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199 : The Short Coat Podcast Visits the Premed Years


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199 : The Short Coat Podcast Visits the Premed Years

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SessionĀ 199

In today's episode, Ryan talks with Dave Etler, the mastermind behind The Short Coat Podcast that broadcasts from within the walls of University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine. Ryan also gets to have a wonderful conversation with the College's medical students Levi, Corbin, Mark, and Rachel. Talking about a broad range of interesting, funny topics, The Short Coat Podcast is definitely worth listening to.

Be sure to listen until the end of this session as Dave talks about very important points regarding the importance of having podcasts focused on medical education as they provide a space for students to consider the implications of the system or process you're engaging especially that there is very little protected space to sit down and think about what it is you're really doing.

Here are the highlights of the conversation with Dave: About The Short Coat Podcast:
  • The idea sprung out of Dave's professional boredom
  • Wanting to do a podcast for medical students knowing the intensity of medical school life
Professionalism and being careful with what you say:
  • Other people's personal opinion of you can become your grade.
  • Being cautious with your online presence
What the students are getting from The Short Coat Podcast:
  • Giving listeners a window into the culture of the Carver College of Medicine
  • Giving listeners an idea of what students are like in general
Reasons for choosing the university:
  • Location
  • Culture of collaboration versus competition
  • Good school academically, primary care-wise, and research-wise
Collaborations versus competition:
  • Their college defines "goners" differently than other schools
  • Case-Based Learning (CBL) during their interview day
  • Their school has a very strong culture of collaboration among students
  • (sharing resources, and studying together)
Transitioning from undergrad to medical school:
  • Adjusting to the pace
  • Figuring out what's going to work for you
  • Drinking from the fire hose analogy
Biggest surprises from undergrad to medicine:
  • Financial side of medicine and how much business interacts with patient care
  • The need for educating yourself about the administrative side and not just about clinical care
  • A curriculum created on the admin/financial side of medicine
Their insights into the future of the Affordable Care Act:
  • Ryan's take: Patient care is patient care.
  • The difficulty of helping a community that doesn't have access to health care
  • The importance of compliance to medicine and not judge patients based on their compliance as being good or bad patients
  • An issue of infringing on your ability to take care of patients the way you want to take care of them
  • Triggering physician burnout amidst the changes in the system
Some pieces of advice for premed students:
  • Find ways to get involved with organizations in line with your passions. Premed can be daunting so find the select, few things that you're really passionate about and really pursue those because they help you make who you are and tell your story later.
  • Give yourself permission not to go to medical school and this is not what you really want because you have to make sure that it's what you really want before you decide to do it. It's okay to say medical school is not for you.
  • Don't forget who you are in the whole process. Stay home to what you care and value. A lot of people will tell you what you need to do so be sure to stay true to who you are.
  • Focus on your support systems. Take time to look around and work on other things in your life and become a total individual before you really gear towards medicine. Get yourself refined to become a product that is going to be the best for your patients. Make sure you're presenting the best version that you can be before you start into that world.
Links and Other Resources:

The Short Coat Podcast

University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine

The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview on Kindle