6. Medical Missions, with Megan Mueller, RN, BSN, and former director of FOCUS Medical Missions

Today’s episode is with Megan Mueller, BSN, RN, and the first director of FOCUS’ (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) Medical Missions branch. You can listen on line here, or on your favorite podcast streaming service (like iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc). 
Megan Mueller
Megan Mueller. PC: Juan Andres
In this episode, Megan and I dive deep into the world of medical missions and her experience as a participant and as a leader for numerous medical missions around the world. 
We chat about:
– How to find a good organization for medical missions (hint: finding one that has the resources for follow up care for those you serve)
– Concerns raised by others, such as “Do medical missions even matter?”, and “People going on medical missions are just looking to feel good about themselves and get pictures with cute kids.”
– How medical missions help you become a better provider where you currently serve, and how our call to serve in America is no different than serving on a mission abroad.
We reference:
He Leadeth Me, by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek
 
Enjoy!
 
Catie
* A reminder that the views expressed in this podcast are our own and do not reflect the views of our employers, and that this podcast is not meant to replace medical care. Please see your medical provider for any medical concerns. *

5. Student-athlete life, wedding planning, and everything in-between, with Alex Martinez, BSN, RN

Episode 5 is with Alexandra Martinez, a registered nurse in inpatient pediatrics. You can listen online here, or on your favorite podcast-streaming service.

 

 

After a heavier conversation last month, I thought a fun, lighter conversation was in order. This episode is especially for the students out there and the 20-somethings trying to figure out life.

Alex and I chat about:

  • How to navigate a busy schedule as a student, and how those long days and trying to balance everything is worth it in your future career
  • Advice on finding the field in medicine that is right for you, and ways to boost your resume to land in the career you want
  • Wedding planning, being newlyweds, and Alex shares the joy it was to walk alongside her husband in his first communion, reconciliation, and confirmation before they were married.

 

We reference:

  • The Magnolia Story, by Chip and Joanna Gaines

 

Also, I have some very exciting news to share! A book I contributed to was released last month. It’s called By His Mercy, by Tricia Walz, and can be purchased for only $15 (with all proceeds to charity!) here. It’s a compilation of 11 young adult’s stories of God working miracles in their lives, and of His great mercy. My story includes kidney failure, a plane crash, and a flood, all in the span of about a year- God sure knew I needed a lot of opportunities for his mercy to shine brightly through.

 

**The usual boring disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guest are our own and do not represent those of our employers. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs.**

God bless!

-Catie

4. Palliative Medicine and Combating Burnout, with Natalie Rodden, MD

November’s episode is with Dr. Natalie Rodden, a palliative care attending physician. Click here to listen online.

Dr. Natalie Rodden

I first heard Natalie speak at a Catholic Medical Association meeting, and knew I wanted her on the show. Fun fact- Dr. Rodden was the first president of the student chapter of the Catholic Medical Association!

We chat about:
– The field of palliative medicine and how it helps people live their best lives
– How the culture has changed with the passing of death with dignity/physician assisted suicide laws
– How to avoid burnout and find joy in your job

We reference:
Dying for Revenge, by Barbara Golder
Dying for Compassion, by Barbara Golder

I hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to follow Practicing Catholic Medicine on Instagram @practicingcatholicmedicine.
www.practicingcatholicmedicine.com

 

God bless!

-Catie

 

**The usual boring disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guest are our own and do not represent those of our employer. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs.**

S1E3- Life in the Pediatric ICU, with Katieri Thielke, BSN, RN

In Episode 3, I talk with Katieri Thielke, a pediatric intensive care nurse. Click here to listen online.

Katieri was one of the first people I shared my vision to start a podcast with, and through great conversation with her the idea to build a podcast centered around ‘sharing life’ came to be. Given that, her interview just had to be one of the launching episodes!

We chat about:
– Discerning what field of medicine to enter when you feel a call to be a provider
– Navigating the loss of pediatric patients
– Advice for new grads

We mention:
– Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate
Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy, by Simone Troisi, Christian Paccini

Enjoy!

-Catie

 

**The usual boring disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guest are our own and do not represent those of our employers. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs.**

S1E2: Founding a Clinic and Trusting in God’s Call, with Dede Chism, MSN, PNNP

Click here to listen to the interview with Dede Chism.

What would you do if you felt God calling you to something really big?

Like, really big. Like, starting a brand new clinic like nothing you’ve ever been to before big. Oh, and you’ve never run a clinic. And you’ve been working in hospital medicine for 22 years.

Episode 2 brings you an interview with a woman who did just that- Dede Chism, MSN, PNNP, and executive director of Bella Natural Women’s Care and Family Clinic.

Dede Chism, MSN, PNNP

I went in to this interview with a list of topics I planned on discussing with Dede (After all, she has a pretty impressive resume, from transporting pregnant women in helicopters, to writing a book on high-risk pregnancy care, to being a founding member of the National Consortium of Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers). Instead, the Holy Spirit guided our conversation to discuss making beauty out of bad situations, of relying on God, of radically living a life of prayer in our professions. Dede’s insights apply to all of us, not just those called to start a clinic.

In this episode, we reference:

  • The Complete Works of St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Giver and the Gift: Principles of Kingdom Fundraising by Peter Greer and David Weekley
  • Bella Natural Women’s Care and Family Wellness Clinic (click here to be see their website)
  • National Consortium on Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers (click here to learn more)

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed learning from Dede!

-Catie

 

**The usual boring disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast by myself and my guest are our own and do not represent those of our employers. This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Please see your healthcare provider for any medical needs.**