"This Meharrian Life" highlights members of the Meharry Medical College family through personal interviews about their lives, motivations and the impact of the institution. Founded in 1876, Meharry Medical College is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. The college is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences—44 percent of all black dentists in the U.S. were trained at Meharry.
Episode 18 - On Leadership [Season Finale]
In this season finale, Bassam looks back over his many conversations with Meharrians and reflects on their collective wisdom and thoughts.
Episode 17 - Dr. James E.K. Hildreth
Bassam speaks with the 12th President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., about the influence of his mother on his success, the impact of his research on HIV/AIDS and his strategies to ensure that Meharry stays on the cutting edge of medical education and research.
Episode 16 - Dr. Stephanie Bailey
In a fascinating conversation, Stephanie Bailey, M.D., M.S., speaks with Bassam about her role as Senior Associate Dean of Public Health Practice, her upcoming documentary and her work at the CDC in Atlanta.
Episode 15 - Dr. Veronica Mallett
In this episode, Veronica Mallett, M.D., MMM, speaks to Bassam about the challenges she overcame to get into medical school, her mission at Meharry Medical College and her philosophy on leadership.
Episode 14 - Dr. Billy Ballard
Dr. Billy Ballard chats with Bassam about growing up in the segregated South, why he decided to get both a dental degree AND a medical degree and what keeps driving him after all these years.
Episode 13 - Dr. Dexter Samuels
With a diverse career spanning from government, to academia, to health care administration, Dexter Samuels, Ph.D. M.H.A., speaks with Bassam Zahid and Folami Duncan about helping the people around you succeed, overcoming introversion and establishing the health policy initiatives to take Meharry Medical College to the next level.
A Beacon of Light
Podcasts such as this one are much needed beacons of light for the academy as a whole as well as African American Medical Professionals.