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Can't get enough of these honest, powerful conversations with Dr. Oyerinde? Neither could we. In Part II, we talk about the "minority tax," the need for universal Skin of Color dermatology education, and how diversity & inclusion efforts should a valuable part of the academic currency. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @K…
 
Oceanographer, poet, doctor - all these were aspirations of Dr. Oyetewa Oyerinde, and she has achieved many of these and more. We talk about her path to dermatology and her interests in diversity, equity and inclusion. We delve deep into how to combat micro-aggressions, minimize implicit bias and how to take action toward being upstanders in medici…
 
We have finally made it to the other side of the Match! In part one of this two part series, we invite Olivia Davies (future Harvard dermatology resident and woman with more Twitter followers than Arash) to reflect on the applicant experience with virtual interviews. We talk about efficiencies, challenges, and what parts may be here to stay. Talk t…
 
Dr. Vinod Nambudiri is a dermatologist who has worn many hats: medical educator, program director, clinician, researcher and Director of Business Development (intrigued yet?). He shares with us how a broad passion for learning and teaching has led him to the unique and fulfilling job he has today. **SPECIAL NOTE** Brigham and Women's Hospital Depar…
 
You won't want to miss this inspirational interview with Pearl Ugwu-Dike, medical student and aspiring dermatologist. She talks to us about how she sought out research opportunities and mentorship (spoiler alert: through cold emails!) and her amazing work capturing the the way patients of color live with their skin conditions and navigate the healt…
 
Are you a foreign medical graduate considering dermatology training in the U.S.? Then you don't want to miss this episode with Dr. Alex Ortega Loayza. Dr. Ortega Loayza grew up in Peru, and through incredible tenacity, intellectual curiosity, creativity and a bit of serendipity, he has created a powerhouse career in pyoderma gangrenosum and complex…
 
We are delighted to cross-pollinate with another amazing dermatology podcast, Dermasphere, which is hosted by two savvy, funny dermatologists with the goal of bringing the latest dermatology research direct to listeners. They take the hard work out of keeping up-to-date with the dermatology literature! You can find Dermasphere anywhere you can find…
 
Welcome to Season 3, listeners! We are excited to kick off our new season and the new year with a special guest, Dr. Sadaf Hussain. She shares with us her path to becoming a pediatric dermatologist, a journey fueled by a thirst for knowledge, passion for service and, of course, love for taking care of the cutest kiddos. Talk to us: Email: topicalpo…
 
What will online residency interviews be like? We answer some frequently asked questions: How to answer the question "tell me about yourself"? (Hint: it's like an elevator pitch) What to do during the virtual resident dinner? (Should you eat something exotic?) Is there such a thing as a perfect answer? (Hint: be prepared but not too rehearsed...may…
 
Are you tired of hearing the words "unprecedented times" yet? When it comes to residency interviews this year, those overused words definitely apply. We share some practical tips and easy tricks to turn your online interviews up a notch. (Note: We initially recorded this as a video episode, but...surprise...ran into some Zoom technical difficulties…
 
Dr. Kristin Nord, Program Director of the Stanford Dermatology Residency, joins us on our show to talk about her path to medicine and dermatology. We also learn about wellness, a vitally important aspect of thriving (not just surviving) in our jobs and lives. (Spoiler alert: we reveal the meaning behind JOMO) Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.ap…
 
Holistic review. Preference signaling. Application caps. Have you wondered how these buzzwords relate to the residency application process? In this episode, Dr. Ilana Rosman, Program Director of the Washington University dermatology residency and Twitter #MedEd thought-leader (@ilanarosman), talks to us about ideas for improving the application pro…
 
It is our absolute pleasure to invite Dr. Kanade Shinkai on our show. She is a distinguished clinician, medical educator and the current Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Dermatology. (Spoiler: this wonderful educator got her start by teaching "stuffies" as a child) Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1…
 
Like fine wine, discussions with Dr. Misha Rosenbach gets better with time. Due to popular demand, he returns to Topical (for Round 3!) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on trainees and residency applications. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @KristinaLiuMD @AMostaghimi @MishaRosenbach Follow us on: iTunes: https://itune…
 
We invite Dr. Esther Freeman on our show because many of our listeners wanted to learn how to combine their interests in global health and dermatology. Dr. Freeman does exactly that - travel the world, combining her love for epidemiology, public health and dermatology, and representing our specialty by being on the forefront of HIV and COVID-19 res…
 
Over the past decade, financial investment funds, known as private equity groups, have been rapidly acquiring and consolidating many dermatology practices. We invite a special guest, the newly minted Dr. Kira Seiger, on our show to discuss what this trend means and how it affects dermatologists and our field as a whole. Talk to us: Email: topicalpo…
 
Hi listeners, we paused from releasing new content so that we can listen instead of speak, learn to fill our knowledge gaps, and reflect on our roles as individuals and physicians in the current state of systemic racism and danger to black and brown lives. We don't have the answer yet, but we are working on content to broaden this discussion of div…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Abigail Waldman, dermatologic surgeon, patient educator and social media guru (@abby.waldmanmd). She shares with us all the exciting aspects of her career (hint: it's not just surgery), all the while balancing a rich academic and personal life. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @Krist…
 
Ever wondered what patch testing entails? Do you also have a favorite allergen? If so, you'll love our special guest, Dr. Ari Goldminz, who shares with us his journey to becoming a contact dermatitis expert. (Bonus: a great detective story involving Dr. Goldminz's favorite contact allergen) Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalP…
 
"In the face of a storm, be like a palm tree." This saying not only conjures the image of sunnier days, but reminds us that flexibility and resilience are key to weathering the monumental changes happening in the world right now. This global pandemic has affected everyone, and medical trainees are no exception. In this episode, we address the impac…
 
** Dear Listeners, the world has become a totally different place since we recorded this episode on March 9th. Many of our listeners celebrated their match results at home rather than in crowded auditoriums. Zoom has become the way we greet our students, teachers and colleagues. We are proud to see our friends and colleagues on the frontlines, work…
 
In this episode, we welcome a special guest, Dr. Avery Lachance, on the show to share with us her passion for health advocacy in dermatology. If you thought dermatologists' voices can't be heard on the Hill, think again! Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @KristinaLiuMD @AMostaghimi Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.app…
 
Becoming a parent is a tremendous experience, and doing it during residency comes with a unique set of challenges. We invite Dr. Alexandra Charrow, dermatologist and cool-mom-extraordinare, on the show to talk about what it's like having a child during residency. (No surprise spoiler alert: Arash became a father during residency too, and he's a pre…
 
Dr. Rob Stavert, a true Renaissance dermatologist, joins us on the show. We discuss healthcare delivery, teledermatology, and the challenges and rewards of working with underserved populations. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @KristinaLiuMD @AMostaghimi Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-t…
 
If you've ever felt bewildered by the alphabet soup of NIH grants, then tune in to this BONUS episode of Topical, where Dr. Megan Noe returns to give us a crash course in basic NIH grants. Now, that's easy as 1, 2, 3! Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @KristinaLiuMD @AMostaghimi Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.…
 
Ever wonder what a "postdoc" entails and how that could help your academic career? Tune in to this episode of Topical, where Dr. Megan Noe, NIH-funded researcher and dermatologist-extraordinaire, comes on the show to share her experience with her postdoctoral fellowship and clinical research. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @Topica…
 
Applying to dermatology residency from a medical school without a dermatology department or residency program can be challenging. We invite Dr. Janelle Nassim, our first guest star of the season, on the show to share her tips on how to successfully navigate these special circumstances. Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitter: @TopicalPod @K…
 
Dear listeners, we have missed you so much! As a kickoff to Season 2, we have some exciting announcements and perhaps most important, different theme music (new beats, who dis?) Tune in this season every other Thursday for new episodes. We cannot wait to share the exciting world of dermatology with you! Talk to us: Email: topicalpod@gmail.com Twitt…
 
What's that saying...all good things must come to an end? Don't despair listeners, this good thing is only coming to a break. We wrap up our season by sharing tips on how you can prepare for dermatology residency (spoiler: not by reading a textbook), and give you our HEARTFELT thanks for being a part of the TopicalPod family. We have had a blast th…
 
Match day is around the corner! But what should you do if you don't match? The goal of this episode is not to make you worry about the future, but to provide you with strategies and help you plan for that scenario, if it were to happen. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: …
 
And we're baaaaack, Topical listeners! Happy 2019 to you all, and we hope you've taken some time for yourselves during the busy interview season. The hard work is (mostly) behind you, but new pressing issues are on your mind. How do you handle post-interview communications? What about the couples match? Or the R word (RANK list)? Fear not, in this …
 
Happy Holidays dear listeners! This is our final episode of 2018, and we tackle a difficult topic: what to do if you haven't received many interviews. Bonus: we answer some fan mail and give you a preview of what's coming up in 2019! Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: htt…
 
Full disclosure: we love Harvard dermatology. So while this episode may not be free from bias, we (do our best) to speak candidly about what Harvard dermatology is really like: our strengths, challenges and nuances. (Spoiler : the winters are cold but the people are quite warm) Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-d…
 
Happy Thanksgiving Topical listeners! We are thankful for you today and everyday for making this podcast possible (otherwise we would just be talking to ourselves). We take your feedback seriously, and since several of you have asked about 2+2 programs, we bring on a special guest, Dr. Allen Ho, to talk about his experience in the 2+2 program and h…
 
We had a prior episode discussing social media as a cautionary tale, but have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to use social media as a tool for career advancement? Dr. Allison Larson joins us (for the third time!) to discuss how to use social media to make connections, create collaborations and expand your reach. Bonus content: we delve dee…
 
Dr. Allison Larson is back on our show, and this time she's wearing her Associate Program Director hat! How do you find a program that is a good fit for you, and vice versa? What kinds of applicants are programs looking for anyway? Did you know that BU asks for supplemental questions in addition to the ERAS? For answers to all these questions and m…
 
Our 30th episode brings a special guest, Dr. Allison Larson, who wears many hats including Vice Chair of Education, Associate Program Director of Dermatology and Assistant Dean of Medical Education at Boston University. Her path in dermatology has been filled with bold and serendipitous choices that are sure to inspire. (Spoiler: she may be the onl…
 
We enjoyed talking with Dr. Misha Rosenbach so much that we are back for a second episode! Tune in as we discuss how to maximize the mentor-mentee relationship and optimize academic productivity at every level of training. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: http://stitche…
 
We take our show on the road and invite a very special guest, Dr. Misha Rosenbach from the University of Pennsylvania, to share his unique perspective on the residency application and selection process. And if you're ever wondered about how to become a dermatology triple-threat like him (aka rockstar clinician, researcher and educator), you will no…
 
The long-awaited episode is here! We quiz each other with common behavioral interview questions and analyze our answers. This episode is aimed at calming your fears and equipping you with a roadmap on how to approach these tough questions. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitche…
 
Fall is finally here...and that means sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and interview season. We start by reviewing common interview questions and strategies on how to prepare. Next episode...behavioral interviews! Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: http://stitcher.com/s?fid…
 
We invite Dr. Steven Chen back to our show to geek out over all things medical education. We discuss why we love #MedEd, how we got our start, and what directions we hope our viewers will take the field in the future. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: http://stitcher.com…
 
We start to delve into...drum roll please...behavioral interviews! In part two of this mini-series, we discuss what they are, why they're used, and how you can prepare. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stitcher: http://stitcher.com/s?fid=183355&refid=stpr Google Play: https://pla…
 
We invite a special guest, Dr. Steven Chen, on the show to discuss the medicine-dermatology residency and career path. Tune in to hear about what these unique residency programs offer and whether they are aligned with your academic interests. Follow us on: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/topical-the-dermatology-podcast/id1375358222 Stit…
 
Arash takes the lead on exploring the age-old question, "what should I wear (to interviews)?" Tips on dressing economically, efficiently and appropriately. *Disclaimer: We took our show on the road today and recorded in a new location, so there's quite a bit of background noise. Pardon our sound and we'll be back in the studio soon! Follow us on: i…
 
*Disclaimer: We took our show on the road today and recorded in a new location, so there's quite a bit of background noise. Pardon our sound and we'll be back in the studio soon! In this episode, we answer some questions emailed to us from listeners: 1) Special considerations when applying in two specialities, 2) Foreign medical students applying f…
 
What happens after you click the "submit" button on ERAS? In part II of our application mini-series, we shed some light what happens from submission to interview invitations. To learn more about statistics we reference in this episode, you can visit the NRMP Program Director Survey Results from 2018: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/N…
 
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