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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.

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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 Question All Future Applicants Should Ask: "What Will Help Me Grow?"

    The Question All Future Applicants Should Ask: "What Will Help Me Grow?"

    Growth requires embracing unfamiliar and even scary situations.







    TL;DR







    * Listener Riley wants some suggestions on experiences that will help him grow while he pursues his path to medicine. * We discuss some comments from YouTube on female urologists and male patients.* That leads to a discussion on why hospitals default to environments for adult patients which are downright hostile.















    This week we start with a listener question. Riley’s about to apply to medical school after a winding path from high school dropout to welder to biochemist. He’s wondering if we can give him advice on activities that will help him to grow. Such a great way to put that question, and M4 Emma Barr, M3 Maddie Wahlen, M4 Abby Fyfe, and new co-host Jacob Hansen are on hand to offer some ideas.







    Also, we discuss some comments we got on a previous episode’s YouTube video featuring urologist and men’s health specialist Amy Pearlman on the fear and shame some men feel when they think about seeing a female urologist. For instance: why do doctors make their patients wait for them surrounded by gross anatomy models and posters???







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    How’d we do on this week’s show? Did we miss anything in our conversation? Did we anger you? Did we make you smile? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime  or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.  It’s always a pleasure to hear fro...

    • 51 min
    Overcoming Your Undergrad Apathy Now that You’re Applying to Medical School

    Overcoming Your Undergrad Apathy Now that You’re Applying to Medical School

    Good news: medical schools don’t just want perfect people!







    TL;DR







    * If your undergraduate studies in a different field lacked a certain enthusiasm but you’ve now decided to pursue medicine, it can be difficult to know where you’ll stand with admissions committees.* Fortunately, adcomms don’t just look for perfect grades and unwavering and early certainty from med school candidates on their path to medicine.* We discuss a great way to fill a hole in what your school teaches–create a course on the subject!















    Listener Abby is thinking about taking the prereqs for medical school, but worries that her trajectory thus far isn’t distinguished enough.  Is she setting herself up for the poor house and failure? Hear the words of encouragement and wisdom we have for Abby, featuring MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, M4 Madeline Cusimano, M4 Emma Barr, and M4 Abby Fyfe.







    We also discuss the course on Sexual Violence that Aline and her team of enthusiastic partners developed and delivered this past fall to medical students interested in learning the signs of sexual assault and the roles that students and residents can play in getting help for victims. 







    And we compose the voicemail greeting you’ll hear if you call our SCP Listener Line at 347-SHORTCT, and we discuss Aline’s impending return to medical school as she looks forward to completing her PhD.







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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Coming Physician Exodus: Why Many Doctors May Leave the Profession Soon

    The Coming Physician Exodus: Why Many Doctors May Leave the Profession Soon

    COVID taught many employees what their employees think of them. Doctors are no different.







    TL;DR







    * Most people don’t see themselves as partners in success, but as hired hands. Doctors are employees, too, and have similar issues with their employers! * 30% of administrators reported losing physicians during the pandemic. Either an exit from healthcare or a mass shift of physicians from low-engagement jobs to higher engagement positions may have already begun.* We discuss what a great job for a doctor might look like.







    We’ll be back next week with a new episode. Meanwhile, as COVID continues to wreak havoc in healthcare, it seems like a good time to revisit this topic. Enjoy.















    In this episode future physicians M2 Nicole Hines, and MD/PhD students Miranda Schene, Aline Sandouk and newcomer Riley Behan are on hand to talk about “employee engagement,” the idea that workers–and physicians are workers, remember–feel best utilized and appreciated when they are partners rather than cogs in the success of their employers.







    And while many physicians have experienced job dissatisfaction and burnout, COVID seems to have taught some docs that they no longer have to put up with that. As employers of all kinds struggle to bring disengaged workers back to their dissatisfying, low-paying jobs, a white paper from a physician recruiter ominously suggests that doctors are also re-thinking their work as employees.







    With that in mind, Dave asks his co-hosts what, for them, might be the features of a job that they could feel engaged with, like a partner in success?







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    • 57 min
    RECESS REHASH: WHEN LIFE IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF MED SCHOOL: THE VALUE OF THE TACTICAL RETREAT

    RECESS REHASH: WHEN LIFE IS GETTING IN THE WAY OF MED SCHOOL: THE VALUE OF THE TACTICAL RETREAT

    TL;DR

    Medical school is all-consuming, but sometimes you need to take time to deal with the slings and arrows of life.

    Don’t be afraid that you’ll jeopardize your career by taking a leave during medical school. Better to do it before your situation causes harm to your test scores or grades.

    A Brown University study finds that schools are failing in their diversity goals for admitting URMs.

    We’re on a holiday break, but we’ll be back next week. Until then, enjoy this rerun.

    Poking around on Reddit’s r/medschool, Dave found a rather desperate message from an M3 who’s life is collapsing around him–death, marriage troubles, family illnesses, and all at the same time. so much so that Dave fears their progress might suffer. Is it time for what a military commander might call a “tactical retreat?” Note: Dave isn’t really sure of the technical definition of a tactical retreat, but let’s just say it’s about stepping back and conserving your resources until the situation becomes more favorable to your goals. It’s a metaphor, go with it.

    And co-hosts Aline Sandouk (MD/PhD), Nicole Hines (M1), AJ Chowdhury (M1), and Miranda Schene (MD/PhD) discuss the disappointing news that medical schools have made negative progress in attaining diversity goals for students underrepresented in medicine, despite years of effort.

    We Want to Hear From You: How’d we do on this week’s show? Did we miss anything in our conversation? Did we anger you? Did we make you smile? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

    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.

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    DOCTOR VOX – Heatstroke: youtu.be/j1n1zlxzyRE

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

    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA;

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Academic Vs. Community MDs: Who Has It Better? With Special Guest Santa

    Academic Vs. Community MDs: Who Has It Better? With Special Guest Santa

    Among the many choices med students make is between community medicine and academic medicine.

    TL;DR

    Doctors who practice community medicine make more than academic physicians (sometimes lots more).

    As it often does, the question of which to choose depends on which aspect of each you can live without.

    The co-hosts also visit with Santa, because Dave’s been naughty, to answer pop quiz questions on holiday crimes.

    Santa Claus is on hand for this episode to help listener Josh with his dilemma: which life should Josh choose, that of a community physician or an academic physician? As M4 Emma Barr, M1 Matt Engelken, MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, and M4 Madeline Cusimano see it, there’s lots to consider. For instance, do you want to teach and do research? Do you want to make a lot of money? What kind of patient population do you want to work with?

    Plus, Santa gives the co-hosts a pop quiz on weird holiday crimes.

    We Want to Hear From You: How’d we do on this week’s show? Did we miss anything in our conversation? Did we anger you? Did we make you smile? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime or email theshortcoats@gmail.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

    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;

    • 48 min
    How to Get Published, and Delivering Bad News

    How to Get Published, and Delivering Bad News

    You can ‘do’ research in med school or undergrad, but no one’s going to just give you the opportunity















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    * If you want to be an author on a publication, you’ve got to be open with your lab about your goals.* Go into research with the aim of improving your skills, and know exactly what skills you want to work on.* Some kinds of research are easier to do and get published in medical school.







    “Friederick” (not his real name) wanted to know more about how to get good research positions in undergrad and medical school. But what does ‘good’ mean in that context? MD/PhD students Miranda Schene and Riley Behan, M1 Grant Stalker, and M4 Emma Barr have thoughts on how to look for an opportunity to publish, how best to understand the job of being an research assistant, and how to approach the principle investigator with your goals.







    Riley discusses her impending nuptuals, and how she’s been thinking about a COVID wedding in late 2021, and the gang practices delivering bad news–diseases that Dave generated on some website–with Emma as the instructor.







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    How’d we do on this week’s show? Did we miss anything in our conversation? Did we anger you? Did we make you smile? Call us at 347-SHORTCT anytime  or email theshortcoats@gmail.com.  It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!















    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.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
271 Ratings

271 Ratings

Wooly wops ,

Best med-school pod

Gives you a look into the med student life and takes you through the whole process from baby doc 😂 to grandpa doc

Dr. Llama Cake ,

Excellent and Underrated Podcast!

Dave and the medical students at Iowa do an excellent job at providing information and advice to med school applicants, med students, and others in the health profession. I also enjoy the discussions of relevant current topics and the occasional fun games they do on the show! As someone who only discovered this podcast after getting into medical school, my only complaint is that I wish I had stumbled upon it sooner.

megan@podcastingyou ,

Such a Helpful Resource!

Dave does such a good job covering a variety of topics. He brings on great guests that offer awesome advice! I would recommend this show to anyone looking to learn more about med school and beyond!

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