Podcast 019: Intensive Care Medicine With Dr Stuart Lane

Where do you go if you have multi-organ failure and teeter on the cusp of death? An important three-letter acronym: ICU!

In this episode, Dr Stuart talks about the hectic life of intensive care medicine, being a good doctor and the importance of morals.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Stuart Lane graduated Medical School at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He commenced his appointment with Sydney Medical School in 2007, where he is now an Associate Professor, along with his clinical role as a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Nepean Hospital.

Dr Stuart has a strong passion and decorated record for teaching, and has developed a national and international reputation in researching human experience using qualitative methodologies. He is a part 1 and part 2 examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM), NSW CICM Supervisor of training, and deputy chair of the NSW CICM regional committee. He is a keen swimmer and in 2017, he swam the English Channel in 2017, raising $12,500 to assist research into chronic critical illness.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

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Podcast 018: Respiratory Medicine With Dr Lucy Morgan

We all crave love, but first we require oxygen. Lungs are such needy things!

In this episode, Dr Lucy talks about respiratory medicine, pub rock and marriage.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Lucy Morgan is a staff specialist physician in respiratory medicine. She maintains links to The University Of Sydney and Concord Repatriation General Hospital, where she works as an Associate Professor.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 017: Medical Research With Julia Chapman

Fake medicine is based on hogwash and wizardry, while real medicine is based on evidence and clinical trials.

Without the guidance of data, patient management is in confusion! No one really knows what to do! That makes medical research integral to accurate diagnosis and treatment.

In this episode, Julia talks about life as a medical researcher, how research applies to medical doctors and the challenges that research involves.

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About the guest speaker

Julia Chapman has worked at the Woolcock Institute since 2008 across a range of industry sponsored and investigator driven sleep and respiratory clinical trials. She recently completed her PhD which focussed on the treatment of daytime sleepiness in OSA with wakefulness promoters modafinil and armodafinil, including the longest randomised controlled trial of either of these drugs in OSA.

Julia left school thinking that she would one day be a professor of languages, but after studying pharmacology at the University of Sydney, she found that science was her passion. For her initial PhD work on the use of modafinil in mild-moderate OSA patients not using other treatments, she was awarded the Australasian Sleep Association’s New Investigator Award in 2013. She was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from NeuroSleep under the supervision of A/Prof Nat Marshall and Prof Ron Grunstein, who together are part of a team planning to establish a Sleep Clinical Research Network in Sydney and surrounding areas. She is now working on establishing research into the combined effects of shift work and OSA, as well as research in insomnia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

Podcast 016: Sports Medicine With Dr Bob Sallis

Sports is a unique field. It consists of grown adults or small children tossing equipment around according to made-up rules – and somehow having quite a lot of fun doing so.

That’s why sports medicine is a unique specialty. It deals with the afflictions of active people, often involving acute treatment at the moment of injury, not just chronic overuse.

In this episode, Dr Bob talks about sports medicine, his impactful work and the value of exercise.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Bob Sallis, M.D., FACSM, serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He has served as the head team physician at Pomona College since 1988, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine.

Dr Bob lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine and serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine. Dr Bob currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM’s clinical journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.

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Opening and closing themes by Jim Cook’s computer, an Artificial Intelligence project by the Techlab.

Podcast 015: Cardiology With Dr Chris Semsarian

Without the heart, there is no mindless muscle bag to pump blood all around the body. That would, unfortunately, lead to death.

Fortunately, cardiology exists to cure, palliate and address issues of this important organ!

In this episode, Professor Chris talks about his work as a specialist cardiologist, why he campaigned for public defibrillators and the crucial contribution of being passionate about your work.

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About the guest speaker

Dr Chris Semsarian is a cardiologist and professor with a specific research focus in the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease. He trained at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Professor Chris was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) on January 26, 2017 for significant service to medicine in the field of cardiology as a clinician, administrator and educator and to the community. He has a large number of other letters behind his name too: MBBS PhD MPH FAHMS FRACP FRCPA FCSANZ FAHA FHRS.

Professor Chris has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, in the highest-ranking cardiovascular and general medical journals. A focus area of his research is in the investigation and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young, particularly amongst children and young adults. He has been the primary supervisor of over 30 PhD, honours and medical honours students since 2003 and led major community programs in the area of prevention of sudden death.

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Opening and closing themes by Lily Chen.

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.

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.