10 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 will focus 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

    • Medicine
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

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 will focus 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. 8 Flibanserin: Viagra's less popular little sister

    Ep. 8 Flibanserin: Viagra's less popular little sister

    Chances are you’ve probably heard of the “ little blue pill” that gives men erections almost like magic. But have you ever heard of Flibanserin? This “female Viagra” is the topic of this week’s episode, where we start with a little science and biology but of course get into some history, learning about Erectile Dysfunction, Female Sexual Dysfunction and how their histories differ so vastly. Ranging from Mesopotamian spells that men used to cast on each other to ward off virility-stealers to the DSM-V and how its use and misuse affects women’s mental and sexual health to this day. In our Feminist Corner, we discuss the concept of “normal”, especially in the context of sexual dysfunction, and what the “Charmed Circle” is as well as how it’s used to understand sex in larger circles of society. Flibanserin deserves more of a role in the spotlight, so that’s exactly what we’re giving her!

    • 47 min
    Ep. 7 Henrietta Lacks and HeLa: One in the Same

    Ep. 7 Henrietta Lacks and HeLa: One in the Same

    Have you ever had someone take something from you without asking? Bet it was pretty annoying huh? Now, have you ever had anyone take cells from your cervix without your consent? Probably not. But Henrietta Lacks has. In 1951, Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her cells were taken without consent to create the first immortal cell line. From these cells, numerous medical discoveries were made and various unethical practices took place. This episode will discuss the life of Henrietta, the implications of the immortal HeLa cell line, and the importance of informed consent and respecting patients and their families. Additionally, we talk about research practices involving cell lines and minorities in medicine. Through the episode we hope to open up conversations around ethical research and medical practice while also giving listeners a space to learn about Henrietta and honor both her life and cells.

    • 52 min
    Ep. 6 Women as Medical Students: Time for a Takeover

    Ep. 6 Women as Medical Students: Time for a Takeover

    Think about the first time you heard about a woman being a doctor? Maybe you were 4 years old and your doctor mom came home with a stethoscope around her neck or maybe you were 12 and heard about your brother’s best friend’s sister getting into medical school. Regardless, women in your life and around the world have been training to become physicians for centuries. But how has medical education for women evolved over time? In this episode, we dive into the history of women as medical students in the U.S. Along the way, we cover what 19th century medical education even involved (we’re talkin curriculum, pre-reqs, cost and more), the rise and fall of all-female medical colleges, and what social conditions finally led women to say enough is enough. Something changed to make women the majority of medical students in our country today...join us as we try to figure out what!

    • 50 min
    Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 2: The Seventh Wonder

    Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 2: The Seventh Wonder

    Sorry to cut you off! Hopefully everyone had a good mid-episode break and are refreshed for Part 2. To start off Part 2, we give a teeny tiny history of second wave feminism and the importance of this movement in relation to the birth control pill. Which speaking of, do you know how the pill has affected society and our culture? I promise, it will surprise you. After finishing up the history, we jump headfirst into one of our most complex Feminist Corner discussions yet! Join us as we discuss the implications of the relationship between church & state and how to identify our own biases. Additionally, we talk about how to be an advocate for women’s health rights and share a personal birth control story. What’s your reason for taking birth control?

    Check out fromskirtstoscrubs.com under Episode 5 for resources on how to access birth control in your area.

    To learn more about why various women take birth control and participate in the #mybirthcontrolreason movement, check out our instagram (@fromskirtstoscrubs) for stories and posts!

    • 37 min
    Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 1: The Seventh Wonder

    Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 1: The Seventh Wonder

    Before modern medicine, what lengths would you resort to in an attempt to not get pregnant? Well men and women throughout history pushed the limits on what qualified as birth control. In Part 1 of this episode we laugh and joke as we learn the methods of birth control used by people across time and civilizations. But hey if it works, it works right? Maybe not… After our world tour of birth control, we follow the timeline of the creation of the birth control pill and birth control advocacy in the United States. Do you know the amazing woman who pioneered this section of history? Well, join us this week to learn her name, some various ancient birth methods, and modern contraceptive history! After listening, be sure to listen to Part 2 to finish the full episode!

    Check out fromskirtstoscrubs.com under Episode 5 for resources on how to access birth control in your area.

    To learn more about why various women take birth control and participate in the #mybirthcontrolreason movement, check out our instagram (@fromskirtstoscrubs) for stories and posts!

    • 39 min
    Ep. 4 Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy: Remember Their Names

    Ep. 4 Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy: Remember Their Names

    Human experimentation has had a long, dark history in the practice of medicine, with people of color being the subjects far too often. This week, we discuss the lives of Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, three of the ten enslaved Black women subjected to the gynecological experiments of Dr. J. Marion Sims, an Antebellum physician. Learn about why he was experimenting on these women, what these women endured and what the outcomes of his experiments mean for us today. Also be sure to stick around for our Feminist Corner discussion, where we are joined by Dr. Diana Louis a professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan, as she discusses the concept of intersectionality with us and how we can use it as a tool to better understand our own lives as women and women in healthcare.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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15 Ratings

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Amazing podcast!

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Highlighting issues of social justice, feminism, and medicine, this podcast is exactly what the world needs right now. The hosts’ friendly conversation style and their intelligent minds give the perfect mix of easily understandable & highly informative episodes. I’d give it 6/5 stars if I could!

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