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Episode 11: My First Monkey — Beads, Boogies, and Bugs ─ Oh My!

Pediatrics probably has more in common with veterinary medicine than any other specialty. A good number of patients are drooling, non-verbal, squirmy little monsters belonging to caring, anxious adults acting as interpreter and advocate. There will be whining. There could be biting. There will be lots of praise. (“Good boy!” “Good girl!”) Possibly a puddle. And, if appropriate, a treat at the end.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Episode 10: My First Open Heart — Inside Out

The concept of an “open heart” is open to interpretation. Depending on the context, those two words can conjure up thoughts of anything from an early Madonna hit song to a jewelry commercial to a scene in an operating room. There is the symbol and the meaning and the literal meaning—and they are all meaningful. And they are all about the idea of taking the risk, being accessible, susceptible, unguarded, understanding that in order to let something in you must create an opening for it.

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Topics: Surgery

Episode 9: My First & Only Constant — Humanity, for a Change

When Faith asked doctors Lauren Robertson, Emma Husain and Pranay Sinha what they would change in medicine, she expected to hear a chorus of sighs, and tales of red tape, bad policies and broken systems. What she heard instead made us reevaluate what it means to change and make change, answers that called for intimacy and real human connection as weapons in the crusade for better care.

And so the podcast that was supposed to be about “change” changed. Rather than examples of inhuman forces making the act of human care challenging, it became a story of how when faced with human problems, doctors and patients must become more human about the way they approach and solve them. With compassion, our first and only constant can truly be a change for the better. We are our only hope.

Listen to Episode Nine

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Topics: Residency, Med School

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