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April 3, 2020

Episode 8: Harry Potter and the Lack of Graduate Medical Education


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!


  • 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.


Resources, Citations, and Mentions:


  • 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


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?

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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