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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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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.

    How We’re Preparing For Residency Interviews

    How We’re Preparing For Residency Interviews

    What do residency programs really want to hear about?

    M4s Nathen and Zack, M3 Rick, and MD/PhD student Riley offer their ideas on prepping for residency interviews and the questions they’ll probably be asked. Dave offers up an ‘educational’ improv exercise to help them prepare. And premed listener Emily was told that Family Medicine is a dead end…by her mom who is a Family Medicine doc! That’s not really the case, is it?

    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”).

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    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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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How Climate Change will Change Medicine

    How Climate Change will Change Medicine

    Physicians of the (all-too-near) future will face new challenges

    Iowa College of Public Health Professor Peter Thorne visits with M4s Nathen and Zack, M3 Rick, and M2 Chirayu to look at what climate change means for doctors and patients in the future. As seas rise and weather events become more and more severe, there will be changes to the kinds of conditions and people that physicians will treat. Garrison writes in to ask us about a med school that just wants 90 credits and an MCAT–is it too good to be true?

    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”).

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    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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    • 52 min
    You Should NOT Go To Med School

    You Should NOT Go To Med School

    At least, not until you understand these IMPORTANT downsides

    Co-hosts Aline, Riley, Jacob, and Tracy discuss why they’d have reconsidered their desire to go to medical school…if only they’d known! Things like medical ‘hazing,’ the opportunity costs, and the heirarchical nature of medicine are all infuriating at times, and cause a sort of stress that can make students miserable. Forewarned is forearmed! Plus, listener John and his fiancé will be applying to medical school together. Is that even a good idea, and should they tell their schools about it?

    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”).

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    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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    • 53 min
    Actually Useful Premed Activies

    Actually Useful Premed Activies

    Not all activities turn out to be useful, although that doesn’t mean they’re not worth it.

    M2s Matt, Chirayu, and Jacob, and PA2 Ariel discuss the premed activities they found most helpful (as opposed to required) now that they’re in medical school.

    A Yale study claims to bring pigs back to (some semblance) of life.

    The gang practice their patient interaction skills by delivering some fake bad news, then following that with fake breakthrough treatments.

    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/c/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.

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    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA;

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Why Having A Pet In Med School Is A Good Idea

    Why Having A Pet In Med School Is A Good Idea

    They may not help us pass our exams…but they definitely have upsides

    A common question new medical students have is whether they should get a pet. Will they feel neglected when I have to be at the hospital or the library? Will they be too expensive for a poor med student? Will they be too much work? The answer to those questions can be answered by realizing that PLENTY of us do own pets, and we all do just fine. Also, Dave cornered some frightened-looking M1s during orientation for some people-on-the-street interviews. Riley, Mao, Madi and Matt discuss their answers.

    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/c/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

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    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA;

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Monkeypox: A National Health Emergency

    Monkeypox: A National Health Emergency

    Have we learned anything from HIV or COVID?

    M4 Nathen, M2s Noah and Shana, and MD/PhD student Aline discuss the new epidemic of “Monkeypox,” and try to discern if our country has learned anything about how to respond to emerging diseases. A BMC Medical Education journal article shines some light on the best (and worst) study techniques med students use to drink from the firehose. Dave asks his co-hosts to celebrate an incoming class of med students by PIMPing each other…while wearing mouth spreaders.

    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/c/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

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    Hexalyte – Wandering Hours: youtu.be/FOAo2zsYnvA;

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 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

summerfunia ,

Review

Good advice often very political

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.

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