Life Sciences

The show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows.

Episodes

SUBJECTIVE

In this episode, we talk about medical licensing, but with magic! If you wanna be a healer, there are pre-reqs for that. And minimum NEWT scores to hit. Just how heroic is Madam Pomfrey's call schedule? And does the wizarding world's pharmaceutical industry have any kind of regulation?

This episode guest stars Jen's neighbor's leaf blower!

Also, are you pro or con Krebs cycle? Let us know @DocsWatchPod!

Sidebar:

  • We recorded this ep before the one on Harry Potter and concussions, which is what we were referencing at the end of the recording. But don't worry! We have plenty more thoughts on Harry Potter.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 15 out of 5 golden snitches
  • Jen: for the quality of medical training, scant out of 5 for what's in the text, and 10 out of 2 Skele-gro patents for HP in general

PLAN

Here's our version of what an Ilvermorny pre-med curriculum might look like. And also our proposed class schedules. What would your schedule look like?


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SUBJECTIVE

In episode 7 of this season, we talk about Mad Max's terrible IV line management and the overuse of dino rex machina. Bedside organization is important even when you're working on a high speed scrap heap in the middle of a desert while being chased by War Boys. Plus, we finally take our highly anticipated trip to Jurassic World and discuss whether you can give good guy T-rex blood to a velociraptor. The main question is this: how many iterations of Jurassic Park do we need to build before someone tightens up these lax security protocols?

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

Corrections:

  • Deepa was right - it was order, not genus. Which makes sense, given that cats and dogs are definitely not the same genus. Oops!

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: Fury Road gets a 9 out of 10 for guaranteed sepsis; Fallen Kingdom gets a 7 out of 10 for a T-rex to velociraptor xenotransfusion, and a 1 out of 10 for the lack of cut-down, blind stick blood draw
  • Jen: Fury Road gets 4.5 out of 5 blood bags (half point deduction for unnecessarily stabbing Charlize Theron a second time); Fallen Kingdom gets 5 out of 5 baby Blues for cuteness, and 1 out of 5 floppy Chris Pratts escaping from lava for believability

PLAN

Shoutouts:

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SUBJECTIVE

In this episode, we talk about why you should just say no to dueling inside of an actively erupting volcano. At least not without proper protective equipment. (But preferably not all.) Our favorite (not) medical droids make another appearance and are still in dire need of a software update. Who's in charge here anyway? And where's a scrunchy when you need one?

Sidebar:

  • We recorded this episode back in 2018, which was when Kilauea erupted.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 2 out of 5 tubes of Neosporin
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 volcanoes
  • The medical droids, once again, get their licenses revoked.

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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SUBJECTIVE

In this episode, we talk about the casual child endangerment of the wizarding world's favorite full contact sport, Quidditch! Is Madam Hooch up to date with brain injury management guidelines? Does Hogwarts even have a concussion protocol if they don't have a "What to Do if He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Shows Up at Hogwarts" protocol? Gravity still applies to magical worlds, and so does blunt force trauma. Which means that there is a woeful lack of helmets. What's the liability insurance sitch at Hogwarts?

Sidebar:

  • During the recording, Jen's neighbor decided to run a leaf blower in the street on and off, so that's faintly in the background. Sorry about that.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 0 out of 5 for safety, 1 out of 5 for rules that make sense, 4 out of 5 for whimsy
  • Jen: 5 out of 5 for whimsy, 0 out of 5 for safety

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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SUBJECTIVE

In episode 4, we ask the important questions about the Aquaman cinematic universe (and also spend a not insignificant amount of time thirsting after Jason Momoa).

(I mean, look at him.)

Anyway. What is up with the physiological class stratification of Atlanteans? Is blonde hair a curse? Why is Pinocchio so important to this movie? AND WHY WON'T ANYONE TALK ABOUT THE DINOSAURS??? We answer none of these questions and answer a bunch of other ones in this ep!

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

Corrections:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 7 out of 10 invisible chest gills
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 crab people for narrative coherence, 5 out of 5 Khal Drogos for Jason Momoa
  • Overall DC cinematic universe scale 15 out of 10 (only outpaced by Wonder Woman which is at 2000 out of 10)

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

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SUBJECTIVE

In episode 3, we talk about, well, shotgun blasts to the head. But specifically when your head is impenetrable. When your superpower is being super dense, how are you supposed to get medical care? Also, let's talk about why Claire Temple is the real hero.

Sidebar:

  • Sometimes our numbers might be off because we're pediatricians, and the numbers (volumes and the like) are different for adults. We'll do our best to catch the discrepancies.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

  • It's helpful to have a visual when we start talking about the anatomy of the optic nerve, so here's a reference from MRI Master (go scroll through the whole brain because it's cool):

    MRI master - transverse MRI brain

  • A mini glossary of acronyms:

    • ABCs: Airway, Breathing, Circulation

    • CT: computed tomography

    • MRI: magnetic resonance imaging

    • ETT: endotracheal Tube

    • cc: cubic centimeter ie a milliliter

    • TBI: traumatic brain injury

    • CSF: cerobrospinal fluid

    • ICP: intracranial pressure

    • EVD: external ventricular drain

    • LP: lumbar puncture (pic from Oxford Medical Education)

      Oxford Medical Education - lumbar puncture

Corrections:

  • Minor misspeak: A lumbar puncture needle goes into the space around your spinal cord, not your spine.
  • An adult has around 125-150 ml of CSF present at any given time. Only around 25 ml of that is present in the ventricles.
    • Sakka L, Coll G, Chazal J. Anatomy and physiology of cerebrospinal fluid. European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases. Dec 2011 — you can download this article for free if you're interesting in the physiology of CSF!
  • We looked to see if there was a medical consultant on the show, but couldn't find any info on imdb.

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 7 out of 7 aliens from outer space that cause an entire city PTSD
  • Jen: 6 out of 6 ice packs

PLAN

Your homework: Look up how cool the eye is! And how much stuff your pituitary does for you!


Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

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SUBJECTIVE

In episode 2, we talk about everyone's favorite mobile ICU from a galaxy far, far away. How does Darth Vader fit all of his medical equipment in his suit? How many backpacks or backpack droids does he have? Also, we talk a lot about poop. Everybody poops. Even Darth Vader.

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • This was the very first episode we recorded! Which is why we called it our first episode at the end. Even though it's the second one...
  • There was no rating at the end because this was before we started doing that.

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

Got a question or suggestion? Find us on Twitter @DocsWatchPod, or visit us at docswatchpod.com.

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SUBJECTIVE

In Episode 1, we talk about Tony Stark and his quest for a heart—just in time for Valentine's Day! What is an arc reactor, and how does it work? But more importantly, what would the surgery for implanting a car cup holder into Tony's chest look like? Really, Mr. Stark had bigger things to worry about than a little palladium poisoning.

Also, we're taking a poll: have you heard of a VAD? Tweet us @DocsWatchPod and let us know!

OBJECTIVE

Resources, Citations, and Mentions:

ASSESSMENT

  • Deepa: 3 out of 5 Tony Stark brass rats connected to nothing
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 car batteries

PLAN

Special thanks to Butterscotch Shenanigans for letting us use their podcast equipment! Check out their game dev comedy podcast Coffee with Butterscotch!

Subscribe to our medical ramblings on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts! Rate, review, and tell your friends!

Got a question or suggestion? Find us on Twitter @DocsWatchPod, or visit us at docswatchpod.com.

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Welcome to Docs Watch, a brand new podcast where real doctors tell you what's real, what's not, and what's maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows. We're giant nerds! So what better use of our extensive medical training than to answer the questions we have when we watch superhero, science fiction, and fantasy movies.

Season 1 starts on February 14th with "The Iron Man Needs a Heart."

Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcasting platform, so you don't miss it!

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