In this podcast we invite you to listen in on the real-life stories of clinicians and patients. In these interviews, our guests reflect on their experiences and share with all of us their insights and suggestions for how to navigate our complex U.S. healthcare system
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The Future of Medicine
Dr. Eugene Kim will never forget the words of a woman with stage IV cancer that he met during medical school, “Remember my face,” the patient said, “when you have a tough day in the hospital because you have changed my life.” In the final podcast of the 2018-2019 season, Drs. Eugene and Mackenzi Kim tell us about being newly minted medical doctors and how tomorrow, they will begin the next phase of their clinical training as residents. “Having those moments of connection with patients where you know you made an impact on them, and they made an impact on you…” is what Mackenzi recalls as one of the reasons she went into medicine. Mackenzi adds, “I love science and I love people…the perfect marriage of the two”. In this podcast, Eugene and Mackenzi share with us why the chose their particular specialties, tips for other clinicians working with residents, and some of the reasons we should all ask for a resident during our next medical visit. One of the reasons: it’s a two-for-one deal!
Three Ways to Deliver
This week’s podcast guest knows a thing or two about delivery. Having delivered three children using three different methods—including a breech baby and ECV (version) procedure—Jackie shares her experiences regarding labor and delivery. From a private birthing suite with a midwife to a team of 10 obstetricians and nurses in a teaching hospital, Jackie provides listeners with tips for recovery after a C-section, reasons to consider a VBAC, questions to ask at your next OB/GYN visit (e.g., use of pitocin), conversations about your birthing partner’s role during the delivery, and how to have a dialogue with your clinical team in preparation for your upcoming birth.
The Backseat Driver
Sixteen-year-old Tess vividly remembers the day she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. “I’m scared…I think I’m terminally ill…my life is entirely different.” As a teenager, she longs for independence and wants to manage her illness on her own; she orders her own supplies and picks up prescriptions on her own. “All of that preparation is making me feel better about the transition from high school to college”. Five years after her diagnosis, Tess provides tips and insights for other kids living with Type 1 Diabetes and offers advice for concerned parents, “If you want your Type 1 Diabetic [child] to succeed, you should help them succeed on their own…and trust goes a long way.”
A Profession of Unsung Heroes in Medicine
“So you’re more than just drug pushers?” asks the podcast host in this week’s episode about the unsung heroes of medicine. Drs. Katrina and Elie Jabbour—the podcast’s first clinical couple—reveal to listeners the relatively unknown world of pharmacy and how little we know about the profession beyond the prescriptions we get filled at the local pharmacy. As Elie states, “We are the invisible healthcare provider behind the scene” and adds, “What you may not know is that pharmacists are reviewing every medication order that comes across in the hospital…” and helping to keep drug costs down. The Jabbour duo strongly recommend asking more questions of your pharmacist and reconsider checking the “No” box to decline counseling with a pharmacist the next time you pick up your prescription. The primary questions you should be asking about your medications: 1) “How should I take this (medication)?”, 2) “What side effects should I expect?”, 3) “What do I do if I miss a dose?”, 4) “How do I take it (e.g., with food)?”, and 5) “When should I call my doctor?” And Katrina reminds us, “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work…be patient [when getting your prescription filled], there are multiple steps that go into it.”
A Leap of Faith
Billy, a local activists, recounts his experiences as a member of the LGBTQ community since the 1970s. As Billy describes, “There were many doctors that wouldn’t even see you…if they knew you were gay or thought you had HIV.” Billy refers to the 1980s as the “Lost Years” where he buried several of his ‘brothers’ from AIDS and reflects on the current state of healthcare: “56% of LGB people and 70% of transgender and gender non-conforming people reported experiencing discrimination by health care providers” (www.hrc.org). Throughout the podcast, Billy shares some of the surprising encounters he’s had with clinicians and urges all of us to take action to change healthcare legislation and improve the quality of care for everyone.
What I Learned from Falling Down a Mountain
Physician, business owner, and patient, Dr. Lorraine Dickey takes listeners on a journey about the moment her life was turned upside down. Lorraine explains the many difficulties that resulted from her traumatic brain injury that took her out of medicine. During the next 2.5 years, Lorraine had to redefine her identity. And when she did return to medicine, “it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying…I didn’t want to be defined by my head injury”. Lorraine is no longer the same physician she was prior to the accident. “It is a true privilege to stand with people at times of their greatest crisis and greatest joys. I don’t think I appreciated that enough before I fell off that mountain…” She adds, “I learned…(that) feeling cared for is what I wanted to start providing my patients and families.”