013: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Carisa Champion DO, JD, MPH – General Surgery Resident

Today we are joined by a very special guest Dr. Carisa Champion. Carisa is currently a second-year general surgery resident in the Philadelphia area, holds a master’s in public health, and is a JD, a doctor of the law. Carisa is a dear friend of mine and I could not be more excited to share her story. As it goes with all surgery residents, time is valuable. Carisa was gracious enough to record the podcast with me at 5:30am on a Saturday morning because that was the only time she had available. She graduated medical school as an osteopathic medical physician and has served at the highest level working as a student delegate on the AOA Board of Trustees and on numerous national task forces. Carisa was the student body president when in medical school and the chair of the council of osteopathic government presidents, something we discuss in the interview. Carisa truly is an inspiration and someone who knows first hand what it is like to struggle through adversity and also fight to stay afloat amidst a chaotic work/life schedule. In this interview we dive deep discussing her passion for helping others and her commitment to being the best she can be at any given moment. Carisa is a pioneer in the medical field and continues to be one of the most generous physicians that I know as you will hear at the end of the podcast.

011: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Elyse Love – Dermatology Resident

Today I am excited to bring you an interview with one of my favorite dermatology residents and Instagram motivators: Dr. Elyse Love.  Dr. Love is the founder of the ever popular “loveandthesky” blog and is known for being a beauty and lifestyle blogger. Elyse is a skincare and cosmetic advocate working with websites and brands such as Glossier, nextstepsinderm, and intothegloss.com. Elyse went to college and medical school in the south and is now a third-year Dermatology resident in NYC. Elyse has a passion for giving back and sharing her wisdom about the medical process and dermatology process. In this interview, we dive deep discussing the trials and tribulations of medical school and residency. We talk about why loving science early on is important, and we talk about the importance of creativity to her and her need for unstructured design. Elyse’s blog, Love and the Sky, is a career and life blog for young people in medicine who are ambitious, selfless, loving and a little bit fly. Love and the Sky Readers seek and create beauty in every arena of their life.

010: Surviving Medicine – Caleb Hentges MS IV

Today we are joined by a very special guest and a dear friend of mine, Caleb Hentges. Caleb is a current 4th year Medical student applying to pediatric residencies and was previously the student body president of his medical school. Caleb is a student advisor to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees and is a student advocate for mental health and breaking down the stigma of mental health issues in the medical community. Caleb has a unique perspective on failure as he failed his first year in medical school and had to repeat it. He went from doubting himself and doubting his future, to becoming the student body president and an advocate for the school. In this episode, we dive deep discussing what it is like to fail, how to get through difficult times, how to deal with mental health issues, and how to go from the very bottom to the very top. For anyone who is struggling, or for anyone who thinks they are not good enough, this episode is for you. Caleb has been one of my favorite guests to date!

009: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Shari Marchbein – Dermatologist

Today, I am excited to bring you an interview with NYC’s finest and one of our dear friends, Dr. Shari Marchbein. Dr. Marchbein is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology, a practicing dermatologist, and an expert in Acne and all things cosmetic. She has been practicing in New York City for almost 10 years and has recently become a rising star on social media as one of the most fashionable and stylish dermatologists around. She has been featured in Allure, Magzter, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, W Magazine, Women’s health, Cosmo, and Vogue. Not only is she intelligent and fashionable, Dr. Marchein truly is one of the kindest and warm hearted individuals I have met. In this episode, we dive deep discussing medical school, residency, and what it is like to fail or think you are not good enough. She is one of the most inspirational and motivational guests I have ever spoken with. If you are feel down, depressed, or overwhelmed with wherever you are in the medical process, this episode is for you.

008: Surviving Medicine – James, MSIII

Today we are joined by a very special guest James, a current Third year medical student. James has a unique background filled with insight into meditation, the research behind it, and the overall benefits of mindfulness. James is a certified medical lab scientist and is somewhat of a style icon. You can find him on Instagram as @thestyleprescription dishing out a healthy dose of motivation, style, delicious food, and insane photography. James is a GQ insider, a lifestyle blogger, and has relationships with the brands Timex, Zipkick and JORD Watches. In this episode, we dive deep into his passion for meditation, his insight into medical school, his love for the Filipino culture and much more!

007: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Justin Shafa – Diagnostic Radiology

Today's episode is with Dr. Justin Shafa, As with all great physicians, Justin immediately made me feel at ease. Justin is a current second year resident in NYC in Diagnostic Radiology and spent his intern year at UCLA’s general surgery residency. In this interview, we dive deep and talk about Justin’s passion for medicine, his inspiration to be an interventional radiologist, why he loves helping medical students, and how he maintains his sanity through the long hours of Residency. Justin went to medical school through a combined 7 year bachelors to MD program and is about to publish his first textbook in Interventional Radiology. During the podcast we take a lot of time talking about Interventional radiology, but I really want to encourage everyone to listen to the whole episode. Justin provides an insight and passion for medicine that I think everyone can relate too. We talk about his family, his road towards residency, and his own health problems and the role that compassion plays for patients. 

006: Surviving Medicine – Premed Advice – Frank Cusimano

So today we have a special treat planned. While the majority of our podcasts will be interviews, we want to make sure we give you all the tools you need to excel and thrive either as a premedical student applying to medical school or as a resident navigating board certifications, etc. About every 5 episodes we will be doing an episode that focuses on one aspect of medicine where we give tips, pointers, advice, and motivation to make sure you all get the most out of this podcast! I personally will be recording most of these episodes, but don’t worry, for those who are looking for advice for residency or as a physician, I will be calling on the experts to make sure you all receive valuable information that will help you advance your career and remove some of the stress during the process. For today we have a special episode for all of you Premed Students out there! This entire episode is going to be about the premed process and some of the tips I give every student who is planning to apply to medical school.

005: Surviving Medicine – Kamali Thompson, MSIII, MBA

Today we are joined by a very special guest, Kamali Thompson. While many of you may not know her, you will soon. Kamali was the 2016 US National Champion in Fencing and was an alternate for the 2016 Olympic Games. Kamali is a third-year medical student and MBA student currently doing research with hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon and make the 2020 US Olympic team. In this interview, we dive deep discussing the business of medicine, balancing medical school with being a professional athlete, and how to stay focused on your future. I thing you guys are really going to like this one.

004: Surviving Medicine – Katherine Kashinsky, MS I

Today we are joined by a very special guest, Katherine Kashinsky. Many of you may know her as the former Premed_kat28 on Instagram now @med_kat28. Katherine is now a first-year medical student but at the time of this interview she was still a few days shy of starting medical school! Katherine has been a pioneer in the premed and Instagram community forging the way as the one of the first big Premed Accounts. In this interview, we dive deep discussing her road to getting into medical school, or inspiration and motivation for being a physician, her personal struggle during the premedical years, and her enthusiasm for what the future holds.