2019-20 AFP Podcast Team

[AFP Podcast Season 5 Team]

The 2019-2020 podcast team is (back row, left to right) Alyssa Korenstein, MD, Michelle Sommer, MD, Sarah Coles, MD, Viktoria Krajnc, MD; (front row) Jake Anderson, DO, Karalyne Blochberger, MD, Hillary Tamar, MD, Herbert Rosenbaum, MD, Tyler Coles (technical guru), and Steve Brown, MD.

The AFP Podcast is a discussion of the key evidence-based learning points from each issue of American Family Physician (AFP). Each episode includes brief summaries of articles and other features, such as POEMs (Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters), Cochrane for Clinicians, Practice Guidelines, Editorials, and Medicine by the Numbers, and discusses answers to clinical questions from the Family Physicians Inquiries Network. In addition, the podcast will feature interviews with family physicians about the specialty, share favorite tweets, and present other regular segments meant to keep the podcast timely, lively, and fun.

The AFP Podcast is produced in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Family Medicine ResidencyThe 2019-2020 hosts of the AFP Podcast are Program Director Steven R. Brown, MD, and third-year residents Karalyne Blochberger, MD, Alyssa Korenstein, MD, Viktoria Krajnc, MD, Herbert Rosenbaum, MD, Michelle Sommer, MD and Hillary Tamar, MD. Faculty members Jacob Anderson, DO, and Sarah Coles, MD, fact-check and pitch in. Tyler Coles is the sound and technical guru.

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  • June 15, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on fever in infants and young children, anticoagulation in older adults, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, and an ode to season 5.

  • June 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on MRI breast cancer screening in dense breasts, positive pressure ventilation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, supplemental oxygen in acute coronary syndrome, preparticipation physical evaluations, emergency contraception, muscle relaxants for acute low back pain, and a COVID-19 research brief.

  • May 15, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on ectopic pregnancy, varicose veins, screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, the older driver, atopic dermatitis, top 20 POEMs of 2019, and a COVID-19 research brief.

  • May 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on tranexamic acid, IBSchek for irritable bowel syndrome, endometrial biopsy, megestrol for palliative care, migraines in children, chronic dyspnea, and antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2.

  • April 15, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on outpatient burn care, pain relief after fractures, asymptomatic bacteriuria, chronic diarrhea, galcanezumab for migraine and cluster headaches, acute altitude illness, and COVID-19 research briefs.

  • April 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on sepsis management, urinary incontinence, hypertension medication timing, cutaneous cryosurgery, probiotics for vulvovaginal candidiasis, and delirium.

  • March 15, 2020

    This episode includes “Breathe” by Renée Crichlow, MD, and discussions on combination therapy for hypertension, esketamine for depression, guidelines for group B Streptococcus disease, medication use to reduce breast cancer risk, genital ulcers, Clinical Answers quick-fire.

  • March 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on point-of-care ultrasonography, vitamin and mineral supplementation for maintaining cognitive function, upper gastrointestinal bleeding, probiotics for antibiotic-associated diarrhea, emotional support animals, music therapy for depression, and tai chi for fibromyalgia.

  • February 15, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on coccidioidomycosis, cerebral palsy, immunization schedules, dupilumab for asthma, antidepressant treatment, and BRCA-related cancer testing.

  • February 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on screening and counseling adolescents and young adults, the sexual health history, onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) for prevention of migraine, breast cancer screening, and Clostridioides difficile infection.

  • January 15, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on pain medications before intrauterine device placement, muscle weakness, revefenacin, editorial: "America Needs More Family Doctors", screening for hepatitis B infection in pregnancy, short-term systemic corticosteroids, management of atrial fibrillation.

  • January 1, 2020

    This episode includes discussions on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, positional therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, lymphoma, tapering opioids, branched-chain amino acids for hepatic encephalopathy.

  • December 15, 2019

    The 100th episode spectacular! This episode includes discussions on amblyopia, the case against coronary artery calcium scoring, cirrhosis, baloxavir for influenza, and a point-of-care guide for deep vein thrombosis. Also messages from special guests, highlights from our first 100 episodes, and...wait for it...a new song to close out the show.

  • December 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on alpha blockers for nephrolithiasis, influenza, pelvic floor muscle training, cold weather injuries, combined oral contraceptives for heavy menstrual bleeding, and general health checks.

  • November 15, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on the changing climate and health impacts, gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, as needed treatment for asthma, depression in children and adolescents, platelet rich plasma for rotator cuff symptoms, preexposure prophylaxis for HIV infection.

  • November 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on care of military veterans, eczema, physician burnout, hidradenitis suppurativa, telehealth consultations.

  • October 15, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on lead screening, predicting postoperative pulmonary complications, toilet training, postpartum care, influenza vaccination, elagolix for endometriosis pain, and Where I Listen.

  • October 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on hand-foot-and-mouth disease, opioid use disorder, thickened feedings for infants with gastroesophageal reflux, hypertension during pregnancy, antibiotics for acute rhinosinusitis, anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation, and a new song “Health is Primary” from Mehul Sheth, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Kenner, LA.

  • September 15, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on glycopyrronium topical wipes, urinary incontinence, augmentation for treatment-resistant depression, pelvic inflammatory disease, dual antiplatelet therapy for transient ischemic attack and minor stroke, ruling out community-acquired pneumonia.

  • September 12, 2019

    Bonus episode 11 is an interview with Alison Block, MD, family physician and faculty member at Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency in Martinez, CA. Dr. Block is Executive Producer of the The Nocturnists, "a live show and podcast where doctors share stories from the world of medicine." This bonus episode includes clips from family physicians on The Nocturnists. Topics discussed in the interview include: stories as advocacy, a non-linear career path, the origin of The Nocturnists, and music from your teen years.

  • September 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on treatment of the common cold, tonsillectomy in children, treatment of threatened miscarriage, venous ulcers, radicular low back pain, prostate cancer decision making.

  • August 15, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on health maintenance in school-aged children, the primary care workforce, actinic keratoses, electronic cigarettes, and postpartum depression.

  • August 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on ingrown toenail, Should you prescribe metformin for abnormal blood glucose not meeting criteria for diabetes?, hirsutism in women, infantile hemangioma, and skin-to-skin contact for improved duration of breastfeeding.

  • July 15, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on hearing loss, aspirin in healthy older adults, AFP Clinical Answers, omega-3 oil, interpregnancy care, erythema multiforme, and semaglutide.

  • July 1, 2019

    This episode includes discussions on lead poisoning in children, Helicobacter pylori testing, polypharmacy, helping patients cope with grief, preventing spontaneous abortion, heart failure with preserved ejection fracture, and a World Cup bonus.