20 episodes

Anamnesis is a podcast from MedPage Today where health professionals share stories reveling in intangible lessons beyond EMRs and ICD codes. We honor and highlight the humanity and soul of caring for people -- patients and one another. Each episode features 2 or 3 physicians who share their stories around a particular theme with musical interludes from musician doctors and clinicians. In-between-isodes feature reports from recent medical conferences about stories shared there and a brief rundown of top studies and developments.

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Anamnesis is a podcast from MedPage Today where health professionals share stories reveling in intangible lessons beyond EMRs and ICD codes. We honor and highlight the humanity and soul of caring for people -- patients and one another. Each episode features 2 or 3 physicians who share their stories around a particular theme with musical interludes from musician doctors and clinicians. In-between-isodes feature reports from recent medical conferences about stories shared there and a brief rundown of top studies and developments.

    #11 Stolen Identity: Black Sniper, Black Doctor; From Dead Child to Gun Store; Africa Saved Me

    #11 Stolen Identity: Black Sniper, Black Doctor; From Dead Child to Gun Store; Africa Saved Me

    Today, we’re covering the theme Stolen Identity. Because right now, more than ever, with racism on our minds and protests across the country, identity is all about who we are as a country and as healers.
    Because in medicine, we interact with all walks of life – all types of ethnicities, of race, of socioeconomic classes. We see cops and prisoners. We see black and white and every color in between. We see rich, we see poor.
    And in a way, our patients reflect back parts of ourselves, of our own identities.

    Chapter One, Black Sniper, Black Doctor: (2:30) A physician’s collision course with racism and gun violence. Story by Brian Williams, MD.
    Chapter Two, I Had to Move to Africa to Find My Place in Medicine:(15:37) How one doctor disappointed her parents at first but grew into her whole life. Story by Meena Srivastava, DO, MPH.
    Chapter Three, From Another Dead Child to Gun Store: (30:05) A high-achieving doctor considers taking his life. Story by Adam B. Hill, MD.
    Episode produced by Shannon Firth
    Hosted by Amy Ho, MD
    Sound engineering by Greg Laub
    Theme music by Palomar

    • 40 min
    #10 Unbroken: I Was Going to Die; On the Edge of a Cliff; They Called Me Houdini

    #10 Unbroken: I Was Going to Die; On the Edge of a Cliff; They Called Me Houdini

    Undoubtedly these are hard times from the world — and particularly medicine. Like many of you, I’m a front-liner as an ER doctor. And we’re all in the same boat. Some of you may be quarantined, some may be sick, some of you may have your work shut down, while others are overwhelmed.
    These are scary and uncertain times for all and this couldn’t be a better time for this episode of Anamnesis with the theme Unbroken. Because yes, these are trying times, but like you’ve done through trying periods before, you’ll ultimately be Unbroken.

    Chapter One, I Was Going to Die: (2:30) An emergency physician is saved — barely — from drowning in a surfing accident. Story by Matthew Wetschler, MD, MPH.

    Chapter Two, On the Edge of a Cliff : (13:35) A resident gets comfortable taking the plunge. Story by Tolu Kehinde, MD.

    Chapter Three, They Called Me Houdini: (23:55) A nurse falls into a coma after developing what she thought was a stroke. Story by April Braker, RN.
    Episode produced by Elizabeth Hlavinka
    Hosted by Amy Ho, MD
    Sound engineering by Greg Laub
    Theme music by Palomar

    • 33 min
    Inbetweenisode: Women Burned by Quick Fix for Heavy Periods

    Inbetweenisode: Women Burned by Quick Fix for Heavy Periods

    Women burned by 'quick fix' for heavy periods — For many, 5-minute fix is anything but. In this "in-between-isode" of our podcast Anamnesis, MedPage Today's Editor-in-Chief Marty Makary, MD, MPH, interviews Ali Ghomi, MD, a gynecologic surgeon in Buffalo, New York. Ghomi says a quarter of the hysterectomies he performs each year are to treat post-ablation syndrome.
    Episode produced by MedPage Staff
    Hosted and sound engineering by Greg Laub

    • 17 min
    #9 Weaponized: What Killer Mom Taught Me; Body Armor Under White Coat; Patient Gone Wild and Violent

    #9 Weaponized: What Killer Mom Taught Me; Body Armor Under White Coat; Patient Gone Wild and Violent

    We’re not talking about weapons like scalpels or the other pointy things we wield all of the time. We’re talking Weaponized like violence against physicians, safety in healthcare, and our interactions with crime and the penal system we encounter through our patients.
    Unfortunately, you don’t have to look far to find stories of violence in our practices.

    Chapter One, Mom Who Killed Kids Made Me a Better Physician: (3:20) A woman who killed her children made an impression on this young doctor. Story by Ronil Shah, MD.

    Chapter Two, Body Armor Under White Coat: (16:52) After a patient makes credible physical threats, a doctor decides to buy a Kevlar vest. Was he overreacting? Story by David Kim, MD.

    Chapter Three, My Patient Gone Wild and Violent: (25:30) The police didn’t help when this osteopath was dealing with a violent patient. Story by Faith Quenzer, DO.

    Episode produced by Nicole Lou
    Hosted by Amy Ho, MD
    Sound engineering by Greg Laub
    Theme music by Palomar

    • 38 min
    Inbetweenisode, Bottle of Lies: Is that a Centipede I See in My Capsule??

    Inbetweenisode, Bottle of Lies: Is that a Centipede I See in My Capsule??

    So, you think the FDA is closely regulating all those generic drugs? Think again. Can you handle the truth? In this “in-between-isode” MedPage's new Editor-in-Chief Marty Makary, MD, MPH, interviews author Katherine Eban about her recently published book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom.
    Episode produced by MedPage Staff
    Hosted and sound engineering by Greg Laub

    • 34 min
    #8 I Quit: Dying for the Fifth Time; Why I Fled the Country; My Baby, My Nightmare

    #8 I Quit: Dying for the Fifth Time; Why I Fled the Country; My Baby, My Nightmare

    "I Quit," means many things in medicine. Sometimes it means literally why we quit medicine -- because sometimes we do.

    It could mean why we quit something else to go into medicine -- because we have plenty of those as well. It could mean our patients saying "I quit" -- and us either supporting them in that or helping to show them the light. For me, I think I've personally cycled through all of those -- had moments where I wanted to quit, had moments where I did quit, and moments where I both helped patients quit or got them to not. And I’m sure you have too.

    No matter how you take it, "Quitting isn't for quitters, or losers," as the old saying goes. Quitting is sometimes the right decision and sometimes just a part of life.

    Chapter One. Dying for the Fifth Time: (2:10) David chases his own cure for a rare condition and ends up on a mission for many others. Story by David Fajgenbaum, MD.

    Chapter Two. Why I Fled the Country: (13:55) When a hospital acquisition forces Joseph into an untenable position, he ends up having to leave the country. Story by Joseph Wiedermann, MD.

    Chapter Three. My MD, My Baby, My Nightmare: (25:32) When Sapna, a new mother and fresh doctor, cuts herself and is exposed to HIV, she goes into emotional hiding. Story by Sapna Kudchadkar, MD.

    Episode produced by Kristina Fiore
    Hosted by Amy Ho, MD
    Sound engineering by Greg Laub
    Theme music by Palomar

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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58 Ratings

Scubadoc16 ,

excellent podcast

Thank you so much for doing this podcast. It helps me be a better doctor and feel connected to others in my "tribe" of healers.

AnotherBurntOutDoc ,

Therapeutic!

I wish I had found this or something similar, before I completely burned out and stopped seeing patients. I still would have changed my career role ( I now have a purely administrative role, which I love.). But I believe this type of podcast would have helped with my understanding of these types of aspects in medicine. So nice to hear physicians discuss struggles, fears, as well as victories, and how patients actually impact the doctor personally. Keep up the excellent work!

lwk3 ,

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