From Skirts To Scrubs
From Skirts To Scrubs
Charlotte Thill and Alesha Kotian
Join medical students Charlotte Thill (she/her) and Alesha Kotian (she/her) as they navigate what it means to be a woman in the medical field and in their own lives. Each episode will focus on topics in medical history, current events, various health professions, female healthcare pioneers, and more! By analyzing different areas of healthcare and history through a feminist lens, From Skirts To Scrubs hopes to create a space to explore what it means to be a woman in medicine while having some fun along the way!
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.
Oct 6
51 min
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.
Sep 22
53 min
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!
Sep 8
47 min
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.
Aug 25
52 min
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!
Aug 11
50 min
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 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!
Jul 28
37 min
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 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!
Jul 28
39 min
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.
Jul 14
1 hr 2 min
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.
Jun 30
55 min
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.
Jun 16
46 min
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