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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.

    Recess Rehash: Life Hacks for Med Students

    Recess Rehash: Life Hacks for Med Students

    Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we weren’t in the studio to record a new show last week. Instead, enjoy this rerun!







    Med school life hacks are all about maximizing efficiency, minimizing friction.







    TL;DR







    * Eliminate unnecessary friction to the completion of a task* Paying others to do other life tasks can be helpful* Saying no is as important as maximizing efficiency.















    Today we explore the things that med students do to maximize their efficiency. These are the small steps they take to eliminate friction to completing chores, focusing attention where it’s needed instead of where your brain wants it to be, and eliminating those tasks that just aren’t that important to them. M4 Mackenzie Walhof, MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, M2 Nicole Hines, and M2 AJ Chowdhury explore with Dave their own personal life hacks.







    Also, Dave ran famous doctors’ photos multiple times through an app that makes caricatures until they were no longer recognizable, then made videos of the progression. How fast can the crew identify them when the video is reversed? Play along at home on our Instagram.







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    • 1 hr
    BEST JOBS FOR A FUTURE MD/PHD STUDENT, and Turkey Day Shenannigans

    BEST JOBS FOR A FUTURE MD/PHD STUDENT, and Turkey Day Shenannigans

    Any job can be a good premed job, but what about for the future physician scientist?

    TL;DR

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We discuss the MD/PhD life, and the jobs that will prepare a hopeful MD/PhD student while also giving the admissions committees something to love.

    We diss Thanksgiving while still loving it, including a special Turkey Day pop quiz.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Now, settle down, we don’t mean to poop on anyone’s holiday traditions, but we are going to make fun of Thanksgiving and acknowledge it’s teensy little problems. Also, MD/PhD student Riley Behan, M1s Noah Wick and Matt Engelken, and PA1 Ethan Ksiazek are also going to help listener Stephanie with her questions about the MD/PhD life, and what kinds of pre-med jobs will be helpful to prepare her. And Dave delivers a pop quiz on Thanksgiving history. Then we’re going to do what Americans do and fill ourselves with carbs and then wish we hadn’t to celebrate.

    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

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    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA;

    • 49 min
    Dr. Bruce Campbell, and a Fullness of Uncertain Significance

    Dr. Bruce Campbell, and a Fullness of Uncertain Significance

    A cancer surgeon’s stories offer lessons of humility and grace







    TL;DR







    * Medicine is filled with both the momentous and the prosaic.  Yet every interaction is a chance to process and understand the impact one person can both have and be subject to.* Dr. Campbell suggests students start journaling their experiences early.  Not only might this lead to a lovely book of essays near the end of a career, but it’s also a great tool to track the fleeting experiences that will much sooner make a great personal statement!















    In this episode, M2s Nicole Hines, AJ Chowdhury, Sarah Costello and M1 Zach Shepard visit with the author of a new book, A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace.  Dr. Bruce Campbell is also a head and neck cancer surgeon at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  The book is a series of short vignettes from Dr. Campbell’s life in medicine from as far back as his first experiences as a nursing assistant in 1973.  A blend of the momentous and prosaic, they offer the medical learner a glimpse of what a veteran doctor has seen, and the conclusions he’s drawn from his privileged window into the lives of the people he’s met over nearly 50 years.







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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!















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    • 52 min
    ELECTRONIC RESIDENCY APPLICATION SERVICE GLITCHING...AGAIN?

    ELECTRONIC RESIDENCY APPLICATION SERVICE GLITCHING...AGAIN?

    More tales from Residency Interviews







    TL;DR







    * Puzzled by the interviewer’s question? You can fumble around with the answer, or answer a question that wasn’t asked. * Did the Electronic Residency Application Service screw some applicants (again)? * We get to know this week’s cohosts using interview questions they might actually enjoy answering.







    This episode is sponsored by Panacea Financial, a division of Primis, Member FDIC. See how they are helping med students and doctors with better banking built just for them at https://panaceafinancial.com/.















    We’re not going to lie: amid reports that ERAS is glitching yet again, this week’s episode is kind of a bitch fest. If you want to hear about the problems associated with medical education, this is the episode for you. And hey, if you thought that med school was hard simply because there’s a lot of studying, well, this ep will broaden your horizons a bit on that front.







    To take the curse off all that crankiness, Dave decided to get to know his co-hosts with some questions that he recommends interviewers ask instead of “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”







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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!

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Stop Gatekeeping Yourself: Nothing is Out of Your League

    Stop Gatekeeping Yourself: Nothing is Out of Your League

    Stop gatekeeping yourself







    TL;DR







    * A question Dave found on reddit inspired this week’s topic: is there any program or school that is “out of your league?”* Co-hosts recap their recent residency interview experiences.* We practice answering absurd residency interview questions.















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    As usual, Dave was casting about for something to talk about on the show when he stumbled across a question by reddit user roboticnephrotomy who is worried about an ideal residency program being “out of his league.” M4s Nick Lind and Emma Barr, M1 Zach Shepard, and MD/PhD student Riley Behan explain why this is nonsense.







    Nick and Emma discuss their first residency interviews, and Dave forces the whole crew to consider some of the more…well, ridiculous interview questions they might run across now or later in life.







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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 a href="mailto:theshortcoats@gmail.

    • 52 min
    Hot Sauce Halloween

    Hot Sauce Halloween

    Hot sauces rule

    TL;DR

    We discuss the many uses (real or potential) of capsaicin as we taste hot sauces from some random multipack co-host AJ had lying around.

    The co-hosts fight each other with words in a game of Megabattle.

    Warning: cartoonish violence is described. If you don’t like the thought of being stabbed by flaming antlers, you might want to skip this one.

    This episode is sponsored by Enso Rings, makers of soft, safe, attractive silicone rings. Listeners get 10% off rings at EnsoRings.com using promo code SHORT!

    M2s AJ Chowdhury, Smrithi Mani, Alex Belzer and Alex Choi take a break from serious discussion this week because Dave’s busy running a conference to even do his usually-minimal level of prep for the show. Fortunately, AJ had a box of various hot sauces lying around, so we ate them while we discussed facts about capsaicin, the chemical contained by chili peppers responsible for that lovely burning sensation we crave.

    And, in an attempt to justify to himself that he’s an actual educator, he forces the crew to practice their debate skills by playing Megabattle–who wins in ridiculous battles of cartoon-like violence? They’ll have to convince each other of the winner!

    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;

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 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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