Thalamus Grand Rounds

Thalamus Grand Rounds

Thalamus Grand Rounds is a podcast created by and for current and former residents, program coordinators and directors to spotlight and empower GME leaders to innovate the residency and fellowship recruitment processes. You’ll hear insightful discussions about all things GME including virtual interview best practices, managing expectations of applicants and faculty, promoting DEI initiatives and holistic review, data and analytics to drive recruitment and much more.


August 29, 2022 32 min

In this episode Thalamus CEO Jason Reminick talks with Terri Feist, former Program Coordinator at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and now an Account Manager at Thalamus.

Burnout at the Program Coordinator level is a serious problem and often overlooked. Terri shares the results if a national survey of Program Coordinators. The survey indicated issues  around misunderstanding the role, workload and the onboarding of...

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In this episode, Dr. Kyle Leggott and I continue our conversation about the complex issues surrounding GME financing and physician workforce trends. Dr. Leggott is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine. He is also a Scholar at the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. 

In Part II, you’ll hear Dr. Leggott’s insights into: 

  • GME financing from a federal, state and hospit...
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    This episode is Part 1 of 2 of a terrific conversation I had with Dr. Kyle Leggott, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and Scholar, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center, about the complex issues surrounding GME financing and the current state of the physician workforce. 

    In Part I, you’ll hear Dr. Leggott’s insights into: 

  • The current state of the physician workforce.
  • Hi...
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    May 16, 2022 12 min

    As has become tradition, at the end of each episode of Thalamus Grand Rounds, we ask our guests if they have adopted a new hobby. During recent years as we’ve all been spending more time at home and given how dynamic and diverse the GME community is, it was no surprise that each of our guests described a different activity. In this special episode, you’ll hear what our guests-to-date have been up to during their free time since the...

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    In episode 6, I enjoyed speaking with Lori Rodefeld, Director of Rural GME Development and Support for the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural GME (WCRGME), about the importance of rural residency and fellowship training programs. Lori dove into misconceptions about rural programs, why applicants should seriously consider them, how hospitals can establish rural training programs, the role of rural programs in mitigating the impending...

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    In this episode, I spoke with Kimberley Brown, fellowship coordinator at the Department of Anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, about what it’s like to manage multiple fellowship programs.

    Running a graduate medical education program takes time, effort, patience and support. Managing multiple programs requires a special management style and varying approaches to working with ever-expanding permutations of pr...

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    In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michelle Gonzalez, Graduate Medical Education/Internal Medicine Program Coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH), about what it’s like to build a residency program from the ground up. She discussed how the program was formed and how she collaborated with her Program Director Binay Eapen, program faculty, residency leadership and hospital leaders inclu...

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    In episode three, we spoke with Starla Pathak, Manager of Educational Programs, Department of Orthopedics, Tufts Medical Center, about the importance of properly preparing your ​recruitment team for interview season, and doing your best to help applicants accurately anticipate what the interview process will be like.

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    In episode two, we spoke with with Dawn DeSantis, Division Administrator, Graduate Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida — Jacksonville. Listen for an insightful and productive conversation about big picture qualities to look for in candidates, the importance of personal statements, how programs can implement holistic review practices, and more.

    Dawn DeSantis is an expert in GME recruitment and ad...

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    In our inaugural episode, we sat down with Carey McDonald, MBA, Residency Program Manager for the East Carolina University Department of OB/GYN, and Tim Burns, Program Administrator for the University of Vermont Medical Center OB/GYN Residency Program. We had a robust and frank discussion about creating an excellent virtual interview process, and navigating the challenges and benefits of a fully virtual interview season.

    We also di...

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