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A Medical Life

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A Medical Life is a podcast series dedicated to seeking out and talking to doctors who do incredible work in incredible places.A Medical Life is a personal start up project by Al Spinner Recorded in a basement studio in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Latest Episodes

Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG

Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG. Mary led an innovative service for women in Glasgow for more than 25 years. The initiatives she put in place arenow a recognised way of treating socially disadvantaged mothers-to-be in the UK and overseas. The daughter of a GP in Shetland, Mary had a fantastic childhood before moving to the more class entrenched hills of Perthshire. She studied medicine in Edinburgh, worked in the Republic of Ireland before returning to Scotland to deliver care to marginalised women in Glasgow. Needless to say, Mary has shaken a few apples from the tree in her career but has always prioritised providing care for her patients and their children. Now retired from clinical work, Mary continues to present, teach and travel to combat inequalities in healthcare. You may have Lesley Riddoch's profile and summary of Mary's work in her book 'Blossom".

48 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG

Dr Raj Darjee - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

I was very pleased to welcome my first guest into the pod in Leithfor this week's episode. Listen to my fascinating discussion with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Rajan Darjee. We discuss Raj's career path, his interest in the macabre, the management of psychopaths, ethics of forensic psychiatry, the relevance of empathy & remorse in the justice system and Peter Sutcliffe amongst other things. Raj is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, a Clinical Lead with the NHS Scotland Forensic Network and an Accredited Risk Assessor with the Risk Management Authority. He has worked in a number of forensic mental health and criminal justice settings including secure hospitals, prisons and the community. Raj is a national expert on mentally disordered offenders, sexual offenders and risk assessment and has undertaken research and published on topics including mental ...

62 MIN2017 FEB 16
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Dr Raj Darjee - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Doctors Adrift - Rowing Across The Indian Ocean for Médecins Sans Frontières,

In April 2017Doctors Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner are planning to leave from Geraldton, Western Australia on their 84 day expedition to Port Louis, Mauritius as they aim to become the fastest pair to make the 3600 mile journey! The boys will spend nearly 3 months at sea as they burn 8000 calories per day rowing in 2 hour shifts, 24 hours a day for the duration of the crossing. This gruelling schedule will see them battle sleep deprivation, hurricane force winds and 50 ft waves. In doing so, they hope to raise £100,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières, a global medical charity which provides much needed emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters. They will need to do in-water maintenance within a key great white shark migration zone. Their water supply will smell very, very bad. They may be bored of chess and each other when they finish. NHS shift-work is good prep for the adventure. The money they raise will help a lot of people. Check out th...

37 MIN2017 JAN 22
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Doctors Adrift - Rowing Across The Indian Ocean for Médecins Sans Frontières,

HippocraTV - HippocraTV is a new take on things: an online collection of videos tackling medicine head on.

Meet Zack and Marie-Claire 2 young UK doctors, reinventing medical education. We spoke the day after trump's election - sound quality issues I blame on his election. HippocraTV is a youtube channel that combines high quality videos, animation and pop culture references to produce short films widely appreciated by medical students the world over. Check it out at HippocraTV I can recommend the Taylor Swift video.

27 MIN2016 DEC 13
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HippocraTV - HippocraTV is a new take on things: an online collection of videos tackling medicine head on.

Dr Munjed Al-Muderis

Dr Munjed Al-Muderis is a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in osseointegration -defined as "the structural linkage made at the contact point where human bone and the surface of a synthetic, often titanium-based implant meet."Through his surgery Munjed changes the lives of amputees - including wounded UK, USA and Australian veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Munjed,a child of the Iraqi elite, fled Iraq during Saddam's reign as a young doctor. He sought asylum in Australia via a horrendous boat journey, only to be detained for 10 months in Curtain Detention Centre in Australia as detainee 982. Munjed is now a leading human rights activist and surgeon in Australia. He is a high profile example of the benefits refugees bring to a society where the major political parties inflame the immigration/refugee debate and continue to detain men, women and children asylum seekers. In this podcast, Munjed opens up about penetrating the 'old boys network' of sur...

31 MIN2016 NOV 30
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Dr Munjed Al-Muderis

Dr Tia Renouf, Remote Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr Tia Renouf is an Emergency Medicine Physician who has practised medicine in some incredible environments. Remote Newfoundland,Antarctic, Central Australia and Haiti are just some of these places. Dr Renouf talks about the challenges in communication between remote physicians and their metropolitan colleagues, indigenous health in north america and going against established thought.

35 MIN2016 NOV 20
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Dr Tia Renouf, Remote Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr Simon Quilty, Remote Acute Care Physician talks about working in the remote NT in Australia, indigenous health and

Dr. Simon Quilty is a General and Acute Care physician based at Katherine Hospital in remote Northern Territory. I talk to him via Skype. He is the only specialist in a region of almost 400 thousand square km,servicing some of the most remote communities in the world. With research interests broadly around the issues of equity and sustainability, the remote context of indigenous health in which he works provides ample opportunities to explore how new technologies can improve access to health, and how remote hospitals can better meet the needs of the people that they serve. In conjunction with Rural Doctors Association of Australia, he is involved with the Remote North Australian Hospital Doctors Network, is an honorary research fellow of Menzies School of Health Research, and works with James Cook and Flinders Universities to introduce medical students and junior doctors to the unique riches of the Katherine Hospital and to encourage them to embrace careers in remote health. Photo b...

24 MIN2016 NOV 17
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Dr Simon Quilty, Remote Acute Care Physician talks about working in the remote NT in Australia, indigenous health and

Dr Luanne Freer, Everest ER, Medical Director Yellowstone National Park, Emergency Physician

Dr Freer is an American expert in remote and extreme medicine. In 2003 she set up the first medical clinic at Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas. An Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr Freer has always been drawn to the mountains and has combined her two passions with thrilling effect whilst continuing to help improve healthcare in Nepal. As seen in the documentary series "Everest ER", CBS News 60 Minutes and in Oprah. Check out their Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/EverestERNepal/ Medical education, medicine, health. Music:Silent Partner - Parasail | youtu.be/yCxqwXhozI8 | provided by CopyrightFreeNetwork.

40 MIN2016 NOV 16
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Dr Luanne Freer, Everest ER, Medical Director Yellowstone National Park, Emergency Physician
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Latest Episodes

Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG

Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG. Mary led an innovative service for women in Glasgow for more than 25 years. The initiatives she put in place arenow a recognised way of treating socially disadvantaged mothers-to-be in the UK and overseas. The daughter of a GP in Shetland, Mary had a fantastic childhood before moving to the more class entrenched hills of Perthshire. She studied medicine in Edinburgh, worked in the Republic of Ireland before returning to Scotland to deliver care to marginalised women in Glasgow. Needless to say, Mary has shaken a few apples from the tree in her career but has always prioritised providing care for her patients and their children. Now retired from clinical work, Mary continues to present, teach and travel to combat inequalities in healthcare. You may have Lesley Riddoch's profile and summary of Mary's work in her book 'Blossom".

48 MIN2017 MAR 2
Comments
Dr Mary Hepburn OBE FRCOG

Dr Raj Darjee - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

I was very pleased to welcome my first guest into the pod in Leithfor this week's episode. Listen to my fascinating discussion with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Rajan Darjee. We discuss Raj's career path, his interest in the macabre, the management of psychopaths, ethics of forensic psychiatry, the relevance of empathy & remorse in the justice system and Peter Sutcliffe amongst other things. Raj is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, a Clinical Lead with the NHS Scotland Forensic Network and an Accredited Risk Assessor with the Risk Management Authority. He has worked in a number of forensic mental health and criminal justice settings including secure hospitals, prisons and the community. Raj is a national expert on mentally disordered offenders, sexual offenders and risk assessment and has undertaken research and published on topics including mental ...

62 MIN2017 FEB 16
Comments
Dr Raj Darjee - Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Doctors Adrift - Rowing Across The Indian Ocean for Médecins Sans Frontières,

In April 2017Doctors Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner are planning to leave from Geraldton, Western Australia on their 84 day expedition to Port Louis, Mauritius as they aim to become the fastest pair to make the 3600 mile journey! The boys will spend nearly 3 months at sea as they burn 8000 calories per day rowing in 2 hour shifts, 24 hours a day for the duration of the crossing. This gruelling schedule will see them battle sleep deprivation, hurricane force winds and 50 ft waves. In doing so, they hope to raise £100,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières, a global medical charity which provides much needed emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters. They will need to do in-water maintenance within a key great white shark migration zone. Their water supply will smell very, very bad. They may be bored of chess and each other when they finish. NHS shift-work is good prep for the adventure. The money they raise will help a lot of people. Check out th...

37 MIN2017 JAN 22
Comments
Doctors Adrift - Rowing Across The Indian Ocean for Médecins Sans Frontières,

HippocraTV - HippocraTV is a new take on things: an online collection of videos tackling medicine head on.

Meet Zack and Marie-Claire 2 young UK doctors, reinventing medical education. We spoke the day after trump's election - sound quality issues I blame on his election. HippocraTV is a youtube channel that combines high quality videos, animation and pop culture references to produce short films widely appreciated by medical students the world over. Check it out at HippocraTV I can recommend the Taylor Swift video.

27 MIN2016 DEC 13
Comments
HippocraTV - HippocraTV is a new take on things: an online collection of videos tackling medicine head on.

Dr Munjed Al-Muderis

Dr Munjed Al-Muderis is a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in osseointegration -defined as "the structural linkage made at the contact point where human bone and the surface of a synthetic, often titanium-based implant meet."Through his surgery Munjed changes the lives of amputees - including wounded UK, USA and Australian veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Munjed,a child of the Iraqi elite, fled Iraq during Saddam's reign as a young doctor. He sought asylum in Australia via a horrendous boat journey, only to be detained for 10 months in Curtain Detention Centre in Australia as detainee 982. Munjed is now a leading human rights activist and surgeon in Australia. He is a high profile example of the benefits refugees bring to a society where the major political parties inflame the immigration/refugee debate and continue to detain men, women and children asylum seekers. In this podcast, Munjed opens up about penetrating the 'old boys network' of sur...

31 MIN2016 NOV 30
Comments
Dr Munjed Al-Muderis

Dr Tia Renouf, Remote Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr Tia Renouf is an Emergency Medicine Physician who has practised medicine in some incredible environments. Remote Newfoundland,Antarctic, Central Australia and Haiti are just some of these places. Dr Renouf talks about the challenges in communication between remote physicians and their metropolitan colleagues, indigenous health in north america and going against established thought.

35 MIN2016 NOV 20
Comments
Dr Tia Renouf, Remote Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr Simon Quilty, Remote Acute Care Physician talks about working in the remote NT in Australia, indigenous health and

Dr. Simon Quilty is a General and Acute Care physician based at Katherine Hospital in remote Northern Territory. I talk to him via Skype. He is the only specialist in a region of almost 400 thousand square km,servicing some of the most remote communities in the world. With research interests broadly around the issues of equity and sustainability, the remote context of indigenous health in which he works provides ample opportunities to explore how new technologies can improve access to health, and how remote hospitals can better meet the needs of the people that they serve. In conjunction with Rural Doctors Association of Australia, he is involved with the Remote North Australian Hospital Doctors Network, is an honorary research fellow of Menzies School of Health Research, and works with James Cook and Flinders Universities to introduce medical students and junior doctors to the unique riches of the Katherine Hospital and to encourage them to embrace careers in remote health. Photo b...

24 MIN2016 NOV 17
Comments
Dr Simon Quilty, Remote Acute Care Physician talks about working in the remote NT in Australia, indigenous health and

Dr Luanne Freer, Everest ER, Medical Director Yellowstone National Park, Emergency Physician

Dr Freer is an American expert in remote and extreme medicine. In 2003 she set up the first medical clinic at Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas. An Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr Freer has always been drawn to the mountains and has combined her two passions with thrilling effect whilst continuing to help improve healthcare in Nepal. As seen in the documentary series "Everest ER", CBS News 60 Minutes and in Oprah. Check out their Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/EverestERNepal/ Medical education, medicine, health. Music:Silent Partner - Parasail | youtu.be/yCxqwXhozI8 | provided by CopyrightFreeNetwork.

40 MIN2016 NOV 16
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Dr Luanne Freer, Everest ER, Medical Director Yellowstone National Park, Emergency Physician
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