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Dave Etler and the Students of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

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The Short Coat

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Dave Etler and the Students of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

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The Honest Guide to Medical School that offers premed students, medical students, and healthcare learners of all kinds a window into what medicine and medical school is really like.

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AAMC 'S VITA interview tool...is it really vital?

EPhoto by brianna.lehman Listener Soma let us know that the AAMC has released an interview app for medical schools to collect videos of applicants answers to some standard questions. Their website says the tool addresses the needs expressed by its member schools during the upcoming interview season. Soma wondered, what do we think? Of course, that no matter what we think, it seems like applicants will probably have to do it anyway. But M2s Mariam Mansour, Greta Becker, Kayla Kruse and Nikitha Pothireddy are on hand to consider. Hmm…what DO we think of a new item for applicants to put on their to-do list in order to apply to medical school? What DO we think of a set of what appear to be screening questions that could be asked in some other interview format, such as a live virtual interview? What DO we think of a tool which seems to add another item to med schools’ to-do list? What DO we think of a tool which seems at a glance to be similar to another tool that was tried and cancelled for Emergency Medicine residency applications due to lack of interest from programs and applicants? Also, in light of a surge of COVID-19 cases that seem to be driven by young people eager to discard social distancing and masks to hang out with their buds in bars, we discuss the fairness of asking a screening question during interviews about whether the applicant has been doing the right thing to protect others. This Week in Medical News The first person to be treated for sickle cell disease with CRISPR in the US

43 MIN4 d ago
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AAMC 'S VITA interview tool...is it really vital?

What Every Med Student Needs To Know About Being a Leader ft. Brent Lacey, MD

EBeing a physician leaves you no choice–you ARE going to lead. Dr. Brent Lacey is a gastroenterologist who is passionate about helping physicians succeed with business and personal finances. As a physician, he understands how overwhelming it can be to step out of clinical training and into a career, and he has seen firsthand the lack of education on how to run a practice and manage finances. That’s also why he founded The Scope of Practice website. http://www.thescopeofpractice.com/ One of the critical job responsibilities of being a physician is leading a team. Those teams can be small–such as those that are caring for patients–or huge–like those that lead healthcare systems. No matter what, learning how to lead a team–and how to be lead–is as important as any medical knowledge a medical school can impart. Dr. Brent Lacey is a leader himself, a gastroenterologist, a Naval officer, and physician career coach. He knows a few things about leadership, and he talks about these top...

60 MIN1 w ago
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What Every Med Student Needs To Know About Being a Leader ft. Brent Lacey, MD

What med students do when they don’t know the right answer

EIt feels risky to be wrong…here’s how to get used to that [Don’t forget to share the show with your friends and family–send a screenshot of the share to theshortcoats@gmail.com to get a free thank you gift from Dave!] The Socratic method–teaching using questions–is a big part of medical education. It’s also often a big adjustment that medical students have to make when arriving at med school. Why is this method so important to med school profs, and how do you get comfortable speaking up in front of everyone when you know you’ve got no idea? Short Coats Emma Barr, Nick Lind, Holly Conger, and Tim Maxwell have all been there! Also, since Dave is a news junky, he has the gang play a headline mashup game. Come along as we find out the controversial views of a professor about the function of bones! Buy Our Merch and Support The Show Do something nice for us! We deserve it? This Week in Medical News In the race to re-establish supply lines in the midst of the pandemic, The White H...

51 MIN2 w ago
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What med students do when they don’t know the right answer

The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Get Help with Your Application

E[Once again, our circumstances force us to endure mild sound quality issues. Sorry, but that’s round-table podcasting in the pandemic age. You’ll be alright.] We got some lovely responses back from listeners of last week’s show (in which we discussed racism in America and in medicine), including a most important one from Cachae on the best ways to talk to your black friends about racism (hint–it’s not asking them to educate you). And Cam wanted to know whether he could ask an admissions office member for feedback on his primary application before he submits it instead of getting a rejection after. Wouldn’t it be more efficient? And Dave and his co-hosts–Abby Fyfe, Nick Lind, Madeline Cusimano, and newb Holly Conger–exercise their minds with a game of Would You Rather. Buy Our Merch and Support The Show Do something nice for us! We deserve it? This Week in Medical News Science made Dave mad again, with a study on how bald men are more susceptible to poor outcomes from COVID-1...

63 MIN3 w ago
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The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Get Help with Your Application

A Peace Corps Gap, Racism and Medicine

A group of public professionals, infectious disease professionals and community members are pushing back on the common perception that #BLM protests will unnecessarily exacerbate the pandemic. This news leads to a discussion of racism in America. NB: The discussion should speak for itself, but this is the age of internet outrage. So we acknowledge that when it comes to talking about racism in America, there are few better ways to go wrong than by doing so with a room full of white people. And yet, a handful of white people on a podcast that’s minimally planned is what we had to work with in the moment. We hope we got it mostly right, and whatever we didn’t, we hope that your feedback will be in the spirit in which the discussion took place–heartfelt, sincere, and with an eye towards a future free of white fragility, fear, and especially marginalization. But before all that, we were blessed with listener question from Kayla, who’s looking forward to some gap years in the Peace Co...

53 MINJUN 11
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A Peace Corps Gap, Racism and Medicine

Activities that AdComms love to see

ELogan wrote in to comment on what we call 'box-checking,' the idea that med school admissions committees only want applicants who've done all the best activities and lots of them, and that applicants must participate in activities that "stand out" if they want any chance of getting in. Co-hosts Nick Lind, Aline Sandouk, Emma Barr, and Sally Haeberlin discuss what adcomms really want. Also, we visit Yahoo! Answers for those odd questions we love so well. Shouldn't docs carry tranquilizer guns?

64 MINJUN 4
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Activities that AdComms love to see

Applying: Your Experience Is A Bonus, If You Can Tell The Right Story

E[Would you like a FREE Short Coat pin made by Dave’s own two hands? Share an episode of SCP online and email a screenshot to theshortcoats@gmail.com!] Listener Christy has several years as a South Carolina emergency department nurse under her belt. But for a while now, she’s been planning to change careers, with her sights set on an MD. She very much wants, however, to be able to discuss her current work during interviews without coming across as a know-it-all. We don’t often do this, but Dave decided to invite Christy on the show as a co-host to talk about it, and with Short Coats Anna Wilcox, Camilla Koczara, Greta Becker, and Hannah Steenblock, suggest some strategies to her live and in-person. As a special bonus, Christy’s been working with COVID-19 patients, so we get to find out a little about her experience on the front lines. Plus we enjoy a poorly thought-out exercise straight from Dave’s brain on ethical dilemmas. This is your chance to find out: would the co-hosts al...

45 MINMAY 29
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Applying: Your Experience Is A Bonus, If You Can Tell The Right Story

More Signs that Med School Will Be Different This Fall

E[This episode is brought to you by Pattern. We hope you’ll check out their disability insurance offerings for docs at http://patternlife.com/partner/shortcoat.] As many of us are, The Short Coats–including this week’s M1 co-hosts Nathen Spitz, Maddie Wahlen, and Caitlin Matteson–have been gazing into their cracked crystal ball to discover the new shape of medical school amid the pandemic. In a previous episode, the crew prognosticated on how interviews would change (and how you can be sure those changes won’t scuttle your chances for interview success), for instance…and it turns out we were right! Adding some certainty to that, the Association of American Medical Colleges has cancelled all its conferences until July of 2021. So yeah. Sandgroper Largemun, an anonymous listener from Australia, wants to know some ways that he can stand out in medical school to land that choice residency. Good thing you wrote to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com, Sandgroper, because we have ideas for ...

43 MINMAY 21
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More Signs that Med School Will Be Different This Fall

This Student's Shame is Changing Our Curriculum

Doctors and medical students often have an identity based on perfection and infallibility. Often it that identity comes from their own expectations of themselves, and sometimes it comes from external sources. Whatever the source, it's both motivating and problematic to feel shame when mistakes are madeor when knowledge is imperfect. Fourth-year student and future OB/Gyn doc Luci Howard visited with MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk and M1s Caitlin Matteson, Morgan Kennedy, and Emerald Dohleman to talk about her project to create a curriculum about shame and medical student identity. Her shame--as a first-gen college graduate, as a perfectionist, and as someone who's made mistakes--was holding her hostage in some ways, but now her curriculum works to illuminate and combat the negative effects of shame in medical education, and it will soon be integrated into the College of Medicine's curriculum. Her work means that future medical learners will learn how to react productively and rationall...

28 MINMAY 14
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This Student's Shame is Changing Our Curriculum

Crush It In Your Zoom Interview

EYour future could include video conference interviews. Avoid (at all costs) giving interviewers a reason to say no. Photo by hang_in_there This episode is brought to you by Pattern. We hope you’ll check out their disability insurance offerings for docs at http://patternlife.com/partner/shortcoat. Are Zoom interviews the future? They could be, if some sort of magic doesn’t intervene in the course of the pandemic. Meanwhile, everyone has a love-hate relationship with video conferencing, and Dave fears that those on the sharp end of the interview may not have the technology and skills to shine brightly. So, with the help of Brandon Bacalzo, Sahaana Arumugam, Nathan Spitz, and Claire Carmichael (all M1s who, like you, are in the thick of virtual everything right now), we collect our thoughts on how you can remove the distractions and subconscious biases that could sink your interview. We Want to Hear From You What advice would you give for virtual interviews? Call us at 347-SHORTCT an...

54 MINMAY 8
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Crush It In Your Zoom Interview

Latest Episodes

AAMC 'S VITA interview tool...is it really vital?

EPhoto by brianna.lehman Listener Soma let us know that the AAMC has released an interview app for medical schools to collect videos of applicants answers to some standard questions. Their website says the tool addresses the needs expressed by its member schools during the upcoming interview season. Soma wondered, what do we think? Of course, that no matter what we think, it seems like applicants will probably have to do it anyway. But M2s Mariam Mansour, Greta Becker, Kayla Kruse and Nikitha Pothireddy are on hand to consider. Hmm…what DO we think of a new item for applicants to put on their to-do list in order to apply to medical school? What DO we think of a set of what appear to be screening questions that could be asked in some other interview format, such as a live virtual interview? What DO we think of a tool which seems to add another item to med schools’ to-do list? What DO we think of a tool which seems at a glance to be similar to another tool that was tried and cancelled for Emergency Medicine residency applications due to lack of interest from programs and applicants? Also, in light of a surge of COVID-19 cases that seem to be driven by young people eager to discard social distancing and masks to hang out with their buds in bars, we discuss the fairness of asking a screening question during interviews about whether the applicant has been doing the right thing to protect others. This Week in Medical News The first person to be treated for sickle cell disease with CRISPR in the US

43 MIN4 d ago
Comments
AAMC 'S VITA interview tool...is it really vital?

What Every Med Student Needs To Know About Being a Leader ft. Brent Lacey, MD

EBeing a physician leaves you no choice–you ARE going to lead. Dr. Brent Lacey is a gastroenterologist who is passionate about helping physicians succeed with business and personal finances. As a physician, he understands how overwhelming it can be to step out of clinical training and into a career, and he has seen firsthand the lack of education on how to run a practice and manage finances. That’s also why he founded The Scope of Practice website. http://www.thescopeofpractice.com/ One of the critical job responsibilities of being a physician is leading a team. Those teams can be small–such as those that are caring for patients–or huge–like those that lead healthcare systems. No matter what, learning how to lead a team–and how to be lead–is as important as any medical knowledge a medical school can impart. Dr. Brent Lacey is a leader himself, a gastroenterologist, a Naval officer, and physician career coach. He knows a few things about leadership, and he talks about these top...

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
What Every Med Student Needs To Know About Being a Leader ft. Brent Lacey, MD

What med students do when they don’t know the right answer

EIt feels risky to be wrong…here’s how to get used to that [Don’t forget to share the show with your friends and family–send a screenshot of the share to theshortcoats@gmail.com to get a free thank you gift from Dave!] The Socratic method–teaching using questions–is a big part of medical education. It’s also often a big adjustment that medical students have to make when arriving at med school. Why is this method so important to med school profs, and how do you get comfortable speaking up in front of everyone when you know you’ve got no idea? Short Coats Emma Barr, Nick Lind, Holly Conger, and Tim Maxwell have all been there! Also, since Dave is a news junky, he has the gang play a headline mashup game. Come along as we find out the controversial views of a professor about the function of bones! Buy Our Merch and Support The Show Do something nice for us! We deserve it? This Week in Medical News In the race to re-establish supply lines in the midst of the pandemic, The White H...

51 MIN2 w ago
Comments
What med students do when they don’t know the right answer

The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Get Help with Your Application

E[Once again, our circumstances force us to endure mild sound quality issues. Sorry, but that’s round-table podcasting in the pandemic age. You’ll be alright.] We got some lovely responses back from listeners of last week’s show (in which we discussed racism in America and in medicine), including a most important one from Cachae on the best ways to talk to your black friends about racism (hint–it’s not asking them to educate you). And Cam wanted to know whether he could ask an admissions office member for feedback on his primary application before he submits it instead of getting a rejection after. Wouldn’t it be more efficient? And Dave and his co-hosts–Abby Fyfe, Nick Lind, Madeline Cusimano, and newb Holly Conger–exercise their minds with a game of Would You Rather. Buy Our Merch and Support The Show Do something nice for us! We deserve it? This Week in Medical News Science made Dave mad again, with a study on how bald men are more susceptible to poor outcomes from COVID-1...

63 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Get Help with Your Application

A Peace Corps Gap, Racism and Medicine

A group of public professionals, infectious disease professionals and community members are pushing back on the common perception that #BLM protests will unnecessarily exacerbate the pandemic. This news leads to a discussion of racism in America. NB: The discussion should speak for itself, but this is the age of internet outrage. So we acknowledge that when it comes to talking about racism in America, there are few better ways to go wrong than by doing so with a room full of white people. And yet, a handful of white people on a podcast that’s minimally planned is what we had to work with in the moment. We hope we got it mostly right, and whatever we didn’t, we hope that your feedback will be in the spirit in which the discussion took place–heartfelt, sincere, and with an eye towards a future free of white fragility, fear, and especially marginalization. But before all that, we were blessed with listener question from Kayla, who’s looking forward to some gap years in the Peace Co...

53 MINJUN 11
Comments
A Peace Corps Gap, Racism and Medicine

Activities that AdComms love to see

ELogan wrote in to comment on what we call 'box-checking,' the idea that med school admissions committees only want applicants who've done all the best activities and lots of them, and that applicants must participate in activities that "stand out" if they want any chance of getting in. Co-hosts Nick Lind, Aline Sandouk, Emma Barr, and Sally Haeberlin discuss what adcomms really want. Also, we visit Yahoo! Answers for those odd questions we love so well. Shouldn't docs carry tranquilizer guns?

64 MINJUN 4
Comments
Activities that AdComms love to see

Applying: Your Experience Is A Bonus, If You Can Tell The Right Story

E[Would you like a FREE Short Coat pin made by Dave’s own two hands? Share an episode of SCP online and email a screenshot to theshortcoats@gmail.com!] Listener Christy has several years as a South Carolina emergency department nurse under her belt. But for a while now, she’s been planning to change careers, with her sights set on an MD. She very much wants, however, to be able to discuss her current work during interviews without coming across as a know-it-all. We don’t often do this, but Dave decided to invite Christy on the show as a co-host to talk about it, and with Short Coats Anna Wilcox, Camilla Koczara, Greta Becker, and Hannah Steenblock, suggest some strategies to her live and in-person. As a special bonus, Christy’s been working with COVID-19 patients, so we get to find out a little about her experience on the front lines. Plus we enjoy a poorly thought-out exercise straight from Dave’s brain on ethical dilemmas. This is your chance to find out: would the co-hosts al...

45 MINMAY 29
Comments
Applying: Your Experience Is A Bonus, If You Can Tell The Right Story

More Signs that Med School Will Be Different This Fall

E[This episode is brought to you by Pattern. We hope you’ll check out their disability insurance offerings for docs at http://patternlife.com/partner/shortcoat.] As many of us are, The Short Coats–including this week’s M1 co-hosts Nathen Spitz, Maddie Wahlen, and Caitlin Matteson–have been gazing into their cracked crystal ball to discover the new shape of medical school amid the pandemic. In a previous episode, the crew prognosticated on how interviews would change (and how you can be sure those changes won’t scuttle your chances for interview success), for instance…and it turns out we were right! Adding some certainty to that, the Association of American Medical Colleges has cancelled all its conferences until July of 2021. So yeah. Sandgroper Largemun, an anonymous listener from Australia, wants to know some ways that he can stand out in medical school to land that choice residency. Good thing you wrote to us at theshortcoats@gmail.com, Sandgroper, because we have ideas for ...

43 MINMAY 21
Comments
More Signs that Med School Will Be Different This Fall

This Student's Shame is Changing Our Curriculum

Doctors and medical students often have an identity based on perfection and infallibility. Often it that identity comes from their own expectations of themselves, and sometimes it comes from external sources. Whatever the source, it's both motivating and problematic to feel shame when mistakes are madeor when knowledge is imperfect. Fourth-year student and future OB/Gyn doc Luci Howard visited with MD/PhD student Aline Sandouk and M1s Caitlin Matteson, Morgan Kennedy, and Emerald Dohleman to talk about her project to create a curriculum about shame and medical student identity. Her shame--as a first-gen college graduate, as a perfectionist, and as someone who's made mistakes--was holding her hostage in some ways, but now her curriculum works to illuminate and combat the negative effects of shame in medical education, and it will soon be integrated into the College of Medicine's curriculum. Her work means that future medical learners will learn how to react productively and rationall...

28 MINMAY 14
Comments
This Student's Shame is Changing Our Curriculum

Crush It In Your Zoom Interview

EYour future could include video conference interviews. Avoid (at all costs) giving interviewers a reason to say no. Photo by hang_in_there This episode is brought to you by Pattern. We hope you’ll check out their disability insurance offerings for docs at http://patternlife.com/partner/shortcoat. Are Zoom interviews the future? They could be, if some sort of magic doesn’t intervene in the course of the pandemic. Meanwhile, everyone has a love-hate relationship with video conferencing, and Dave fears that those on the sharp end of the interview may not have the technology and skills to shine brightly. So, with the help of Brandon Bacalzo, Sahaana Arumugam, Nathan Spitz, and Claire Carmichael (all M1s who, like you, are in the thick of virtual everything right now), we collect our thoughts on how you can remove the distractions and subconscious biases that could sink your interview. We Want to Hear From You What advice would you give for virtual interviews? Call us at 347-SHORTCT an...

54 MINMAY 8
Comments
Crush It In Your Zoom Interview

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