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Neonatologists, Moms, and Podcasters

There’s a lot of information⁠—and misinformation⁠—out there about pregnancy, postpartum, and taking care of a newborn. Enter a podcast by the ultimate specialists⁠—the Baby Doctor Mamas, Dr. Joanna Parga-Belinkie and Dr. Diana Montoya-Williams. They’re two neonatologists and soul sisters, who are also mothers. They have a knack for distilling the evidence and their own experience into accessible and informative banter on their podcast.

Design and Medicine: Melding Two Worlds

Steven McGaughey, MD, is a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. He studied architecture at Dartmouth before beginning medical school at the University of Iowa, where he developed his passion for design with a series of illustrations and medical

A Study Training Medical Students, Inspired by Art

Dr. Jaclyn Gurwin is currently a third year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute, and is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Gurwin published a study entitled “A Randomized Controlled Study of Art Observation Training

The Role of Art in Radiology and Medical Education

  At the 28th annual Art Days exhibition, the Hiebert Lounge at Boston University School of Medicine displayed a wide range of artwork by students, faculty and staff. Walking through the exhibit, I was awestruck to learn that many of my classmates and professors were

Changing the Landscape of Medicine through Innovation and Design

Dr. Chethan Sarabu is a pediatrician and landscape architect and currently a fellow in clinical informatics at Stanford University. Dr. Sarabu double majored in Biology and Landscape Architecture at the University of Cornell. After completing his undergraduate studies, he then completed medical school at SUNY

In Shock in Her Own ICU

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP is an intensive care physician and director of the pulmonary hypertension program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and is the author of the book In Shock, a memoir based on her own experience with critical illness that landed her in

Art as Escape: The Dual Life of a Patient and Resident Doctor

Dr. Anita Raj is far from your traditional doctor-in-training. Born and raised in Brossard, a suburban town south of Montreal, Dr. Raj was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma at a young age and began folding origami as a distraction from the countless doctor appointments, surgeries, and medical

Resident Screenwriter

Roshan Sethi, MD is a PGY3 in Radiation Oncology at Harvard. He is also the co-creator of the new medical drama The Resident on Fox and a screenwriter for the upcoming film Call Jane. His other writing credits include Black Box and Code Black. He

Making a Podcast to Choose a Specialty

            Ian Drummond is a rising fourth-year medical student getting his MD-MBA at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 2016, he launched a podcast called The Undifferentiated Medical Student, which aims to empower medical students in the process

Holistic Healing in the Military

          Dr. Fred Foote enlisted in the Navy during the 1970s, working as a hospital corpsman before spending his undergraduate years at Middlebury College, St. Johns College Annapolis, and the University of Chicago. After graduating in 1980, he went on to

Empowering Women in Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dara Kass works at NYU/ Bellevue Hospital and is the founder of FemInEM, an open access resource that allows members to discuss, discover, and affect the journey of women working in emergency medicine. Dr. Kass was previously the director of undergraduate medical education at

Geriatrician, Writer, and Patient Advocate

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she cares for frail older adults in the Care at Home Program and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities. A geriatrician, Louise received

A Brain Surgeon Finds a Sweet Hobby

After scrubbing out of the OR, most surgeons don’t trade their blue scrubs for a fresh white suit covering every inch from head to toe. But most surgeons aren’t M. Sean Grady, MD, who uses that head-to-toe protection in pursuit of a sweet hobby. Outside

Protecting Human Rights and Animal Rights

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH is an internist and preventive medicine physician now affiliated with the University of New Mexico and Physicians for Human Rights. For more than a decade, she has cared for patients, evaluated and treated survivors of torture and sexual violence, taught medical

Innovating Hubs of Health

Nick Dawson is the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and a proponent of human-centered design in health care as a way to create a health system that is more desirable, compassionate and advanced. In the Innovation Hub, he helps lead an innovation

Comic Storytelling in Medicine

Ben Schwartz, MD is a Staff Cartoonist for the New Yorker and an instructor in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduating from medical school at Columbia University and completing an internship in internal medicine, Schwartz decided