Medicus show


Summary: If you're a healthcare professional, student, or just someone interested in the many facets of medicine, you've come to the right place! We are a team of medical students discussing a broad range of topics with peers, physicians, researchers, administrators, and allied health professionals. You'll hear about hot topics in medicine, practical advice, success strategies, research, and much more. Look for a new episode every other Wednesday!


 Ep90 I A Conversation with a Genetic Counselor | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2188

In this episode, we explore the field of genetic counseling and its significance in both research and clinical settings. We talk with board certified genetic counselor Magan Trottier about her path to genetic counseling, the ethics behind genetic testing results, and what direct-to-consumer tests can tell you. Magan Trottier received a master’s degree in Molecular Genetics and another in Genetic Counseling, both from the University of Toronto. In addition to counseling, she has over ten years of research experience and has published papers in prestigious journals like Cell Stem Cell and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She is an adjunct professor in the Long Island University Post Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. She currently works for Memorial Sloan Kettering, and the opinions she expresses in this interview are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of Memorial Sloan Kettering. More information about the All of Us Research Program can be found at Episode produced by: Jackie Tarsitano Episode recording date: 12/21/21 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep89 I What It’s Like to Be An Intern: Wisdom From the Original Medicus Squad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1870

The original creators of the Medicus Podcast are wrapping up their first year of residency and offer their perspectives on being an intern. Alek Druck - Urology, University of South Florida Mara Peterson - Internal Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University Nathan Burstedt - Preliminary Medicine Year, Loyola University Medical Center (going into Internal Medicine at Overland Park Regional Medical Center) Joshua Lewis - Preliminary Medicine Year, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (going into Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center) Episode produced by: Rasa Valiauga, Katie Mott Episode recording date: January - June, 2022 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep88 I What It’s Like to Be a Hematologist-Oncologist With Many Interests: Dr. Elizabeth Henry, MD | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3116

In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Henry, a clinical associate professor at Loyola University Chicago with a clinical focus on GU medical oncology. Before joining the faculty, she completed her hematology/oncology fellowship at Loyola and served as Chief Fellow in her final year of training. Elizabeth is a former heme/onc fellowship program director and has research interests in medical education and utilization of digital technology in training and professional development. She is a 2021-2022 ASCO Education Scholar. As the Medical Director of Oncology with theMednet, she oversees the editorial teams in moderating the high quality physician discussions, as well as expanding engagement through special programming such as the Tumor Board Q&A, ASCO and NEJM Journal Club discussions, SWOG outreach programs, and more. We discuss her many interests, including hematology-oncology and medical education and technology to advance medical knowledge. She explains her role at theMednet as a medical information platform for physicians, highlighting how physicians can have unique roles aside from practicing medicine in the hospital and/or clinic. Dr. Henry also shares her story about pursuing medicine and hematology/oncology specifically, simultaneously while conveying valuable advice to all aspiring physicians. More information about theMednet can be found at: Episode produced by: Emily Hagen, Insup Hong Episode recording date: March 28th, 2022 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep87 | MS4 Perspective: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2267

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) series, we investigate the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Our guest, Teresa Veselack, shares advice on how to set yourself up for success regarding matching into this competitive specialty and shares tips to help you stand out both on paper and in person. Teresa Veselack is a recent graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and will be starting a 7-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL this summer. She is passionate about teaching, mentorship, and increasing medical student exposure to the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. You can contact Teresa via email ( or on Instagram @teresaveselack Episode produced by: Rasa Valiauga Episode recording date: 3/30/22 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep 86 I Effects of Climate Change on Dermatology and Medicine | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2284

Medicine meets Mother Nature. Tune into this episode about the effects of climate change on the specialty of Dermatology and more broadly, medicine. Our guest today is Eva Rawlings Parker, M.D. Dr. Parker is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is President of the Nashville Dermatologic Society and Vice President of the Williamson County Medical Society. Dr. Parker practices general and complex medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, as well as cosmetic dermatology at Vanderbilt. Dr. Parker’s academic interests include the health effects secondary to climate change, global health, HIV dermatoses, and tropical skin disease. She also provides volunteer dermatologic care to immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in Nashville, TN at Siloam Health and the Shade Tree Clinic. As well, she provides volunteer telehealth consultation services in Kenya through The Addis Clinic, has taught internationally in resource-limited settings, and is an external supervisor and mentor at the Regional Dermatology Training Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver which fueled her interest in how environmental impacts and climate alterations affect health. She is a staunch advocate for both climate justice and health care sustainability, actively promoting broader education on the health impacts caused by climate change. Resources Mentioned in Episode: Planetary Health Report Card CDC Climate Change and Human Health Climate Resources for Health Education Initiative Medical Students for a Sustainable Future Episode produced by: Lauren Hekman Episode recording date: 4/24/22 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep85 I Medical School Admissions — What a Rush! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3833

This episode is for all you pre-medical students who are aspiring to apply for medical school.  Today, we have a special guest, Dr. Jill M. Volk who currently serves in two capacities at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL -- Director of Admissions and Recruitment and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, Master of Science in Education degree from Eastern Illinois University and has focused her entire career on student development. Before settling into the Admissions, Jill worked as Assistant Dean of Students at Lake Forest College where her primary functions were residence life and judicial affairs; Director of Student Affairs at Rush University where she focused her energies on new student orientation, commencement, student organizations, and advising; and Director of Special Programs for Rush Medical College where she devoted her time to orientation, special events within the medical college, scholarship processing and awarding, and residency selection programs. With her nearly 15 years of experience in admissions and recruitment, Jill has a broad knowledge of admissions, recruitment, financial aid and assists prospective students in all aspects of the admissions process. On the national level, Jill was a member of the AMCAS Admission Processing Solution Implemental Advisory Committee which advised AMCAS as they work through implementation plans and decisions regarding a new medical school admission processing product and served as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the Central Group on Student Affairs. In her spare time, Jill enjoys all the things Chicago has to offer including neighborhood dining, the lake, theater, and of course summer festivals. Episode produced by: Aaron Deng and Isabelle Tan Episode recording date: February 10th, 2022 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep84 I High Yield Wisdom from “Pathoma” Creator, Dr. Husain Sattar, MD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4140

You know his voice. You own and love his review book. He’s your go-to person for your medical school pathology studies. You must be thinking – there’s no way that Dr. Husain Sattar, MD was interviewed in this episode – well, think again! In this episode, we interviewed the one and only, Dr. Husain Sattar, MD, creator and author of “Pathoma.” In addition to teaching medical students high yield USMLE STEP1 content, Dr. Sattar is a professor of Pathology at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a practicing surgical pathologist. He specializes in breast pathology. What you probably do not know about Dr. Sattar, however, is his non-linear path to medicine. In fact, he took a substantial amount of time off from medical school. He changed his mind about his specialty and career goals several times. Along the way, he developed his inspiring teaching talents and accrued important life lessons and perspectives, which he imparts in this episode. So, take a break from studying Pathoma to understand the wisdom and intentions that drove the book’s inception in the first place. Trust us, you’ll return to your studying, and time on the wards as well, feeling especially inspired and grateful. Episode produced by: Aaron Deng and Emily Hagen Episode recording date: 3/2/2022 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep83 | Crack Open a Good Book: The First-Ever Medicus Reading List | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 933

Do you love Medicus, but you're caught up on all the episodes? Not sure where to turn for other great medicine and healthcare content?  We feel you! Introducing the first-ever Reading List episode. In lieu of the normal interview format, four Medicus team members share some of their favorite books, articles, shows, and other medical content. These items can tide you over until our next episode releases...enjoy!  Content Covered:  --"Morning Rounds" newsletter, --"The Cost Conundrum" by Atul Gawande --"Overkill" by Atul Gawande --Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington --Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan --Frankenstein by Mary Shelley --When the Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Annie Faidman --Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders --"Diagnosis," series on Netflix Episode produced by: Brendan Connolly Contributors: Brendan Connolly, Rasa Valiauga, Katherine Mott, Emily Hagen | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep82 l Extra Extra, Dr. Cory Franklin Will Write All About It | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2641

Ever wonder what your life would look like if you went to journalism school instead of medical school? Or the stories you’d have and people you’d meet if you were the Director of Medical Intensive Care at County Hospital for 25 years? Well, if you’re Dr. Cory Franklin, you’ve found a way to get the best of both worlds. You also happen to be the inspiration for Harrison Ford’s character in The Fugitive. Join Katherine for the next episode in our Literature in Medicine series, where we interview Dr. Cory Franklin, current Editorial Board contributor to the Chicago Tribune. Author of three books: Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases, The Doctor Will See You Now: Essays on Changing the Practice of Medicine, and Chicago Flashbulbs: A Quarter Century of News, Politics, Sports, and Show Business (1987-2012). And obituary advocate. Episode produced by: Katherine Mott Episode recording date: 12/23/21 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep81 I Hello From the Other Side: What It's Like to Date a Medical Student | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2809

In this episode, Alex and Diana who tell their story about what it is like to date a medical student. This is a great episode about what it is like to date someone who is in medical school and the unique challenges that they have to overcome when navigating both life and medical school. Hope you enjoy! Episode produced by: Shawn Choe Episode recording date: 1/22/22 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep80 I Residency Round 2: How the Pandemic Inspired One Physician to Embark On a Second Residency | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1308

In this episode, Rasa interviews family medicine physician Dr. Samantha Peterson who was inspired by what she saw on the frontlines of the pandemic to pursue an additional residency and fellowship in infectious disease. Dr. Samantha Peterson is currently an internal medicine resident at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, where she also completed her family medicine training. She finished her undergraduate training at University of Wisconsin-Madison and went to medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to her passion for infectious disease that was potentiated while working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also enjoys practicing osteopathic manipulative medicine and LGBTQ+ aspects of medicine. In her free time, Sam enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, running, and watching the Packers beat the Bears. Chicago Sun Times article: Episode produced by: Rasa Valiauga Episode recording date: 01/01/2022 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep79 I Nutrition and Body Kindness in Medicine with Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3200

In this episode, Rasa chats with registered dietician, exercise physiologist, author, and fellow podcaster Rebecca Scritchfield about body kindness, intuitive eating, and health at every size and how to incorporate these practices into the art of medicine. Rebecca Scritchfield (She/Her) is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, author of the book Body Kindness, now in 4 languages, and host of the Body Kindness podcast. Through her counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life. Her Body Kindness philosophy has been studied at UNC Charlotte to help reduce depressive symptoms and heal body image in pregnancy and postpartum. Rebecca is co-creator of Self-Care for Diabetes, a global virtual membership for education and emotional support for people with diabetes concerns to make weight-neutral, positive changes to habits, without dieting or food restrictions. Rebecca's free "get started" e-course is at Links: Body Kindness: Free "get started" with Body Kindness: Free diabetes myths guide: Association for Size Diversity and Health: Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet: Episode produced by: Rasa Valiauga Episode recording date: 12/26/21 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep78 | Incorporating Psychotherapy in Psychiatry | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2762

In this episode, Lauren dives into the discussion of incorporating psychotherapy into the practice of psychiatry. Discussing this hot topic with her is Dr. Carol Hekman, Dr. Joshua Pretsky, and Dr. Alan Chen. Their lengthy and impressive resumes are explained in detail at the beginning of the episode, but the sparknotes version of these impressive guests are below: Dr. Carol Hekman is a practicing psychoanalyst and psychologist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Joshua Pretsky is a practicing psychiatrist at UCLA and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he is the founding director of the Concentration in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Alan Chen is a practicing psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine and an Assistant Program Director of the University of Southern California. Topics discussed are the importance of incorporating talk therapy into psychiatrist practice, what to look for in a residency program, and the optimal relationship between a psychologist and psychiatrist supporting a patient’s health goals. Words of wisdom are plentiful in this episode, check it out! Episode produced by: Lauren Hekman Episode recording date: 12/22/21 | | Donate: --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep77 | Literature and Medicine with Professor Elena Fratto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2454

Want more content that explores links between the art and science of medicine? Here it is!  In this episode, Brendan dips outside the usual world of hospitals and clinics to talk with Dr. Elena Fratto, a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. Professor Fratto published a book in November titled Medical Storyworlds: Health, Illness, and Bodies in Russian and European Literature at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, so she brings a unique perspective to conversations in medicine and healthcare. Topics discussed include mortality and dying with dignity, the importance of gathering patient stories, how literature has influenced medical care, and so much more. Enjoy!  Episode produced by: Brendan Connolly Episode recording date: 11/10/21 | | Donate:  --- Send in a voice message:

 Ep76 I I Am Abel Foundation: Raising Our Next Generation of Healthcare Heroes with Dr. LaMenta Conway | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3581

In this episode, Rasa chats with Dr. LaMenta Conway, founder of the I Am Abel Foundation, about creating communities that allow the dream of becoming a physician a possibility for underserved youth. Trained in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois, Dr. LaMenta Conway has celebrated over 22 years as a physician with most of her career teaching in top academic hospitals in the Midwest.  In her current professional role, she is Deputy Chief of Medicine for the Illinois Department of Health where she and her team are responsible for the medical care of +40K offenders in custody in the Illinois State Prisons. She is known best for her warm and exuberant personality and bedside manner as a physician and clinical educator devoted to the care of vulnerable populations. But an act of violence would inspire a powerful work of advocacy that would change her trajectory and become her life's legacy.  Dr. Conway decided to formalize her lifelong legacy of mentoring young people in the art of compassionate medicine and service when one of her favorite 14-year-old cousins, full of promise and talent, was paralyzed following a gunshot wound to the spine intended for someone else.  This pivotal moment followed the murder of her 15-year-old cousin on Mother’s Day just 6 months earlier. She realized that many of the younger, misguided youth from these communities not only lacked mentors to guide and position them for success but they also did not understand how we are all as humans connected one to the other. Thus she created I AM ABEL FOUNDATION, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that she describes as a "mentoring scholarly community" whose motto is "Excellence Period. Serve Always." The foundation is focused on community and global service with pipelines to medicine and STEM with the objective of bridging socioeconomic gaps so that all of Chicago's children would have a shot at the not so impossible dream. Through conferences, workshops and community outreach, the foundation has impacted thousands of kids already that will one day become our community's future researchers, leaders, advocates, healers and healthcare heroes. Episode produced by: Rasa Valiauga Episode recording date: 11/4/21 | | Donate: Twitter hashtags: @sweetiecac @IAMABEL_FND Instagram: @sweetieconway @iamabelfoundation Facebook: Website: Becoming a mentor: I Am Abel Foundation as featured by the Obama Foundation: I Am Abel Foundation in Cuba: --- Send in a voice message:


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