Conrad Fischer Part I – The Best Time to be in Medicine
22 Jan, 2010
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In October 2009, the Radio Rounds crew visited Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and met Dr. Conrad Fischer — author of Routine Miracles: Restoring Faith and Hope in Medicine, Chair of Medicine for Kaplan Medical and Director of Educational Development for Nassau University Medical Center in New York.
That afternoon, hosts Avash Kalra, Lakshman Swamy, and Shamie Das sat down with Dr. Fischer and conversed about a variety of topics — the miracles of modern medicine, the heroic culture that should be instilled in physicians and medical schools, and the motivation that leads many of us to this profession in the first place. This episode features Part I of that conversation — without a doubt one of the most inspiring and dynamic interviews ever featured on Radio Rounds.
The dynamic Dr. Fischer challenges the notion that the practice of medicine was somehow “better” 25 years ago, and he proclaims a call to action for all medical students and physicians. As he says, we should want to go “cure a disease before lunchtime!”
Also in this episode, we hear from Dr. Larry Lawhorne (Chair of Geriatrics at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine) and Beth Delaney (Program Manager of Palliative Care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio). As part of a special tribute to Veterans Day, we discuss with Beth and Dr. Lawhorne a unique “Honor Flight” program, as well as unique health care issues related to veterans (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder).