The Medical Dads Podcast
By Stuart Harman & David Hsu
The Medical Dads PodcastSep 29, 2023
By definition, children are what defines a parent. This week, we close out our series on relationships by talking about our relationship with our children, from cradle to adulthood and beyond.
This week, the Medical Dads get ready to talk maybe the most important relationship for every parent, their relationship to the other parent.
Friends, What Friends?
On your deathbed, supposedly you will be thinking about your friends. But how is a busy parent supposed to stay connected to their friends while life is pulling them in every other direction?
In-Laws - You Gotta Love 'Em
This week, the Medical Dads take a look at probably one of the most misunderstood and made-fun-of relationships of all: your relationship with your in-laws!
Parents of Parents
This week the Medical Dads are talking about parents. Is Chinese filial piety really a thing? Do westerners care about their parents at all? As busy parents ourselves, this week we explore relationships with our own parents as we ease into adulthood and beyond.
Never Hate Your Enemies...
This week, the Medical Dads are talking about enemies. We all have them. We all wish we didn't. What do we about them?
Brothers and Sisters, Why Can't We Just All Get Along?
This week, the medical dads resume after a brief hiatus to break down one of the key relationships in many people's lives: the sibling relationship.
The Physician Shortage Part 5 - Solutions
This week, the Medical Dads finish their dissection of the physician shortage crisis by discussing some potential solutions, both real and imagined!
The Physician Shortage 4 - Doctor Burnout
As our discussion of the physician shortage rolls on, we break down the whole concept of doctor burnout. To the Medical Dads, it feels like more doctors are burning out than ever before, but why does it happen and what does it all mean?
The Physician Shortage Episode 3 - Why Is It Happening?
This week, the Medical Dads continue their look at the physician shortage crisis by looking at some of the causes for why it is happening now. An aging work force, physician burn out, and much more in this week's deep dive on Canada's health crisis.
The Physician Shortage Episode 2 - What Happens to the Patient?
As we continue our discussion about the physician shortage in Canada, we take a look at what actually happens to patients when there aren't enough doctors around. We examine a compromised health care system, from walk in clinics, to over-worked emergency rooms and the results aren't pretty.
The Physician Shortage Episode 1 - Where Did All the Doctors Go?
The Medical Dads begin a discussion about the physician shortage crisis in Canada. What is going on and what can be done about it? This week, on the first episode, the Medical Dads lay out the basis of the physician shortage and discuss how it's affecting their work.
Talking Tests and Exams
This week, Stu and Dave reminisce about their memories of a lifetime of test taking, and wonder if there is a point to all the tests and exams that their children have to go through.
The Medical Dads Enter Middle Age
This week, its official! The Medical Dads are officially middle aged. Or are they? Depends on who you ask, perhaps1 In any case, Stu and Dave break down some common middle aged dad problems and discuss how to cope with them.
In this episode, the Medical Dads talk about side gigs-those jobs on the side that people do to make a little extra money, and how sometimes, side gigs aren't the best way to go if you are looking for car repairs, or regular timely episodes of the Medical Dads!
Recorded just before Christmas, the Medical Dads talk about what books they and their kids are reading of late.
The Presence of Christmas Presents on Christmas Present
Stu and Dave sit down to unwrap the realities of Christmas presents.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
The Medical Dads ponder the serious issue of what they should do with their lives when they finally grow up.
The Scariest Medical Dads Episode
This week, the Medical Dads sit down to share some scary stores. Like really, really scary stories.
An Ode to Hockey Dads
Stu and Dave talk about a particular Canadian institution/caricature: the hockey parent. Stu reflects on his time as a hockey dad, while Dave looks forward to many cold hours standing behind the glass.
Back to School Season 4 Premiere
The Medical Dads podcast returns for year 4 with their season premiere, going back to school in a time when Covid has been conquered... sort of. Note: this episode was recorded in September 2022 and was supposed to air then, but somehow didn't upload on time, so get ready for a trip down memory lane... to last month!
Anxiety Part II
This week, Stu and Dave continue their discussion on anxiety with a focus on older children and how to approach these issues as parents,
Anxiety and School Phobias
The Medical Dads sit down to talk about mental health this week. They share frustrations about the health care system when it comes to mental health, then examine a few common anxiety disorders that parents might have to face including school refusal in young children.
Thanksgiving 2022 - What is there to be thankful for?
For Thanksgiving 2022, the Medical Dads sit down to ponder all the things that we really aren't so thankful for about the world in 2022 while looking for a silver lining through it all.
Behind the Scenes of the Medical Dads
The season finale of the 3rd season of the Medical Dads is finally upon us. Join us as we take a peek under the hood of everyone's favourite not quite so medically inclined parenting podcast. We talk a bit about how the show got started, and how the show has evolved from how it was first conceived.
Then, see you all in a few weeks for the beginning of season four!
Your Time or Your Money
This week, the Medical Dads talk about work life balance-what they learned about it from their parents, and the life principles around it that they would like to pass on to their children.
The Medical Dads on Dad Friendships
The Medical Dads explore why being a dad is a lonely business. Whether its meeting people through their children's playdates, or through athletic endeavours, its not easy to for dads when it comes to friendships.
The Medical Dads at the Movies: Turning Red and the Batman
Finally, the Medical Dads are proud to present their own take on Sickle and Ebert's movie reviews. For your listening pleasure, a deep dive review of two movies of vital, global importance (also known as the only two movies Dave has watched this year): Pixar's Turning Red and then, a spoiler laden review of The Batman.
Summer Plans with the Medical Dads
In this episode (recorded a few weeks earlier in June), Stu and Dave talk about their plans for the upcoming summer, and why the summer of 2022 promises to be more interesting than just another COVID summer.
Happy Father's Day
The Medical Dads are here to ring in the biggest day of the year!
The Medical Dads Guide to What You Need To Know Before You See Your Family Doctor
This week, in a continuation of the discussion about life in the Pediastric ER, the tables turn and Stu puts Dave in the hot seat to find out what people should know before they book an appointment with their family doctor.
The Storm of 2022
The Medical Dads survived the great spring thunderstorm of 2022 and live to tell the tale!
Sacrifice: Happy Mother's Day to Our Moms
For Mother's Day, Stu and Dave sit down to share some stories about the long winding road their moms took to get where they are today. Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there!
What You Need To Know Before You Go to the ER
Stu and Dave give a primer on what parents should know about emergency rooms. When is a good time to go the ER? Should they bring food with them? What exactly constitutes an emergency? If you've ever been confused by all the various health care options out there, from family medicine clinics to walk in clinics to the ER, this episode is for you!
Junk Food Part 2 - The Potato
In a continuation to the last conversation on junk food, the Medical Dads have a serous, medical talk about potato chips, before sharing their thoughts about sugar snacks and ice cream.
Medical Dads Guide to Junk Food
Where else in the world will you get a long form discussion by medical doctors about the merits of junk food from McDonald's to fried chicken. Just like quality junk food, this episode will leave you happy and satiated but perhaps not much better off in the grand scheme!
This Movie is Not For Kids
For the 30th anniversary of Basic Instinct, the Medical Dads talk about movies that are definitely not appropriate for their kids... yet.
Medical Dads in War Time
Dave and Stu reflect on the state of the world while war rages in the Ukraine. Is the world simply one big exercise in playground diplomacy? How does one process war as a parent? How do they talk to their children about the realities of the world we live in? The Medical Dads do their best to wrap their heads around some serious topics this week.
The Endemic - Not the End of the Pandemic
The Medical Dads ponder the Endemic. Is it the end of the pandemic or is it the beginning of something else? Is it time to make plans for the summer? How worried are we about COVID as we had into spring? As COVID nears the two year mark, the Medical Dads get ready to talk about the end!
Graphic Novels - In Praise of Sequential Art
Stu and Dave stay on the topic of books, as they make time to talk comic books, graphic novels and Manga. Where else can you get a discussion about the Slam Dunk manga, Popeye, Calvin and Hobbes and Demon Slayer? Nowhere else.
Books - What Our Children are Reading
Where else are you going to get a discussion about Demon Slayer manga, Anne of Green Gables and Paw Patrol books all in the same hour? I didn't think so!
The Dad Olympics
As the Beijing Winter Olympics roll on, the Medical Dads get into the Olympic spirit and talk about watching sports with their children and share memorable stories about the Blue Jays, Raptors, and watching sports with their own parents back in the day.
Ringing in the Year of the Tiger
Stu and Dave sit down and talk about the Canadian version of Chinese New Year. Stu brushes up on his Chinese New Year greetings and they share some stories and memories about Chinese New Years from years gone by.
Sibling Rivalry - Only the Strong Survive
Stu and Dave take a break from worrying about Omicron to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to siblings and sibling rivalries. What can parents do to manage sibling rivalries? When are sibling rivalries beneficial and what happens when they go sour.
Covid - Back to School?
This week, as the Omicron variant rages around Ontario, Stu and and Dave break down how parents should weigh the various factors as they consider whether to send their children back to school or not.
Covid - Not Again!
Its 2022 and suddenly Covid is back in full force. Stu and Dave talk about how Covid upended their Christmas holidays and is now threatening to upend schooling and parenting once again.
The Many Misconceptions About Canada and Canadians
In this episode, recorded a month ago, Stu and Dave take a break from Covid talk and break down some common misconceptions (and conceptions) about Canada and Canadians. This is the break from Covid talk that you didn't know you needed!
The 12 Days of Christmas Medical Dads Wish List
The Medical Dads break down the 12 things they are wishing for this Christmas, culminating in a discussion of possibly the greatest Christmas movie ever made.
Parenting in the Internet Age
Stu and Dave talk about trying to parent during the internet age. From children using internet "for school," to playing online games, to accessing social media, the internet causes parents a lot of grief. How do we monitor what our kids are doing online? Is there a safe way for kids to navigate the internet? The Medical Dads share some of their own ideas about the internet and how to deal with it as parents.
Not the Sick Days We Remember
Stu and Dave wax nostalgic about sick days from when they were growing up. Stu shares his mother's cure for children's sick days, while Dave recalls how sick days can sometimes motivate people to acts of athletic brilliance.