From Skirts To Scrubs

From Skirts To Scrubs

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 focuses 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!

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June 14, 2022 26 min

What constitutes a monster? Is it your looks, your action, your very being? What if you are forced into a situation that makes you a monster, what then? Japanese folklore is full of stories of women as monsters, but this week we are focusing on one woman who isn’t a monster at all. Join us as we tell the tale of Yama Uba and discuss what she represents in the continuum of life as a woman, and as an elder in society.

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Have you ever heard of the great Hindu Epic, The Ramayana? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t. But chances are, you probably don’t know of the seductress Surpanakha, sister of the King of Demons? Join us this episode as we forge into the forests of Ayodhya as we follow the story of Surpanakha, a demon woman whose actions ultimately lead to a kidnapping and major war between two kingdoms. Then listen in on our discussion as we re-env...

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What do you get when you put together a powerful woman, an ancient empire, and scared men? The Sphinx! And this isn’t a riddle, I promise (ha, get it? Wait, no? Better listen to the episode!). Join us this week to talk about the origins of the Sphinx and talk about this mythical creature across time, as well as her interaction with the famed Oedipus Rex. Afterward, we talk about the demonization of intelligent & successful wome...

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Maybe you’ve heard of the story of Adam and Eve, but the real question is: what do you know about Lilith? If Eve was created from Adam’s rib, Lilith was created as Adam’s equal, from the soil of the earth. From the moment of her conception, she forged her own path and yet, has been branded as none other than a monster for it. Tune in to this episode to hear the lesser known story of the Mother of Demons, who suffered for her action...

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In the beginning… life was apparently perfect. Until men made the Gods upset and they sent down their greatest fear. Women. Well, one woman in particular. Join us in this episode to learn the ancient Greek story of Pandora, the first woman, and bringer of all gifts. But what does this story mean when you view it from a feminist perspective? And how does our frame of reference shape our understanding of stories such as Pandora’s? Li...

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Check out our new trailer introducing our FIRST Mini Series: Women as Monsters. Over a course of six short episodes, we will be telling stories of women from mythology across the world who have been viewed as evil, wrong, and monsters. Then we will discuss why these stories are important today and any thoughts we have on them! Episodes will be posted every other Tuesday as usual and will be 20-30 minutes in length. We are so excite...

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We are taking a break from our usual schedule to bring you all another bonus episode! In this episode, we were interviewed by Cultivating Connection, a podcast series that discovers what it means to be human and the many different types of ways we connect. During the interview, we discuss how From Skirts To Scrubs was created, finding and pursuing your passions, handling burnout, the pillars of feminism, and more! We had so much fu...

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March 22, 2022 62 min

"You’re so sexy when you’re not spreading STIs." That’s right, this week we are exploring the highly prevalent, ever-stigmatized sexually transmitted infections. In this episode, we get into the difference between STIs and STDs, describe some of the most common STIs and of course, talk about their various histories. Specifically, we dig into the relationship between STIs and women, focusing on the ways in which women have b...

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During the pandemic, we both got super into paint-by-numbers. They were just so soothing and an easy way to create while taking our minds off the crazy world around us. It was a way to be calm and focused. And a lot of people use art in this way, to figure out your emotions or as an outlet. But what about using art in medicine? Patients often create art that depicts their disease and experience living with an illness. You can also ...

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The thought of shocking someone into having a seizure all for...what? Cure their depression? That sounds crazy! But it’s real! And like so many topics on this podcast, the story of how this concept came to be is just as interesting and seemingly insane as the actual practice. This week we discuss a procedure called Electroconvulsive Therapy, or ECT. A treatment used in the world of psychiatry to treat patients with a range of conce...

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There is nothing quite like a delicious breakfast to start your day, a snack to hold you over, or dinner to put you to bed. Right? But as you eat your tasty food, do you ever think about what exactly is in it? Or what it does to your health? Join us in this episode to talk about how the food you eat can play into the leading causes of death in women: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. To explore the health effects of food, we touch...

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January 25, 2022 57 min

Internist? Intern? Fellow…doctor? Oh no just, fellow? Can SOMEONE please explain what these words MEAN? Yes, yes we can. We’re back this week to chat about the field of Internal Medicine, the branch of medicine that covers a lot of the parts that you are probably familiar with, specialties like cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, etc. This episode though, we’ll be clarifying what exactly Internal Medicine is, what is ...

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January 11, 2022 57 min

When you think of witches, what comes to mind? If I had to guess I’d say you thought of Halloween, potions, broomsticks, and big pointy hats. But the witches in this episode didn’t wear pointy hats, at least I don’t think so. They are your mom, your elderly neighbor, your best friend. Join us in this episode to learn who was considered a witch across time and cultures. Then we will discuss the persecution of witches and why these w...

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Hyper-promiscuity, mood swings, nausea, anxiety, drowsiness, loss of appetite, aging, back pain. Those are some symptoms of hysteria to name a few. Hysteria is a word that is thrown around a lot from “Oh that was a hysterical joke” to  “that woman is hysterical don't listen to her” and even “the new album is causing mass hysteria.” But what even is hysteria? Well, in history it has meant a lot of things to many different people...

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Tying tubes, hysterectomies, withholding medical care without proof of contraception use...these are just a few ways that forced sterilization has occurred in the United States. The history of forced sterilization is sewn into the fabric of US history, and has played an insidious role in this country. This episode, we learn about the eugenics movement, its impact on communities of color and how these issues continue to manifest tod...

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It’s the 1800s and the realm of medicine hasn’t quite adjusted to modern thought quite yet. Physicians still believe that dirty air is what is causing that rash on your arm and that when you menstruate, your brain is too exhausted and confused to hold a job. That is at least until Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi comes along. Dr. Putnam Jacobi would work most of her life advocating for biochemically based medicine and evidence-driven theorie...

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A little poke of a needle and a moment of pain in the name of what? Beauty? Wealth? Tradition? Maybe all of the above? The history of body piercings is a long one, dating back millennia and spanning many civilizations. In this week’s episode, we dive into why Egyptian pharaohs would execute anyone with a belly button ring and how in Ancient Mesoamerica, shamans would pierce their tongues as blood sacrifice. Beyond the ancient histo...

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In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women, killing 1 in 5. But how did we get here? Cardiology and heart disease is an extremely well-studied field, yet it still feels like women are being left behind as they die at alarming rates. Join us in this episode to talk about the history of heart disease, why there is a gaping hole in women’s heart research, and the state of women’s heart health today. We...

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Would you consider yourself a fiery person? Grounded? Dynamic? Maybe a combination of the three? If you looked at your health from the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, it would probably be some combination of the three with one aspect being dominant. And this combination would be unique to you! But it would also have an impact on the way you receive medical care. Join us this week as we discuss the practice of Ayurveda, a form of...

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In a time when most anatomy theories were based on animals, not humans, it's not surprising that ancient physicians may have gotten a fact or two wrong. But it is truly impressive how a single theory can incorrectly span the entire female anatomy. Gotta respect the hustle I guess. In this episode we are talking about ancient theories of female anatomy from general anatomy, to the breasts, to the uterus, to a mystery vein, and m...

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