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If you're a healthcare professional, student, or just someone interested in the many facets of medicine, you've come to the right place! We are a team of medical students discussing a broad range of topics with peers, residents, physicians, researchers, administrators, and allied health professionals. You'll hear about hot topics in medicine, practical advice, success strategies, research, and much more. Look for a new episode each Friday!Tags: medical school, med school, pre med,

Latest Episodes

Ep29 | Doing a one-year fellowship at a rural Bolivian clinic - Megha Srivastava, Andrea Escobar

Megha and Andrea spent a whole year working at a free clinic in rural Bolivia for their global health fieldwork fellowship. You can find out more about the clinic and the fellowship here: http://centromedicohumbertoparra.org/ https://hsd.luc.edu/global_health/programs/scholarsprogram/ Episode produced by: Nate www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

47 MIN4 d ago
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Ep29 | Doing a one-year fellowship at a rural Bolivian clinic - Megha Srivastava, Andrea Escobar

Ep28 | Women Leaders in Medicine - Dr. Shikha Jain

Women have made up at least 40% of medical students in the US for over 25 years, yet this is not reflected in medical leadership. Women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs. While the reasons behind this discrepancy are numerous and the potential solutions even more complex, there is hope. We sat down with Dr. Shikha Jain, a hematology and oncology physician at Rush University Medical Center, to discuss some of these barriers to women leadership and some questions we all should be asking ourselves as we shape the future of medicine. Dr. Jain has also written for several organizations including Doximity, KevinMD, ASCO Connection, and completed a year as a Doximity writing fellow. Additionally, Dr. Jain has peer-reviewed publications on her research interests, which include gender equity, career advancement for women, increasing underrepresented minorities in medicine, the impact of social media on medicine, and GI oncology. Her clinical res...

56 MIN1 w ago
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Ep28 | Women Leaders in Medicine - Dr. Shikha Jain

Ep27 | MS4 Perspective: Obstetrics & Gynecology

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guest in this episode, Andy Chen, is completing his medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Andy is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. Andy took four years off after college to work on his medical school application. During this period, he would take the MCAT multiple times, went on a medical mission’s trip, and obtained EMT certification. Andy’s journey to medicine has been published in the “Inspiring Stories” section on the AAMC website, which can be found at the following link: https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/article/andy-chen/ Andy provides great insight into the world of Ob/Gyn, delivering a unique perspective of a being a male applicant/provider. He highlights the importance of women’s health and the variety that Ob/Gyn can offer. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn, follow along!

29 MIN3 w ago
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Ep27 | MS4 Perspective: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ep26 | Patient Perspective: Surviving Pediatric Cancer

In this episode, we sat down with fellow Medicus team member Dave Lee to discuss his experience with pediatric cancer (specifically ALL). Dave shares his perspective as a former patient and now as a physician in training. We get into some pretty interesting discussions (I especially enjoyed his thoughts on the role that labels play in our identification process). Additionally, we are excited to start bringing in the new M1 members of the team. On this episode, we are joined by Shawn Choe! We are excited to have him as well as all of our new members.

57 MINSEP 16
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Ep26 | Patient Perspective: Surviving Pediatric Cancer

Ep25 | Hypnosis, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine

On this episode we take a look into complementary and alternative medicine. Does hypnosis actually work? Can a certain herbal medicine make me live longer? These are some of the questions we ask Dr. Kit Lee, a Family Medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center. While medical education programs spend little class time addressing non-traditional therapies, the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative health reports that about 38% of adults and 12% of children currently use some type of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapy. To shed some light onto CAM therapies like chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback therapy, biofield therapy, herbal medicine, hypnosis, meditation, naturopathy, and yoga, we brought in a champion of CAM therapy, Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate and medical education at Northwestern University, and completed her residency at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. She is board certified in m...

61 MINAUG 31
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Ep25 | Hypnosis, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine

Ep24 | Dr. Kamran Mirza - “#twitterhomework, #103%, #pathology, and more”

If you've ever watched any crime show, you're probably familiar with the stereotype of the pathologist - alone in the recesses of the hospital, dissecting the deceased. Thanks largely to this stereotype (we are looking at you CSI), this has lead to the misconception that pathology is boring and lonely. But in the real world, this could not be further from the truth. We sat down with Dr. Kamran Mirza, a clinical pathologist, to discuss why this medical specialty can be just as rewarding and challenging as other specialties, and why medical students should consider it. In our discussion, we get into a host of other topics such as the future of medical education, how to develop a meaningful and engaging career, how technology can enhance learning and foster collaboration and much more. If you’ve never considered pathology as a career, you will definitely want to listen to this episode. About Dr. Kamaran Mirza Dr. Mirza, MD, PhD is completed medical school at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and his graduate training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His residency was in combined anatomic and clinical pathology, followed by fellowships in hematopathology, thoracic pathology, and medical education at the University of Chicago. He is currently a hematopathologist, assistant professor of pathology, associate director for the pathology residency, medical director of molecular pathology, and director of the medical student pathology clerkship at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine-Chicago. Follow Dr. Mirza at @KMirza on Twitter @ kam5.2 on instagram Or you can check out some of his published articles here "My Classroom is empty: Is that a problem?" "#Twitter Homework" "Meeting Kristoff"

49 MINAUG 23
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Ep24 | Dr. Kamran Mirza - “#twitterhomework, #103%, #pathology, and more”

Ep23 | MS4 Perspective: Pediatrics

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of Pediatrics. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guests in this episode, Tara Funk and Hannah Friedman, completed their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Tara is a graduate from Baylor University, and completed a dual degree in business and pre-medicine. To prepare for her application for medical school, she did research and scribed in an emergency department after graduating. Tara has always had interests in medicine, and originally had thoughts of becoming a veterinarian before realizing that medical school was her true calling. Tara also “couples matched” with her partner, who is currently in an emergency medicine residency. A native of Colorado, Hannah completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College with a degree in psychology. She would then spend two years at Yale University as a research fellow before applying to medical school. Hannah says she has always wanted to be a pediatrician, and is excited to pursue her dream career. Today, both Tara and Hannah are in their first year of Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado Boulder respectively. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Pediatrics, follow along! Episode produced by: Alek www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

47 MINAUG 19
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Ep23 | MS4 Perspective: Pediatrics

Ep22 | MS4 Perspective: Ophthalmology

Nolan Adams is a 4th year student at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine who will be entering Loyola's ophthalmology residency after a transitional year program at Presence Resurrection Hospital. He is originally from Rockford, IL and entered medical school after a gap year working as a Certified Nursing Assistant following his graduation from Northwestern University. He found ophthalmology early in his first year at Loyola and enjoys helping other students discern if ophthalmology is a good fit for them, as well as helping them through the application process. Episode produced by: Nate www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonatet

32 MINAUG 10
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Ep22 | MS4 Perspective: Ophthalmology

Ep21 | Community Health - How Free Clinics Provide for Low-Income Individuals

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard a lot of debate about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the United States. With the expansion of Medicaid and other reforms that were a part of the Affordable Care Act, many people gained access to government-subsidized health insurance,. But that doesn’t mean that going to the doctor is any cheaper. In the complex web of insurance, citizenship status, and income instability many patients fall through the cracks. For those people, Community Health and many other free clinics around the country are providing healthcare completely free of charge, no insurance required. How can they afford to see all these patients for free? Where do the patients get medications, labs, or even surgery? Vicki Chester and Ava Zeligson from Community Health answer all those questions and more on today’s episode. You can find out more information about the clinic at communityhealth.org Episode produced by: Nate, Rasa www.medicuspodcast.c...

46 MINAUG 2
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Ep21 | Community Health - How Free Clinics Provide for Low-Income Individuals

Ep20 | MS4 Perspective: Neurology

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of Neurology. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to a pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guests in this episode, Jennifer Novak and Harjot Hansra, completed their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Jennifer graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in economics and psychology. Although she had a passion for neuroscience, Jennifer studied for the LSAT before realizing that medicine was her true calling. She then completed a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at San Francisco State, and applied to medical school the year after. Harjot’s interest in medicine began at a young age—some of her earliest memories consist of going to the library with her parents and flipping through pictures in cartoon anatomy books. Her interest persisted throughout high school and college, and she eventually graduated with a degree in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Today, both Jennifer and Harjot are in their first year of Neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona respectively. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Neurology, follow along! Episode produced by: Alek Druck www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

89 MINJUL 26
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Ep20 | MS4 Perspective: Neurology

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Ep29 | Doing a one-year fellowship at a rural Bolivian clinic - Megha Srivastava, Andrea Escobar

Megha and Andrea spent a whole year working at a free clinic in rural Bolivia for their global health fieldwork fellowship. You can find out more about the clinic and the fellowship here: http://centromedicohumbertoparra.org/ https://hsd.luc.edu/global_health/programs/scholarsprogram/ Episode produced by: Nate www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

47 MIN4 d ago
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Ep29 | Doing a one-year fellowship at a rural Bolivian clinic - Megha Srivastava, Andrea Escobar

Ep28 | Women Leaders in Medicine - Dr. Shikha Jain

Women have made up at least 40% of medical students in the US for over 25 years, yet this is not reflected in medical leadership. Women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs. While the reasons behind this discrepancy are numerous and the potential solutions even more complex, there is hope. We sat down with Dr. Shikha Jain, a hematology and oncology physician at Rush University Medical Center, to discuss some of these barriers to women leadership and some questions we all should be asking ourselves as we shape the future of medicine. Dr. Jain has also written for several organizations including Doximity, KevinMD, ASCO Connection, and completed a year as a Doximity writing fellow. Additionally, Dr. Jain has peer-reviewed publications on her research interests, which include gender equity, career advancement for women, increasing underrepresented minorities in medicine, the impact of social media on medicine, and GI oncology. Her clinical res...

56 MIN1 w ago
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Ep28 | Women Leaders in Medicine - Dr. Shikha Jain

Ep27 | MS4 Perspective: Obstetrics & Gynecology

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn). Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guest in this episode, Andy Chen, is completing his medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Andy is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and majored in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. Andy took four years off after college to work on his medical school application. During this period, he would take the MCAT multiple times, went on a medical mission’s trip, and obtained EMT certification. Andy’s journey to medicine has been published in the “Inspiring Stories” section on the AAMC website, which can be found at the following link: https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/article/andy-chen/ Andy provides great insight into the world of Ob/Gyn, delivering a unique perspective of a being a male applicant/provider. He highlights the importance of women’s health and the variety that Ob/Gyn can offer. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Ob/Gyn, follow along!

29 MIN3 w ago
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Ep27 | MS4 Perspective: Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ep26 | Patient Perspective: Surviving Pediatric Cancer

In this episode, we sat down with fellow Medicus team member Dave Lee to discuss his experience with pediatric cancer (specifically ALL). Dave shares his perspective as a former patient and now as a physician in training. We get into some pretty interesting discussions (I especially enjoyed his thoughts on the role that labels play in our identification process). Additionally, we are excited to start bringing in the new M1 members of the team. On this episode, we are joined by Shawn Choe! We are excited to have him as well as all of our new members.

57 MINSEP 16
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Ep26 | Patient Perspective: Surviving Pediatric Cancer

Ep25 | Hypnosis, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine

On this episode we take a look into complementary and alternative medicine. Does hypnosis actually work? Can a certain herbal medicine make me live longer? These are some of the questions we ask Dr. Kit Lee, a Family Medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center. While medical education programs spend little class time addressing non-traditional therapies, the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative health reports that about 38% of adults and 12% of children currently use some type of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapy. To shed some light onto CAM therapies like chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback therapy, biofield therapy, herbal medicine, hypnosis, meditation, naturopathy, and yoga, we brought in a champion of CAM therapy, Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate and medical education at Northwestern University, and completed her residency at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. She is board certified in m...

61 MINAUG 31
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Ep25 | Hypnosis, Acupuncture, and Integrative Medicine

Ep24 | Dr. Kamran Mirza - “#twitterhomework, #103%, #pathology, and more”

If you've ever watched any crime show, you're probably familiar with the stereotype of the pathologist - alone in the recesses of the hospital, dissecting the deceased. Thanks largely to this stereotype (we are looking at you CSI), this has lead to the misconception that pathology is boring and lonely. But in the real world, this could not be further from the truth. We sat down with Dr. Kamran Mirza, a clinical pathologist, to discuss why this medical specialty can be just as rewarding and challenging as other specialties, and why medical students should consider it. In our discussion, we get into a host of other topics such as the future of medical education, how to develop a meaningful and engaging career, how technology can enhance learning and foster collaboration and much more. If you’ve never considered pathology as a career, you will definitely want to listen to this episode. About Dr. Kamaran Mirza Dr. Mirza, MD, PhD is completed medical school at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and his graduate training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His residency was in combined anatomic and clinical pathology, followed by fellowships in hematopathology, thoracic pathology, and medical education at the University of Chicago. He is currently a hematopathologist, assistant professor of pathology, associate director for the pathology residency, medical director of molecular pathology, and director of the medical student pathology clerkship at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine-Chicago. Follow Dr. Mirza at @KMirza on Twitter @ kam5.2 on instagram Or you can check out some of his published articles here "My Classroom is empty: Is that a problem?" "#Twitter Homework" "Meeting Kristoff"

49 MINAUG 23
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Ep24 | Dr. Kamran Mirza - “#twitterhomework, #103%, #pathology, and more”

Ep23 | MS4 Perspective: Pediatrics

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of Pediatrics. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guests in this episode, Tara Funk and Hannah Friedman, completed their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Tara is a graduate from Baylor University, and completed a dual degree in business and pre-medicine. To prepare for her application for medical school, she did research and scribed in an emergency department after graduating. Tara has always had interests in medicine, and originally had thoughts of becoming a veterinarian before realizing that medical school was her true calling. Tara also “couples matched” with her partner, who is currently in an emergency medicine residency. A native of Colorado, Hannah completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College with a degree in psychology. She would then spend two years at Yale University as a research fellow before applying to medical school. Hannah says she has always wanted to be a pediatrician, and is excited to pursue her dream career. Today, both Tara and Hannah are in their first year of Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado Boulder respectively. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Pediatrics, follow along! Episode produced by: Alek www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

47 MINAUG 19
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Ep23 | MS4 Perspective: Pediatrics

Ep22 | MS4 Perspective: Ophthalmology

Nolan Adams is a 4th year student at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine who will be entering Loyola's ophthalmology residency after a transitional year program at Presence Resurrection Hospital. He is originally from Rockford, IL and entered medical school after a gap year working as a Certified Nursing Assistant following his graduation from Northwestern University. He found ophthalmology early in his first year at Loyola and enjoys helping other students discern if ophthalmology is a good fit for them, as well as helping them through the application process. Episode produced by: Nate www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonatet

32 MINAUG 10
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Ep22 | MS4 Perspective: Ophthalmology

Ep21 | Community Health - How Free Clinics Provide for Low-Income Individuals

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard a lot of debate about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the United States. With the expansion of Medicaid and other reforms that were a part of the Affordable Care Act, many people gained access to government-subsidized health insurance,. But that doesn’t mean that going to the doctor is any cheaper. In the complex web of insurance, citizenship status, and income instability many patients fall through the cracks. For those people, Community Health and many other free clinics around the country are providing healthcare completely free of charge, no insurance required. How can they afford to see all these patients for free? Where do the patients get medications, labs, or even surgery? Vicki Chester and Ava Zeligson from Community Health answer all those questions and more on today’s episode. You can find out more information about the clinic at communityhealth.org Episode produced by: Nate, Rasa www.medicuspodcast.c...

46 MINAUG 2
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Ep21 | Community Health - How Free Clinics Provide for Low-Income Individuals

Ep20 | MS4 Perspective: Neurology

In this 4th year medical student (MS4) specialty episode, we investigate the field of Neurology. Our specialty series with 4th year medical students consists of three parts. Part I consists of a discussion about the field. Here, we will learn about the reasons why our guests have decided to a pursue a career in this specialty, likes/dislikes about the field, and common stereotypes surrounding the field. Part II explores what it takes to match into the field. Our discussions in this section include ways in which medical students can become a competitive applicant for this specialty, tips for rotations in this specialty, advice on structuring your curriculum, and ways to evaluate which residency programs to apply to. Part III is the general advice section. Here, our 4th year students will reveal the secrets to success for each year of medical school, as well as advice for pre-med students, gap year students, excelling on board exams, and more. Our guests in this episode, Jennifer Novak and Harjot Hansra, completed their medical education at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Jennifer graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in economics and psychology. Although she had a passion for neuroscience, Jennifer studied for the LSAT before realizing that medicine was her true calling. She then completed a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at San Francisco State, and applied to medical school the year after. Harjot’s interest in medicine began at a young age—some of her earliest memories consist of going to the library with her parents and flipping through pictures in cartoon anatomy books. Her interest persisted throughout high school and college, and she eventually graduated with a degree in neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Today, both Jennifer and Harjot are in their first year of Neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona respectively. For advice, tips, and a glimpse into the lives of medical students pursuing a career in Neurology, follow along! Episode produced by: Alek Druck www.medicuspodcast.com | medicuspodcast@gmail.com | Donate: http://bit.ly/MedicusDonate

89 MINJUL 26
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Ep20 | MS4 Perspective: Neurology