A cardiologist at Emory University shares candid thoughts from the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Lakshmi Sridharan chats with her curious friend Jaclyn Schiff, CEO of PodReacher, exploring what it's like to be a physician during the coronavirus pandemic, and how it's changing the professional, the personal, and everything in between. Wide-reaching conversations in this moment of freefall. Best enjoyed with your favorite drink. An 8-episode series.
I was exposed to COVID-19. Twice.
In this episode, we meet Lakshmi Sridharan, an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta. Lakshmi moved to Atlanta less than a year ago and was adjusting to life in a new city and her role within the academic healthcare institution when COVID-19 hit.
She reflects on how she's had to adapt her practice of medicine given the spread of the novel coronavirus, including PPE training (and what happens when there isn't enough to go around). She recounts the experience of doing close physical exams with patients who'd tested negative for COVID-19, but ended up developing symptoms from the virus.
"I woke up with a little bit of a cough."
After two exposures while examining COVID-19 patients, Lakshmi found herself sitting in an office with an infectious disease specialist.
After describing the process for COVID-19 testing, she discusses the emotional effect of her work on her parents.
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When COVID-19 is a family affair.
The coronavirus pandemic is having a major effect on family dynamics. The episode kicks off with Dr. Lakshmi Sridharan relating the experience of treating a patient whose whole family was diagnosed with COVID-19. She also discusses her adjustment to doing virtual consultations.
Later in the episode, things get even more personal and the co-hosts share how social distancing is affecting their own family lives.
We're losing money.
In this episode, the co-hosts discuss the changing economic landscape resulting from efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Lakshmi opens with the story of a patient who has to make difficult choices due to economic challenges. Jaclyn shares how the pandemic is affecting the broader podcast industry and specifically her business.
Appointing a designated survivor
This episode explores leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. Lakshmi describes her health system's preparedness approach, which includes the appointment of "designated survivors."
Leadership at the local, national, and global level are discussed, and Lakshmi and Jacci trade ideas on the role of media in fueling or fighting the spread of COVID-19.
The discussion meanders to a happy topic for females everywhere: Chris Cuomo.
The heart of the matter.
Speaking from Atlanta as the state of Georgia reopens its economy, the episode opens with Lakshmi talking about how her health system is preparing for an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
The focus shifts to the relationship between COVID-19 and heart health. The interplay between high blood pressure and COVID-19 is discussed. The conversation circles to a fascinating topic -- How the pandemic has affected one of the scarcest resources in the American healthcare system: organ transplants.
Two experts at their craft sharing vital information
Podreacher CEO Jaclyn Schiff and Emory University Cardiologist Dr. Lakshmi Sridharan present helpful and timely information on Covid19. It’s a pleasure to listen to them, and a relief to hear expert knowledge during a time of anxiety and uncertainty for us all. Worth a listen!
The hosts do a great job of relaying facts and COVID-related info while giving interesting personal details that paint an engaging picture. They have good chemistry and it’s fun to listen to them riff.
Incredible look at the frontlines
Jacci is a star in the podcast industry. It's so great to see her get behind the mic. This is an incredibly timely and relevant look at the frontlines, and it's powerful to hear experiences and learn from the most credible source. Quite the show