The Underwear Drawer

16 Oct, 2011

This episode aired on Sunday October 16, 2011. You can listen to this episode in its entirety on or download the free podcast on our iTunes page!

Balancing personal life in the medical field can be a challenging task. In this episode, hosts Lakshman Swamy and Casey McCluskey lead a discussion on this balance and the interesting approach that one physician has taken to bring personality and humanism back to the field of medicine.

Featured Guest: Dr. Michelle Au, an anesthesiologist and acclaimed author. Since medical school, she has penned “The Underwear Drawer” — a blog about her life inside and outside of medicine, including her life balancing her career with her family. Dr. Au is the author of the book This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies) and also of a medical comic strip series entitled “Scutmonkey,” which details both the lighter and darker humor of the modern medical education process.

Dr. Au talks about how her blog started and how it has progressed over the years from being a method of communicating with her family and friends about her progress as a medical student to being a medium in which the “human” inside every physician can be illuminated. She also shares her hope that her new book, This Won’t Hurt a Bit (And Other White Lies), will be an insight into the lives of physicians and the struggles they encounter while trying to balance professionalism and personal life.

To read Dr. Au’s blog or to learn more about her book, visit her website.

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