Policies & Pregnancy

October 20, 2018
“I wanted to take the amount of leave that I am federally entitled to under law” states Dr. Jennifer Anderson who addresses her struggles with taking FMLA for maternity leave. She also discusses the often-untold experiences mothers face after childbirth (e.g., breastfeeding, postpartum depression, 4th trimester for mothers) and how we—as a society—focus primarily on the baby and not the mother’s health. For example, a mother’s checkup is 6 w...
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It’s Never Too Soon Until It’s Too Late – Planning for Death

October 13, 2018
Eric Zizelmann, Funeral Director, shares some of the shocking and surprising stories of what he has encountered over the past +20 years in the business. He shares how family disputes over funeral arrangements have resulted in legal battles and the need to identify a Power of Attorney (pre-death), Right of Disposition (immediately after death), and an Executor of an Estate (hint: they’re all different roles). Eric clarifies a number of misconceptions about funeral arrangements and offers...
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No More Whispering about Women’s Health

October 06, 2018
When Heather starts to bleed uncontrollably, it's the first time she wonders if she is going to live. After being diagnosed with a fibroid tumor, a series of events leads to her hospitalization where she ends up gaining 40lbs in 4 days after an emergency surgery. Yet despite questioning the decision to release her from the hospital in the severely swollen state, Heather is released only to return the next day to discover the cause of her symptoms and the common, yet significant surgical proce...
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Shared Decision Making – From Patient to Med Student

September 29, 2018
For years, Archana Bharadwaj, struggled with migraines. As a patient, she experienced a variety of approaches her physicians took regarding her treatment, from medical paternalism—action limiting a patient’s autonomy—to shared decision making (SDM). Although Archana realizes that some patients prefer being told “what to do”, Archana was the type of person who wanted to be involved in decisions regarding her health care. In this podcast she provides suggestions fo...
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What’s Biting You? The Complexities of Lyme Disease

September 22, 2018
When Dr. Kristin Reihman was bit by a tick and developed a characteristic bullseye rash, she knew she had Lyme disease. When it happened again seven years later, however, her reaction to the incident was quite different because during that time she had learned about the complexities of the bacteria, how it’s transmitted, the in/effectiveness of tests, and new treatment guidelines. After years of treating patients with Lyme disease and other complex illnesses, Dr. Reihman provides her pe...
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