A podcast dedicated to encouraging medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to share their personal stories and experiences, as well as add their voices to important discussions around life, medicine, justice, and society. | Host: Habeeb Suara (M3, Ohio State COM) | Logo Design: Gabrielle Patterson | Music Producer: JP Dorval | Instagram & Twitter: @a2o_podcast
Muslim Women & Medicine feat. Dr. Rana Elgazzar
(Recorded in March 2021)
On this week's episode, an episode release long overdue featuring then M4 (now PGY-1 at Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Residency) Rana Elgazzar. Here her talk about her experiences growing up in Tennessee, being a Muslim woman in medicine, and Rana & Habeeb's QI project around Improving Obstetric Care for Muslim Women!
Interview: IntroductionWho is Rana Elgazzar? How did you get to where you are sitting right now?UpbringingHigh SchoolCollege/Pre-MedMedical SchoolDiscussion: Muslims & MedicineWhat is it like being Muslim in clinical spaces (either as provider and/or patient)? What is it like as a hijabi to interact with patients and colleagues who may have preconceived notions of you (or you should be)?What kind of issues have you seen or been involved in that deal with Muslim patients?Discussion: Caring for Muslim PatientsTell us about your quality improvement project: “Improving Obstetric Care for Muslim Patients”; how did it start? What kind of work did you do? What were the results?There are often many ethical concerns that come to play when caring for Muslim patients. Specifically, questions often arise about discrimination, preferential treatment, and whether accomodations are even possible. What do you think about these issues? Are there practical ways that such issues can be tackled? Ending10 years from now: where can we find you?Where can we follow you?
Keeping It in the Family (w/ Aisha Suara)
Our guest for this episode is Aisha Suara, a fourth year medical student at Vanderbilt Medical School, fellow A2O team member, and Habeeb's younger sister; listen to her talk about her journey to medicine, and what health equity and primary care mean to her. Habeeb & Aisha also trade embarrassing stories from growing up and going to school together; you don't want to miss it!
Who is Aisha Suara?
How did you get to where you are sitting right now?
Upbringing (Ethnic Background, Values, Influences/Role Models, etc.)
High School (Challenges, Formative Experiences, etc.)
College/Pre-Med (Motivations for pursuing medical school, challenges, etc.)
Interview Topic #1: The Health Equity Lens
What does health equity mean to you?
How do you think your upbringing in rural Tennessee impacted your view of health equity and your goals as a physician?
Interview Topic #2: Primary Care: Med-Peds vs. Family Medicine
How did you choose med-peds as your medical specialty?
How would you compare/contrast med-peds to family medicine? What about med-peds you to choose it as your way of providing primary care to patients instead of family medicine?
What do you think about the perception of primary care as “easy” or “boring”?
How do you plan to embody the principles of health equity into your career as a PCP?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where can we find you?
Where can we follow you?
Medicine, Leadership, and Service (w/ Dr. Janice Bonsu)
****recorded in March 2021****
This episode features Dr. Janice Bonsu, a recent graduate of The Ohio State College of Medicine. Soon after this recording, she became a PGY-1 in orthopedic surgery at Emory College of Medicine, where she is the first Black woman to become a part of their program! Hear her discuss the various major academic leadership positions she's held, the lessons she's learned along the way, and how she plans to pay it forward.
Interview: IntroductionWho are you? How did you get to where you are sitting right now?UpbringingHigh SchoolCollege/Pre-MedMedical SchoolInterview Topic #2: LeadershipWhat does leadership mean to you?You have held many esteemed leadership roles, many of which have given you the opportunity to be an advocate that many, especially minorities are not privy to; can you take us through your leadership journey and some of the cool opportunities you've been able to have?What perspectives do you feel are often missing in rooms and spaces of leadership? (i.e. seats at the table)Interview Topic #3: Military Service Question #1: Can you tell us more about your enlisting in the Air Force? What motivated you to serve your country?Question #2: What did the Match mean for you?ConclusionWhere do you see yourself in 10 years? Where can we find you?Where can we follow you?
Season 2 is officially LIVE! Listen to Habeeb reflect on his recent match in Family Medicine and what things to expect for Season 2 of the show!
Keep That Same Energy (COVID & Fight for Black Lives)
In this audio recording of a recent interview about the COVID-19 Pandemic and recent events around police brutality and the movement for Black Lives, Habeeb offers his personal reflections on the past few months:
What living at home with a city councilwoman taught himWhy we should reframe our ideas on what's truly possible for our societyWhy we must keep the same energy in support of Black lives, equity, and diversityThe importance of being advocates and putting pressure on our leadersWhy medicine is not life - and finding what's really important in our livesYou can find a video excerpt on YouTube here, and the full video on Instagram Live here:
Introducing the Class of 2020 (Part 2 w/ Dr. Emmanuel Boateng & Dr. Shari Dunaway)
On our SEASON FINALE, we talked with recent grads Dr. Emmanuel Boateng (Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt) and Dr. Shari Dunaway (Neurology, Ohio State). Hear them talk about their journeys to medical school, their hottest takes on medical education and the COVID response, and their shoutouts to all of the people who have helped make their dreams of becoming a physician a reality.
Introduction: Personal Introduction: Who are you? Tell us about Your upbringingYour pre-medical journey & how you got to med schoolYour specialty choiceMOM I MADE IT! - Med School & Your Personal JourneyHow does it feel to be officially employed? To be living out the dream you’ve worked for for so long?How do you compare the person you were at white coat ceremony - to the person you are?What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started medical school?Hot TakesMedical EducationGive me your hottest take on medical education - Pre-clinicals, Step 1 & 2, Life on the Wards, etc. - what do you think needs to change about the way we educate future physicians?COVID-19 - On The Front LinesDid you choose to graduate early? Why or Why not?What are your thoughts - as official medical professionals now - on the roles medical professionals have been playing?Shoutouts & Thank YousWho are the people who have been with you on this journey? Who are the people that you have been on this journey for?
Best podcast for pre-med inspiration.
Great stories! Looking forward to more episodes.