By The Meducator
MeduCurrentJan 24, 2022
MeduCurrent Episode 11: The power of the mind: A dive into sports psychology
Many of us grew up playing sports, whether competitively or recreationally. While this path may have continued and you currently play at the university level, most of us gave up playing organized sports at some age along the way. As we have all probably been told, sports and physical activity are essential for our mental wellbeing, but what is not as commonly advertised is sports’ adverse impacts. By the age of 13, approximately 70% of athletes have quit playing. Athletes that continue playing are often placed under extremely pressuring environments to succeed resulting in 35% of professional athletes experiencing mental health issues. Consequently, the field of sports psychology has grown massively to address these needs. We are excited to have a professional on this topic joining us for today’s episode, Dr. Kimberely Dawson.
Dr. Dawson holds many prominent roles. Most notably, she is a professor in the Kinesiology and Physical Education department at Wilfrid Laurier University located in Waterloo, Ontario, Member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, and a practicing mental performance consultant at Mind2Achieve, a service offered by Dr. Dawson for athletes to improve their mental performance.
With this, today’s episode is structured around four main areas of investigation:
An introduction to Dr. Dawson and the field of sports psychology
Dr. Dawson’s research work
Her work at Mind2Achieve
And the applicability of her work to everyone listening
Before we start, we wanted to thank you so much for tuning in to this episode - if you have any questions along the way, you can reach out to us on our instagram @the_meducator, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MeduCurrent Episode 10 Pt. 2: Interview with Dr. Ahmed on Physician Mental Health and Burnout
Over the last few years, Canada has suffered from a healthcare crisis - hospitals are facing overpacked emergency rooms, clinics are at full capacity, and there is limited access to urgent emergency care. Patients, coming in with more complex conditions than seen before, are experiencing incredibly long wait times, uncertainty in their disease prognosis, and confusion on how to seek medical help. This is not okay, and at the rate that our healthcare system is becoming overwhelmed, this crisis will inevitably continue to worsen. One demographic that is severely impacted by this crisis, is our primary care providers - doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. To ensure we are hearing the voices of the people who take care of us when we need it most, I, Larissa, and my co-host, Myra, have chosen to make the topic of this month's MeduCurrent episode physician mental health and burnout. This episode will be broken up into two parts, as we will be interviewing two physicians. This episode, part 2, will be an interview with Dr. Zaki Ahmed, and the previous episode, part 1, was an interview with Dr. Nasrin Safavi, both of whom are medical staff at Humber River Hospital, located at Keele and Wilson in Toronto. Here with us we have Dr. Zaki Ahmed (he/him), who is the Chief of Medical Staff at Humber River Hospital . He did his medical degree at University of Karashi in Pakistan and has been practicing as an internist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center for over 15 years. He became Chief of Staff in at Thunder Bay in 2018 and at Humber River this April.
MeduCurrent Episode 10 Pt. 1: Interview with Dr. Safavi on Physician Mental Health and Burnout
Over the last few years, Canada has suffered from a healthcare crisis - hospitals are facing overpacked emergency rooms, clinics are at full capacity, and there is limited access to urgent emergency care. Patients, coming in with more complex conditions than seen before, are experiencing incredibly long wait times, uncertainty in their disease prognosis, and confusion on how to seek medical help. This is not okay, and at the rate that our healthcare system is becoming overwhelmed, this crisis will inevitably continue to worsen. One demographic that is severely impacted by this crisis, is our primary care providers - doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. To ensure we are hearing the voices of the people who take care of us when we need it most, I, Larissa, and my co-host, Myra, have chosen to make the topic of this month's MeduCurrent episode physician mental health and burnout. This episode will be broken up into two parts, as we will be interviewing two physicians. This episode, part 1, will be an interview with Dr. Nasrin Safavi, and the next episode, part 2, will be an interview with Dr. Zaki Ahmed, both of whom are medical staff at Humber River Hospital, located at Keele and Wilson in Toronto.
In this episode, we have Dr. Nasrin Safavi (she/her), who is a former cardiologist and current internist at Humber River Hospital. She did her medical degree at university of isfahan in Iran and has been practicing as a physician for 5 years. She also has a Masters in healthcare leadership as of 2020 and has completed year of life coach training 2022.
Special Episode 1: The ULTIMATE Medicine Tier List - History’s Greatest and Most Notorious Drugs
Throughout the history of mankind, humans have created many remedies for illnesses such as smallpox. These cures have saved many lives to this day. In our pursuit to find antidotes for all our problems though, there have been many disastrous drugs that should never have hit the shelves of pharmacies. This podcast covers many of the famous (or infamous) medicines our society used in the past 150 years.
Note: We made a video off this podcast, make sure to check it out on our Meducator YouTube channel! https://youtu.be/Ugd8e6lN7xo
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MeduCurrent Episode 9: Conversations on our Microbiota with Paul Naphtali
In this episode, co-hosts Diane and Olivia interview Paul Naphtali on the microbiota in our body, the symbiotic relationship we have with them, and his graduate thesis work. Paul is a freelance science and medical writer. He completed his M.Sc. in Biology at McMaster University and went through the Ph.D. program in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. He currently provides marketing materials such as blog and editorial articles, case studies, and social media posts for diverse biotech clients in North America. He also edits application notes and white papers for diverse technologies including next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, and other techniques for molecular genetics. Tune in to learn more about what it means to be a microbiologist and the wonders that hide in the tiny organisms we live with, invisible to the naked eye.
- Introduce yourself and your research/passions 0:36
- What made you become interested in studying the microbiome? 3:18
- Any advice you have for undergraduates or other students who want to go into microbiology? 4:52
- What is microbiology? What are its subtopics? 8:26
- What are the different microbiomes we can find in our body? Do they connect or interact in any way? 10:30
- What happens when things go wrong?12:39
- What other organs’ microbiomes are you interested in? 15:20
- What’s the difference between microbiome and microbiota? 17:53
- What is the future of antibiotics and superbugs? 20:38
- Do you think antibiotic testing can amplify the issue of AMR? 23:35
- Tell us about your research on the detection of fecal indicator bacteria in rural groundwater and identifying the fecal contamination sources? 26:12
- Did it benefit the community? 29:58
- Tell us more about your recent research on the microbiota that are involved in cystic fibrosis? 30:59
- What are the major findings of the lab and implications for cystic fibrosis patients? 35:50
- Tell us more about your blog Microbe Musings. 37:35
MeduCurrent Episode 8: Women's Health
On this episode, we talk to guest speaker Jennifer Wiliams who is a PhD candidate in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, with a prior MSc degree from Queen’s University. Under the supervision of Dr. Maureen MacDonald, her present PhD research focuses on the short- and long-term impact of hormonal contraceptives, and the acute effects of emergency contraception, on cardiovascular health in females. She is passionate about women's health, and integration of sex and gender into health research. She teaches undergraduate students about sex/gender as the Winter 2022 instructor for HLTHSCI 2T03: Sex, Gender & Health, and is the McMaster trainee representative to CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health. Feel free to reach out to Jennifer with questions and reflections via email: email@example.com
MeduCurrent Episode 7: Innate immunity vs. the tumour: a closer look at NK cell cancer immunotherapy
On this episode, guest speaker Ana Portillo talks about NK cell cancer immunotherapy. She is a PhD Student in the Medical Sciences Program at McMaster University. Her research focuses on using engineered natural killer cells to target solid tumors like breast cancer.
MeduCurrent Episode 6: Indigenous Perspectives on Healthcare 2
On this episode, guest speaker Stephanie George of Oneida Nation - People of the Standing Stone discusses various healthcare related topics.
MeduCurrent Episode 5: Morphine and Opioids
Today, we are joined by Dr. Norman Buckley, an Anesthesiologist from the DeGroot School of Medicine here at McMaster, to break down and discuss painkillers called opioids. Opioids are considered to be the most potent painkillers, and include drugs such as morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. They are used for anesthesia and to alleviate very severe cases of patient pain, such as chronic pain and post-operative pain, but they are particularly significant because they have had, and continue to have a profound impact on our communities. To better understand the impact of opioids, MeduCurrent has chosen to make this episode’s focus a biography of opioids - a review of their history, their biochemistry, and their sociopolitical effects.
MeduCurrent Episode 4: Indigenous Perspectives on Healthcare
Guest speaker Renee Thomas-Hill from the Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory discusses her thoughts on Indigenous healthcare, how to incorporate Indigenous beliefs and values into a modern healthcare system, historical events, and the impact of COVID-19.
MeduCurrent Episode 3: A Biostatistical Analysis of the Pandemic
On this month's episode, we have Ishana Maini, a graduate student in the Public Health program at Queen's University and Emily Panousis, a student researcher working on tracking SARS-CoV-2 in the community. This episode focuses on COVID-19 and how researchers go about tracking it, surveilling spread, and analyzing the pandemic's trajectory.
MeduCurrent Episode 2: Mental Health and Wellness
On this episode, we have student researcher Hallie Rodney who works with narrative medicine on changing bipolar attitudes and S. Mishra who works with the McMaster Student Wellness Centre to discuss various topics surrounding mental health and wellness. If you are seeking mental health support, we have listed a couple of resources below:
- McMaster Student Wellness Centre: 905-525-9140 x27700
- Hamilton 24/7 Crisis Line: 905-972-8338
- Good2Talk Crisis Line: 1-866-925-5454 OR 211 and ask to be connected to Good2Talk
- Kids Help Phone (24/7 Service): 1-800-668-6868
MeduCurrent Episode 1: Medical School Student + Resident Panel
The MeduCurrent's first episode features guest speakers: Dr. Ali Eshaghpour (internal medicine resident and McMaster medical school class of '21), Rishi Bansal (McMaster medical school class of '23), and Shadi Sadeghian (McMaster medical school class of '24). On this episode, we discuss medical school admissions, academics, the effect that the pandemic has had on medical school and the healthcare system, work-life balance, research, and motivations/inspirations for working in medicine.
Music Credits: Jeffrey Ong
Cover Art Credits: Madeline Chan