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51 minutes | 6 days ago
Ep. 15 Doctoring Women: The Healers and Resistors in Plantation Sickcare
As diseases like typhoid, diphtheria and tuberculosis ran rampant through Antebellum America, it was the enslaved Black women that carried out most of the sickcare on plantations in the South. This week, we dive into plantation sickcare and the women that made it possible. From the last rung of the social totem pole in which they diligently worked, to the remarkable care and treatment they provided all of their patients, these women were true doctors of their time yet barely known for it. Learn about their incredible contributions to medicine and the art of healing, and join us for our Feminist Corner discussion about “hood feminism” and its juxtaposition to “white feminism" as we analyze this topic together!Check out our Feminist Corner discussion questions after listening and send us your thoughts! Did you notice any similarities between enslaved women’s doctoring practices and medicine today? What are some roles you think white female healthcare providers have now in the health of Black patients and families?
35 minutes | 13 days ago
Bonus Ep 2. Let's talk Menopause & Sexual Function ft. Stephanie Faubion M.D., M.B.A. & Leading the Rounds
Surprise! We are back with another bonus episode for you all! A couple of weeks ago we sat down with Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Stephanie Faubion and Peter & Caleb from Leading the Rounds to talk about Dr. Faubion's research, work, and roles as a female in medicine. In this episode we discuss menopause and sexual function in aging women. We answer questions like: How are women who experience menopause affected by this life change? Is menopause becoming a dark hole in medicine? What steps do providers take to assess sexual function in women? And more! So join in the conversation this week to hear from an expert in women’s health to learn more about the changes women experience in their health across their lifetime. Also, if you want to listen to the remainder of the conversation where we talk about women as leaders in medicine, check out the other half of the episode on Leading the Rounds!
54 minutes | 20 days ago
Ep. 14 Florence Nightingale: THE nurse (& statistician & researcher & advocate &...)
From the fall of nursing in the 1800s (reference episode 1 for more info!!) to now, the profession has done a full 180. Nurses today are some of the most respected and valued healthcare workers in the field. This shift in the profession wasn’t random or a chance of luck. It was because of Florence Nightingale, the Mother of Nursing. In this episode you will learn about an incredible woman who played a role in shaping what it means to be a nurse, public health policy development, bringing awareness to medical research, and strategies to effectively practice medicine. In a time where medicine was expanding and population demand for healthcare was growing, Florence implemented changes and developed theories in medicine that benefit us to this day. Join in the conversation to learn about how this caring, analytical, and smart nurse used her platform to create substantial change in the care of patients from the 1800s to today.
47 minutes | a month ago
Ep. 13 Vaccines: The Women That Poked and Prodded
There are some parts of medicine that have been around for so long we sometimes forget that they were new at some point, and the vaccine is one of those things. But with the COVID vaccine at the forefront of media and conversations these days, we thought it would be interesting to take a look back at the history of vaccines and of course, highlight the role of female-identifying individuals in the development, promotion and success of vaccines through the ages. We start with the earliest inoculations that took place in Ancient China and India and end here in the present, with the development of COVID vaccines. We talk about cowpox, milkmaids, polio, protests and more! Then in our Feminist Corner discussion, we dive into questions of competition in research, ways women navigate their roles in these spaces and issues of access and privilege when it comes to COVID vaccine distribution.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 12 Acupuncture: Finding Balance in Women's Health
Imagine you're relaxed, music is playing, the room is warm and smells good, your qi is flowing as needles are being stuck into you… wait, what is happening? Well, a lot is actually happening but to put it simply, acupuncture! But what even is acupuncture? I mean more than the laying on the table with needles in your back. You may be surprised by how much there is to learn about acupuncture and how it applies to the medical field today. So in this episode, we are talking about the intersection between acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and women’s health. You will learn about how your qi can be manipulated with needles, the channels that lead to your uterus, and how this alternative form can help women find balance in their healthcare. Join in the conversation as we step outside our usual scope to explore a part of medicine not always at the forefront of our mind, or our medical education.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep. 11 Beauty & Poison: Not Your Typical Beauty Standards Talk
Imagine smearing white lead poison on your skin and lips as a way to be more beautiful. Sound crazy? Well this was an actual practice in the ancient world and is not that far off from what we do to ourselves today, in many ways. Welcome back for seasons 2 of From Skirts To Scrubs! We’re starting off our second season by talking about beauty standards of the past and present, covering Ancient Egyptian makeup, foot binding practices of the Chinese Han dynasty, supermodel vibes of the ‘80s and more! We also take some time to explore the impact that beauty and beauty products have on our physical and mental health as women living in a modern world. Tune in with us to kick off 2021 together!
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Bonus Ep. Women's Work: A Candid Conversation About Speciality Prestige
When you think of careers like being a teacher, firefighter, secretary or engineer, what gender do you envision those people? Many careers are associated with particular genders, and the same goes for medicine. We explore this idea in our first ever live show, where we sit down with two highly specialized female-identifying physicians and have an honest conversation about a recently published academic paper titled 'When a Specialty Becomes "Women's Work": Trends in and Implications of Specialty Gender Segregation in Medicine.' During this talk, we explore shifts in gender predominance among medical specialities and wage as well as prestige gaps that have followed. We also get some incredible insights from our guests about their personal hardships, past experiences, and advice on mentorship, advocating for yourself regardless of career, and more. This, plus the thoughtful questions from our audience, make this episode unlike any other!
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 10 Pandemic Women: Comparing the 1918 Flu and COVID-19
We’re living in a COVID world, that’s just a fact. But we’ve been here before in a way: in 1918 when a Flu virus took over the world. This week, for the final episode of our first season, we take a look at how a simple strain of the Flu killed 5% of the world’s population. Find out where the Spanish Flu got its name, why the virus seemed to affect mostly young men and the revolutionary impact it had on women at the time. Then join us as we compare it to the COVID-19 and how this pandemic continues to impact women of all backgrounds and experiences, including women in medicine.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 9 The Mastectomy: Reclaim Your Power
The symbol of the breast is well known throughout society. Breasts symbolize sexuality, motherhood, femininity, and more. But what do breasts mean to women who lose them? In this episode, we explore the history of the surgical procedure of breast removal, the mastectomy, in the context of breast cancer. After discussing how this procedure came about, we discuss the difficult decisions that women face after this breast removal surgery. Considering all the societal pressures on what it means to have breasts, post-mastectomy patients are left with a big question: to reconstruct or to not reconstruct?? Join us in this episode as we explore some history, talk about modern mastectomies, and look at the emotional decisions women go through to reclaim their power over their post-mastectomy bodies.
48 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 8 Flibanserin: Viagra's Less Popular Little Sister
Chances are you’ve probably heard of the “ little blue pill” that gives men erections almost like magic. But have you ever heard of Flibanserin? This “female Viagra” is the topic of this week’s episode, where we start with a little science and biology but of course get into some history, learning about Erectile Dysfunction, Female Sexual Dysfunction and how their histories differ so vastly. Ranging from Mesopotamian spells that men used to cast on each other to ward off virility-stealers to the DSM-V and how its use and misuse affects women’s mental and sexual health to this day. In our Feminist Corner, we discuss the concept of “normal”, especially in the context of sexual dysfunction, and what the “Charmed Circle” is as well as how it’s used to understand sex in larger circles of society. Flibanserin deserves more of a role in the spotlight, so that’s exactly what we’re giving her!
52 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 7 Henrietta Lacks and HeLa: One in the Same
Have you ever had someone take something from you without asking? Bet it was pretty annoying huh? Now, have you ever had anyone take cells from your cervix without your consent? Probably not. But Henrietta Lacks has. In 1951, Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer and her cells were taken without consent to create the first immortal cell line. From these cells, numerous medical discoveries were made and various unethical practices took place. This episode will discuss the life of Henrietta, the implications of the immortal HeLa cell line, and the importance of informed consent and respecting patients and their families. Additionally, we talk about research practices involving cell lines and minorities in medicine. Through the episode we hope to open up conversations around ethical research and medical practice while also giving listeners a space to learn about Henrietta and honor both her life and cells.
50 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 6 Women as Medical Students: Time for a Takeover
Think about the first time you heard about a woman being a doctor? Maybe you were 4 years old and your doctor mom came home with a stethoscope around her neck or maybe you were 12 and heard about your brother’s best friend’s sister getting into medical school. Regardless, women in your life and around the world have been training to become physicians for centuries. But how has medical education for women evolved over time? In this episode, we dive into the history of women as medical students in the U.S. Along the way, we cover what 19th century medical education even involved (we’re talkin curriculum, pre-reqs, cost and more), the rise and fall of all-female medical colleges, and what social conditions finally led women to say enough is enough. Something changed to make women the majority of medical students in our country today...join us as we try to figure out what!
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 2: The Seventh Wonder
Sorry to cut you off! Hopefully everyone had a good mid-episode break and are refreshed for Part 2. To start off Part 2, we give a teeny tiny history of second wave feminism and the importance of this movement in relation to the birth control pill. Which speaking of, do you know how the pill has affected society and our culture? I promise, it will surprise you. After finishing up the history, we jump headfirst into one of our most complex Feminist Corner discussions yet! Join us as we discuss the implications of the relationship between church & state and how to identify our own biases. Additionally, we talk about how to be an advocate for women’s health rights and share a personal birth control story. What’s your reason for taking birth control?Check out fromskirtstoscrubs.com under Episode 5 for resources on how to access birth control in your area.To learn more about why various women take birth control and participate in the #mybirthcontrolreason movement, check out our instagram (@fromskirtstoscrubs) for stories and posts!
39 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep. 5 Birth Control Part 1: The Seventh Wonder
Before modern medicine, what lengths would you resort to in an attempt to not get pregnant? Well men and women throughout history pushed the limits on what qualified as birth control. In Part 1 of this episode we laugh and joke as we learn the methods of birth control used by people across time and civilizations. But hey if it works, it works right? Maybe not… After our world tour of birth control, we follow the timeline of the creation of the birth control pill and birth control advocacy in the United States. Do you know the amazing woman who pioneered this section of history? Well, join us this week to learn her name, some various ancient birth methods, and modern contraceptive history! After listening, be sure to listen to Part 2 to finish the full episode!Check out fromskirtstoscrubs.com under Episode 5 for resources on how to access birth control in your area.To learn more about why various women take birth control and participate in the #mybirthcontrolreason movement, check out our instagram (@fromskirtstoscrubs) for stories and posts!
63 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 4 Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy: Remember Their Names
Human experimentation has had a long, dark history in the practice of medicine, with people of color being the subjects far too often. This week, we discuss the lives of Anarcha, Betsey and Lucy, three of the ten enslaved Black women subjected to the gynecological experiments of Dr. J. Marion Sims, an Antebellum physician. Learn about why he was experimenting on these women, what these women endured and what the outcomes of his experiments mean for us today. Also be sure to stick around for our Feminist Corner discussion, where we are joined by Dr. Diana Louis a professor of Women’s Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan, as she discusses the concept of intersectionality with us and how we can use it as a tool to better understand our own lives as women and women in healthcare.
56 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep. 3 Freudian Ideas of Women: The Riddle
If you have ever taken an introduction to psychology class or read an obscure psych article on a blog, you may have heard of Sigmund Freud. Freud is known as the Father of Psychology. His various theories have impacted society throughout the past century and his theories and ideas about women are no different. In these theories, Freud tries to solve ‘The Riddle of Femininity’ and uncover what exactly it is that makes women so mystical (wooo). And let's just say, these theories can be a little out there at some points. So join us this week to discuss what exactly these theories are, and how they have impacted the perceptions of women. Additionally, we will dip our toes into the larger discussion of what femininity means to us, as we ourselves try to understand this Riddle.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep. 2 Elizabeth Blackwell M.D.: Wait, THAT girl is a doctor?
Do YOU know how the first woman got into med school? Was it because of her brains? Looks? Luck? You can find out in our first biography episode, a deep dive into the life and times of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female to graduate from medical school in the United States. But this biography doesn’t just cover the incredible accomplishments of Dr. Blackwell. Oh no, we get into the ups and downs of her life and even some little moments that really bring this woman’s personality to life. Listen to hear more about how a little British girl moved to the US, got admitted to an all-male medical school, founded her own hospital and set the stage for decades of women to carry forward her legacy.
47 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep. 1 Ancient Origins of Nursing: The Rise and Fall
When you think of nursing, what comes to mind? Probably not Greek women working in an ancient temple or women being named saints. But hey, history is full of surprises. Join us as Charlotte teaches Alesha about the rise and fall of the incredibly important profession of nursing. We will start in 2575 BCE and will end in 1800 CE as we travel from the pyramids of Egypt to the Roman forum and back around to the churches of medieval Europe. In this journey, we will learn about the beginning of the nursing profession and seek to understand how society’s perceptions of women have affected nurses throughout history and today.
2 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 0 Introduction
Welcome to From Skirts To Scrubs, a podcast about all things relating to women in medicine. We will be discussing history and sharing how those stories relate to us as future healthcare providers and as women in general! Episodes will be released every other Tuesday, so subscribe now to join the conversation. We appreciate your support!
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