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Featuring a variety cast of medical students from the University of Iowa, The Short Coat is a brutally honest look at medicine, med school, and what life is like here at the margins of medicine. Skip this show if you'd prefer not to know and hate laughter.



The opinions we share with you are formed by the sleep deprived, and are thus likely ill-considered and noticeably spur-of-the-moment. And definitely not those of the University of Iowa.

The Short Coat Dave Etler and the Students of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

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    • 4.7 • 289 Ratings

Featuring a variety cast of medical students from the University of Iowa, The Short Coat is a brutally honest look at medicine, med school, and what life is like here at the margins of medicine. Skip this show if you'd prefer not to know and hate laughter.



The opinions we share with you are formed by the sleep deprived, and are thus likely ill-considered and noticeably spur-of-the-moment. And definitely not those of the University of Iowa.

    The PERFECT specialty? Occupational Medicine ft. Matthew Kiok, MD, MPH

    The PERFECT specialty? Occupational Medicine ft. Matthew Kiok, MD, MPH

    A great lifestyle, scope mix, and early-career satisfaction. Matthew Kiok, MD, MPH tells us he’s found the perfect specialty. Occupational Medicine is one of those careers we’re exploring in our sleeper specialty series–those which you might not immediately think of when you’re considering a career as a physician. Dr. Kiok tells M1 Fallon Jung, PA1 Julie Vuong, and M2 Jeff Goddard that he has great work-life balance and a satisfying scope of practice. He makes a difference in peoples’ lives by keeping them safe in their workplaces or assessing work-related injuries, even testifying as an expert in court. His experiences highlight the unique challenges and rewarding moments in his chosen career and insights into the complicated relationship between doctors, employers, and employees. He offers advice to those considering a similar career path–and he even gave us his email address if you want to ask him more about it! What a guy!

    More about our guest:

    Oasis Occupational Medicine: https://www.oasislv.org/

    Email Dr. Kiok with your questions: mkiok@oasisLV.org

    American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: https://www.acoem.org/

    We Want to Hear From You: YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    We welcome your feedback, listener questions, and shower thoughts. Do you agree or disagree with something we said today? Did you hear something really helpful? Can we answer a question for you? Are we delivering a podcast you want to keep listening to? Leave a message at 347-SHORTCT (347-746-7828) and we’ll put your message in a future episode (use *67 to be an “Unknown caller”). Or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.

    We do more things on…

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshortcoat

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/theshortcoat

    You deserve to be happy and healthy. If you’re struggling with racism, harassment, hate, your mental health, or some other crisis, visit http://theshortcoat.com/help, and send additions to the resources there to theshortcoats@gmail.com. We love you. Music provided by Argofox. License: bit.ly/CCAttribution

    DOCTOR VOX – Heatstroke: youtu.be/j1n1zlxzyRE

    Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky: youtu.be/AZjYZ8Kjgs8

    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA

    • 55 min
    Traits to Treat: Personality in Medicine

    Traits to Treat: Personality in Medicine

    Tailoring your medical career to fit your personality? Are you better off as a surgeon or in palliative care? MD/PhD student Jacqueline Nielsen, M2 Hend Al-Kaylani, and M1 Fallon Jung play with personality to see if their path toward choosing the right medical specialty should be dependent on their personality traits. From the introspective nature of psychiatry to the rapid decision-making required in emergency medicine, Dave and crew explore how tests like The Big 5 or Meyers Briggs might influence their specialty choices. Some question the scientific validity of most personality testing, but the Big Five has some evidence behind it, so Dave also created a custom GPT to analyze their test results and suggest best (and worst) specialties for all of them. This episode also touches upon the broader implications of these choices on personal satisfaction and professional success in medicine. Also, we ponder our consumption of news and its impact on mental health and the Kate Middleton mystery’s hold on the world.



    We Want to Hear From You: YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    We welcome your feedback, listener questions, and shower thoughts. Do you agree or disagree with something we said today? Did you hear something really helpful? Can we answer a question for you? Are we delivering a podcast you want to keep listening to? Leave a message at 347-SHORTCT (347-746-7828) and we’ll put your message in a future episode (use *67 to be an “Unknown caller”). Or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.

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    We do more things on…

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshortcoat

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/theshortcoat

    You deserve to be happy and healthy. If you’re struggling with racism, harassment, hate, your mental health, or some other crisis, visit http://theshortcoat.com/help, and send additions to the resources there to theshortcoats@gmail.com. We love you. Music provided by Argofox. License: bit.ly/CCAttribution

    DOCTOR VOX – Heatstroke: youtu.be/j1n1zlxzyRE

    Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky: youtu.be/AZjYZ8Kjgs8

    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA

    • 59 min
    Small Towns, Big Impact: Rural Medicine ft. Peter Kaboli, MD

    Small Towns, Big Impact: Rural Medicine ft. Peter Kaboli, MD

    Unique experiences and challenges of practicing medicine where everyone knows your name. M1 Fallon Jung, PA1 Olivia Quinby, MD/PhD student Faith Prochaska, M2 Jeff Goddard, and special guest Dr. Peter Kaboli dive deep into the heart of rural medicine. We kick off with a candid discussion about growing up in small towns and how these experiences shape our understanding of community and healthcare. Dr. Kaboli, an expert in rural health with the Veterans’ Administration, shares his insights into the nuances of rural medicine. We explore the multifaceted challenges and rewards of practicing medicine in rural settings, from the importance of forming deep connections with patients to navigating the scarcity of healthcare resources. Telemedicine, workforce issues, geographic barriers, and the digital divide are central to the art of medicine in small towns and on county roads, sometimes requiring innovative approaches to healthcare delivery.



    We Want to Hear From You: YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    We welcome your feedback, listener questions, and shower thoughts. Do you agree or disagree with something we said today? Did you hear something really helpful? Can we answer a question for you? Are we delivering a podcast you want to keep listening to? Leave a message at 347-SHORTCT (347-746-7828) and we’ll put your message in a future episode (use *67 to be an “Unknown caller”). Or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.

    We do more things on…

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshortcoat

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/theshortcoat

    You deserve to be happy and healthy. If you’re struggling with racism, harassment, hate, your mental health, or some other crisis, visit http://theshortcoat.com/help, and send additions to the resources there to theshortcoats@gmail.com. We love you. Music provided by Argofox. License: bit.ly/CCAttribution

    DOCTOR VOX – Heatstroke: youtu.be/j1n1zlxzyRE

    Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky: youtu.be/AZjYZ8Kjgs8

    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA

    • 57 min
    What Patient Advocacy Looks Like

    What Patient Advocacy Looks Like

    Speaking up for your patients will have profound impacts. Short Coat Savannah’s previous work in mental health settings exposed her to situations where she had to report abuse. She left us a message at 347-SHORTCT asking us to talk about patient advocacy. MD/PhD student Riley, PA1 Faith, M1 Jeff, and M3 Happy–along with some of our faculty–look at what doctors actually do to advocate for their patients in that situation, as well as other more common situations. Plus, Jeff licks an elephant to right an old wrong.

    We Want to Hear From You: YOUR VOICE MATTERS!

    No matter where you fall on any spectrum, we want your thoughts on our show. Do you agree or disagree with something we said today? Did you hear something really helpful? Are we delivering a podcast you want to keep listening to? We’ll be sure your ideas are heard by all–leave a message at 347-SHORTCT (347-746-7828) and we’ll put your message in a future episode (use *67 to be an “Unknown caller”).

    We do more things on…

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theshortcoat

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/theshortcoat

    You deserve to be happy and healthy. If you’re struggling with racism, harassment, hate, your mental health, or some other crisis, visit http://theshortcoat.com/help, and send additions to the resources there to theshortcoats@gmail.com. We love you. Music provided by Argofox. License: bit.ly/CCAttribution

    DOCTOR VOX – Heatstroke: youtu.be/j1n1zlxzyRE

    Catmosphere – Candy-Coloured Sky: youtu.be/AZjYZ8Kjgs8

    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA

    • 55 min
    A Podcast "Cocktail" Party (no background sounds)

    A Podcast "Cocktail" Party (no background sounds)

    Dave hosts a weird cocktail party for his co-hosts, M1s Fallon Jung and Taryn O'Brian, MD/PhD student Jacqueline Nielson, and M3 Chirayu Shukla. The group dives into a variety of topics: surreal dreams, spring break plans, which celebrity they would replace one of their organs with, book recommendations, personal stories, and AI-generated songs about Menards and Chirayu's curtailed tennis career.



    AI Song Lyrics



    A Podcaster at Heart

    I'm an administrative services coordinator

    But my heart's on the mic,

    a podcast connoisseurIn a cubicle,

    with paperwork piled high

    But all I wanna do is let my voice fly



    I got responsibilities, emails to send

    But my mind's on the episodes I haven't penned

    I sneak in headphones, catchin' up on my faves

    Dreamin' 'bout the day I'll be podcastin' my own ways (ooh-yeah)



    [Chorus]I'm a podcaster at heart

    Living for those podcastin' vibes, it's an art

    While spreadsheets stack up,

    I'm in my own zone

    Dreamin' 'bout the day when podcastin' is my throne



    The Jig of the Horse Loving Medic

    Oh, I'm a medical student, learnin' day and night

    But when I'm not studyin', I've got a different delight

    I love horses, they bring me so much joy

    And Menards, oh Menards, it's like a superstore of toys



    [Chorus]I take long walks down every aisle at Menards (oh yeah)

    From the lumber to the paint, it's never too hard (woo!)

    With a bounce in my step, and a twinkle in my eye (uh-huh)

    I'm a horse-loving medic, livin' life on a high (woo!)



    No Regrets

    [Verse]

    We don't care 'bout the grades, don't need no A's

    Livin' fast, we're in a disobedient phase

    Don't care 'bout the cash or the future ahead

    We're just here for the punk rock, not the life we're fed (ooh-yeah)



    [Chorus]

    No regrets, we don't give a damn

    Breakin' all the rules, stickin' it to the man

    No regrets, we live on the edge

    Skipping class, punk rock is what we pledge



    Medic or Tennis Star

    In the dead of night,

    I'm stuck in time,

    Torn between two paths,

    My heart's on the line,



    A love for medicine.

    The field is my callin'

    but the court's my passion.



    00:00 Welcome to the Cocktail Party!

    00:46 Match Day Anticipation and Casual Banter

    01:56 Introducing the Podcast Crew with a Toast

    03:43 Spring Break Plans and Casual Conversations

    07:57 Diving into Bizarre Dreams and Anatomy Talk

    19:03 Anatomy Favorites and Dislikes

    21:18 The Quirky Organ Swap Debate

    21:27 Choosing Fictional Characters for Organ Transplants

    24:24 The Ultimate Book Prescription

    25:10 Exploring Personal Book Recommendations

    25:50 The Power of Mental Resilience and Focus

    29:10 A Deep Dive into Favorite Books

    33:29 AI and Creativity: Crafting a Unique Jingle

    34:28 Musical AI: From Punk Rock to Power Ballads

    42:12 Wrapping Up with Gratitude and Encouragement

    • 44 min
    A Podcast "Cocktail" Party

    A Podcast "Cocktail" Party

    Dave hosts a weird cocktail party for his co-hosts, M1s Fallon Jung and Taryn O'Brian, MD/PhD student Jacqueline Nielson, and M3 Chirayu Shukla. The group dives into a variety of topics: surreal dreams, spring break plans, which celebrity they would replace one of their organs with, book recommendations, personal stories, and AI-generated songs about Menards and Chirayu's curtailed tennis career.



    AI Song Lyrics



    A Podcaster at Heart

    I'm an administrative services coordinator

    But my heart's on the mic,

    a podcast connoisseurIn a cubicle,

    with paperwork piled high

    But all I wanna do is let my voice fly



    I got responsibilities, emails to send

    But my mind's on the episodes I haven't penned

    I sneak in headphones, catchin' up on my faves

    Dreamin' 'bout the day I'll be podcastin' my own ways (ooh-yeah)



    [Chorus]I'm a podcaster at heart

    Living for those podcastin' vibes, it's an art

    While spreadsheets stack up,

    I'm in my own zone

    Dreamin' 'bout the day when podcastin' is my throne



    The Jig of the Horse Loving Medic

    Oh, I'm a medical student, learnin' day and night

    But when I'm not studyin', I've got a different delight

    I love horses, they bring me so much joy

    And Menards, oh Menards, it's like a superstore of toys



    [Chorus]I take long walks down every aisle at Menards (oh yeah)

    From the lumber to the paint, it's never too hard (woo!)

    With a bounce in my step, and a twinkle in my eye (uh-huh)

    I'm a horse-loving medic, livin' life on a high (woo!)



    No Regrets

    [Verse]

    We don't care 'bout the grades, don't need no A's

    Livin' fast, we're in a disobedient phase

    Don't care 'bout the cash or the future ahead

    We're just here for the punk rock, not the life we're fed (ooh-yeah)



    [Chorus]

    No regrets, we don't give a damn

    Breakin' all the rules, stickin' it to the man

    No regrets, we live on the edge

    Skipping class, punk rock is what we pledge



    Medic or Tennis Star

    In the dead of night,

    I'm stuck in time,

    Torn between two paths,

    My heart's on the line,



    A love for medicine.

    The field is my callin'

    but the court's my passion.



    00:00 Welcome to the Cocktail Party!

    00:46 Match Day Anticipation and Casual Banter

    01:56 Introducing the Podcast Crew with a Toast

    03:43 Spring Break Plans and Casual Conversations

    07:57 Diving into Bizarre Dreams and Anatomy Talk

    19:03 Anatomy Favorites and Dislikes

    21:18 The Quirky Organ Swap Debate

    21:27 Choosing Fictional Characters for Organ Transplants

    24:24 The Ultimate Book Prescription

    25:10 Exploring Personal Book Recommendations

    25:50 The Power of Mental Resilience and Focus

    29:10 A Deep Dive into Favorite Books

    33:29 AI and Creativity: Crafting a Unique Jingle

    34:28 Musical AI: From Punk Rock to Power Ballads

    42:12 Wrapping Up with Gratitude and Encouragement

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
289 Ratings

289 Ratings

ZataRW ,

Gives hope!

Love to hear young people who will lead the world in medicine. And appreciate their tenacity however - “like” like, like - avoid that word!!! Either it is or isn’t. “Like” dilutes the message. I’m an Ontologist so I’m sensitive- but still, Go You! Support nextgen physicians.

benchpresscompchamp💪🏻 ,

Fun to listen to:)

I’m a pre-med student who listens to these podcasts at work! Makes time fly by & I love hearing what everyone has to say 🕺🏻🕺🏻

Jellysplashed ,

Such a great med school podcast!

Makes me laugh EVERY TIME, and is such an important reminder to be a real person while pursuing medical education. I love this podcast! Great job!

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