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The Emergency Docs

The Emergency Docs

By Dr. Rajagopal
The world of medicine is notoriously complicated, especially when it comes to emergency care. There’s a wealth of information available. Unfortunately, much of it is overwhelming and difficult to understand. And when you add a pandemic into the mix, it’s easy for patients and their loved ones to feel scared and uncertain. Episode topics range from particular diseases, disease processes, interviews with leading doctors, and interviews with patients. At the heart of each episode is the intersection of humanity and medicine.
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Ep. 51 Empathy Fatigue With Dr. Ethan Kunstadt
Empathy Fatigue is a very real side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s critically impacting our health care professionals. Clinicians have been reporting more difficulty with empathy and compassion in the years since the beginning of the pandemic. How are we going to respond to this challenge?  Dr. Alaina Rajagopal features Dr. Ethan Kunstadt, an emergency medicine physician in Orange County, California. They explore two articles which highlight some of these issues, as well as strategies for coping, fighting misinformation, and moving forward. References: Sohn, Emily. 2021. Empathy fatigue in clinicians rises with latest COVID-19 surge. Medscape. Published Sept 16, 2021. Russell, Peter. 2022. Healthcare workers ‘most likely to report long COVID symptoms.’ Medscape. Published Jan 6, 2022. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
January 26, 2022
Ep. 49 COVID Reflections With Dr. Daryn Towle
The COVID pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, including health professionals. We take a look at what we have learned over the past two years. In this episode, Alaina Rajagopal features Dr. Daryn Towle, a Southern California native and emergency medicine physician. We reflect on the pandemic and how her life has changed as an ER doctor over the last two years. We also discuss some of the science behind why vaccines are important, the Omicron variant, and how to stay safe over the holidays. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
January 12, 2022
Ep. 50 Staying Safe And Healthy Over The Holidays With Victor Cisneros
The holidays are almost on us, and with it comes tidings of good cheer. We do need to remember that COVID-19 is still here, and along for the ride are new variants, such as the Omicron variant. It’s time to stay healthy over the holidays as Alaina Rajagopal talks about holiday health safety with Victor Cisneros. Victor and Aliana discuss the steps you can take to ensure you and your loved ones enjoy a safe, happy and COVID-free Christmas. Tune in and learn more about health and safety here. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
December 22, 2021
Ep. 48 Finding Balance With Dr. Tanya Dall
Do you feel something is missing in your life? What do you wish you could do more of? It’s time to put it on the calendar. After today’s episode, you will understand why. Dr. Tanya Dall is an emergency medicine, wife, and mom...but not necessarily in that order. This week, we discuss finding balance between work in the emergency department and at home. We will also hear about Dr. Dall's journey into medicine, how she chose emergency medicine, and how she has been able to accomplish all of that while also raising a family. This is an episode you don't want to miss! Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
December 01, 2021
Ep. 47 Pregnancy, COVID, And Vaccines With Dr. Lauren Sylwanowicz
The topic around vaccines has been very sensitive nowadays, especially because of the pandemic. Dr. Lauren Sylwanowicz is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in Southern California and also happens to be 38 weeks pregnant. She has experienced the pandemic as a physician, patient, and soon-to-be mom, and understands the stresses that new parents face. In this episode, she discusses some of the risks and benefits of getting vaccinated before, during, and after pregnancy and provides resources to help patients make the safest decisions. As a soon-to-be mom, she can now share and understand her patients more and sympathize with them better. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
November 16, 2021
Ep. 46: Disparities in Medicine: Exploring Underlying Issues on Equity and Inclusion with Dr. Victor Cisneros
This pandemic has lifted the veil of the disparities that already existed globally, especially when it comes to medicine. What is worse, not only has it revealed these problems, it has also exacerbated the marginalization of many communities. In this episode, Alaina Rajagopal sits down with Dr. Victor Cisneros, an attending physician and Graduate Medical Education (GME) Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Eisenhower Health. Dr. Cisneros discusses his upbringing as a Mexican immigrant and how this has affected his perspectives on diversity in medicine. He sheds light on the disparities in medicine and how the pandemic has highlighted under-resourced populations and regions. Tune in to hear more about what you can do in your community to help alleviate some of these issues and make an impact on society. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
November 03, 2021
Ep. 45: Biomedical Ethics and Vaccination with Dr. Arthur Caplan
The debate on vaccinations and individual freedom has been hot given the pandemic's extended period of quarantine. However, what does biomedical ethics say about this? Joining Dr. Alaina Rajagopal today is Dr. Arthur Caplan, Professor and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is also the author or editor of 35 books and more than 800 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent works focused on vaccination, ethics and policy, and good research integrity in biomedicine. Today, they dive into the discourse on vaccination and how medical professionals and patients should approach each case. Within that context, they also delve into which patients to prioritize, the doctor's right to decline or accept patients, and their thoughts on the rampant anti-vax protests. Tune in to this interesting and insightful conversation to learn more about the issue. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
October 20, 2021
Ep. 44: The Science of Misinformation and How to Prevent it with Dr. Sander van der Linden
With the pandemic, climate change, and science, anything can be politicized in today's environment. People need to understand what misinformation is so that they can avoid fake news. Join Dr. Alaina Rajagopal and her guest, Dr. Sander van der Linden, in this discussion on how to fight misinformation and learn what is real and what isn't. Dr. van der Linden is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge. He is also the Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. Learn all about medical misinformation, fake news, bias, how social media helps inflate misinformation, and the role science has in decision-making and information. Discover what Dr. van der Linden is doing to help people spot misinformation. Tune in and learn what you can do to avoid getting duped by fake news and stop spreading of incorrect information. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
October 05, 2021
Ep. 43: How Emergency Response Saved a Life at Jackson Hole with Jim and Peggy Hays, Ian Barwell, and Jeff Burke
 Jim and Peggy Hays were enjoying a ski vacation in Jackson Hole... until they suddenly weren't. Jim had a heart attack on the slopes and only managed to survive after a successful emergency response and the support of his wife. Medical miracles aren't really miracles. Instead, they're the result of having the right tools, procedures, and people in place to handle emergency situations, which is what happened to today's guests. Joining host Dr. Alaina Rajagopal are four of the people involved in the Jackson Hole case. Peggy and Jim Hays, the couple who bravely survived the incident, Ian Barwell, the ER nurse and patroller on the scene with Jim's event, and Jeff Burke, the author of the article that covered their incredible story. To survive not one but two heart attacks was a feat in itself for the Hays couple, but to top it all off, it all happened right when COVID started. Learn more about their story and hear essential tips on how to stay safe in the mountains. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!
September 24, 2021
Ep. 42: COVID Reflections with Dr. Wajeeha Musharraf
This episode is part of our COVID Reflections series where we feature different healthcare providers and their experiences during the pandemic. This week, we talk to Dr. Wajeeha Musharraf, an emergency medicine physician in India. She'll discuss what it has been like working in India during the most recent surge, a bit of advice, and her YouTube channel, EM Code. 
September 08, 2021
Ep. 41: Long COVID with guest Melissa Lynch
Long COVID is fairly unknown syndrome that can occur after a person contracts COVID-19. Melissa Lynch is a healthcare professional, but also a mother. Her daughter, Wednesday, contracted COVID-19 and has dealt with severe symptoms from long COVID. Melissa will discuss the initial presentation of the disease, how they finally got a diagnosis, and what she is doing now to prevent others from going through all of the difficulties she and Wednesday have faced. Melissa now works with Long COVID Kids USA and Long COVID Kids Global to advocate for awareness of the disease, prevention, and research. Listen in to hear more! Here is the link to learn more about Long COVID Kids:
August 25, 2021
Ep. 40: How to Save a Life
Have you ever wondered how to save a life? Have you ever thought about what the most important things are that you can do in an emergency? Are you the type that likes to be prepared? Are you the type that is never prepared? Well then this episode is for you! Dr. R and Dr. Y talk about what to do in case of two specific types of emergencies: hemorrhage and cardiac arrest. Learn the basic steps on what to do if you encounter these types of emergency situations. 
August 11, 2021
Ep. 39: All you ever wanted to know about ticks
Ticks are out in force this season. Drs. Rajagopal and Yanuck will discuss types of ticks, diseases that come from ticks, symptoms of those diseases, and what to do if you get bitten. Stay safe and tick-free this summer by listening to this episode!
July 28, 2021
Ep. 38: Snakebites with Dr. Spencer Greene
Dr. Spencer Greene is a medical toxicologist and snakebite expert based in Houston, Texas. In this episode, he'll talk about what toxicology is, how to avoid getting a snakebite in the first place, and what to do if you do get bitten by a snake. He'll also discuss some of the snakebite treatment myths like "the cut and suck." No matter where you live, there are probably some snakes there, so listen in so you can be prepared in case you encounter one!
July 14, 2021
Ep. 37: Drs. Danae and Olen Netteburg, Missionary Doctors in Chad
This episode focuses on Drs. Olen and Danae Netteburg. Dr. Danae Netteburg is an obstetrician gynecologist and Dr. Olen Netteburg is an emergency medicine physician. They both work at a remote hospital and are raising their family in Chad (Africa). Due to the demands of the job, they both also function as surgeons, internists, family medicine doctors, and hospital administrators. Their work as physicians and parents is 24/7/365 and they both handle it with grace. In this episode, we discuss some of their experiences as physicians in Chad, some interesting patient cases (a knife in the face, an arrow through the eye, and more), creative ways to stop a nosebleed, and their harrowing experience of almost losing two of their children to rabies. Listen in - this is an episode you won't want to miss!
June 02, 2021
Ep. 36: COVID Reflections with Dr. Justin Yanuck
We continue the COVID reflections series this week with Dr. Justin Yanuck, aka Dr. Y. Dr. Yanuck discusses his practice in emergency medicine as well as working as a pain management physician. He discusses his personal struggles during the pandemic and some of the cases that really affected him over the last year. Listen in to hear more about mental health and how we can all do better in the future. 
April 28, 2021
Ep. 35: COVID Reflections - Public Health Heroes with Dr. Kellie Strecher
Dr. Kellie Strecher is an obstetrician gynecologist based in Minnesota who started an organization called Public Health Heroes to help tell the stories of those clinicians who were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she has developed the organization, she has also placed a focus on mental health, addiction, and other problems that clinicians face. Public Health Heroes is working to not only tell the stories of clinicians but also help them with burnout, depression, and addiction. Listen in to hear more about these amazing heroes' stories as well as how you can help them heal. 
April 14, 2021
Ep. 34: Women in STEM with Alyssa Carson
Happy Women's History Month! Alyssa Carson is an out-of-this-world inspirational woman in STEM. Alyssa is currently studying astrobiology and hopes to be the first woman to walk on Mars. Listen to hear more about her journey into science, astrobiology, and spaceflight. 
March 31, 2021
Ep. 33: Pregnancy Series - Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise with Jane Wake
Pregnancy is often associated with thoughts of women kicking up their feet and taking it easy but according to fitness expert Jane Wake, that doesn't have to be the case! In this episode we discuss what an exercise journey can look like for a pregnant woman with research-backed recommendations for all stages of pregnancy and the postpartum period. Jane is an internationally renowned fitness expert with decades of experience in women's fitness and we'll discuss her journey into women's fitness as well. We'll also discuss nutrition and supplements postpartum and how you can connect with Jane and help with her research on women's fitness in pregnancy. 
March 17, 2021
Ep. 32: COVID Reflections - Dr. Alisa Wray
We've all seen the images - tired, masked healthcare providers on TV - but what is it really like in the emergency department during COVID? This series of episodes called COVID Reflections will feature healthcare workers telling their stories. This week's episode features Dr. Alisa Wray who will answer some of the questions healthcare workers are asked frequently about the pandemic and provide some perspective on what her life, and her ER, are like on a daily basis. 
February 10, 2021
Ep. 31: Pregnancy Series - Third Trimester Pregnancy
We'll continue the pregnancy series this week to discuss third trimester pregnancy, some recent memorable cases from the ED, and various types of emergencies we might see with third trimester pregnant patients.
December 23, 2020
Ep. 30: Pregnancy Series: Second Trimester
This episode will cover basic fetal development for the second trimester along with some interesting second trimester cases we've seen in the past. 
December 16, 2020
Ep. 29: Pregnancy Series: First Trimester Pregnancy
This episode will focus on the first trimester. We'll cover fetal development, maternal symptoms, and various reasons we would see a first trimester mom in the emergency department.
December 09, 2020
Ep. 28: What Happens When You Overeat?
Happy Thanksgiving! This episode focuses on normal digestion as well as what happens when you eat a little too much. We'll also discuss some strategies for healthy eating habits. 
November 25, 2020
Ep. 27: Pregnancy and COVID-19
It has been a year of learning for the medical community when it comes to diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for COVID-19. One population we still don't know a lot about is pregnant women with COVID-19. In this episode, we'll review a bit about what we know so far and how to stay safe if you or a family member is expecting. 
November 11, 2020
Ep. 26: Trick or Treat: Creepy Medical Facts
Have you ever wondered if some of those weird medical mysteries are true? This episode will discuss a few weird medical facts and some creepy crawly emergency department stories!
October 28, 2020
Ep. 25: It's Getting Colder...Cold Injuries!
It is the time of year when many of us will be exposed to colder temperatures. Listen in to learn more about different types of cold injuries and how to prevent them.
October 21, 2020
Ep. 24: Special Guest A.G. Riddle, Author of the Popular Book, "Pandemic"
A.G. Riddle wrote a book called, "Pandemic" which is eerily similar to modern day events. Listen in to hear more from the the author about his background, inspiration, and his ability to predict the future!
October 14, 2020
Ep. 23: Telemedicine with Dr. Sari Lahham
Have you had a visit with your doctor by phone or by video chat? Then you've tried telemedicine! Listen in to hear more from Dr. Lahham about the subspecialty of telemedicine and what telemedicine even means!
October 07, 2020
Ep. 22: Ulcerative colitis with guest Anika Miller
Anika Miller, NCAA Nordic ski champion and ulcerative colitis patient, discusses her experiences after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 14. She'll discuss some of her challenges and triumphs with the disease, as well as her experiences with outdoor athletic activities.
September 30, 2020
Ep. 21: Introduction to Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) includes disease like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In this episode, we'll discuss the basics associated with these diseases to give you some background for the special guest we will have next week!
September 23, 2020
Ep. 20: History of Vaccines and which Vaccines You Should Get
This episode discusses the history of how vaccines were invented, a few myths on vaccines, and how vaccines are currently scheduled in the United States. 
September 16, 2020
Ep. 19: Vaccine and Drug Trials - What Are They? How Do They Work?
In this episode, we'll discuss what vaccine and drug trials are, how they work, and how this relates to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
September 09, 2020
Ep. 18: Heat Injuries and Treatments
Late summer can be the hottest time of year in a lot of places. This episode focuses on injuries that occur from overexposure to heat and how to treat them. 
September 02, 2020
Ep. 17: Hydration and Electrolytes for Endurance Events
In this week's episode we honor the UTMB endurance race, which was supposed to take place this week with a discussion of hydration and electrolytes for endurance events. Dr. R and Dr. Y will discuss some personal anecdotes as well.
August 26, 2020
Ep. 16: Update on COVID-19
In this episode, we'll review the most recent updates in the scientific literature on prevention, symptoms, treatments, and answer some of those burning mask-wearing questions!
August 19, 2020
Ep. 15. COVID-19 Diagnostics with Dr. Aditya Rajagopal
In this episode, we discuss COVID-19 diagnostic tests with Dr. Aditya Rajagopal. Dr. Rajagopal is a PhD scientist who developed a new method for disease detection using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology. The method is employed at his company, Chromacode, which focuses on disease diagnostics and has a test available for the diagnosis of COVID-19. Dr. Rajagopal is also faculty at the California Institute of Technology where he continues to work on diagnostic technology research.
August 12, 2020
Ep. 14: Expedition Medicine (cont.) - What it is like working as an MD at Mount Everest Base Camp with Guest Dr. Sophie Wallace
Dr. Sophie Wallace is an emergency medicine physician, based in Australia, who has worked as a physician at Mount Everest Base Camp for three seasons! Tune in to hear more about her story, becoming an expedition medicine physician, and what her life was like on Mount Everest. 
August 05, 2020
Ep. 13: Introduction to Expedition Medicine
This is an introduction to expedition medicine. We'll discuss what expedition medicine is and how it is practiced. Tune in next week to hear an interview with Dr. Sophie Wallace, an expedition medicine physician who has worked at Mount Everest Base Camp for three seasons!
July 29, 2020
Ep. 12: Throat Pain
Throat pain is an extremely common ailment we see in the emergency department. Here's a bit of insight into major causes of throat pain and how we approach treating them.
July 22, 2020
Ep. 11: Social Media and Medicine with Guest Dr. Cassie Majestic
Being in medicine and also using social media can sometimes be tricky. We will have a guest host today, Dr. Cassie Majestic who will talk to us about her career in emergency medicine and how she uses social media to provide medical education and fulfill a need for creativity!
July 15, 2020
Ep. 10: Back Pain (Part 2)
We're continuing our discussion on back pain today by covering a few more causes of back pain and more information from Dr. Y on pain management. 
July 08, 2020
Ep. 9: Fourth of July Fireworks Safety
It's that time of year again! Time for fireworks and fun. This episode will focus on burn injuries and fireworks safety. Tune in to learn more about how to stay safe this holiday weekend.
July 01, 2020
Ep. 8: Racism and Bias
We will discuss some of the major issues related to racism, prejudice, and police brutality. We will also discuss how biases can affect physicians and patients in the medical field. We hope this episode will serve to draw attention to these issues so that they can be addressed effectively and lead to change. 
June 24, 2020
Ep. 7: Back Pain (Part 1)
An introduction to back pain in the emergency department. We'll discuss some of the major diagnoses and treatments.
June 17, 2020
Ep. 6: Specialty Series - What it is like to be an Emergency Medicine Physician
This is the first episode in our new "Specialty Series" which will highlight what it is like to practice different specialties in medicine. We will talk to physicians who actually practice a particular specialty. This episode will focus on what it is like to practice emergency medicine. Featuring Dr. Vy Han. 
June 10, 2020
Ep. 5: Mental Health of Healthcare Workers
An introduction to some of the issues affecting healthcare worker mental health
June 03, 2020
Ep. 4: Thank You Nurses!
A couple of personal stories from Dr. Han and Dr. Rajagopal on how nurses have improved their lives and their training.
May 27, 2020
Ep. 3: Review of Candidate COVID-19 Treatments
A quick overview of some the most recent literature on possible treatments for COVID-19.
May 22, 2020
Ep. 2: What We Know So Far - Top Ten Facts on COVID-19
Another top ten episode focused on ten commonly accepted facts about COVID-19
May 13, 2020
Ep. 1: The New Normal - Top Ten Ways NOT to Get COVID-19
This episode focuses on prevention strategies for COVID-19 transmission.
May 07, 2020