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Physicians with admission committee experience share tips, strategies, and experiences to help premed students succeed at becoming a doctor. Guest speakers provide insight into applying to medical school, selecting a medical specialty, and applying for residency. The Prospective Doctor podcast is for anyone considering, or on the path to, practicing medicine!
 
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Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Elizabeth “Elisa” Chiang who is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon. She earned her medical and doctorate degrees in neuroscience from the MD/PhD program at Western Reserve University. On top of it all, she is also a certified life coach. [00:38] Dr. Chiang’s Medical Journey and …
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Kay Durst who is a practicing family medicine physician in South Carolina. As a physician of over 20 years, Dr. Durst reminisces what it’s like to practice medicine before today’s technological advances. Erkeda also chats with her about her colorful journey to becoming a doctor and her passion for lifestyle and preventiv…
 
Erkeda DeRouen chats with Dr. Alexandra Stockwell, a family medicine doctor and relationships & intimacy life coach. She shares her life’s journey throughout medical school, meeting her husband, having kids, and what led her to becoming a life coach. [00:22] Introducing Dr. Alexandra Stockwell and Her Story [06:15] Being a Wife, Mother, Businessper…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Natasha Bray, a board-certified internal medicine physician in addiction medicine and Interim Dean of the Cherokee Nation Campus of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. She gives valuable advice on how to ace your medical school interview as application season approaches. [00:26] Introducing Dr. Natasha …
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Rachel Cardona Barnett who is a survivor of domestic violence. Today Erkeda chats with Rachel about her family’s escape from abuse. She shares her insights on how healthcare workers can help vulnerable victims as someone who has been in their shoes before. [01:46] Rachel’s Family and Background [05:31] Rachel’s escape and cu…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Michael Goldberg, the executive director of Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. He oversees the daily operations of the hospital to deliver the best care possible to their patients. Prior to him becoming the executive director, he was LIJ’s finance lead and has worked in financial and administrative roles since 2009. To…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Edward Lipsit who was a diagnostic radiologist for 20 years. Retired from medical practice, he is currently an associate professor of radiology, an educational consultant, and a faculty member at several schools including The George Washington University and the Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine. Today Erkeda chat…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Erika Aragona who is a double board-certified family physician in osteopathic and allopathic medicine. She also serves as a faculty member at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today Erkeda chats with Dr. Aragona about how to set yourself apart during medical school interviews and what students can do to advocate…
 
This MCAT Basics Podcast continues its series on metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about the Electron Transport Chain and ATP synthesis. The story continues with a look at how electrons flow through complexes I,II,III, and IV, as well as how it is coupled to the synthesis of ATP. Everything you need to know about this stage of m…
 
The MCAT Basics Podcast continues its series on Metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about the Krebs cycle, also known as the TCA cycle and Citric Acid cycle. This episode examines the chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of pyruvate metabolism and details how this high-yield MCAT topic will be tested on the AAMC MCAT Exam. [01:30]…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Ashley Shaw, the founding lawyer of Contract Rx. With 15 years of legal experience, she has helped physicians navigate employment contracts to ensure they receive fair terms. Today Erkeda chats with Ashley about Contract Rx and the importance of having legal counsel. [00:56] Ashley’s Background and Career [03:44] Why Ashley …
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Navin Goyal. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency at The University of Chicago. After 13 years of private practice, Dr. Goyal went into entrepreneurship and venture capital investing. Currently, he is the CEO and co-founder of Loud…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Amita Kumar, a primary care physician, Internal Medicine Board-Certified. Her clinical practice focuses on preventive medicine with a special interest in postmenopausal symptom treatments, diabetes, hypertension, and eczema. Dr. Kumar talks about her journey to medicine and the things that should be taught in medical sch…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Puja Aggarwal, a board-certified neurologist and epileptologist. In this episode, Dr. Aggarwal shares her journey to doing a combined program in medical school and how life coaching can help medical students. [00:26] Dr. Aggarwal’s Journey to Medicine [03:46] Tips for Doing a Combined Program [06:13] What Inspired Dr. Ag…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Trina Dorrah, an internal medicine hospitalist and life coach. In this episode, Dr. Trina discusses her journey towards being both a physician and coach and how coaching can help physicians and medical students in their careers. [01:11] What Inspired Dr. Trina to Choose Internal Medicine [02:12] What is a Hospitalist? [0…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Diana Mercado, a family medicine physician in Texas. At Jackson County Hospital District, she serves as the chief medical officer, clinical medical director, and nursing home medical director. Today Erkeda chats with Dr. Mercado about her medical journey as an adult with ADHD and why it’s important to get diagnosed as so…
 
The MCAT Basics Podcast begins a new series on Metabolism, and in today's episode, Alex Starks talks about Glycolysis. The series covers the chemistry, biochemistry, and biology of glucose metabolism and how this high-yield MCAT topic can be tested on the AAMC MCAT Exam. [00:55] Metabolism for the MCAT [05:20] Insulin-dependent Cells [06:25] Cellul…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Mokgohloe "Moks" Tshabalala, a private practice obstetrician and gynecologist from South Africa. They talk about South Africa’s medical education system, her practice as an OB/GYN, and her book chapter in Medicine Women. [00:38] Dr. Tshabalala’s Medical Journey and Background [04:02] South Africa’s Medical Education [07:…
 
Alex Starks talks about the different strategies and details on biosignaling tested on the AAMC MCAT exam. He dissects topics such as G Protein Coupled Receptors, Receptor Tyrosine, Kinase, voltage-gated ion channels, and much more! [01:23] What is Biosignaling? [02:23] Voltage-Gated Ion Channels [05:34] Ligand-Gated Ion Channels [08:54] Enzyme-Lin…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Jason Singh, a board-certified physician in primary care from an accountable care organization in Northern Virginia. In this episode, Dr. Singh imparts his wisdom on new medical practitioners and the importance of men visiting their doctors. [01:42] Dr. Singh’s on Choosing Family Medicine [03:50] What Students Should Foc…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Blair Nelson, an Emergency Room Physician who has been in the industry for 20 years. In this episode, Erkeda and Dr. Blair discuss why he chose the fast-paced field of Emergency Medicine, what he looks for in a medical school candidate, the nuances of the patients he encounters, and his previous career as a radio DJ. [00…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Robyn Tiger, a diagnostic radiologist and a trauma-informed self-care coach. She is also the founder of StressFreeMD, a wellness practice that seeks to educate others about stress management in order to positively impact their well-being. Today, Erkeda chats with Dr. Tiger about her own medical journey and how she learne…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Elisha Peterson who is triple board-certified in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, and pain medicine. She practices at a large freestanding children’s hospital. Today, Erkeda chats with Dr. Peterson about the field of pain medicine and what it really means to have a “work-life balance”. [01:27] Pain Medicine and …
 
Alex Starks talks about Gas-Phase Concepts for the MCAT. He dissects the different gas properties, the ideal gas law and expounds on the ABCD laws of gases. [01:03] Physical Properties of Gases [05:28] The Ideal Gas Law [08:26] Conditions that Promote Molecular Collisions in Gases [09:35] The ABCD laws of Gases [16:05] Important Takeaways Full show…
 
Erkeda DeRouen welcomes back Dr. Carolee Estelle, an infectious disease specialist and part of the large Infection Prevention team at Parkland Health & Hospital Systems, Dallas. They continue their conversation on infectious diseases, primarily focusing on COVID-19 vaccines, variants, and skepticism among Americans. [01:05] Getting to know Dr. Caro…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Carolee Estelle, an infectious disease specialist and part of the large Infection Prevention team at Parkland Health & Hospital Systems, Dallas. She also serves as the Associate Chief of Hospital Epidemiology to help reduce healthcare-associated infections. They talk about the benefits of pursuing internal medicine, care…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Chase DiMarco from Med School Coach. His passion for high quality and accessible educational resources led him to create FreeMedEd and co-write Read This Before Medical School. He is also the host of the Medical Mnemonist podcast and the Rounds to Residency podcast. Today, Erkeda chats with Dr. DiMarco about his latest v…
 
Episode 63 This MCAT podcast covers the lymphatic system. Sam and Alex first talk about the anatomy of the lymphatic system and then get into its three main functions: Returning materials and fluid to the blood Supporting the immune system Absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients Lastly, Alex talks about some exciting research that is going on …
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Emma Goldberg. Emma is a researcher and writer for the New York Times, focusing on medicine and medical education. She is interested in racial and gender inequities within medicine. She loves reading about the culture of medicine and the perspective of physicians on the issues they face. Emma believes that her work on medici…
 
Episode 62 This MCAT podcast covers psychological disorders. First, I talk about what a psychological disorder is and how they are classified. Then, I breakdown several psychological disorders to know: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive disorder Trauma- and stressor-related disorders Somatic symptom and related disorders Bipolar and related dis…
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Jamel Hill, MD. Dr. Hill is a recent graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. In this episode, Erkeda talks to him about his bumpy road to medicine, his experience as a minority in medical school, and the importance of representation and resources for minorities in medicine. [00:35] Introducing Dr. Jamel Hill, …
 
Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Liz Aguirre, MD, CCDS. Liz is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with ten years of experience in hospital medicine and six years of Clinical Documentation Improvement experience. An educator to physicians, nurses, and students, Liz is passionate about person-centered wellness, focusing on mental and spiritual …
 
Dr. Christina Rosenthal, founder of Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS), a non-profit organization that exposes the youth to healthcare professions, talks about her experience in dental school, her work with DDS, and work-life balance. [01:11] Why Dentistry? [04:09] Biggest Challenge in Dental School [05:55] Determined to be a Doctor Someday [0…
 
Dr. Kyle Bradford Jones talks about self-care in medicine, why you should consider medicine, and the challenges medical students face in training. [00:33] Getting to Know Dr. Kyle Bradford Jones [06:18] Challenges Faced by Medical Students During Training [08:38] Self-Care in Medicine [11:05] Is Medicine Really for you? [14:40] Why Dr. Jones Decide…
 
Episode 61 This MCAT podcast covers the respiratory system. First, I cover the anatomy of the respiratory system. Then, I dive into its main functions: Gas exchange (breathing mechanisms here too) Thermoregulation Particle filtration pH control Lastly I talk about how the respiratory system is controlled. Full show notes Comments, questions, concer…
 
Dr. Manisha Rayavarapu, a family medicine physician living with Lupus, talks about the relationship between medicine and sacrifice and the importance of self-care in medicine. [00:34] Getting to Know Dr. Manisha Rayavarapu [01:05] Dr. Manisha's Journey Into Medicine [02:15] The Biggest Challenges in Medical School [05:12] Manisha's Book: A Doctor's…
 
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