Postcall Podcast

Postcall Podcast
The life and times of being a doctor

Christmas in the hospital
Dec 20, 2019 • 28 min
Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, talk about spending the holidays in the hospital, take a holiday quiz, and Nick reads the winning essay from the American College of Surgeons’ RAS essay contest.
How should patients choose their doctors?
Dec 13, 2019 • 47 min
Host Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, M.D., discuss how patients choose their doctors. Plus, Kristen Aliano Messina, a plastic surgeon in Plano, Tx., talks with Nick about resiliency among surgical residents.
AMA gives Hahnemann residents $220 to relocate and Nike has a shoe for you!
Dec 6, 2019 • 45 min
Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss the new Nike shoe for “Everyday Heroes,” Google enters the EHR space (sort-of) and the American Medical Association gives 570 Hahnemann residents $125,000 for relocation and other fees such as immigration…
Best-of: Postcall Lounge
Nov 29, 2019 • 22 min
Thanksgiving episode: on-call workouts, sharing with patients, special codes
Nov 22, 2019 • 31 min
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Medicine on TV is wrong!
Nov 15, 2019 • 44 min
Medical Muggle Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss how docs feel about Elizabeth Warren’s plan for Medicare-for-all. They also discuss how bingeing on your favorite show affects sleep and how TV and films get medical care so wrong. The…
Words matter: Calling psychiatry patients by their disease
Nov 8, 2019 • 45 min
Medical Muggle Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss a new survey about using the appropriate language when referring to patients. They also get into how banning sugary drinks went over at one California institution and talk about what physicians…
Patients words can hurt; plus, harassment in surgical residency
Nov 1, 2019 • 37 min
Medical Muggle Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, talk about the recent research in the New England Journal of Medicine about burnout and harassment in surgical residency. They also discuss the research in JAMA Internal Medicine about how patient…
Football; dogs save docs and preserve life; and a clown of a doctor
Oct 25, 2019 • 48 min
Medical Muggle Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, talk about football: the injuries, the NFL’s , and what to tell patients and parents about football injuries and injuries from all sports. * * * Help us make this podcast better! Please take…
No free medical advice
Oct 18, 2019 • 44 min
Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, talk about how to decrease the number of phone calls to your office, how more and more people view mental illness as a threat, and how to handle it when your family and friends ask for medical advice. The…
Drinking before a shift and hard patient conversations
Oct 11, 2019 • 32 min
In episode 51, Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss what makes a good doctor-patient relationship, how EMRs affect burnout, and when, if ever, it’s okay to have had a drink before a clinical shift. The interview portion of this episode comes from…
Your EMR/EHR: What would you change?
Oct 4, 2019 • 46 min
Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, talk about the changes you’d like to see to electronic medical records systems as well as some issues with data and reporting in recent dietary studies. The interview this week is Luke S. Johnson, MD, a dermatologist with a…
Creator of The Nocturnists podcast, IM subspecialty data, and free med school?
Sep 27, 2019 • 54 min
The creator of The Nocturnists podcast, Emily Silverman, MD, talks inspiration, storytelling, time management, and being a doctor. Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss the latest medical school to make their tuition free, which internal medicine…
Doctors and their screens; plus, your patients can be hacked
Sep 19, 2019 • 53 min
Nick Andrews and Emi Okamoto, MD, break down the screens and devices doctors interact with in and out of the clinic. The interview guest this week is Sarah Mojarad (), who is a medical and science educator and lecturer. Ms. Mojarad gives Tweetorials…
Physician suicide awareness; plus, can Groupon fix healthcare?
Sep 13, 2019 • 47 min
National Suicide Prevention Week interview with Janae Sharp of the Sharp Index, which is a resource for physician suicide awareness, prevention, and research. Emi Okamoto, MD, and Nick have a mini journal club about the med student perspective…
SPECIAL: Physician suicide lecture
Sep 11, 2019 • 15 min
A special lecture for suicide prevention day, week, and month from our sister podcast, the Psychcast. Show Notes By Jacqueline Posada, MD Introduction Suicide in general population increased by 30% since 1999. The suicide rate was 14 people in…
A eulogy for a hospital, and everyone poops…microplastics
Sep 6, 2019 • 51 min
Physician mental health policy grades for every state, microplastics in stools all around the globe, and a moving eulogy for a hospital? After penning a eulogy for the hospital that agreed to train her as a surgical resident, Lynsey Daniels, MD, ()…
Dr. Danielle Ofri, plus Emi returns
Aug 30, 2019 • 43 min
New York Times contributor Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, joins the show to talk about writing, the clinic, the system, and the Bellevue Literary Review. Emi Okamoto, MD, is back on the program. Time Stamps: MDedge Quiz (01:18) Checking in with Emi…
Advice for new med students and Dr. Julie Croley
Aug 23, 2019 • 31 min
MedTwitter stars and clinicians give their best advice for medical students as medical school resumes and (Julie Amthor Croley, MD) joins Nick Andrews to talk about doctors on social media, podcasting, long-distance doctor marriages, and more. …
Masterclass on burnout; more on Hahnemann closure
Aug 16, 2019 • 28 min
Dr. Richard Balon gives a lecture on physician burnout and mandated wellness and Nick Andrews talks to Damian McNamara about the final days of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Masterclass guest : professor of psychiatry and…
Dr. Red Hoffman, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet, and Postcall pillars
Aug 9, 2019 • 51 min
Red Hoffman, MD, ND, talks palliative care, her touching essay in JAMA, and how she climbed the hill to med school. Dr. Hoffman is an acute care surgeon and co-director of surgical clerkship at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Time…
Mara Antonoff, MD; PCPs unwilling to accept patients on opioids
Aug 2, 2019 • 53 min
Mara Antonoff, MD, of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, joins Nick to talk about female physicians being referred to by their first names. Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, discuss a study that shows 40% of PCPs do not accept into their practice new patients who…
Mark Shapiro, MD, of the podcast Explore the Space
Jul 26, 2019 • 49 min
The interview is with the host of the podcast Explore the Space, we find out where in the world Emi Okamoto, MD, is off to, and how purpose in life appears to be impacting mortality. Time Stamps: Congrats on getting married (00:22) Quiz…
Shanny Tosounian, DO; putting off having a child during training
Jul 19, 2019 • 35 min
Shannon Tosounian, DO, aka @Shanny_DO is an internal med and GI fellow. She also blogs and coordinates an Instagram account with more than 50,000 followers. Postcall hosts Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, pick Dr. Tosounian’s brain about being an…
Dating advice for docs; Drug price tool, medical puns; boundaries with Pooja Lakshmin, MD
Jul 12, 2019 • 35 min
A new tool will help patients understand the cost of a drug during their visit
Pride Month continues; Stonewall 50; Jack Drescher, MD
Jul 5, 2019 • 43 min
Nick and Emi Okamoto, MD, bring Pride Month into July with a special Psychcast crossover episode
A sexist study? Hahnemann to close, credit card hacks, and Kaz Nelson, MD
Jun 28, 2019 • 39 min
A conversation for doctors and health care professionals on the challenges and love of the job
Opioids: Talking about talking about them; Amy Fiedler, MD
Jun 21, 2019 • 44 min
Amy Fiedler, MD, joins Nick to talk about her work “Beyond #ILookLikeASurgeon”
Burnout, Danielle Ofri, MD op-ed, and 5 things to think about with Ed DelSole, MD
Jun 14, 2019 • 30 min
The first ever Postcall lounge on burnout and other topics in medicine
Medical meeting tips and SoMeDocs with Dana Corriel, MD
Jun 7, 2019 • 48 min
How to attend a medical meeting, how to start your social media game, how to get the most out of medical missions
Schedule problems: helping your family, friends to get it, Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD
May 31, 2019 • 50 min
Advice game: is the advice for newlyweds or residents/interns
Advice for interns/residents, and “Better Words for Better Deaths”
May 24, 2019 • 41 min
Medical and practical advice for interns, and an interview with Anna DeForest, MD
Introducing our new co-host, Emi Okamoto, MD
May 17, 2019 • 25 min
Life and times of doctors, clinicians, and trainees.
Improving physician practices: Doron Schneider
May 10, 2019 • 30 min
How doctors and their colleagues can improves the efficiency of their practices.
Beating Burnout Together: From IM2019
May 3, 2019 • 26 min
Interview with Eileen Barrett, MD, about burnout, solutions, and how health care professionals can beat it together
Women in leadership: IM2019
Apr 26, 2019 • 32 min
Nick talks to Fariah Shafi, MD about women in medical leadership now and moving forward.
RVU medicine and physician loneliness
Apr 19, 2019 • 23 min
How technology can be good for medicine, how it can be bad for medicine.
ICYMI: Samuel Shem, House of God: Part II
Apr 13, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, Nick continues his conversation with Samuel Shem.
ICYMI: Samuel Shem: The House of God
Apr 5, 2019 • 39 min
Doctor Stephen Bergman now goes by Samuel Shem and lives outside Boston, but in the 1970s, he published arguably one of the most impactful books on medicine in recent memory — the cult classic, the House of God Newsweek named the House of God the second…
Art & Medicine: Colleen Farrell, MD - Part II
Mar 29, 2019 • 25 min
Contact us: Nick Andrews Twitter: @Tribnic
Medical Humanities: Colleen Farrell - Part I
Mar 22, 2019 • 33 min
Contact us: Nick Andrews Twitter: @Tribnic
Piano and the Brain: Alex Leow - Part II
Mar 15, 2019 • 22 min
Contact us: Nick Andrews Twitter: @Tribnic
Piano, Music, and Science: Alex Leow - Part I
Mar 8, 2019 • 26 min
Contact us: Nick on Twitter: @tribnic
Burnout and Parenting: Kirti Magudia and Thomas Ng - Part II
Mar 1, 2019 • 23 min
Contact us: Nick Andrews Twitter: @Tribnic
Parental leave in top med schools: Kirti Magudia, Thomas Ng - Part I
Feb 22, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, Kirti Magudia, MD, and Thomas Ng, MD, join Nick to talk about their research regarding family leave in the nation’s top medical schools. The research was published in JAMA. Dr. Magudia talks about their experience doing this research,…
500 Women in Medicine: Part II
Feb 15, 2019 • 24 min
Kate Gerrul and Maren Loe founded the non-profit 500 Women in Medicine. Ms. Gerull and Ms. Loe are third-year medical students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. According to Gerull and Loe, the aim is to create a network of support…
500 Women in Medicine: Part I
Feb 8, 2019 • 15 min
Kate Gerull and Maren Loe founded the non-profit 500 Women in Medicine. Ms. Gerull and Ms. Loe are third-year medical students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. According to Gerull and Loe, the aim is to create a network of support…
Burnout, Podcasting, and Oncology Pearls
Feb 1, 2019 • 28 min
Contact us: Nick on Twitter: @tribnic David Henry, MD, is the host of Blood & Cancer, the official podcast of MDedge Hematology/Oncology. In this episode, Nick and Dr. Henry discuss advances and excitement in the oncology as well as…
Getting your book published: Monique Tello Part II
Jan 25, 2019 • 23 min
Contact us: Twitter: @mdedgetweets Monique Tello, MD, is back this week for part II of her conversation with Nick Andrews. Last week, Dr. Tello spoke about her experience being cyberbullied by anti-vaccination protesters. This week,…
Bullied by antivaxxers: Monique Tello Part I
Jan 18, 2019 • 21 min
Dontact the show: MDedge on Twitter: @MDedgeTweets Dr. Tello on Twitter: @drmoniquetello Anti-vaccination protesters targeted Monique A. Tello, MD, MPH (, in late summer 2018 by leaving bad online ratings and…
Ray Barfield Part II: Philosophy and Medicine
Jan 11, 2019 • 28 min
Contact us: Ray Barfied, MD, is professor of pediatrics and of Christian philosophy at Duke University. In part I of the conversation, Dr. Barfield and MDedge host, Nick Andrews discussed physician burnout and Dr. Barfield’d journey…
Ray Barfield Part I: Burning Out, Moving On
Jan 9, 2019 • 22 min
Raymond Barfield, MD (, nearly left medicine altogether after experiencing burnout. Now, he joins the Postcall Podcast to discuss why he’s back, what he’s working on to prevent burnout, and how he wants to remake pre-med education.…
ICYMI: Lorenzo Norris
Dec 21, 2018 • 56 min
Introducing the Postcall Podcast from MDedge. In the first edition, MDedge producer and host, Nick Andrews sits down with Lorenzo Norris, MD. Dr. Norris is the host of the MDedge Psychcast ( as well as the editor-in-chief of MDedge…
Carol Bernstein Part II
Dec 14, 2018 • 32 min
Physician burnout & suicide
Carol Bernstein: Physician Burnout & Depression
Dec 7, 2018 • 28 min
Dr. Bernstein says there’s a difference between burnout and depression and it’s important.
Nick Cuneo: Narrative voice in practice
Nov 30, 2018 • 35 min
Nick Cuneo, MD (, has found his voice in writing narrative voice in medicine. Some of his pieces explore how his ‘97 Toyota Camry taught him about empathy in practice (, why doctors can’t afford to stay out of…
Lantern Theatre/TJU Part II
Nov 22, 2018 • 32 min
This is part II of the conversation between Nick Andrews (@tribnic) and Craig and Luis (Episode 6).
Craig Getting, Luis Aguilar-Montalva: Part I
Nov 16, 2018 • 34 min
In this Episode, Nick Andrews (@tribnic) welcomes the first med student and the first muggle to join the program. Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia partnered with the Lantern Theater Company to offer a class that teachers staging, acting, and…
Heather Yeo: Surgical Residency Attrition
Oct 26, 2018 • 46 min
In this edition of the MDedge Postcall Podcast, Heather Yeo, MD, MHS (, discusses how and why surgical residents are leaving their residency in favor of other specialties. More on Dr. Yeo: Twitter: or…
Jaya Aysola: Gender inclusivity
Oct 19, 2018 • 41 min
Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH, joins Nick to talk about workplace inclusivity among genders. Dr. Aysola is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Perlman School of Medicine. Her primary appointment in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine.…
First Episode: Lorenzo Norris
Oct 12, 2018 • 55 min
Introducing the Postcall Podcast from MDedge. In the first edition, MDedge producer and host, Nick Andrews sits down with Lorenzo Norris, MD. Dr. Norris is the host of the MDedge Psychcast ( as well as the editor-in-chief of MDedge…
Trailer: Episode 101
Sep 21, 2018 • 2 min
Preview for episode 101 Lorenzo Norris, MD, is a dean at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The Postcall podcast comes out every Friday.