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A podcast produced by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's medical students covering the incredible and often hidden stories of medicine, medical school, and Birmingham. All opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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A podcast produced by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's medical students covering the incredible and often hidden stories of medicine, medical school, and Birmingham. All opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    The Best and Worst: Psychiatry and Palliative Care

    The Best and Worst: Psychiatry and Palliative Care

    In the 5th episode of the “The Best and Worst” mini series, Alex Harrelson, MS2 sits down with psychiatry and palliative care specialist, Dr. John Shuster, to discuss his career and what life is truly like as a psychiatry and palliative care physician. Tune in to also hear Dr. Shuster discuss the history of the hospice program in Alabama and important points to consider as a physician when communicating with palliative care patients. This mini series explores what life is like in different subspecialties of medicine by asking two central questions: what was the best day of your career and what was the worst day of your career?























    Credits: This episode was produced and edited by Alex Harrelson with help from Ryan Murphy. Many thanks to Dr. John Shuster who took us on a journey into what psychiatry and palliative care is really like. Our theme song was produced by Tim Littman, Samuel Altonji, Steve Kim, Leah Carpenter, Corey Duke, and Ramya Singireddy. This show is made possible thanks to the support of UABSOM’s Student Senate. We used backing tracks from Bensound and The Red Thread.

    • 38 min
    #9: Mental Health in Medical Training – Follow-up Discussion

    #9: Mental Health in Medical Training – Follow-up Discussion

    In this follow-up piece to the Mental Health in Medical Training episode, we take a look at some common barriers students struggle with when making the decision to seek counseling for mental illness. UAB counselors share their perspective on some common concerns with seeking counseling, as well as some advice concerning effective and healthy coping mechanisms. Two former UAB medical students, now residents in their respective fields, also return to the podcast to discuss healthy vs. unhealthy coping mechanisms.



    Episode Timestamps for Specific Questions/Topics:

    – 2:24: Do UAB counseling offices report student mental health issues to residencies directly?

    – 5:16: Counselors’ advice to students who want to seek counseling but don’t feel like they have the time to fit it into their schedules

    – 8:51: Counselors’ advice to students who don’t want to go to counseling because they feel like they won’t know what to talk about or how to start

    – 11:04: Counselors’ advice to students who avoid counseling because they believe that session could be better used for someone else with more pressing mental health issues

    – 14:00: Advice on coping mechanisms outside of counseling

    – 16:00: A discussion of healthy vs. unhealthy forms of coping

    – 18:50: Information on counseling services at UAB

    – 21:23: Other services at UAB aside from counseling

    – 22:20: Mental health resources for specific groups

    This story was produced by Ryan Murphy and Rahul Gaini. Edited by Ryan Murphy. Special thanks to Dr. Adam Beg and Dr. Alexandra Fry for sharing their experiences, and to Dr. Angela Stowe and Dr. Sandra Frazier for their insight and help with this episode.

    Mental Health Resources for UAB Students:

    UAB Student Counseling Services:

    – Phone: (205) 934-5816

    – Students may also make an appointment in their UAB Student Patient Portal

    UAB School of Medicine Professional Development Office:

    – Phone: (205) 731-9799

    – Email (Alisa Dick, Administrative Associate): adick@uabmc.edu

    SAAD, or Students with ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression, is a support group founded and led by medical students for medical students. The organization is meant to serve as a confidential, students-only environment to bring students together to speak about issues and problems they are facing. Support group meetings are open to all medical students regardless of diagnosis history. Contact Information: Isabella Mac – imak@uab.edu

    Mental Health Resources Available to All Listeners:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

    Physician Support Line: 1-888-409-0141

    The Physician Support Line is another resource that is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 700+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined in the determined hope to provide peer support for physician colleagues and medical students. No appointment necessary. Open 7 days a week from 8:00am – 1:00am ET.

    Insight Timer is a free app that offers various self-growth courses, guided meditations, music tracks that help with sleep, and best of all a community within which everyone is on a journey to becoming the best version of themselves. There are specific guided meditations in the process of being created for medical students to be able to address difficulties in medical school such as facing challenges,

    • 25 min
    The Best and Worst: Endocrine and General Surgery

    The Best and Worst: Endocrine and General Surgery

    In the 4th episode of the “The Best and Worst” mini series, Alex Harrelson, MS2, and Shadi Awad, MS2, sit down with endocrine and general surgeon, Dr. John Porterfield, to discuss his career and what life is truly like as an endocrine and general surgeon. Tune in to also hear Dr. Porterfield discuss the importance hobbies and stress-relieving activities outside of medicine in providing a positive work/life balance. This mini series explores what life is like in different subspecialties of medicine by asking two central questions: what was the best day of your career and what was the worst day of your career?















    Credits: This episode was produced by Alex Harrelson with help from Shadi Awad and edited by Ryan Murphy. Many thanks to Dr. John Porterfield who took us on a journey into what endocrine and general surgery is really like. Our theme song was produced by Tim Littman, Samuel Altonji, Steve Kim, Leah Carpenter, Corey Duke, and Ramya Singireddy. This show is made possible thanks to the support of UABSOM’s Student Senate. We used backing tracks from Bensound and The Red Thread.

    • 22 min
    #8: Mental Health in Medical Training

    #8: Mental Health in Medical Training

    In this episode, we take a look at mental health concerns in the field of medicine. We hear from two medical students about their paths in managing mental health illnesses during their scholarly careers, as well as UAB counselors and a previous residency program coordinator fielding questions pertaining to concerns about seeking help and the potential impact on a medical career.



    This story was produced by Ryan Murphy and Rahul Gaini with help from Sanders Pair. Edited by Ryan Murphy. Special thanks to Adam and Alexandra for sharing their stories, and to Dr. Stowe, Dr. Frazier, and William Pair for sharing their insight and stories with us. Check out the resources linked below for more information on mental health.

    Mental Health Resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

    UAB Student Counseling Services: (205) 934-5816

    The following resources are also available for UAB School of Medicine students:

    UAB School of Medicine Professional Development Office: (205) 731-9799

    SAAD, or Students with ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression, is a support group founded by for medical students led by medical students. The organization is meant to serve as a confidential, students-only environment to bring students together to speak about issues and problems they are facing. Support group meetings are open to all medical students regardless of diagnosis history. Contact Information: Alexandra Fry – alifry@uab.edu

    The Mind, Body, Medicine course is a medical student elective that aims to enlighten students about various relaxation and mind and heart-regulating techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and activities that foster connection with nature. The course has now expanded to the Huntsville campus as well and will be taught during the special topics week in the fall. The goal of this course is to provide medical students with tools to help maintain a balanced and relatively stress-free life, that they can continue to use throughout their medical career.

    • 39 min
    The Best and Worst: Internal Medicine

    The Best and Worst: Internal Medicine

    In the 3rd episode of the “The Best and Worst” mini series, Jamal Egbaria, MS4, sits down with internal medicine physician, Dr. Robert Centor, to discuss his career and what life is truly like as an internal medicine physician. Tune in to also hear Dr Centor share with us the story behind how he came up with the famous “Centor Criteria.” This mini series explores what life is like in different subspecialties of medicine by asking two central questions: what was the best day of your career and what was the worst day of your career?



    Credits: This episode was produced by Jamal Egbaria and edited by Ryan Murphy and Chase Cox. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Centor who took us on a journey into what internal medicine is really like. Our theme song was produced by Tim Littman, Samuel Altonji, Steve Kim, Leah Carpenter, Corey Duke, and Ramya Singireddy. This show is made possible thanks to the support of UABSOM’s Student Senate. We used backing tracks from Bensound and The Red Thread.

    • 28 min
    Med School Years: Getting Started

    Med School Years: Getting Started

    In the first episode of the “Med School Years” series, Andres Camino sits down with 3 of his classmates to discuss their experiences in the first few weeks of medical school and what they see in store for themselves over the next 4 years. This series showcases how the life of medical student can change and adapt, or not, as they progress through their training.



    Credits: This episode was produced by Andres Camino with assistance from Chase Edward Cox. Our theme song was produced by Tim Littman, Samuel Altonji, Steve Kim, Leah Carpenter, Corey Duke, and Ramya Singireddy. This show is made possible thanks to the support of UABSOM’s Student Senate. We used backing tracks from Bensound and The Red Thread.

    • 36 min

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