Interviews with Osteopathic physicians on how their trials and tribulations got them to where they are! Geared towards osteopathic students but also for all healthcare students, pre-medical students, practicing physicians as well as anyone else interested in medicine. Team: Amir Khiabani, Courtney Merlo, Asiyah Rahman, Tiffany Carlson, Celine Tran, Madli Vahtra, Nick Buskill, Heidi Dreher, Thomas Jasionowski
Episode 45: Jim McKenzie D.O. Psychiatrist
Today we will be speaking with Dr. Jim MacKenzie, a child psychiatrist in Chicago. Dr. MacKenzie graduated from the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Loyola University followed by a fellowship in child psychiatry at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He then went on to practice academic medicine, but recently transitioned much of his time to focus on political advocacy. He is currently working to expand the scope of practice of family medicine physicians to include psychiatric care. As you will soon see, Dr. MacKenzie demonstrates how intelligent and thoughtful psychiatrists can be. If you haven’t considered a career in psychiatry, after listening to his interview about topics ranging from autism to how a pizza party changed his life, I know you will be inspired to reconsider.
Episode 44: Edith Waskel OMS-IV. and Edward Ng OMS-IV SOMA & COSGP
For our 4th and final Osteopathic Medicine Month episode, we had the pleasure to host Student Doctor Edith Waskel, OMS-IV, and Student Doctor Edward Ng, OMS-IV, MS. Edie and Ed are current fourth year osteopathic medical students and soon-to-be graduates of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WU-COMP) in Pomona, California. Successfully beating the odds and couples matching to the University of Illinois-Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency program, they will begin their physician journey as emergency medicine interns this July.
Connected to the mind, body, spirit approach of osteopathic medicine, a career as an osteopathic physician was a natural choice for Edie. As she entered medical school, she quickly recognized her passion for healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy and entered into leadership roles within the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) – currently serving as the student representative on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees. In this position, Edie has worked alongside Kevin Klauer, D.O., EJD, current CEO of the AOA, to help eliminate any remaining osteopathic medical student discrimination students may have encountered when applying to away rotations and residencies – a huge success for the osteopathic profession. Additionally, enthusiastic about social medicine, she has also served as the National SOMA Community Outreach Director and on the SOMA Resolutions Committee to help amplify the osteopathic medical student voice.
Also aligning with his healthcare philosophy, Ed chose to pursue a career as an osteopathic physician over the allopathic route – with a bonus that WU-COMP was close to home. As a first generation American and college student, Ed’s connection to medicine grew from his humble roots and desire to serve others. Like Edie, Ed chose to pursue medical school leadership positions focused on healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy. As a medical student, Ed served on the American Association of Osteopathic Medicine’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents – overseeing the Mental Health Awareness Task Force. In this position, he helped to organize the Osteopathic Medical Student Day of Wellness dedicated to bringing recognition to the mental health challenges medical students face and stopping the stigma associated with mental health. Similarly to Edie, he also worked to pass osteopathic medical policy, to help further and better the profession, as an alternate voting delegate at the 2019 American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates.
As they enter into the next stage of their osteopathic medical career, Edie and Ed are excited for their future together as emergency medicine residents in Chicago, IL – and hopefully, with a puppy. Tune in to learn more about their experience with the NRMP couple’s match, healthcare policy and osteopathic political advocacy, and their advice for students pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine.
Edited by Nicholas Buskill
Episode 43: Tyree Winters D.O. Pediatrician & Associate Program Director
For our 3rd Osteopathic Medicine Month episode, we had the honor to host pediatrician Dr. Tyree Winters, DO, FACOP, FAAP. Dr. Winters is both the Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director and the 3rd year medical student Pediatric Clerkship Director at Goryeb Children’s Hospital.,
Dr. Winters is committed to community pediatrics and child advocacy, and maintains a special interest in helping youth combat obesity. To that end, he created a dance exercise program called, “Hip Hop with a Doc” for kids and adopted the moniker, Dr. Tye.
Tune in to learn more about Dr. Winter’s path to pediatrics, passion for osteopathic medicine, and advice to students intent on pursuing a career as an osteopathic pediatrician.
Edited by Nicholas Buskill
Episode 42: Gerard Baltazar D.O. Critical Care Surgeon
On today’s episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Gerard Baltazar, who, I will be working with in the future at my residency. Dr. Baltazar is a trauma and intensive care surgeon at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Baltazar obtained his undergraduate degree in biology and fine arts from Georgetown University and his D.O. degree from Touro University in 2007.
He completed his general surgical residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and finished a fellowship in trauma and surgical critical care at Rutgers University Hospital in Newark, NJ. He has received several regional, state and national awards for scientific research, writing and community service. His research interests include traumatic brain injury, international medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment for surgical patients. He has volunteered for surgical missions on three continents and was the recipient of the 2015 Oriens Award from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Before joining NYU Long Island School of Medicine, Dr. Baltazar was the Director of Surgical Critical Care at a safety-net hospital in the Bronx.
Episode 41: Jason Haxton M.A., DO (h.c.) Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine
Welcome to the first episode in our series highlighting physicians for Osteopathic Awareness Month. T oday we interview Jason Haxton, who has been awarded an "honorary D.O." because of his role as the director of the museum of osteopathic medicine in Kirksville, MO. for the past 20 years. Today he will share with us some of the fascinating history of osteopathy.
The collections of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine include more than 80,000 objects, photographs, documents, and books dating from the early 1800s to the present (focused mainly on 1870–1940). The core of the collection consists of artifacts from the founder of osteopathy, A. T. Still's professional and private life, most of them donated by Dr. Still's daughter and members of her family.
Since the founding of the Museum in 1934, other family members, DOs, and Museum supporters have donated many additional artifacts that reflect the ongoing history of the osteopathic profession. The research collections of the International Center for Osteopathic History (ICOH) also include many former holdings of the A.T. Still Memorial Library, for which the Museum assumed responsibility in 1997. Of note, when we interviewed Dr. Darnita Anderson Hill last month, author of Blacks in Osteopathic Medicine, An idea whos time has comes, she found the resources of the museum invaluable to her writings. We hope you enjoy this episode.
Episode 40: National Doctor's Day Advice Compilation
Today, we have a special episode for you in celebration of National Doctor’s Day. For the past 14 months, we have been interviewing osteopathic physicians about their career journeys and experiences. We like to ask them about the best advice they have for students entering the field of medicine. Today, we have compiled for you some of the most valuable advice we have heard from our guests to help motivate you through YOUR journey in medicine. We hope you enjoy.
Created and Edited by Madli Vahtra
As a pre-med student this podcast has really helped show me all the opportunities and kinds of specialities there are. Keep making the great content!
Great podcast, but...
I’ve listened to a few episodes now and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I was excited to see an episode with a physician, Dr. Kozlowski, who attended Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma (which is the school I am currently enrolled in). However, when I read the description and heard the introduction I was deeply disappointed. The episode states that Tulsa is in Arizona, which is completely wrong, as well as stating that the university is titled “Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine” which is also wrong. It was disappointing to see the errors in both the name of the school as well as the location of the school. A simple google search could have avoided these errors.
So beneficial to Pre-Med students!
This podcast offers such a great opportunity to hear about so many different experiences. No matter what stage each practicing physician is at, they all hold valuable knowledge and I am thankful that it is being shared here!