Featured Podcast: RadioRounds

As mentioned in one of my original posts one of the reasons that I started my blog was because of Dr. Shah, a geriatrician at my medical school, who taught me about the importance of Humanism in medicine.

Last week, during a grand rounds given by a friend of mine about the physicians role in the media, I discovered a podcast that fits perfectly with this vision: Radio Rounds.

It has already become a new favorite of mine. Here’s a bit of their own description of what they’re all about:

Created by Avash Kalra and founded with Shamie Das and Lakshman Swamy — all medical students at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio — Radio Rounds is the first weekly medical talk show in the United States that is hosted and produced entirely by medical students.
Radio Rounds was founded specifically to promote the qualities of empathy and humanism in medicine, to showcase the art behind the science of medicine, to provide insight into the medical profession, and to connect all levels of the medical profession across the nation — from medical students to practicing physicians. Radio Rounds explores the qualities of humanism in medicine through different perspectives — those of world-renowned physicians, authors, students, patients and health care leaders. In short, Radio Rounds tells today’s stories in medicine, through the lens of tomorrow’s doctors.

Each episode features a 30–40 min interview with a prominent figure in medicine. And for a podcast started by some random medical students (now physicians), they’ve interviewed some prominent figures. Probably their most famous person they’ve interviewed is Patch Adams!

So far I’ve listened to their interview with Steven Weinberger, MD the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), as well as their interview with Harlan Krumholz, MD, prominent cardiologist and health policy researcher. Here are some appetizing snippets from those interviews

Dr. Steven Weinberger, on how to strike a balance between delivering evidence based and patient centered care:

As we think about medical care we have to recognize that we are a service profession, and, to be blunt, it’s not about us. It’s about the patients whom we serve. And we have to keep in mind what they want [and] how they want to get it. The care that we give needs to be evidence based, but at the same time take into account patients’ needs, goals and preferences.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, on how medical students and trainees can lead the way in solving problems the problems of over treatment and poor access to care:

What we have to do is say ‘you know what, this is a moment to seize’. People are really interested right now in trying to raise the value in the healthcare system…what we need to do is start generating a lot of ideas about how things can be different. We have to let go of the things of the past that really aren’t helping us, aren’t serving us well…and I think trainees are in the best possible position, because they haven’t been totally socialized; they’re still one foot in and one foot out of medicine. And they still know what it’s like to be a lay person, remembering the fear, the anxiety, the difficulty of grappling with new concepts, new words…[and this] may put them in a better position to come up with ideas about how to do this more effectively.

Great stuff. Check out all of the episodes of radio rounds, for free, on their podcast or their website. Get inspired:

Podcast (iTunes): https://itun.es/us/rVSJ5.c

Website: http://radiorounds.org

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