37 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
From midwife to medic with Dr Rumbi
In this week's episode, junior doctor and host of WIDLIMS – What I Didn't Learn in Medical School Linda speaks with Dr Rumbi Mutenga. They cover different ways of getting into medical school, Dr Rumbi's own journey via midwifery, working relationships between doctors and allied healthcare professionals, widening access and equality in medicine, as well as discussing medical education and reproductive health stigmas. Be sure to follow WIDLIMS on Twitter and Instagram under the username @widlims. You can find the show notes on this episode with more reading and links to anything mentioned in the episode on lindadoes.com/widlims25 for this episode. Dr Rumbi Mutenga is on TikTok and Instagram @rumbithemedic. Please note this is a podcast for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as individual medical advice. Thank you for listening – please share this episode and other WIDLIMS episodes if you did, as this is a self-funded one woman project.
31 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
Tips for new doctors from a new doctor
What did medical school not teach me about working as a junior doctor, which I wish I knew? In this 30 minute episode, I give you general tips in two broad areas to help you feel more prepared for your first job as a doctor: life around work, and life at work. We cover your rights as a doctor (leave, pay), what might be expected of you, top tips for teamwork, how to look after your own health, and much more. See time stamps for episode below. Check out the show notes on lindadoes.com/widlims24 for links to everything I mentioned in the show. Please follow @widlims on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest, and to chat to me. I love hearing from you! If you enjoyed listening - please give me a 5 star rating and share the episode around. I appreciate it so much when you do. WIDLIMS is a podcast created by me - Linda (she/her) - a junior doctor working in the UK. It is a show for education and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as individual advice. The accuracy of information shared in terms of contracts and junior doctor rights may change with time. Time stamps: 2:15 Part One - preparing for FY1, my favourite memories 3:44 Fears and imposter syndrome 5:40 Making the most of shadowing/apprenticeship 6:40 What is expected of an FY1 doctor? 8:02 Useful resources 9:18 Your rights and obligations 11:05 Passing the F1 year, and the ePortfolio (Horus/Turas) 12:40 Asking for help/who to turn to 14:25 Looking after yourself 17:45 Part Two - tips for working as an FY1 18:10 What might a typical shift look like? 21:15 Tips for staying organised 22:40 Tips for teamwork incl. working with seniors 25:08 Asking for help at work 26:00 Breaks, working late, exception reporting 28:20 Difficult scenarios - death, dying, aggression, bullying
39 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Plant-based diets in childhood and beyond with Dr Yami
Be sure to follow @widlims on Insta/Twitter for more content :) Click here to access the episode show notes with Doctor Yami's details, anything we referred to in the episode and further reading. ** please note: this is a podcast for education and entertainment purposes only, and should not be taken as individual medical advice - consult your doctor for any concerns ** In this episode, podcast host and junior doctor Linda chats to Dr Yami Cazorla-Lancaster (she/her), a US board-certified paediatrician/pediatrician, lifestyle medicine physician and health coach. We discuss WHY plant-based diets are absolutely healthy for all stages of childhood and development, and the importance of fiber/fibre and antioxidants found in abundance in plant foods. Dr Yami also covers common concerns people might have, such as whether dairy is necessary for health, why we should not fear tofu, nutrients of concern on a vegan diet. What do you do if you've got a picky eater? What do you do if you're the only vegan in the family? How can we raise kids to become intuitive eaters? Is intuitive eating in childhood the same as for adults? Thank you for listening - if you enjoyed the episode, do check out the other 22 WIDLIMS-episodes available wherever you get your podcasts. Please follow @widlims on social media, share the podcast and give it a 5-star review on whatever platform you are using. I would like to extend a massive thanks to anybody reading this, and to all of my lovely lovely listeners who have regularly tuned in, or just dropped in for an episode. I am grateful that you let me share my passion with you.
53 minutes | Aug 22, 2021
Better health? Sleep on it!
Dr Michael Farquhar, a consultant in sleep medicine, joins me for this episode on the importance of good sleep for health. We discuss alien abductions, caffeine naps and flexible consistency in sleep routines. Essentially, we cover the basics of what sleep is and how to improve yours, and also spend some time focusing on how night shift workers can mitigate the risks of sleep deprivation and disrupted sleep patterns, as I have found this is not always covered in mainstream sleep advice. Shout-out to all the night shift workers, including new junior doctors and nurses joining the NHS in these trying times! Find show notes HERE on my website lindadoes.com. Follow @widlims on Instagram here and on Twitter here. You can find Dr Michael Farquhar on Twitter here. See you next time :) **This is a podcast for education and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as individual medical advice** also, I am sorry for the poor sound quality in this episode - we were having technical issues and I am just glad we were able to record in the end, but I hope it doesn't detract from your listening! WIDLIMS is a podcast created by Linda when she was a medical student - she now works as a junior trainee doctor in England.
76 minutes | Jul 17, 2021
'The NHS is letting down trans people' - barriers to equality in trans healthcare
This week's episode is a discussion with two fantastic doctors: Dr Kate Nambiar (a sexual health and gender identity doctor working in England) and Dr Sophie Quinney (a GP working in Wales and the Welsh Gender Service). The quote in the title is from a UK government report, linked for you here. Content warning: transphobia, suicide We talk about a range of topics, including transition-related healthcare, supporting trans and non-binary patients in primary care and hospital specialties, hormone therapy and wider social justice issues affecting trans people both in medicine and generally in society. I am so grateful to Dr Nambiar and Dr Quinney, who shared a wealth of knowledge and tips on how to be a better ally and push for change. We only scratched the surface here, so I hope you go out and research more for yourself. Trans people exist everywhere, and especially in medicine no doctor should be uninformed on how to treat a trans patient with dignity and respect. Lots more information and references for everything we talked about to be found in the show notes HERE. A glossary for terms you may be unfamiliar with can be found HERE. You can also find me on Instagram @widlims and Twitter @widlims. I always love hearing from you :) And please, if you enjoyed the episode, do share it far and wide! Until next time – take care!
42 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Nutrition in medical education with Nutritank
Be sure to follow for more content @widlims on Insta/Twitter. Show notes with Nutritank details and anything referred to in the episode here. In this episode, host and final year medical student Linda chats to Ally Jaffee (she/her) and Dr Iain Broadley (he/him) who founded Nutritank, one of the first student-lead lifestyle medicine initiatives in the UK. Nutritank is "an innovative information hub of food, nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Promoting the need for greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine education within healthcare training and empowering members of the public to improve their health" (source). The interview covers We discuss WHY it is so important for medical students and doctors to learn about nutrition, despite there being dedicated allied healthcare professionals such as dieticians, why it is proving challenging to get lifestyle medicine in UK medical school curricula, what culinary medicine and social prescribing involve as well as lots of information about what Nutritank is, has achieved and the opportunities they provide for students. This is the final regularly scheduled WIDLIMS episode for a little while. Please follow @widlims on social media, share the podcast and give it a 5-star review on whatever platform you are using. I would like to extend a massive thanks to anybody reading this, and to all of my lovely lovely listeners who have regularly tuned in, or just dropped in for an episode. I am grateful that you let me share my passion with you. xoxo Linda
46 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
Approaching anorexia with Best of Bettina
Follow @widlims on Instagram/Twitter. Full show notes here. Check out Bettina's podcast, Best of Bettina here and her Instagram. In episode 19 of What I Didn't Learn in Medical school, host and final year medical student chats to Bettina about her experience of being diagnosed with anorexia at 15 and eventually recovering. We cover some important things in terms of how she was treated by healthcare professionals, and what things help someone in eating disorder recovery and beyond. It is important to listen to those with actual lived experience of a condition, and not end up forgetting what matters to the actual person at the core of it all. This is why I am so grateful that Bettina shares her story and tips with us all today. Be sure to check out her podcast, Best of Bettina as well as the episode where I was interviewed giving my thoughts on how eating disorder education in medical school is. It was titled ”Eating disorders don’t have a look” and can be found here.
41 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Painful penetration with the Vaginismus Network
Show notes with all references and further information here. Follow @widlims on Instagram/Twitter. Follow @theVagNetwork on Instagram. Do you suffer from painful sex? Do you not know how to counsel a patient who says they cannot insert tampons without pain? Is it possible to be "too tight"? Vaginismus is a condition which makes sex painful, but it can also make inserting tampons difficult, and affects people in many different ways. I spoke to Natalie who is a volunteer with the Vaginismus Network, about the condition and painful sex. We cover what causes it, how it manifests and how to diagnose it, the scarce research available on the subject (and why women's pain is often dismissed) plus lots of people's personal experiences with Vaginismus and what healthcare professionals need to do better. No topic should be taboo. Content warning: sex, painful sex, sexual assault. Disclaimer: the discussion in this episode is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as individual medical advice. Thank you so much for listening and spreading the word! I would love to hear from you :)
43 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
Giving culturally relevant advice in healthcare
This week's guest is Amaeze Madukah, a nutritionist in the UK. Prompted by an Instagram post of hers about how diet advice is often Euro-centric, I wanted to further explore the topic with her, and am grateful that she came on the show. Listen to learn about implicit bias and power distance, how these mean that certain populations receive suboptimal healthcare advice and what healthcare practitioners should keep in mind when giving advice to people from different ethnic backgrounds. We also chatted about other aspects relating to culture, food and language - I hope you enjoy the content and learn something new. Sorry for the slightly iffy sound quality this week! Show notes here. Follow me @widlims on Instagram/Twitter. Check out Amaeze on Life's recipe and Wellness in Colour. You may want to learn more and listen to WIDLIMS episode #3 on racism in medicine and episode #9 which covers some aspects of endometriosis, Black women's pain and racism.
16 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
The skinny on cholesterol and diet
Find the show notes here, and follow @widlims on Instagram/Twitter. This Solo Sunday short episode featuring final year medical student Linda is all about cholesterol, and the things she wish she learned earlier in order to counsel future patients on how to efficiently and safely lower cholesterol levels, all with lifestyle including diet! Is lean meat better? What about oily fish? Is fibre (fiber in the US) that beneficial? What guidelines should we listen to? I hope you learn something new. NB. This is a podcast for educational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be taken as individual medical advice. Reading the show notes is encouraged for references and further information and reading.
50 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
Time for plant-based nutrition in medicine with Dr Shireen Kassam
Find show notes with complete references and more on my website lindadoes.com here. Follow Dr Kassam on Instagram here. And follow me @widlims on Instagram and Twitter. In this week's episode, final year medical student and host Linda discusses a whole lot with Dr Shireen Kassam, who is a consultant haematologist, as well as founder and director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK. We of course talk about plantbased nutrition, how chronic inflammation is behind many of the chronic diseases affecting society and how plant and animal foods impact the body - all evidence-based of course. We also discuss wider societal issues such as health inequalities, medical education, issues within healthcare systems, the food industry and climate change. It's a good one! Please share with others if you enjoyed the listen, and get in touch with me for feedback :) Thank you so much for listening!
15 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Legumes... forgotten superfoods?
Find show notes with all references and links by clicking here or on lindadoes.com/widlims14. Follow me on Instagram/Twitter and get in touch! In this episode, host Linda takes you through the superfood that are legumes/pulses/lentils/beans – a group of amazing foods with benefits from cancer prevention, to improving longevity, to managing diabetes and insulin resistance, to a thriving gut microbiome! We also dispel common myths and worries regarding anti-nutrients, bloating and flatulence and gas, and gut dysbiosis and intolerance. Hopefully you learn something new, and especially be sure to check out the full show notes to consolidate your learning and read some of the research first-hand.
51 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Anti-diet lifestyle approaches to PCOS with Dr Nitu Bajekal
Show notes here. In this week's episode we talk about PCOS to Dr Nitu Bajekal, a consultant gynaecological surgeon with over 35 years' experience in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. Typically people with PCOS are told to restrict their food and carbohydrate intake and lose weight as a first-line management. We go beyond that, exploring what PCOS is, less commonly known manifestations (such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders), how the right foods can address metabolic and hormonal imbalances as well as the role of soya in people's health. PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, and there is plenty of evidence in favour for a balanced whole food plant-based dietary ('vegan') pattern. Find all references and an article in the show notes on lindadoes.com/widlims13. Remember to follow @widlims on Instagram/Twitter for more, and check out Dr Bajekal's website here.
22 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
We need to understand this about carbohydrates
Carbohydrates: friend or foe? This episode is all about carbohydrates, insulin resistance and low carbohydrate diets (including ketogenic diets). Host Linda goes over some basic metabolism and discusses how cutting carbohydrates will mask any underlying insulin resistance, as the true culprit in type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome is often intramyocellular lipids rather than carbohydrates. We also discuss the research on dietary interventions to truly reverse diabetes and manage insulin resistance including the science of whole food plant-based (vegan) diets. In-depth show notes with diagrammes, references and further reading can be found here. Be sure to follow @widlims on Instagram/Twitter: I love hearing from you! Please share if you learned something new, with somebody else you think might benefit from having a listen.
34 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
Powerlifting, building muscle and body image
In this week's episode, WIDLIMS host Linda speaks to Kris (she/her) from PlantPowerPrep, who is an awe inspiring female vegan athlete competing in powerlifting among other things. The discussion covers what powerlifting is, how to get into it, building muscle on a plant-based diet (and in general), as well as dealing with weight gain and body image. If you enjoyed what you heard, please share the love and be sure to check out Kris on Instagram (all details are in the show notes which can be found here.) Stay up to date, join the conversation and get extra content by following @widlims on Instagram/Twitter, and reading the articles on my website lindadoes.com.
10 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Being active bystanders when witnessing injustice
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt uncomfortable, knowing that someone was a target of harassment, aggression or another form of injustice? Did you want to help but not know what to do? Follow @widlims on Instagram and Twitter in order to stay up to date with new episode releases and free educational content. Read the full show notes here, and check out my website for much more information and content. Remember to subscribe: new episodes released every Sunday! This week's solo Sunday short episode with the WIDLIMS host, final year medical student Linda, covers the 4D framework to go from being a passive bystander to an active bystander. Listen to learn what to do and how to do it, in order to act. NB. This is a podcast for educational and entertainment purposes only.
37 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Endometriosis, pain bias and the 'strong Black woman' stereotype
In this week's episode, host and final year medical student Linda speaks with Anita Jones (Instagram/Twitter) about endometriosis. We discuss why it takes an average of over 7 years to be diagnosed, what needs to change and much more. The discussion provides advice for both people with endo and healthcare professionals from all fields. The conversation is relevant to other conditions too, as we also discuss how female suffering is often normalized, and how Black women's pain is perceived differently due to medical racism. Please check out the full show notes with lots of further reading here. Remember to follow @widlims on Instagram and Twitter in order to stay up to date with new releases and educational content, and please do share this episode with anyone who needs to hear it, too! NB: this podcast is for entertainment and educational purposes only. Seek a medical professional's help for individual health advice.
18 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
Dairy - ditch or don't?
Coinciding with World Plant Milk day, here is a brief overview about impacts of dairy products on human health. Do we need milk for strong bones? What does it do to the human body? Much more info in the shownotes here. Follow @widlims on Insta/Twitter. Happy listening – please share with others who may enjoy, too!
50 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
Weight stigma and obesity - what is known vs. what is done
Linda speaks to Dr Stuart Flint, weight stigma expert & Obesity UK director (among other titles)! We discuss the new obesity strategy, whether obesity is a problem, and why status quo remains despite strong evidence in favour of change. Shownotes here. @widlims Insta/Twitter.
11 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Intuitive Eating 101
Final year medical student Linda covers Intuitive Eating basics, by highlighting its 10 principles. Why does it matter and to whom? Is it really healthy to recommend it? Shownotes here. Follow @widlims on Insta/Twitter stay up to date! Thanks for listening + sharing!