12 episodes

Behind the White Coat is a podcast where we learn about the stories of people underrepresented in medicine through a series of conversations. My conversations range anywhere from talking with doctors to first year medical students. Regardless if you are already a med student, doctor, or have never even thought about going into medicine you will be able to connect with these stories and gain some insight on the people who make up the medical field.The podcast is produced in partnership with the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and David DesRoches, director of community programming.

Behind the White Coat Erick Melara

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Behind the White Coat is a podcast where we learn about the stories of people underrepresented in medicine through a series of conversations. My conversations range anywhere from talking with doctors to first year medical students. Regardless if you are already a med student, doctor, or have never even thought about going into medicine you will be able to connect with these stories and gain some insight on the people who make up the medical field.The podcast is produced in partnership with the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio, and David DesRoches, director of community programming.

    Dr. Bruno Fernandes MD/PhD

    Dr. Bruno Fernandes MD/PhD

    Dr. Bruno Fernandes is an ophthalmologist who also holds a PhD in visual sciences. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and is a 4 time World Champion as well as a 4 time Pan-American Champion. He is also know as the grappling coach of former UFC Champion George St. Pierre and even promoting him to black belt.
    Key talking points:

    Don't be afraid to start new things and suck at them.

    Myths and misconceptions of martial arts.

    Getting out of your comfort zone.

    Don't fall into the trap of believing you have to dedicate 100% of your time to your career.

    Having a life outside of medicine is not only possible but necessary.

    How leaders often forget how it was when they first started.


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    • 55 min
    Dr. Glenn Wakam, MD

    Dr. Glenn Wakam, MD

    Dr. Glenn Wakam is a 5th year general surgery resident at the University of Michigan. Prior to this  he attended Princeton University for his undergraduate degree where he played football for the Tigers . He then attended the University of California, San Francisco for medical school.
    In this episode we will be talking about Dr. Wakam’s journey into medicine, why representation in medicine matters and also about his experience of taking care of dying covid patients at the beginning of pandemic, who were disproportionately minorities.  
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    • 35 min
    Dr. Robert Krell, MD

    Dr. Robert Krell, MD

    Dr. Robert Krell. A Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a child survivor of the Holocaust, and has devoted his life to the treatment of holocaust survivors and their families. Dr. Krell was born in The Hague, Holland on 5 August 1940. He survived the war hiding with the Munnik family and returned to his parents, who had also survived in hiding.
    In 1951, the Krells moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and Dr. Krell earned his medical degree from The University of British Columbia in 1965 and completed his psychiatric training at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and also Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
    In his private practice, Dr. Krell treated Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as Dutch survivors of Japanese concentration camps.
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    • 59 min
    Annie Hoang

    Annie Hoang

    Annie Hoang is a medical student at the University of California San Francisco and is from Jersey City and will also be receiving her MPH at Harvard. She was born to Amerasian parents who came to the US under the Amerasian Homecoming Act. Annie received a degree in Molecular Cell Developmental Biology at Yale with a full-ride scholarship and was the first in her family to even attend kindergarten. In this episode, Annie talks to me about her journey to medical school, dealing with imposter syndrome, and what she calls luck in applying to Yale.
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    • 34 min
    Dr. Gezzer Ortega, MD,MPH

    Dr. Gezzer Ortega, MD,MPH

    Dr. Ortega talks to us a little bit about his background and the importance of diversity and mentorship in medicine especially for those underrepresented in medicine.
    He is a Brooklyn native, born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic.
    Dr. Ortega went to Syracuse University for his bachelors degree and went on to receive his M.D. at Howard school of medicine where he also did his residency in general surgery. He also received a master’s of public health John Hopkins Bloomberg school of public health.
    He is currently the Lead Faculty for Research and Innovation for Equitable Surgical Care at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
    Dr. Ortega is a Co-Founder of the Latino Surgical Society, which aims to cultivate, nurture, and support the advancement of Latino surgeons.
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    • 38 min
    US Army CPT Greg Galeazzi

    US Army CPT Greg Galeazzi

    4th year Harvard medical student and retired U.S. Army Captain Gregory Galeazzi talks to me about leadership, people with disabilities, and going from patient to now future provider. Captain Galeazzi earned his Army Ranger tab in 2008 and was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. In May of 2011 Greg was hit by an IED and lost both of legs above the knee and part of his right arm. Greg's resiliency took him back to night classes to pursue a new found passion: medicine.
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    • 1 hr 13 min

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