023: Surviving Medicine – Yang – Medical Student

I could not be more thrilled to introduce to you one of my favorite instagrammers, current medical students, fashion bloggers and all around genuine individuals, Yang most known for her Instagram and blog, @yangswearabouts on Instagram and yangswearabouts.com for her blog. Yang and I were trying to connect to do this interview for months! And we finally found the time on a cold Saturday morning on one of her trips to NYC. Yang truly is an inspiration, she is currently between her third and fourth year in medical school doing a research year. In this interview, we dive deep discussing her experience in undergrad, what it was like taking time off before medical school, the value in scribing and working as an EMT in undergrad, why she started her Instagram “match series”, why she wants to do surgery, what medicine means to her, and so much more! Make sure to share this one with your friends and go follow yang at @yangswearabouts. 

022: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Rola Rabah – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Resident

Today it is January 1st 2018, I am excited to bring you an interview with one of my favorite instagrammers, dentists, medical students, and residents Dr. Rola Rabah. Dr. Rola is the perfect guest to kick off the near with. Dr. Rola is a current medical student, who completed dental school in NYC and is now doing a 6 year Oral and Maxillofacial surgery residency program that includes medical school. Dr. Rola is the recent co-founder of the Al Femme Community known for women empowerment in professional roles. They recently launched their own clothing line and their shirts sold out immediately! My favorite shirt of theirs says “a women’s place is in Medicine with the word Kitchen crossed out” Dr. Rola was born in Syria and grew up in California. She is a fashion icon, from shoes to purses, she loves showing off high fashion even as a struggling medical student! In this episode, we cover all of her favorite brands, and we also cover her story and why she chose medicine in the first place. Dr. Rola opens up about her passion to help with cleft palate surgeries and her passion to work in a team oriented healthcare system. We discuss her non-traditional route into medicine, what it was like getting pushback from her colleagues and peers about choosing a male dominated surgical specialty, and we discuss the importance of taking care of yourself and enjoying everyday of your life. Dr. Rola has a passion for helping others and teaching and I could not be more excited to bring you this interview.

021: Surviving Medicine – Rami Wehbi MS IV

Today we are joined by a very special guest, Rami Wehbi, Rami is a fourth year medical student currently on the residency interview trail for PM&R – physical medicine and rehabilitation. Rami is the founder of the New Age Docs and plans to launch his own podcast during 2018. In this interview, we dive deep discussing his underdog story, how he turned his undergrad career around, how he has committed himself to taking care of himself and being a role model for his patients, what it was struggling to find the right specialty in medicine and we even discuss the hardships and practice of medicine that premeds and the public do not often see.

020: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Rishi MD – ICU & Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist Fellow

Today I am excited to bring you an interview with one of our favorite bloggers, a self-proclaimed – tech-savvy cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist in training – Dr. Rishi. This episode was a bit more non-traditional, we actually did the first 15minutes live on Instagram so you will hear us talking to our Instagram listeners, there a few moments when the sound is quieter, but don’t worry, for all of you listening here, we have the full exclusive interview will all of behind the scene footage! Now, back to Dr. Rishi, Dr. Rishi is a Texas native, he went to college, medical school, and residency near Houston and is now at Harvard doing a dual ICU and Cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship. Dr. Rishi, like many of us, grew up as a typical nerd and found school and education to be his passion. Rishi and I really connect on a multitude of levels when we discuss education and our own passion for teaching. In this interview we dive deep discussing his story and his background, his love and passion for teaching medicine, his reset policy he has before entering every new patient’s room, and where he thinks the future of medicine is going. Dr. Rishi is truly an inspiration and he even answers some listeners questions from Instagram. After the first 15 minutes you will hear when we turn off Instagram live and dive into some more personal questions.

019: Surviving Medicine – Erin Addie MS IV

Today we are joined by a very special guest, Erin Addie. Erin is a current 4th year medical student in NYC, born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. Erin did undergrad in Canada and then did her first two years in medical school in the Caribbean. Erin and I share a common experience, last year she suffered a life-threatening accident while hiking and was in the hospital for a week straight with almost complete amnesia of the accident. Erin is a rising Instagram star and jokes that she is a professional student, fashionista, and teller of bad jokes. In this episode, we dive deep discussing how to get into medical school as a Canadian student, we talk about her tragic accident, how the recovery has been for her physically, mentally, and emotionally, and we discuss how she uses her experience when treating patients in the hospital. I really think you guys are going to love this one.

018: Surviving Medicine – Dr Cherilyn Cecchini MD – Pediatrician

Today I am excited to bring you an interview with one of my favorite instagrammers, pediatricians, and physicians, Dr Cherilyn Cecchini. I have to tell you before I start this intro, that Cherilyn’s episode, the one you are about to hear, has fundamentally changed how I view medicine & research and how I plan to practice in the future. I am so excited to bring you this interview. Dr. Cherilyn is in her final year as a pediatric resident and is about to start a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Cherilyn is a native New Yorker, raised by a single mother, and has fought the odds every step of the way. In this interview, we dive deep discussing her passion for women empowerment, her advice to premed students, her failures in medical school, and how to turn your life around when you hit rock bottom. We also discuss her passion for giving back, why it took her so long to find a research topic she enjoyed, and how being emotional on the job can be a strength. Dr. Cherilyn is not only one of the most carrying physicians, she is kind-hearted and embodies what it means to practice medicine. 

017: Surviving Medicine – Dr Ginger Cupit – Family Medicine Resident

Today we are joined by a very special guest Dr. Ginger Cupit. Dr. Cupit is a first-year family medicine resident with a passion for medicine, patient advocacy, healthcare policy, and healthcare reform. Ginger has been a dear friend of mine for several years and has always been one of the most carrying and thoughtful physicians I have worked with. Dr. Cupit is a pioneer in healthcare policy creating change at both the local and state level lobbying for both medical student and patient advocacy alike. In this interview, we dive deep discussing what medicine means as a family physician, what it was like being a non-traditional student, what it was like having to go back to take her premed prerequisites, and what she thinks the future of medical education will be like. Ginger is such an inspiration and she discusses how to deal with difficult situations in the hospital like when a patient passes away or when a patient is late to their appointment. 

016: Surviving Medicine – Dr Marc Katz, MD – Internal Medicine Resident

Today’s episode is with none other than the infamous Dr. Marc Katz. Dr. Katz is a current second year internal medicine resident in Philadelphia and a graduate from Ross University School of Medicine, a Caribbean medical school. Dr. Katz plans to do a fellowship in Cardiology, is a pioneer on social media and a positive presence in the blogosphere preaching about the role of teaching younger generations. Dr. Katz is an active writer writing about medical school advice, medical school motivation, residency advice, and has been featured on KevinMD and several other online platforms. In this interview, we dive deep discussing his passion for blogging, his love for residency, his favorite books to read when he has down time, and why he is doing research during residency. As a Bonus, Dr. Katz has a new article that was just released today, Wednesday 21st 2017 on KevinMD titled “Why are you in medicine”, inspired by this very podcast episode when we asked him that exact question. Links are available on his page and on in our show notes or on our blog.

015: Surviving Medicine – Dr. Kate, MD – Neonatology Fellow

Today we are joined by a very special guest Dr. Kate. Kate is a current Neonatology fellow in Philadelphia who has a passion for helping pediatric patients and newborn infants. From a young age, Kate was volunteering and giving back to the younger generations. On a day-to-day basis Kate spends time either in an intensive care unit with newborn infants or doing research working to advance the science of clinical medicine. In this episode, we dive deep discussing the premed process, some crazy stats almost no one ever hears, what it is like to be a neonatology fellow, how to remember what medicine means to you, and how to find things you love to help you get through the hardest years in medical school. Kate is famous, amongst her friends, for being the first person to say happy birthday to everyone who enters this world under her care.

014: Surviving Medicine – Dr Evan Rieder – Dermatologist & Psychiatrist

Today we are joined by a very special guest, Dr. Evan Rieder. Dr. Rieder is double board certified psychiatrist and dermatologist practicing what we like to refer to as Psychodermatology. Dr. Rieder is a clinical professor in dermatology in NYC and a host of the ever popular Sirius XM Doctor Radio for “The Dermatology Show” sponsored by NYU Lagone Medical Center. Dr. Rieder has a passion for the intersection between art and medicine and was a non-traditional medical applicant when he applied to medical school. In this interview we dive deep discussing the parallels between medicine and modern and contemporary art. We discuss what it is like to treat patients in psychiatry in the throes of their addictions and what it is like to treat patients in dermatology who are suffering from psychologically debilitating autoimmune skin disorders. Dr. Rieder truly is one of the most fascinating guests we have had to date discussing his experiences abroad and why he chose medicine after avoiding science and biology in undergrad.