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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.

    Is Medicine the Squid Game

    Is Medicine the Squid Game

    Are there parallels between medicine and Squid Game?







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    * The experience of job hunting for a residency position is unlike any other. * It’s way easier to donate bone marrow than many think.* Dave stuffs the episode with Squid Game references in the hopes that various algorithms love us.















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    MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, M1 Noah Wick, and M4s Madeline Cusimano and Abby Fyfe have their souls crushed this week by Dave’s suggestion that the Netflix smash hit Squid Game has some parallels with medicine and medical education. See, Dave read a listicle by Rebecca Richardson in McSweeny’s comparing the features of the game to academic job-hunting, and it seemed a little…familiar.







    But first, the crew takes a look at recent developments in Madeline’s and Abby’s own job hunt, and we learn about bone marrow donation as that’s also something Madeline’s preparing for.







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    • 56 min
    Physician Assistant Week!

    Physician Assistant Week!

    A relatively new partner in medicine, the Physician Assistant has become vital to team-based healthcare







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    * The Physician Assistant can do most things an MD can do, aside from prescribing certain kinds drugs, and they don’t usually practice independently.* Iowa’s interesting because PA students train with MD students during their didactics. This close contact means that trust is established early between the two professions. * PAs must amass so many hours of clinical activity before they enter school that they start with MUCH more experience than MDs usually do.















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    It’s PA Week across this great land, and to celebrate we’ve got physician assistant students on the mic. PA2s Liz Patton and Chris Ball join M2s Rick Gardner and Brianna Wright to talk about their relatively young profession. Why did they choose to pursue a career as a physician assistant? What do PAs actually do, and how is it different from the jobs of other healthcare pros? What’s the training like? Let’s dive in!







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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 theshor...

    • 53 min
    The Obscure Document that Residency Programs Use to Decide If You're Worthy

    The Obscure Document that Residency Programs Use to Decide If You're Worthy

    The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (or dean’s letter) will be sent to all your potential employers. Let’s talk about what’s in it!







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    * You may have heard of the dean’s letter. It’s sent to all residency programs, one of the things they’ll use to choose who to invite for an interview. But do you know what’s in it…and that it’s creation begins on your first day of med school?* YouTube announces blanket ban on vaccine misinformation, and axes the biggest misinformation peddlers.* Can The Short Coats pass the 2021 IgNobel Prize Winners Quiz?







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    To Dave, it sometimes feels like the process of medical education is as complex and opaque as the actual medical knowledge it works to impart to students. In this elaborate system, absolute transparency is difficult to achieve, but there’s one thing Dave thinks students should keep in the backs of their heads from day one: the medical student performance evaluation (MSPE, or ‘dean’s letter’). That’s because this document will be sent to all their future employers, including their residency programs. And those programs will use it (and other data applicants and colleges supply) to decide whether to invite you for an interview. Yet Dave has the impression that many don’t even know what’s in this important document–which includes comments from residents and attendings on their personal qualities and performance–until just before they begin to apply for residency!

    • 55 min
    Married Applicants: Easier than You Might Think

    Married Applicants: Easier than You Might Think

    Applying to med school together might be easier than couples think







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    * Married couples applying to a school together are really a bonus for schools, all other factors being equal.* We discuss Niki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s testicles. Because that’s a thing we do now.* Wiki How has interesting illustrations–can we guess the article?







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    Taylor and his wife are going to apply to Ivy League med school Brown University together. But they’re worried that it’s a lot to expect that schools will accept both of them as a package deal. But we think it might not be as difficult for schools to do as Taylor might assume. MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk, M2 Elvire Nguepnang, M1 Noah Wick, and M4 Mackenzie Walhof–along with our admissions director–have some encouraging thoughts for those looking to start their journey as a couple.







    Also, we talk about Niki Minaj’s cousin’s friend’s testicles, the CDC’s approval of booster shots for Pfizer (and it’s director’s unilateral decision to include frontline workers as eligible), and Dave quizzes the crew to see if they can figure out what the Wiki How article is based on some accompanying illustrations.







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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to Find a Non-Trad Friendly School

    How to Find a Non-Trad Friendly School

    What to look at when shopping for schools to apply to when you aren’t like other students







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    * We discuss with a listener how to find a school that is friendly to non-traditional students.* Bringing wooly mammoths back to life?* Is talking about people who engage in questionable COVID treatments just adding to the problem?







    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!















    Dave invited listener Brenna on the show to ask her question–as a decidedly non-traditional applicant to medical schools, how can she go about finding schools that will be open to her application? And what can she expect from those schools socially–will she be so different from her classmates that she isn’t able to find her people? MD/PhD students Aline Sandouk, Miranda Schene, Riley Behan, and M2 Sarah Costello have the answers!







    We also discuss some special news items this week, like the startup that wants to CRISPr up some woolly mammoth/elephant hybrids to roam the tundra, the hospital that wants to use med students to fill in for their nursing shortage, and the people now (allegedly?) sipping betadine to prevent COVID.







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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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    • 58 min
    Music Soothes and Builds Teams

    Music Soothes and Builds Teams

    Medical students who play instruments together and with others see benefits for teamwork and learning







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    * Medical students can use their music background to enhance their education* Playing together and improvising is great practice for working in teams* The mental health benefits of playing or singing are huge–it’s impossible to play or sing without forgetting your cares.















    M2s AJ Chowdhury (bass guitar), Trey Krupp (guitar), Anthony Piscopo (vocals) and M4 Dhruv Kothari (singer-songwriters), discuss their lives as musicians, and the uses that music has for understanding their lives as medical students and team members. Keeping music in their lives despite what feels like the all-consuming nature of medical education.







    Listen to Trey Krupp on Spotify!







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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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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
267 Ratings

267 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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