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What no one tells you about medical school is just how remarkable it really is. Thanks to the medical students at the University of Iowa med school, and their co-host Dave Etler, you have a window into what *really* happens here at the margins of medicine, and we're here for you every week. Our goal: honest and fun discussions about the things you need to know about being a med student, medicine, and medical education. Get the inside story: give us your questions, comments, and suggestions on social media, at TheShortCoat.com, or by calling 347-SHORTCT. Contribute to our charity of the semester and get SCP merch at The Short Coat Podcast Store.



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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What no one tells you about medical school is just how remarkable it really is. Thanks to the medical students at the University of Iowa med school, and their co-host Dave Etler, you have a window into what *really* happens here at the margins of medicine, and we're here for you every week. Our goal: honest and fun discussions about the things you need to know about being a med student, medicine, and medical education. Get the inside story: give us your questions, comments, and suggestions on social media, at TheShortCoat.com, or by calling 347-SHORTCT. Contribute to our charity of the semester and get SCP merch at The Short Coat Podcast Store.



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.

    Good Advice: Wrong Answers Only

    Good Advice: Wrong Answers Only

    Opinions are like *ssholes. They're everywhere. But that doesn't mean that the advice you'll get is always useful. On today's show, Marisa Evers, Rick Gardner, Eric Boeshart, and Nicole Hines discuss the advice that co-hosts have gotten during their journey that didn't quite pan out as true. Plus the crew try to guess what's been censored out of stock photos Dave found--play along on our Instagram. 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!

    • 45 min
    In Med School We Trust. or not.

    In Med School We Trust. or not.

    When should med students trust their school…and when should they push back?















    This episode is sponsored by Panacea Financial, a division of Sonabank, member FDIC. Panacea is banking for medical students, built by doctors.







    Med students sometimes find it difficult to trust their school will get them through this ordeal of learning medicine.  Sometimes you’re taught things that seem less than useful.  Sometimes your professors or administrators don’t seem to understand what’s at stake for you.  Sometimes the rules and procedures are puzzling.  When should you trust the system, and when should you push back?  To help him with this topic Dave talks to M1s Rick Gardner, AJ Chowdhury, and Eric Boeshart;  and M4 Holly Conger. They discuss times when trust was warranted (turns out the Kreb’s cycle really does have clinical applications), and when to push back if something needs fixing.







    Plus, Dave and the crew visit the saddest place on the Internet to practice answering real medical questions: Yahoo! Answers.







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    • 56 min
    What Jobs to Med Students Actually Do in their clerksh?

    What Jobs to Med Students Actually Do in their clerksh?

    The medical student’s jobs may be less than sexy, but they’re important.







    Photo by Oregon State University







    Medical students are both learners and an important part of the teaching hospital labor pool. Recently, Dave realized he doesn’t actually know–what are their actual jobs? And how do they find out what they are?







    In general the job is to both learn medicine and be helpful. There are many tasks that belong to no particular person, and students can take advantage of this by being there to jump in and take on the job. Whether it’s getting that cup of water or calling another hospital for a patient’s records, someone’s got to do the unsexy stuff. By taking on that task that no one else has time for the student frees up a nurse, a resident or an attending for the more complex tasks. Like teaching! Perhaps as important, that student has an opportunity to demonstrate their can-do attitude and get that all important positive comment on their evaluation to show their prospective residency programs as they apply for jobs.







    M3s Nick Lind and Emma Barr, and M4s Holly Conger and Joyce Wahba join Dave to share what they’ve learned, and show that even if you’re not the brain of the operation, even if you’re just a kinesin dragging your vesicle around a cell in between the hospital’s toes, the least glamorous task is a lifesaver to someone.







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    • 51 min
    DROWNING IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    DROWNING IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Doing stuff outside of your coursework is fantastic…until it isn’t.







    Actual photograph of Gwyneth Paltrow’s “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle in use.







    Listener Tasneem Ahmed–a fourth-year medic at London’s King’s College–joins MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, M4 Holly Conger, and M1s AJ Chowdhury and Alex Belzer on the show. She wrote to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com because she wanted to talk with us about those times when extracurricular activities are too much of a good thing. These activities are important to both schools and students as a way to convey and learn vital lessons about service and career opportunities. But there is a temptation to overdo it in an attempt to distinguish oneself as a competitive applicant. Take that far enough, and it’s a recipe for exhaustion and burnout.







    We also take time to compare the two systems of medical education, dance on the grave of Step 2 CS, and cover the most important story of January 2021: Gwyneth Paltrow’s exploding vagina candle.







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    • 48 min
    Is Medicine A Calling, or a Job?

    Is Medicine A Calling, or a Job?

    Which take on medicine is best for patients and provider mental health?















    Dave and the gang–including M1s AJ Chowdhury and Alex Belzer; M4 Holly Conger; and MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk–take a look at the prevalent idea that medicine is a “calling,” somewhat like religion is for many. That’s an imperfect analogy, but there are parallels. People talk, for instance, about the sacrifices, the altruism, the service, and the requirement that doctors be at all times upstanding and display exceptional integrity. This view has some obvious benefits for the profession, including that its practitioners are laser focused on being the best physicians and people they can be.







    But that view of physician-hood carries with it a lot of weight. When medicine is viewed as a calling, being a physician may become one’s primary identity. And when perfection remains frustratingly out of reach, the risk is that you’ll come to view yourself as a bad person and not as a doctor who is still learning. At least, that’s what Dave worries, but is it true?







    Plus, Holly brings us up to date on life as an M4, especially her search for a residency position.







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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 5 min
    What You Should Tell Your FAmily About Med School

    What You Should Tell Your FAmily About Med School

    How they can help, support, and understand what you’re doing here.







    “I’m afraid medical science has yet to find a cure for ‘Brown Owies,’ madam.”







    [We livestream our recording sessions most Fridays on our listeners Facebook group, The Short Coat Student Lounge. Join us to add your questions and comments to the show!]







    Families are a blessing (usually). A source of support, love, and acceptance, they can prop you up in those moments when you need it. Sure, sometimes they goof–well meaning comments, misplaced efforts to help, and untimely visits do happen–but they just want what’s best.







    On this episode MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk and M1s AJ Chowdhury, Alex Belzer and Nicole Hines talk about the things they’d have wanted their families to know about before med school began.







    Speaking of misguided attempts to be helpful, Dave leads the team in an exercise to develop their communication skills, to see if the crew get their medical points across to their patients even when forced to speak as cavemen.







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    • 45 min

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MEBSGREEN ,

Choosing Medical Schools based on Prestige

Hi again! My name is Morgan, I left a voicemail that you all discussed in a previous episode about the weight of a name/Ivy League school prestige in choosing a medical school. First off I loved the feedback so thank you. Even more though I really valued that you all followed up on a different perspective regarding a listener who wrote in about going to an Ivy League university (I think you referred to them as “Bun-Bun”?) on the episode To Leave or Not To Leave. You guys are never afraid to share opposing/differing viewpoints which in my opinion is what makes this podcast so special! So thank you 😁

saharanevada ,

Super fun and informative!

As a new pre-med I find this podcast to be super helpful and interesting. I’m a cross country runner and I frequently run eight and nine miles, and instead of listening to the same old boring music, I listen to this podcast and have so much more fun, though I do get the occasional weird look when the podcast makes me laugh ( which is pretty often)... Overall I just want to say thank you to Dave and all the guest stars on the podcast, you guys are awesome and I can’t wait to listen to all the new episodes!

Dean "the Yar" ,

Nostalgia

As a grad from ui com 2 decades ago (time goes by quickly!!), it is fun to listen to the intelligent and witty banter-it reminds me of being around my med school buddies back in the day. It is great to hear references to profs that are still doing their thing. I really enjoy it!! Thanks!

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