Unwanted Sexual Attention From Patients

By The Short Coat Podcast

Do med students get training on how to deal with sexual attention from patients?

Listener Zipadee Doodah (not her actual name) was the victim of unwanted sexual attention from a patient.  Because her employer didn’t have a policy in place to deal with it, she fought for one.  But she wonders, what sort of training do medical students get on dealing with unwanted advances from patients?  Kaci McCleary, Erik Kneller, Eric Schnieders, and newbie co-host Cheryl Wang offer their perspectives. Plus we consider a clever approach from a restaurateur who was surprised to learn that her efforts to create a welcoming, inclusive place of business nevertheless masked a simmering harassment problem.  How she and her crew dealt with it might be a model for medicine. Continue reading “Unwanted Sexual Attention From Patients”

Q&A With Dr. Samir Guglani, Consultant, Clinical Oncologist, and Writer

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By Gloria Onwuneme, SDN Staff Writer

Dr. Samir Guglani (MBBS, MRCP, FRCR) is a consultant clinical oncologist and a writer. He is also the founder, director, and curator of Medicine Unboxed, an annual event which uses the arts to engage health professionals and the public in conversation around medicine.

Dr. Guglani obtained his medical degree from the University College Hospital London Medical School (1995), having also completed an intercalated degree in neuroscience there. Continue reading “Q&A With Dr. Samir Guglani, Consultant, Clinical Oncologist, and Writer”

How Media and Education Can Improve Latinx Health Disparities


By David Velasquez

Here’s the good news: Latinx population growth is rising and projected to constitute 29% of the US demographic by 2060. Now, here’s the bad news: data continues to reveal that cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases affect Latinxs more commonly than non-Latinx whites. Inadequate access to healthcare, socioeconomic barriers, lower rates of higher education, and cultural differences foster this egregious health divide. Continue reading “How Media and Education Can Improve Latinx Health Disparities”

Preparing for Medical School as a High School Student

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By Renee Marinelli, MD

Looking to college and beyond is a major step for a high school student. You are about to embark on your journey into adulthood and establish yourself as a college student. For students considering a career in medicine, it is not too early to start exploring this path in high school. To give perspective, to become a physician, it takes four years of undergrad, four year of medical school and then three to seven years of post-graduate training. In essence, making the decision to become a physician is no feat to be taken lightly. If you are considering this path, you can start to solidify your decision in high school. Here is what you can be doing to determine if becoming a physician is the right career choice for you! Continue reading “Preparing for Medical School as a High School Student”

What’s causing this characteristic appearance on CT?

A 37-year-old female presents to her family physician with recurring abdominal and flank pain. She mentions her mother suffered from kidney problems but doesn’t know many details. Examination reveals a blood pressure of 170/110 mmHg and proteinuria is present on dipstick. Laboratory tests show an elevated hematocrit, microalbuminuria, and microscopic hematuria. A CT scan later reveals the findings seen here.Which of the following conditions is most commonly associated with this patient’s likely diagnosis?
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Night Float: Finding Mentors, Being a Mentor

Mentorship–both giving and receiving–is a crucial part of being a resident

Keenan Laraway
Keenan Laraway

Keenan Laraway, MD

Short Coat Podcast veteran Keenan Laraway, MD (CCOM ’15, Internal Medicine), returns to the microphone to give his insights into one of the most important parts of residency–finding and being a mentor.  As you listen, note how much credit he gives to his mentors for their influence on him, and how much emphasis he gives to teaching medical students himself.  Medical residency (and undergraduate medical education, partially) operates on an apprenticeship model, in which the experience and advice of one’s colleagues is integral to one’s own development.  Seeking out those relationships is therefore vital. Continue reading “Night Float: Finding Mentors, Being a Mentor”

The MCAT Scoring Process: Your Questions Answered

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By AAMC Staff

When you receive your score report, you will receive five scores—four scores for each of the multiple-choice sections of the exam and one total score. As you prepare for test day, you may wonder how the AAMC calculates your scores. Or perhaps you’ve heard some theories about how we do it. To help dispel any myths, we’ve answered three of your frequently asked questions about how the MCAT exam is scored.   Continue reading “The MCAT Scoring Process: Your Questions Answered”

3 Study Strategies for the Behavioral Sciences on the MCAT

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By Cassie Kosarek

As essential as it is to know the pathophysiology of various diseases and the pharmacological and surgical interventions used to treat them, it is also necessary to understand the social and psychological aspects of illness in order to effectively treat patients. Physicians must situate their treatments within psychosocial parameters that best serve the individual patient, asking questions like, “What will motivate this patient to take his medication as prescribed?” and “How do the social supports of this single parent influence his or her ability to get his/her child to well-visits with the pediatrician?” Continue reading “3 Study Strategies for the Behavioral Sciences on the MCAT”

Student Loan Repayment Strategies for Medical Professionals

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By Dave Rathmanner

Unless you’re one of those people who wins every scholarship you apply for, you’ve likely had to take out student loans to pay for your medical degree. In fact, if you’re like most doctors or medical students, you’ve likely had to take out many, many student loans. After all, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, doctors graduate with an average of $190,694 in student debt.

That’s an overwhelming amount of debt to be carrying and, like most medical students or graduates, you’re likely worrying about your repayment. But despite having large amounts of student loan debt, most doctors don’t default on their student loans since their degrees allow them to earn high-paying salaries which make student debt easier to pay off. Continue reading “Student Loan Repayment Strategies for Medical Professionals”

Daniel Lam: Medical Student & Study Aid Knitter

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By The Student Doctor Network

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, went to UC Berkeley for undergrad (go Bears) and studied linguistics, then made a sharp left turn and decided to go to medical school. Now I’m a fourth year at the University of Chicago applying into pediatrics.* I’m a middle child, a West Wing fanatic, and a knitter! I like to knit (obviously), but I also like other things, like writing/reading, cooking/eating, other forms of production/consumption, and hanging out at cafes listening to music and doing crossword puzzles. Continue reading “Daniel Lam: Medical Student & Study Aid Knitter”