30 episodes

Join medical students Charlotte Thill (she/her) and Alesha Kotian (she/her) as they navigate what it means to be a woman in the medical field and in their own lives. Each episode focuses on topics in medical history, current events, various health professions, female healthcare pioneers, and more! By analyzing different areas of healthcare and history through a feminist lens, From Skirts To Scrubs hopes to create a space to explore what it means to be a woman in medicine while having some fun along the way!

From Skirts To Scrubs Charlotte Thill and Alesha Kotian

    • Health & Fitness
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Join medical students Charlotte Thill (she/her) and Alesha Kotian (she/her) as they navigate what it means to be a woman in the medical field and in their own lives. Each episode focuses on topics in medical history, current events, various health professions, female healthcare pioneers, and more! By analyzing different areas of healthcare and history through a feminist lens, From Skirts To Scrubs hopes to create a space to explore what it means to be a woman in medicine while having some fun along the way!

    Ep. 26 The Not So Atypical Patient: Women's Heart Health

    Ep. 26 The Not So Atypical Patient: Women's Heart Health

    In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, killing 1 in 5. But how did we get here? Cardiology and heart disease is an extremely well-studied field, yet it still feels like women are being left behind as they die at alarming rates. Join us in this episode to talk about the history of heart disease, why there is a gaping hole in women’s heart research, and the state of women’s heart health today. We will also discuss how to take steps in your own health in working towards preventing cardiovascular disease, as well as how to advocate for yourself at the doctor. The statistics on women’s heart health are shocking, and even a little scary, so we are here to provide some more information and the who, what, why, and how behind these numbers!
    Check out our feminist corner questions!
    Challenge question: What are some goals we all can set in our lives to start down a path for good CVD health?

    • 58 min
    Ep. 25 Women and Ayurvedic Medicine: The Lap that Cradles Civilization

    Ep. 25 Women and Ayurvedic Medicine: The Lap that Cradles Civilization

    Would you consider yourself a fiery person? Grounded? Dynamic? Maybe a combination of the three? If you looked at your health from the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, it would probably be some combination of the three with one aspect being dominant. And this combination would be unique to you! But it would also have an impact on the way you receive medical care. Join us this week as we discuss the practice of Ayurveda, a form of medicine that originates in the Indian subcontinent and is still practiced today. Learn about its history, principles and of course, the way it impacts women. It’ll be a journey you won’t want to miss! 
    Check out our Feminist Corner discussion questions after listening and send us your thoughts! 
    Which dosha do you think you would be dominant in?How does ayurveda differ from other homeopathic practices and how is it similar? How does ayurvedic medicine and the ways it was used to understand women differ from how maybe American or Western medicine understands the biologically female body?

    • 48 min
    Ep. 24 The "Classical" Woman: Ancient Theories of Female Anatomy

    Ep. 24 The "Classical" Woman: Ancient Theories of Female Anatomy

    In a time when most anatomy theories were based on animals, not humans, it's not surprising that ancient physicians may have gotten a fact or two wrong. But it is truly impressive how a single theory can incorrectly span the entire female anatomy. Gotta respect the hustle I guess. In this episode we are talking about ancient theories of female anatomy from general anatomy, to the breasts, to the uterus, to a mystery vein, and more! We will discuss a number of theories involving female anatomy and ancient medicine, as well as debunk said theories. Then we will talk about how these theories have created an inherent bias in the anatomy curriculum today that can affect future provider practices and patient care. Join us in this episode to have some fun and laughs while learning these ancient theories, then stay along to discuss how to positively approach female anatomy today!

    Feminist Corner Questions!

    -- Thoughts/if you had to pick one theory, which one would be your favorite?

    -- What was your experience learning female anatomy in medical school? Can you describe it for us and how it applies to the story we just heard?

    -- Do you see in medicine today any theories that perpetuate ideas that women are inherently ‘lesser’ than men?

    • 54 min
    Ep. 23 Too Tough & Not Enough: Trans Women in Sports

    Ep. 23 Too Tough & Not Enough: Trans Women in Sports

    The issue of trans women in sports is absolutely not a new one, but has recently been in the headlines of many news stories over the last couple of years. This week, we dive into the history of trans girls in sports, looking at the background of gender divisions in sports, how gender binaries have played into the dynamics that we see today and big changes that have occurred over the years that have led us to this point. We then get into the present, talking about salient news stories and events that have brought the topic of trans girls in sports back to the forefront of discussion. Join us this week to get a historical perspective on the topic and gain information to hopefully have a discussion with someone else about it!

    ALSO, for Pride month we have a CALL TO ACTION. Support the Equality Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in all 50 states. Here are some ways you can!!

    * Add your name to the Human Rights Campaign’s petition against anti-trans legislation: https://act.hrc.org/page/75829/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=sm_adv_asm_transFeb21&_ga=2.90768924.788472483.1624303255-1616242685.1623797449 ( https://act.hrc.org/page/75829/petition/1?_ga=2.90768924.788472483.1624303255-1616242685.1623797449&ea.tracking.id=sm_adv_asm_transFeb21 )
    * Send an email to your senator supporting the equality act: https://act.hrc.org/page/76832/action/1?chain&ea.tracking.id=ot_adv_AC_EA2021 ( https://act.hrc.org/page/76832/action/1?chain=&ea.tracking.id=ot_adv_AC_EA2021 )
    * Sign these petitions: https://www.change.org/p/support-the-equality-act , https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-the-petition-demand-congress-pass-the-equality-act , https://donate.glaad.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=147&autologin=true&s_subsrc=2106VPSMXXXX&utm_source=2106VPSMXXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=fy21summerofequality ( https://donate.glaad.org/site/Advocacy?autologin=true&cmd=display&id=147&page=UserAction&s_subsrc=2106VPSMXXXX&utm_campaign=fy21summerofequality&utm_medium=web&utm_source=2106VPSMXXXX )
    * Be a community co-sponsor: https://act.hrc.org/page/76326/data/1?chain&ea.tracking.id=or_gnr_hrc_EqActCtr ( https://act.hrc.org/page/76326/data/1?chain=&ea.tracking.id=or_gnr_hrc_EqActCtr )
    * Donate: https://give.thetrevorproject.org/give/330001/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=pride2021&c_src2=headerDonate , ( https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org/donate-now/ ) https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org/donate-now/

    Check out our Feminist Corner discussion questions after listening and send us your thoughts!

    * Women’s sports are already viewed in a certain light. How do you think that has impacted the way that trans girls are viewed in sports?
    * There is a hyper focus on trans women in sports and there’s almost no talk about trans men. Why do you think that is?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 22 The Rest Cure: Prescribed Torture?

    Ep. 22 The Rest Cure: Prescribed Torture?

    When you go to the doctor with a psychiatric concern, you would expect them to hear you out and find the treatment regimen that is right for you. But in 1800s Victorian America, this wasn’t exactly the case. Neurologist Dr. Mitchell created the “Rest Cure” for his patients that required women to lay completely still for almost two straight months. A patient undergoing this treatment wasn’t allowed to move a single muscle, feed themselves, or stand up to use the bathroom. After a while, this treatment slowly starts to look a little like torture even. Join us in this episode to learn the ins and outs of the rest cure, what a patient went through during this treatment, and how it was a reflection of medical thought at the time. After discussing this cure, we speak at length about the idea of a ‘rest cure’ in modern times, and how resting can be either beneficial or dismissive in medicine today.

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    Check out our Feminist Corner questions below!

    Time and time again we see patient’s entire health attributed to their uterus and reproductive health, which is interesting because today, so many women use their OB/GYN as their primary care provider. Do you think this idea of reproductive health encompassing all (or part of) a women's health is still relevant today?

    Patients who face chronic illness and chronic fatigue today are often told ‘just rest, go home’ as a treatment for their condition, as if their symptoms are not real or they are just overworked. How does this concept today relate to the rest cure? Should we be rethinking how we tell patients to rest?

    • 57 min
    Ep. 21 Dr. Margaret Chung: Certified Boss Mom

    Ep. 21 Dr. Margaret Chung: Certified Boss Mom

    What’s the ideal number of kids you would have, if any? Two? Ten? Well how about adopting thousands of grown men as your “sons”. That’s essentially what Dr. Margaret Chung did and it is one of the many reasons we are sharing her story in this episode. Dr. Chung was the first Asian-American female physician in the United States and she grew up during a time not so different from our present day, where Asians in America were scapegoated and punished simply for existing. Join us as we learn about Margaret, her rise from rancher to plastic surgeon to business owner to “mother” of thousands of American military men in World War II. This is a story you won’t want to miss!

    Check out our Feminist Corner discussion questions after listening and send us your thoughts! 

    * Some say that Margaret Chung was beyond her time, what time period or generation do you think you’d want to live in/were meant to be in?
    * How do you feel the model minority myth played into or didn’t play into Margaret’s life story?

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

sunnynaps ,

my FAVORITE podcast

this is one of my all time favorite podcasts. are you interested in medical history from an intersectional feminist lens? this is the podcast for you!! it is accessible and fun. give it a listen!

achitale1 ,

Love it!

Very informative and engaging! Feels like a great mix of personal conversation and professional discussion. I also love the range of topics under the “women in medicine” umbrella! Keep up the great work Alesha and Charlotte

Anirudh Chitale ,

Love it!

Very informative and engaging! Feels like a great mix of personal conversation and professional discussion. I also love the range of topics under the “women in medicine” umbrella! Keep up the great work Alesha and Charlotte

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