Podcast 014: Junior Doctor With Dr James Ooi

Going from medical student to doctor means a life full of money and responsible employment. However, is it the start of a new life as a societal contributor or the death of freedom and time?

As a child, your biggest aspiration might have been to become an astronaut. As a medical student, your biggest aspiration might be to become a doctor. As a doctor, your biggest aspiration might be to take early retirement and never work again. That’s how one horror story might go.

But what is it really like being a medical intern or resident? Is being a junior doctor akin to administrative slavery or is it a chance to be more involved in patient management and help the world?

In this episode, Dr James talks about junior doctor life, coffee, spontaneous patient bleeding and what keeps him sane.

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About the guest speaker

Dr James JY Ooi is a PGY2 resident doctor at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. After graduating with honours from Monash University in 2016, Dr Ooi tinkered as a novice researcher, authoring publications in the obviously related fields of Rheumatology and Urology. It is a driving passion for improved quality-of-life and functional outcomes that colours Dr Ooi’s work. To that effect, he optimistically jogs towards a career in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Outside of medicine, James enjoys being suitably average at any sports and pretending to be intellectual, sipping coffee whilst consuming Sir David Attenborough’s latest. Should anyone have the misfortune of meeting this boy man, he recommends forwarding all complaints to his beloved fiancée Michelle, who has carried him through more tough times than can be counted.

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Opening and closing themes by Phil Poronnik.

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Podcast 013: Careers Outside Medicine With Dr Renee Lim

Life is full of infinite possibilities! If you have a medical degree, your future is not confined to the hospital wards.

How can you choose between all the things you want to achieve while you’re alive? Is it possible to manage your time so you can be both a doctor and a professional abalone diver?

Yes! In fact, you can take an exciting proportion of your career outside the realm of health care.

In this episode, Dr Renee Lim talks about balancing doctor duties with life outside medicine. She talks about her diverse foray into acting and education—and yes, she has been on television!

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About the guest speaker

Dr Renee Lim is a performer, educator and medical doctor. In addition to her appearances on Australian television shows such as Pulse, Ask The Doctors, East West 101 and Please Like Me, she has participated in theatre works including His Mothers Voice and Coup De’Tat.

Dr Renee works as the Director of Program Development at the Pam McLean Centre, a centre designed to improve communication in the medical sector, as well as the University of Sydney and UNSW.

Dr Renee is a locum doctor in Emergency and Geriatrics Departments across NSW. She also works in educational technology and research.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 012: Manufacturing Pharmacy With Allan Fong

Your greatest nightmare is here, except this time you’re wearing pants!

You’re a doctor whose patient has a rare case of Aafkhajsdklashkjdasodhsouheihterl Fever. Conventional medicines aren’t effective in treating it, so you’ll need something more powerful. Something not in commercial existence.

Who could possibly help you? A pharmacist!

That’s where hospital pharmacy comes in. It’s a safe haven that doctors and other health professionals can consult for advice on medications. Manufacturing pharmacy is a subspecialty of hospital pharmacy that deals with individualised medications for patients. That could be just the cure for Aafkhajsdklashkjdasodhsouheihterl Fever!

In this episode, Allan talks about hospital pharmacy, how he helps doctors by mixing up customised medications for sick patients and common mistakes doctors make in prescribing.

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About the guest speaker

Allan Fong is currently employed at Westmead Hospital as the Manufacturing Pharmacist. He graduated from The University of Sydney in pharmacy in 1986 and has since had 20 years’ experience working in various community pharmacies and 10 years’ experience working in hospital pharmacy.

Outside health care, Allan is an amateur musician, currently playing flute and tuba in two community concert bands. But wait, there’s more! He also plays piccolo, bass clarinet, oboe, euphonium and saxophone.

Allan loves gardening and owns two cats: Ava and Mia.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 011: Clinical Psychology With Juliette Drobny

Patients with mental health illnesses can be treated with medication, psychological therapy or a combination of both.

But what exactly do psychologists do? Which patients go to them? Which doctors interact with them?

In this episode, Juliette talks about what clinical psychology is, why she hasn’t locked her car lately and how examination stress can affect doctors and medical students.

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About the guest speaker

Juliette Drobny is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and lecturer at the University of Sydney, where she obtained her PhD. Formerly the Head of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead Hospital, she is involved in the development of educational and training materials for doctors and allied health professionals. She also runs her own private practice focussing on anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD and depression.

Juliette particularly enjoys working with young people and students, helping them overcome problems with study and procrastination, borrowing from her own experience as a PhD student where she became highly proficient in playing the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique (despite being a very amateur pianist) as a consequence of her own procrastination. She recently adopted an anxious rescue cat believing her skills would make for a good marriage. It was.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 010: Psychiatry With Dr Philip Boyce

Minds are important things. You need them for study, constructing evil plots, working out how much change you’re supposed to receive at the supermarket and organising social gatherings with your friends.

Just like hearts, souls and a working Internet connection, minds are vital in our modern world. Psychiatry is a discipline of medicine that deals with mental illness and its effects on patients.

In this episode, Professor Philip talks about the interesting topics that psychiatry encompasses, the lifestyle of the work and invaluable wisdom from his years of expertise in the field.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Philip Boyce is a Professor in Psychiatry with a whole bunch of outstanding achievements. He’s the Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney and Head of the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinical Research Unit at Westmead Hospital. His clinical focus is the impact of psychotic disorders on women over the perinatal period and predictors of bipolar relapse following childbirth.

Professor Philip was a member of the working group that developed the RANZCP’s Mood Disorders Clinical Practice Guideline and the Clinical Practice Guideline for treatment of the anxiety disorders.

But there’s more! Professor Philip co-authored the 4th edition of Fast Facts: depression published in 2017 and was awarded the RANZCP’s medal of honour in 2016. He is an associate editor of the ANZJP and enjoys playing golf.

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Opening and closing themes by Phil Poronnik.

Podcast 009: Skin Cancer General Practice With Dr Philip Smith

Skin is important! How else do you discriminate between all of the delicious fruit and vegetables in the supermarket?

When it comes to people, the pathologies can be a little more worrying. In Australia, skin cancer is a real concern. Dermatological conditions can be confusing enough that dermatology is a specialty on its own, yet the topic forms a large part of general practice. It’s possible to study a subspecialty in general practice that allows you to focus on a particular area without going through a different college of medical accreditation.

As a non-science graduate of a city medical program, Dr Philip talks about his deviation from surgery, his subsequent background as a rural general practitioner and his current range of medical duties.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Philip Smith is a general practitioner who focuses on work as a skin cancer clinician. When he’s not identifying people’s worrying skin lesions with a dermatoscope, he’s assisting with hospital surgeries and spending time with his family.

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Opening and closing themes by Phil Poronnik.

Podcast 008: Trauma Surgery With Dr Jeremy Hsu

PATIENT IS BLEEDING! EVERYBODY PANIC!

That’s not what it’s really like in a trauma setting, is it?

Perhaps one of the most heavily glamourised fields in medicine, trauma is portrayed as being chaotic and exciting. Dr Jeremy talks about the ups and downs of life in trauma, as well as the different training paths that can lead to it.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Jeremy is the Director Of Trauma at Westmead Hospital. His training is in general surgery and in addition to his trauma work, he’s involved in breast clinics and medical teaching.

Music credits

Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.