erin Pazaski were pleased to hear from listener Terel, who got it and launched a podcast of h...Show More

General Haze-pital

46:35 | Apr 27th, 2017

Improvisational acting is a greater part of medical school than one might expect. Between pretending to be doctors for one's simulated patients, or acting like you know what you're doing when you're not entirely sure, a big part of med ed is faking...Show More

Real, and Fake, Research Day

52:52 | Apr 20th, 2017

We've got a crowd of M1s in the house rapidly approaching the end of their first year. This past week, Kylie Jade Miller, Levi Endelman, Adam Erwood, and new co-host Irene Morcuende took their physical exam skills practical exam; and they discussed ...Show More

Consumer Genetic Testing, Marmite for Your Brain, and Counting Human Calories

1:06:20 | Apr 13th, 2017

Dave is no scientist, but he is 'science-adjacent.' This week, after having read of research involving the benefits to brain function conferred by Marmite consumption, he conducts his own experiment on SCP hosts John Pienta, Kaci McCleary, Aline San...Show More

314 Action: Encouraging People of Science to Make the Leap into Politics

41:35 | Apr 6th, 2017

Among the topics we Short Coats often ruminate on is the lack of basic science literacy in the public and press...and among politicians. How did we get to this place when science is so mistrusted? So when Dave put out the call for co-hosts to talk w...Show More

The Black Mask and Mental Health in Iowa

48:40 | Mar 30th, 2017

Sometimes, Dave has ideas. This time Dave's idea was to get his long-suffering co-hosts to enjoy the YouTube beauty treatment known as The Black Mask. Because, dermatology! Which is better, the DIY treatment or the store-bought version? Kaci McCl...Show More

The False Dichotomies in Medical Politics, Physician Lifestyles, and Public Discourse

55:03 | Mar 23rd, 2017

This episode is all about false dichotomies--situations or ideas that seem like dilemmas (and thus require a difficult choice to be made) but which really aren't. Much of the public discussions of things like the hours that residents work, the fund...Show More

Human Trafficking and What Physicians Need to Know, with Dr. Shannon Findlay

51:34 | Mar 16th, 2017

Statistics on human trafficking vary, but Dr. Shannon Findlay, an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, offers some sobering information. It is believed that 21 million people worldwide are affected by human tra...Show More

Cardiothoracic Surgery: A Woman’s World, For Dr. Sharon Larson

47:07 | Mar 9th, 2017

Dr. Sharon Larson is Iowa's first female cardiothoracic surgeon. You might be forgiven for thinking that Iowa's been a bit backwards for not having had this glass ceiling broken sooner, but there aren't exactly a surplus of women who've sought out t...Show More

Happy Glitches, Research Niches, and Doc Dash Pitches

47:54 | Mar 2nd, 2017

We recorded this week's show while doing a Facebook LiveThis week we start with some feedback from listener Paulius, who has a suggestion for a future show on the unsung heroes of primary care. Thank you! Dave bats the idea around with John Pienta,...Show More

The Stages of Life: Love, Body Odor, and Body Donation

44:18 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Love is on the air this week, as Cole Cheney hears a declaration of listener Naomi's feelings...and then gets a Valentine's week surprise. Also, Dave, Matt Wilson, Levi Endelman, and newbie Tarek Karam confront the perils of old age (apparently, Dave...Show More

Recess Rehash: Henrietta Lacks vs. HeLa, and the People Behind the Specimens

45:20 | Feb 17th, 2017

The efficacy of any biomedical researcher is based on his or her foundation of scientific knowledge. Few would have any problem grasping that idea. What's less well understood, by both researchers and laypeople alike, are the stories of the biologi...Show More

A Podcast for Iatroblasts: Ian Drummond’s “The Undifferentiated Medical Student”

50:18 | Feb 9th, 2017

Ian Drummond is a fourth-year student at Case Western. When it came time to consider what specialty to go into, Ian realized he didn't have the knowledge needed to make an informed choice. So he did what anyone would do: started a podcast in which h...Show More

We’ve Made It: Our First Tweetstorm

49:06 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Is labeling people during a med school interview a good idea? Is such labeling always an example of ad hominem? Are doctors who write newspaper articles espousing antivaccination ideas deserving of sanction by their employers, or are they simply ex...Show More

Coming From a Medical Family

53:42 | Jan 26th, 2017

On Inauguration Day, listener Tekia (and we hope that's spelled right) called to let us know that we were helping her stay frosty. Another listener, Liza, wrote wondering if her peers with MD family members are at an advantage in medical school. Co...Show More

Your Pre-med Clinical Experience Can Cost You Money and Waste Your Time…and Hurt Your Application.

50:56 | Jan 19th, 2017

Medical school admissions committees look for clinical experiences on applications, so it behooves premeds to seek out ways to get into the clinic as a way of learning about the practice of medicine and to show they are serious about becoming a physi...Show More

Careless (and Repulsive) Whispers

55:09 | Jan 12th, 2017

Fresh from winter break, Kaci McCleary, Tony Rosenberg, Mark Moubarek, and new co-host Teneme Konne bring us up to date on their activities during their time off. We hear from co-host Amy Young as she sends in her (surprising?) thoughts on the Grand...Show More

Putting 2016 behind us…waaaay behind us.

48:26 | Jan 5th, 2017

Dave and the gang (Kaci McCleary, Rob Humble, Elizabeth Shirazi, and later in the show Anthony Hunt (an Iowa pharmacy student to whom Rob is affianced) say goodbye to what many acknowledge was an itchy, prurient rash of a year. Fortunately, medical ...Show More

PIMPing and Jamming, Sexist Science, and Salon Samaritans

49:56 | Dec 30th, 2016

Dave once again forces the group to play a game of questionable relevance to medicine in which his co-hosts ask each other anatomy questions while wearing speech jammer headphones. Corbin Weaver, Matt Wilson, and Issac Schwantes are good sports, how...Show More

Re-doin’ the Drops, a Clash of Wits, and Snapchat Surgery

59:18 | Dec 22nd, 2016

We tried Roto Z eye drops in the past, and were unimpressed. But thanks to Doug Russo, who secured the real deal--Roto Z Pro eye drops--Kaci McCleary and newbies Matt Wilson, Jenna Schade and Elizabeth Shirazi felt the burn. Now that they're suitab...Show More

Semester Wrap-up, Gramma’s baked, and Short Thoughts

50:26 | Dec 15th, 2016

Dave and the crew--Mark Moubarek, Levi Endelman, Julie Gudenkauf, and Erin Pazaski--look back on things they experienced as the semester draws to a close. As first years, Levi and Erin share their thoughts on entering medical school. Mark is gettin...Show More

The Value of Coaching in Medicine.

1:01:59 | Dec 8th, 2016

Coaching is an integral part of sports, it's often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD. But until recently coaching wasn't something physicians used to achieve their goals. For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, an...Show More

Recess Rehash: The Ultimate Taboo: Medicine and Suicide

44:36 | Dec 1st, 2016

Just hours before a new crop of medical students are to be welcomed into the world of medicine, Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, and Lisa Wehr confront one of the most uncomfortable topics in medical education: physician and ...Show More

RIP, Radioactive Boy Scout

51:58 | Nov 24th, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The crew--John Pienta, Marc Toral, Dylan Todd and new guy Jay Blomme--were lucky enough to hear from a couple listeners about our recent post-presidential election episode. For instance, Kayla called 347-SHORTCT to say thanks; w...Show More

Considering The Other Sides

52:07 | Nov 17th, 2016

With the close of the election of 2016, many people, including us, found themselves dismayed and surprised by a great many things. But why were we so shocked? Now that our hindsight has been LASIK'd, some are noticing the truth that was hiding in p...Show More

Do Better Because You Will Die Some Day.

50:37 | Nov 10th, 2016

John Pienta, Levi Endelman, Kylie Miller, and Adam Erwood get to answer some probing questions: what's the first thing a student wants to know upon starting a new clerkship? What's the most important skill they've ever learned? And what medical spe...Show More

Compassion Isn’t Easy

55:51 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Compassion fatigue is a problem for many practitioners. In medicine, some of the needs are so great, and the resources are often so finite. Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Rob Humble, and Kaci McCleary discuss what happens when caring itself becomes a li...Show More

Superstition is the Human Condition

56:36 | Oct 27th, 2016

Halloweeeeeeennnn! It's upon us, and while we're women and men of science around here, we're not completely able to shed our lizard-brain's need to take shortcuts. Which is why we are not at all surprised to know that ER docs still think the moon's ...Show More

Against Logic there is No Armor like Ignorance.

1:01:56 | Oct 20th, 2016

WHO researchers in Uganda are keen to teach schoolchildren there how to spot dubious health claims. This leads Dave to ask Levi Endelman, John Pienta, and newcomers Alice Ye and Adam Erwood whether their generation was taught the principles of logic ...Show More

Recess Rehash: Here’s Lemons In Your Eyes

46:22 | Oct 13th, 2016

Mark Mubarek, Amy Young, Rob Humble and Corbin Weaver are here to discuss the AMA's policy to support the ban on direct to consumer advertising of drugs and implantable devices, and how such advertising makes the doctor-patient relationship complicat...Show More

The Fellowship of the Mic

0:00 | Oct 6th, 2016

This week, Dave, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Doug Russo, and Tony Rosenberg reflect upon the joy that podcasting brings, as we were recording the show on International Podcasting Day (Sept. 30).  Something else to celebrate: Doug (and Rob Humble) got...Show More

Reversing Pavlok, and What You Can Learn From Your Bike Wreck.

41:45 | Sep 29th, 2016

After listening to our recent show that featured a review of a wrist-worn device that you can shock yourself with to punish you for engaging in bad habits, listener Paulius drops us a line to ask what Amy Young, Corbin Weaver, Aline Sandouk, and John...Show More

The Modern Opioid Epidemic

44:27 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Close your eyes, and picture an opioid abuser. If you're like me, you see a man in a flophouse or dark alley. He's cooking up heroin in a spoon over a lighter. Maybe he has a loop of tubing around his upper arm, and he's shooting the heroin into a ve...Show More

Shocking the Habits Away

50:23 | Sep 15th, 2016

This week, Dave volunteers to wear a device that's received a lot of buzz lately, Pavlok. It's creator says that through classical conditioning it will help eliminate bad habits--nail biting, unhealthy eating, procrastination, for instance. It's ub...Show More

Keeping Up With Your Interests and Relationships

1:03:45 | Sep 8th, 2016

Stress is a part of medical school. Worrying about tests, studying until you drop, late nights, early mornings, and drinking from the firehose all seem to promote the idea that med students should do nothing else but study. Dave, Aditi Patel, Marc ...Show More

They have questions, we have…more questions.

46:13 | Sep 1st, 2016

Dave, John Pienta, Mark Moubarek, Matt Maves, and Levi Endelman are aware that the world is full of questions.  Nowhere is that more true than on the saddest place on the Internet, Yahoo! Answers. There folks ask the kinds of things that a primary ca...Show More

The Doctor Is In: Ryan Gray Lifts Up the Next Generation of Medical Students

44:53 | Aug 25th, 2016

yan Gray, MD, was a physician in the Air Force. He'd planned all along to be an orthopaedic surgeon...but the military had other plans for him: aerospace medicine. Later, when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis forced him to give up flying, his care...Show More

The Ultimate Taboo: Medicine and Suicide

44:36 | Aug 18th, 2016

Just hours before a new crop of medical students are to be welcomed into the world of medicine, Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek, and Lisa Wehr confront one of the most uncomfortable topics in medical education: physician and ...Show More

Recess Rehash: Snapchat, Psychiatry, Femininity, and Savory Toothpastes

58:33 | Aug 11th, 2016

Is Dave ready for Snapchat? Corbin Weaver, Cole Cheney, Taz Khalid, and Tony Rosenberg try to convince him to start one up for the show. Are antibiotics really dead, now that the first totally resistant E.coli bacteria has been found in a US patien...Show More

A Leg Up for Non-Traditional Med Students: Learning the Ropes

42:58 | Aug 4th, 2016

Dave is excited to meet some new people who are getting ready to don the short coat this coming week. Kylie Miller, Brady Campbell, Kyle Anderson are all new students at the Carver College of Medicine. Each of them would be called a non-traditional m...Show More

The World is Burning

45:40 | Jul 28th, 2016

Dave's feeling a bit concerned for the future of the world these days. As a consumer of science fiction movies and books, he's long noticed a theme therein: that of the old people holding on to the reigns of power, both economic and political, while ...Show More

What penniless med students should know about money with Joe Saul-Sehy

51:35 | Jul 21st, 2016

Do you, dear students, have tons of money? No? Weird. Luckily, Joe Saul-Sehy of the Stacking Benjamins podcast joins us on the show this week.  Joe was a financial advisor for many years, he was known as the Money Man  on WXYZ-TV in Detroit, and h...Show More

Recess Rehash: Sister Helen Prejean: Why Medical Students Should Care About The Death Penalty

41:41 | Jul 14th, 2016

Sister Helen Prejean has been an anti-death-penalty advocate since 1981, when she first became the pen pal of a death-row inmate in Louisiana's Angola State Prison. Since then she's witnessed five executions in Louisiana, and has written two books o...Show More

A Career in Health Policy: Dr. Lauren Hughes

50:14 | Jul 7th, 2016

Dr. Lauren Hughes is a graduate of the Carver College of Medicine who, in addition to her work as a family physician, has made a career in public policy. During medical school she also got her Masters in Public Health at George Washington University ...Show More

There Will Be No Problems: Confidence and Reassurance

51:25 | Jun 30th, 2016

On a recent show, Dave opined that shaving one's armpit hair might cut down on deodorant failure, and a listener called into vindicate him, much to Mark Moubarek's shame. Another listener, PharmD and author Tony wants to know how a medical student g...Show More

Guns and Butter

1:00:04 | Jun 23rd, 2016

John Pienta's been experimenting with his diet. Aline Sandouk, Mark Moubarek and Corbin Weaver talk about the science and John's experiences with a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting. He concludes that the medical profession is giving bad ad...Show More

When Balloon Animals Attack

56:46 | Jun 16th, 2016

In his former life, co-host Mark Moubarek was a children's entertainer. So in a stroke of genius, Dave decides to have him make balloon animals for Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Rob Humble. On an audio podcast.  But it's okay because it's summer! Or...Show More

To Live the Dream, You First Have To Get There.

58:14 | Jun 9th, 2016

Ask "How are you?" of students in the hallways of the Carver College of Medicine, and you'll hear them respond that they're "living the dream." Okay, that's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but getting to live that dream is easier for some groups of people th...Show More

Snapchat, Psychiatry, Femininity, and Savory Toothpastes

58:33 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Is Dave ready for Snapchat? Corbin Weaver, Cole Cheney, Taz Khalid, and Tony Rosenberg try to convince him to start one up for the show. Are antibiotics really dead, now that the first totally resistant E.coli bacteria has been found in a US patien...Show More

Peeps, Prestige, Presents, and Public Health.

56:04 | May 26th, 2016

We want to know more about you! Post a photo of where you're listening using #shortcoatpeeps, so we can creep on you. With the semester suddenly over, Doug and Rob look back with Kaci on their first year of medical school. We answer the questions ...Show More

Sister Helen Prejean: Why Medical Students Should Care About The Death Penalty

41:41 | May 19th, 2016

Sister Helen Prejean has been an anti-death-penalty advocate since 1981, when she first became the pen pal of a death-row inmate in Louisiana's Angola State Prison. Since then she's witnessed five executions in Louisiana, and has written two books o...Show More

Recess Rehash: How Residents Cope, and the Costs of America’s Most Violent Sport

54:15 | May 12th, 2016

What can medical students and residents do to keep their chins up during their training? That's what listener Ross--who has noticed the contrast between his happy med student co-workers and his crabby resident co-workers--wants to know. John Pienta, ...Show More

Doctors Without Borders, and the Future of Humanitarian Intervention

1:00:04 | May 5th, 2016

The war in Syria continues, and while West Africa's Ebola outbreak has receded, Doctors Without Borders is still in West Africa as it works to transition from caring for survivors to rebuilding and supporting local healthcare systems to do the work. ...Show More

The Multiple Mini Interview, the Prince of Funk, and the Erosion of Childhood

51:23 | Apr 28th, 2016

Prince has left the building, so The Short Coats take a moment to eulogize the Purple One. Listener Rayhaan is looking for advice on preparing for the dreaded multiple mini interview, and of course we have ideas for him to consider. Of course, some...Show More

Evil But Fair Scientists, Conversion Therapy, and The (Real?) Reason Docs Remove Fewer Tumors

51:09 | Apr 21st, 2016

As Alison Pletch and Deep Bhatt prepare to leave CCOM and begin residency, they share with Kaci McCleary and Corbin Weaver their thoughts on leaving Iowa and beginning their new chapters. LIstener Todd calls the Short Coat Hotline with a question on...Show More

From Oakland to Iowa City to Silicon Valley: Founding a Tech Startup in Med School

30:33 | Apr 19th, 2016

From inner-city Oakland, Cali to medical school; that's an unlikely journey. Unlikely because inner city poor kids don't even hear about opportunities, never mind have access to them. UI med student Terrence Wong was one of those kids, but he event...Show More

Sudden Empathy, Too Much Empathy, and A Lack of Empathy

42:58 | Apr 14th, 2016

Today's show features empathy--having too much or too little, or what happens when it's switched on very suddenly. Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, Amy Young, and Kaci McCleary discuss an autistic man whose ability to sense the feelings of others is activ...Show More

The Twin Epidemics: Our Changing Understanding of Diabetes and Obesity

35:24 | Apr 7th, 2016

The understanding of the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes is changing. The "calories in, calories out" model is giving way, faster and faster, to a more nuanced view. The brain, molecular medicine, hormonal differences, and genetics are all c...Show More

Post-acceptance anxiety, Match stats, and backup plans.

39:44 | Mar 31st, 2016

Listener Oscar's having the pre-med/post-acceptance jitters; luckily Aline, Marc, Dylan, and Lisa are on hand to offer some advice on this all-too-common case of impostor syndrome. Plus, now that Match Week has concluded, we discuss what the Match 20...Show More

Abolishing Step 2, Self-Electrocution to Treat Boredom, and More Answers to Internet Questions

55:47 | Mar 24th, 2016

Are board exams a waste of resources? Is electrocution an antidote to boredom? This week we discuss the petition, created by medical students at Harvard, to zap the USMLE Step 2 exam, and opine on whether it (and other such exams) actually accompli...Show More

A Touching Episode

41:43 | Mar 17th, 2016

Listener Mitch writes in to ask what this week's co-hosts (Tony Rosenberg, Alex Volkmar, Rob Humble, and Nicole Morrow) wish they knew before they got to medical school. What should Mitch think about debt? Seeking honors? Voluntourism? And with the ...Show More

Two-weekers: What are they good for?

48:37 | Mar 10th, 2016

Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd, Amy Young and Corbin Weaver are on hand this time to talk about the two-week specialty rotations, like Ophthalmology and Radiology.  You see, as Kaci entered her clinical clerkships, she had four of these short rotations in...Show More

Searching for Cures from Old-Timey Remedies, Dopamine Headphones, and Cuban Vaccines

46:55 | Mar 3rd, 2016

Corbin Weaver visits the local grocery store to hear a presentation on pelvic floor disorders, part of the store's health outreach efforts, and marvels at the fact that A) many people seem to have a very foggy notion of anogenital functions, and B) t...Show More

Power Poses, Mesh Body Suits, and the Return of Dr. Love

41:26 | Feb 25th, 2016

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy's well known TED talk discusses the utility of 'power poses,' and medical students are always looking for ways to feel more powerful.  So Dave challenges Ellie Ginn, Tony Rosenberg, Marc Toral, and Mark Moubarek to give ...Show More

Here’s Lemons In Your Eyes

46:22 | Feb 18th, 2016

Mark Mubarek, Amy Young, Rob Humble and Corbin Weaver are here to discuss the AMA's policy to support the ban on direct to consumer advertising of drugs and implantable devices, and how such advertising makes the doctor-patient relationship complicat...Show More

Brazil’s Zika Crisis

49:00 | Feb 11th, 2016

Zika has been in the news, if you haven't noticed, as a neglected tropical disease which has been linked to a frightening surge in birth defects in Central and South America. The response to Zika is going to depend upon the science--which is very mu...Show More

How Residents Cope, and the Costs of America’s Most Violent Sport

54:15 | Feb 4th, 2016

What can medical students and residents do to keep their chins up during their training? That's what listener Ross--who has noticed the contrast between his happy med student co-workers and his crabby resident co-workers--wants to know. John Pienta, ...Show More

Dr. Paul Farmer and Liberation Medicine

52:50 | Jan 28th, 2016

Dr. Paul Farmer is sort of the rock god of global health.  He’s an incredibly busy and influential guy, so when he flew in from Liberia to spend the entire day here with us at the Carver College of Medicine, it wasn’t easy to keep the stars from our ...Show More

Moonshots and Worldviews

35:42 | Jan 21st, 2016

Dave and Emily White, fresh from the University of Iowa Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's yearly 4Cast conference,  talk about their presentation on the podcast, which was fun.  And they, along with Rob Humble and Doug Russo, talk about ...Show More

Normalizing Human Behavior, Transvaginal Speakers, and Deflating Outsized Egos

47:42 | Jan 14th, 2016

John Pienta, Cole Cheney, Amy Young, and newbie Rob Humble join Dave to discuss the recent winter break, the Rose Bowl, and Stanford's half-time band performance.  We discuss doctors who are non-compliant with their own recommendations for patients. ...Show More

Recess Rehash: What Medical Students Learn by Getting Sick

48:01 | Jan 7th, 2016

John Pienta, Kaci McCleary, and Caroline Sanderson join special guest Frank Canady on this week's show. Frank's here to talk about his recent astrocytoma diagnosis, discuss what he's experienced during treatment so far, and reflect on some of the th...Show More

Losing the white coat, psych fears, and Internet questions answered

51:42 | Dec 31st, 2015

Cole Cheney returns from our state capital, where he's been doing his clerkships at our kind-of satellite campus. He and Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Rachel Schenkel talk about the differences between doing rotations in a teaching hospital and doi...Show More

Karma Bro, A Trumped-Up Doctor’s Note, and Sleepless in The Saddle

47:59 | Dec 24th, 2015

This week our expert medical news analysts, John Pienta, Marc Toral, Greg Woods, and Amy Young, discuss why Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli is so hated, given that capitalist enterprises have profit as their overarching goal--hasn't he just done his job?  ...Show More

Their Patients Won’t Know What Hit Them.

36:10 | Dec 17th, 2015

Second-years Kaci McCleary, Marc Toral, Corbin Weaver, and Aline Sandouk are about to finish their didactic studies in the curriculum and embark on their clinical clerkships! At long last, they get to work with patients. Among the questions they fa...Show More

Episode 107: Guns and Research

54:41 | Dec 10th, 2015

Even though Dave's in NYC, he still finds a way to call it in (pun intended) for a show with Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, John Pienta, and Jason Lewis. The myriad definitions of pizza are covered, as well as other more consequential things, includin...Show More

Recess Rehash: Episode 078: Recorded in the Nude

41:52 | Dec 3rd, 2015

This time, Dave is on vacation, but John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Kaci McCleary didn't let that stop them. Thanks to Intern Cory, they were able to carry on without him (*sniff*). Kaci and Aline review their first year: was it fun? I ...Show More

Episode 106: Replaced by a bird.

33:03 | Nov 25th, 2015

This Thanksgiving, why not enjoy a Cthurkey while you contemplate the many health hazards embodied by America's favorite celebration of gluttony?  And if you are a future radiologist, you might be as demoralized as Ellie Ginn, Tony Rosenberg, Dylan T...Show More

Episode 105: A deadly pile of potatoes

38:23 | Nov 19th, 2015

Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd, and Marc Toral discuss things of much import, such as why Dave's iPad lock screen is a pile of potatoes, and why it's important to use the correct pronunciation of gyros but not other ethnic foods.  Also, uterus ...Show More

Episode 104: From a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

31:27 | Nov 12th, 2015

Rosenberg, Alex Volkmar, and Doug Russo indulge their Star Wars geekery with Dave, entertaining the various Internet theories of Luke's and Jar Jar's importance, while Ellie Ginn sits in the corner wondering what they're talking about. Rosenberg, Al...Show More

Episode 103: Science stubbornly refuses to be easy

35:41 | Nov 5th, 2015

Cory has found something to enable Dave's plan to hang a portrait of himself somewhere in the medical school, which leads (somehow) into a discussion of Corbin Weaver's deep loathing for visitors of the Louvre and Kaci McCleary's similar feelings for...Show More

Episode 102: How not to close a residency program

34:21 | Oct 29th, 2015

New York Presbyterian and Columbia decide to get out of family medicine, so they abruptly closed their FM residency program...three months after a new class of residents began working there. Meanwhile, Dave teaches Marc Toral, Tae Kim, and Kaci McCl...Show More

Episode 101: Megastructures

36:04 | Oct 22nd, 2015

John Pienta has an profound moment with a patient, one which crystalized for him a sense that he's doing exactly the right thing in his life. Meanwhile (being full of profundity this week) he brings Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, and Corbin Weaver good news...Show More

Episode 100: Follow your Dreams–Get Fired!

35:14 | Oct 15th, 2015

Lisa Wehr teaches Kaci McCleary and Dylan Todd about the invention of the shipping container. We look forward to the day when humans are replaced by robots in the workplace so people can pursue their real dreams. On the other hand, we rage at the wor...Show More

SLoCCOMP 003: Darren Hoffmann

29:27 | Oct 13th, 2015

Professor Hoffmann joins Melissa Palma to talk about his secret life, that of a pie baker. It's the sort of thing, he says, that allows him to work with his hands while turning down the intellect a bit. A pie, unlike science, is a short-term goal wi...Show More

Episode 099: Burn due to water skis on fire

31:10 | Oct 8th, 2015

Are you under-caffeinated but hate the kind of caffeine that doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth?  Do you lack ways to describe unlikely illnesses and injuries with absurd specificity?  Then come along with us as Kaci McCleary, Dylan Todd (Todd D...Show More

Episode 098: A Tasty Treat

36:51 | Sep 30th, 2015

Dave rewards his podcasters with a tasty treat. Though this may be a new definition of the words 'tasty' and 'treat' of which Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, Emily White, and newbie Alex Volkmar were previously unaware. And as a special bonus, we offer lot...Show More

Episode 097: Advice for the Young At Heart

31:07 | Sep 24th, 2015

Dylan Todd, Marc Toral, Eric Wilson are on hand to give advice to caller Todd, who is just beginning his journey from community college to medical school. Is the advice we give any good? Well, we tried, and that's all that counts. Also, we discuss...Show More

Episode 096: What Medical Students Learn by Getting Sick

48:01 | Sep 17th, 2015

John Pienta, Kaci McCleary, and Caroline Sanderson join special guest Frank Canady on this week's show. Frank's here to talk about his recent astrocytoma diagnosis, discuss what he's experienced during treatment so far, and reflect on some of the th...Show More

Episode 095: SciFi MedEd

47:38 | Sep 10th, 2015

Christine Sloan, Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, and Eric Elliott are all in the Medical Scientist Training Program, which recently enjoyed a retreat in which they explored the intersections between medicine and science fiction to look at where medical scien...Show More

Episode 094: Science Works, But Who Cares?

48:52 | Sep 3rd, 2015

From the vibrant Boulware Learning Community, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, Dylan Todd, and Lisa Wehr discuss Yelp's new hospital reviews and ProPublica's Surgeon Scorecard. And we talk about why science and science facts fail to persuade people to b...Show More

Episode 094: How will you deal with a preceptor’s bad behavior?

43:08 | Aug 27th, 2015

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an editorial from a medical educator admitting and highlighting the fact that there are objectionable people in medicine, and showing how the hierarchical nature of medicine leads otherwise well-meaning stude...Show More

Episode 092: Fried Lard on a Stick in a Cup

41:11 | Aug 20th, 2015

Kaci McCleary, Cory Christensen and Tae Kim are excited to experience Iowa State Fair food, which is arguably responsible for a large percentage of the people needing bypass surgery in Iowa every year.  Enjoy your nacho balls, bacon and brisket explo...Show More

Episode 091: Do Doctors Unintentionally Limit Their Patients?

40:46 | Aug 13th, 2015

Listener Brett leaves us a voicemail in the hopes he'll receive a Starbucks gift card, and he wins, so we play his message (apparently recorded from the scene of a horrific car accident). Brett, don't forget to send us an address to which we can send...Show More

Recess Rehash: Episode 082: Nick’s Post Apocalyptic Harem

46:23 | Aug 6th, 2015

This time, Mark Toral, John Pienta, Kaci McCleary and Nick Sparr discuss Medical Student Performance Evaluations and Dave's problem: if you're looking for it to be a recommendation, that's not going to happen; but the good news is that when you start...Show More

Episode 090: Are you being realistic about the medicine lifestyle?

52:01 | Jul 30th, 2015

A discussion on StudentDoctor.net made Dave wonder if Kaci McCleary, Alison Pletch and John Pienta are truly prepared for life as a doctor. Are their significant others prepared? What are the correct expectations in terms of money, time, love, rais...Show More

Episode 089: Things No One Tells You About Med School

48:58 | Jul 23rd, 2015

The commitment required for medical school is well known. But how does that actually affect your life? What are the things that you find out only after you've begun? Will you stop untying your shoes to save time? Will your ethics be challenged du...Show More

Episode 088: How to Get Into Medical School

50:12 | Jul 16th, 2015

You've got the grades under control, right? You've got your extracurriculars all planned, right? You're shadowing, researching, studying, panicking! Is it all going to be okay? Will I get into medical school?! WILL I?! Yes, you will. You know why? ...Show More

Episode 087: The Case of the Foolish Anesthesiologist

45:57 | Jul 9th, 2015

Lisa Wehr, Kaci McCleary, Aline Sandouk, and John Pienta discuss the anesthesiologist whose patient accidentally caught her on tape insulting, defaming, and generally being a jerk about him. Obviously, this crosses a line, but there is a lot of gallo...Show More

Episode 086: Magical Mystery Medicine

37:22 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Dylan Todd joins the team, along with Aline Sandouk, Marc Toral, and Cory Christensen to talk about magic. Specifically, whether there is a role for it in medicine. How far should we go in accepting the unknown as valid in treating sick people and in...Show More

SLoCCOMP 002: Denise Martinez

28:22 | Jun 30th, 2015

Denise Martinez, MD, is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and as such it may be fitting that she and her husband are foodies with a special interest in ethnic foods. She and her husband (Mark G on Yelp) have traveled ...Show More

Episode 085: 1970s Personalized Care?

42:04 | Jun 25th, 2015

Senuri Jayatilleka and Eric Wilson have clawed their way to the surface of the M3-year waters to take a breath, and are ready to update Lisa Wehr on what they're doing (and have been told they should do) to prepare for their fourth year ('the promise...Show More

Episode 084: Of Advanced Maternal Age

49:29 | Jun 18th, 2015

This time, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen are joined by CCOM alumna Yolanda Villalvazo to talk about what it's like to have your doctor call you 'old' at 39. Two terms are used for moms over 35: 'geriatric OB patient,' and 'advanced m...Show More

Episode 083: Dissent In Medschool

48:13 | Jun 11th, 2015

We've been bandying about the topic of professionalism recently, and perhaps we're not the only ones.  Kaci McCleary, Alison Pletch, and Eugene Velednitsky caught an episode of the Inside Stories podcast which featured a medical student who is in tro...Show More

Episode 082: Nick’s Post Apocalyptic Harem

46:23 | Jun 4th, 2015

This time, Mark Toral, John Pienta, Kaci McCleary and Nick Sparr discuss Medical Student Performance Evaluations and Dave's problem: if you're looking for it to be a recommendation, that's not going to happen; but the good news is that when you start...Show More

Episode 081: Doctor, Artist, Writer, Teacher

37:42 | May 28th, 2015

Melissa Palma met former transplant surgeon Hani Elkadi in the clinic, and when they got to talking  she realized she couldn't keep him to herself. Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Nick Sparr join her for a discussion of his youth in the middle east, ...Show More

Episode 080: Keenan’s Final Rant

46:14 | May 21st, 2015

This time, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, Keenan Laraway, and John Pienta have a wide ranging discussion on evaluations and med school's fascination with data (and how poorly written evaluations lead to poor data); weather social media's emotional conten...Show More

SLoCCOMP 001: Peter Rubenstein

18:48 | May 19th, 2015

Melissa Palma wanted to find out more about the professors students love (and curse) so dearly, so she started a new series we're calling The Secret Lives of CCOM Professors with a student favorite, Peter Rubenstein, PhD. Ruby, as he is known ...Show More

Episode 079: The Magic Ch-chingdom.

45:23 | May 14th, 2015

Dave returns from his vacation at Disney World in sunny Florida, and recaps for Suri Jayatilleka, John Pienta, and Cole Cheney his fascination with how Disney takes your money and makes you love it.  How does that relate to medicine?  Who cares, it's...Show More

Episode 078: Recorded in the Nude

41:52 | May 7th, 2015

This time, Dave is on vacation, but John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Kaci McCleary didn't let that stop them. Thanks to Intern Cory, they were able to carry on without him (*sniff*). Kaci and Aline review their first year: was it fun? I ...Show More

Episode 077: Miles of Smiles

32:44 | Apr 30th, 2015

Fourth-year students David Janssen and Lindsay Knake recently arrived home to Iowa from Guatemala, where, along with anesthesiologist David Swanson, they participated in the Miles of Smiles Team (MOST) cleft palate repair medical mission.  Team leade...Show More

Episode 076: The Examined Life Conference

40:11 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Our show this time was record in front of a remarkably appreciative audience at The Examined Life Conference, and it was a lot of fun.  We talked with several presenters from the conference, including Gabriel Ledger an emergency physician who became ...Show More

Episode 075: How do you solve a problem like the Food Babe?

39:08 | Apr 16th, 2015

The blogosphere is full of science misinformation, and lately Food Babe has been getting an earful for her contributions to that steaming pile of nonsense.  If you don't know her, you should because she's on a mission to teach people how to eat 'like...Show More

Episode 074: The Dean Speaks

43:26 | Apr 9th, 2015

What would you do if you were the Dean of a medical school?  Heck, how would you even get to be a dean, anyway?  What are the priorities of the person in charge of it all?  It's a long road, and a lot of hard, deliberate work to get to the top spot; ...Show More

Episode 073: Chew Blood

46:13 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Hey, sports fans! This week, Aline Sandouk, Kaci Mcleary, John Pienta, and Corey Christensen talk about sports injuries, particularly football. Lately John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens and Chris Boreland of the 49ers have brought this issue back ...Show More

Episode 072: Match Day 2015!

37:22 | Mar 26th, 2015

The excitement was palpable as we waited for the clock to strike 11 a.m. CST. Or maybe it was fear, hope, dread...whatever it was, we were waiting for the results of Match Day 2015, when med students throughout the country found out where they'd be g...Show More

Episode 071: The Shortcoat Potcast

49:55 | Mar 19th, 2015

Nathan Miller, Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, and Eric Wilson explore the attention marijuana is getting lately from the medical and legislative/legal communities.  On the medical front, what are the uses of pot?  Do we actually know anything useful a...Show More

Episode 070: Technology to Make Med School Easier

49:52 | Mar 12th, 2015

Medical School is damn hard. Between the vast amounts of information to memorize and the vast amounts of concepts to understand, along with the vast amounts of time you'll spend on it all, it seems ripe for technological intervention. Can an app real...Show More

Episode 069: Stoking and Stroking

13:10 | Mar 5th, 2015

Aline Sandouk shares her secret to stoking the fires of studying, in which bombastic music plays a part, which is great so long as it doesn't cross the line into wanting to go to war or whatever. John Pienta adds a little class by mentioning philosop...Show More

Episode 068: Welcome to Cheese Island

43:08 | Feb 26th, 2015

John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, and Kaci McCleary (Ethan Forsgren joined in later) debate the merits of Iowa's recently defeated measure that would have allowed PhD psychologists to prescribe psych meds.  Would they be able to deal with co-morbidities? W...Show More

Episode 067: Second Shot–Enabling Outdoor Pursuits

46:21 | Feb 19th, 2015

This time on The Short Coat, CCOM physical therapy student Reid Wilson stops by to tell Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Greg Woods about Second Shot. Reid is an outdoorsman and hunter. When his dog Zeus was laid up with a broken leg but clearly hanke...Show More

Episode 066: Uncomfortable Truths along the Border

41:42 | Feb 12th, 2015

In the fall of 2014, fourth-year students Melissa Palma and Hana Khidir left Iowa City for Texas' Rio Grande Valley for an international health elective pediatrics rotation.  Their experiences there, along the porous border between the US and Mexico,...Show More

Episode 065: Author Sam Kean and the Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

38:40 | Feb 10th, 2015

Lisa Wehr, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary, along with producer Jason Lewis, get to interview New York Times Bestselling author Sam Kean. Mr. Kean has written several meticulously researched books that tell the stories of science and scientific advanc...Show More

Episode 064: 21 Mumps Street

52:27 | Feb 5th, 2015

Cole Cheney, Matt Maves, Aline Sandouk and Dave talk about Cole's revolutionary new idea to help antivaccers understand the consequences of their decision: create pop culture around everyday diseases! Yay! Write books, create movies, and television s...Show More

Episode 063: Imposter Syndrome–are we good enough?

40:14 | Jan 29th, 2015

This week we welcome new Short Coat podcaster Caroline Sanderson who, along with Aline Sandouk, Greg Woods, and Kaci McCleary are ready represent the modern medical student. Including the feeling that all medical students get from time when they're f...Show More

Episode 062: Swipe right for surgeons, swipe left for psychiatrists

43:21 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Greg Woods, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, and Cole Cheney react to the latest news from Duke University on HHMI cancer researcher Anil Potti's disgrace: that, contrary to what Duke said when the scandal broke in 2010, there was a whistleblower...and it w...Show More

Episode 061: Shakes on a Plane

48:57 | Jan 15th, 2015

Miriam Murray and Keenan Laraway--joined by Corbin Weaver and Miriam's brother Aaron Weiner--bring us tales from their residency interview trail, including Keenan's real-life "is there a doctor in the house" moment during his flight from Washington t...Show More

Recess Rehash, Episode 018: America’s War on Polio

29:42 | Jan 8th, 2015

In this episode from way back, Natalie Ramirez, Zhi Xiong, and Mgbechi Erondu got to hang out with a real Pulitzer winner (!) and a nice man, David Oshinsky, PhD. He is the author of Polio: An American Story. From the papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sab...Show More

Episode 060: The Most Important 21 Seconds of Your Life

46:00 | Jan 1st, 2015

It's the last show we'll record this semester, and to mark it we'll consider what went well for our hosts in their studies, what didn't go so well, who helped them not go crazy, and what they'll be doing differently in the coming year.  Also, some ve...Show More

Episode 059: Doctor Psychopath Will See You Now

34:56 | Dec 25th, 2014

Merry Christmas, if that's your thing. This week, Aline Sandouk, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Kaci McCleary ponder the prevalence of psychological issues among doctors. It turns out, they're messed up, especially surgeons. Keep away from those guys,...Show More