Amy Yordduangjun’s thoughts and feelings about being the low person on her medical team’s totem pole were not something she shared with anyone, much less making it a topic of a podcast. But as part of a project to explore the human side of medicine, she embraced the opportunity to put her deeply personal thoughts, fears and anxieties out there for all to hear.
It’s exactly that kind of deep conversation the show’s hosts, two medical students at Creighton University’s School of Medicine in Phoenix, had envisioned for the podcast, which began airing in January. The show, which is called “Esthesia: Untold Tales in Medicine,” seeks to humanize the practice of medicine and health care by sharing stories from those practicing in the field, whether they are students, doctors, nurses or other health care professionals.
The program’s name is a play off the Latin word esthesia, which means to feel, and anesthesia, which deadens feelings.
“The purpose is to reorient people to the human side of medicine,” says Cooper Nagaki, who raised the idea of a podcast last fall at a student group meeting. “The health care world can be in a factory mode at certain points. The podcast gets people to tell their stories, tap into their stories and reflect on them.”
The podcast currently can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.
Those interested in becoming a guest should contact Nagaki at firstname.lastname@example.org