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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 medicine, and we're here for you every week. Our goal: honest and fun discussions about the things you need to know about being a med student, medicine, and medical education. Get the inside story: give us your questions, comments, and suggestions on social media, at TheShortCoat.com, or by calling 347-SHORTCT. Contribute to our charity of the semester and get SCP merch at The Short Coat Podcast Store.



The opinions we share with you are formed by the sleep deprived, and are thus likely ill-considered and noticeably spur-of-the-moment. And definitely not those of the University of Iowa.

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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 medicine, and we're here for you every week. Our goal: honest and fun discussions about the things you need to know about being a med student, medicine, and medical education. Get the inside story: give us your questions, comments, and suggestions on social media, at TheShortCoat.com, or by calling 347-SHORTCT. Contribute to our charity of the semester and get SCP merch at The Short Coat Podcast Store.



The opinions we share with you are formed by the sleep deprived, and are thus likely ill-considered and noticeably spur-of-the-moment. And definitely not those of the University of Iowa.

    Hitting the Wall, Then Scaling the Heights

    Hitting the Wall, Then Scaling the Heights

    The M1 Wall is Real. You’ll Probably Have to Climb It.







    TL;DR







    * Taking the med ed bull by the horns in a purposeful way will get your through one of the toughest moments. * Given any definition of “success,” a medical student who succeeds in medical school engages “like they paid for it.” * The definition of “success” doesn’t necessarily include honors grades or high scores. If you choose what it means, you will succeed!







    Today’s show is sponsored by Panacea Financial, the digital bank created for doctors, by doctors.







    You can choose your metric for success!







    After hearing of a student’s struggles with the M1 wall–that point students get to when they’re exhausted, questioning their choices, and worrying how they’re going to get through this–got Dave thinking about the various ways medical school challenges the psyche. Whether it’s suddenly bumping up against ones’ limits, realizing some disturbing aspects of the hidden curriculum, or grappling with doubt, medical school is a real beast.







    It’s not uncommon to feel alone when you hit the wall. Everyone around you looks cool…but are they really? When you decide to open up about your struggles, what if no one reciprocates? And in a world where not everyone is above the very-high mean, what does it mean to be below average? MD/PhD students Aline Sandouk and Miranda Schene, M3 Nick Lind, and M1 Eric Boeshart have all run into the wall, and are on today’s show to tell the tale.







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    Gamifying Medical Education, Ft. Dr. Paulius Mui and Table Rounds

    Gamifying Medical Education, Ft. Dr. Paulius Mui and Table Rounds

    How Gaming Can Help You Learn Medicine Better

    TL;DR

    Rote memorization is part of medical education, but drawing deeper connections between concepts is what makes you a physician.

    Medical school emphasizes finding the correct answer, but when you begin to practice medicine you’ll find that the answers are much more complex than that.

    Although moving from med school to residency can be scary–as with any transition–Paulius found it to be easier than he expected.



    Dr. Paulius Mui is a first-year family medicine resident in Virginia, and a long-time listener (since before med school!). He wrote to Dave not long ago because he had published a game called Table Rounds. It’s a game he and his friends in med school had made up, and now he’s working to bring it into the world as an actual product.



    Paulius sent Dave a copy of the game, and M1s AJ Chowdhury, Alex Belzer, Nolan Redetzke, and M4 Joyce Wahba play the game. Players use cards–each with a medical term or concept on it–to draw connections between them. The connections can be deep or they can be spurious, but if you can make your case you’re a winner. But perhaps more importantly, it’s a game that you can make your own, coming up with rules that make it even more interesting and helpful.



    Paulius also gives his advice to Joyce, who’s about to start her residency in Emergency Medicine, and discusses his first-year as a resident beginning while the pandemic raged.



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    The New Medical Student: Tips and Tricks from First-Years

    The New Medical Student: Tips and Tricks from First-Years

    A new group of co-hosts, all M1s, discuss what it’s been like to start medical school (in a pandemic).







    TL;DR







    * We discuss what our new co-hosts, all M1s, learned about themselves and med school this year.* Did they prepare or study before they started school in the fall?* And very important: what flatulence schedule would they prefer?















    Steph Rodriguez, Zain Mehdi, Martin Goree, and Carl Skoog are approaching the end of that stressful first year of medical school.  Dave seized the opportunity to talk about the things many incoming students might want to know about starting medical school in the coming year.  We talk about whether to prepare before school starts, what sacrifices they feel they made to study medicine, what they’ve struggle with and what was easier than expected, and whether in the midst of a lot more online learning than they were used to, did they find their people among their classmates.   







    Dave likes getting to know people, so he also posed some Would You Rather questions in the hopes of revealing things about his new co-hosts.







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    Requiem for a Meme: Yahoo! Answers will close

    Requiem for a Meme: Yahoo! Answers will close

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!















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    * Should Victoria also get a law degree to facilitate a career in health policy?* Shea sends feedback on our recent discussion of options for unmatched MD Seniors* We practice answering patient questions with a straight face by visiting Yahoo! Answers for what might be the last time!







    The Big News in medical education is that a valuable resource for practicing patient interactions and understanding their concerns is shutting down. That’s right, Yahoo! has decided to shut down it’s beloved, if deeply sad, site that allows people like Dave to post their urgent health-related questions. Will they flock to Quora? Who knows, but for now M4s Sophia Williams-Perez and Marisa Evers, M3 Annie Rempel, and M2 Eric Boeshart celebrate its impact on medical school podcasts with some new questions and revisit some old favs.







    Listener Victoria writes in wondering whether an MD/JD degree is right for a health-policy focused career. We can help, and we start by noting that no-one has signed up for this dual degree option at our school in several years.







    And listener Shea fact checks (with love!) our recent discussion of options for unmatched senior MDs.







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    • 53 min
    Is Your Affective Presence Killing Your Dream?

    Is Your Affective Presence Killing Your Dream?

    You can have the best scores and grade, but personality counts







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    * Affective presence is the lasting and stable impressions your interaction partners get from you.* Your scores and grades only get you in the door.* It’s your personality that makes you a medical student, and later, a doctor.  So make sure you’re giving off the right vibes!* Listener Kalmen reminds us of a paths for some students who don’t match.















    Dave continues his ruminations about why a very few people don’t match into residency.  He thinks that some of those people (who weren’t the victims of luck or strategic errors) were burdened by a negative affective presence–the feelings that others have about interpersonal interactions with them.







    Which brings up (at least) two questions:  how do you know if people have a negative impression of your affective presence?  And even if you do notice, how do you fix it?  M4 Holly Conger, M3 Emma Barr, and M1s Albert Pedroza and Rick Gardner help him hash it out.







    And reacting to Dave’s other concerns about graduating students having additional paths if they don’t match, listener Kalmen writes in to theshortcoats@gmail.com to point out that some states do have such a path.  These states offer licensing for so-called associate or assistant physicians. Aside from the confusing name of this kind of practitioner, Dave is down with that because he just wants everyone to be happy.  But many–including Holly–aren’t so sure.







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    Seizing the Moment: How COVID Could Change Healthcare, ft. Shantanu Mundy, MD

    Seizing the Moment: How COVID Could Change Healthcare, ft. Shantanu Mundy, MD

    COVID stressed healthcare but showed us a better future.







    TL;DR







    * COVID revealed what’s broken in healthcare, and also offers a glimpse of how it can be fixed* Distributed, decentralized and digital isn’t about technology, but about putting patients at the center of healthcare. * Read Dr. Nundy’s book Care After Covid: What the Pandemic Revealed Is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It.







    Care After COVID…by Shantanu Nundy, MD







    This episode is sponsored by Panacea Financial, Member FDIC. Panacea is banking for physicians and medical students!







    Shantanu Nundy, MD, is no stranger to healthcare policy and patient care. He’s a physician, entrepreneur and technologist “passionate about reinventing healthcare for all.” He’s a CMO for a company working to improve health outcomes, a primary care doc in the Washington, DC area, and a lecturer in health policy at the George Washington Milken Institute for Public Health and advisor to the World Bank Group on digital health and innovation.







    So we were grateful that he offered to sit down with Dave, M4 Holly Conger, M1s AJ Chowdhury and Rick Gardner, and M3 Emma Barr to talk about his new book Care After COVID. He shows us a future that COVID has revealed as possible for healthcare if we have the will to make it happen: in which technology is a tool that puts patients at the center of everything physicians and systems do.







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