Courtesy Sarita Khemani
Dr. Sarita Khemani records a podcast episode. The Stanford associate professor’s “Journey to Medicine” podcast launched more than a year ago.
When Dr. Sarita Khemani ran the Stanford Medicine Clinical Summer Internship program for high school and pre-med students five years ago, she realized many of them had questions about what medical school and a career in medicine were like. That inspired her to launch a podcast, “Journey to Medicine.”
“This was quite informational for these students,” said Khemani, Stanford University clinical associate professor, Stanford Medical Center hospitalist and an internist who sees patients admitted to the hospital. “By doing a podcast, it was possible to reach many more students who would want to know more about it, because in the summer program there’s only a limited number of people.”
Khemani launched the podcast in March 2019. In each of the 17 episodes, ranging from 16-45 minutes long, she interviews medical students, residents and physicians about their experiences on the path to becoming doctors. They discuss their lives before getting involved in medicine, such as where they grew up and what they were interested in in high school. The guests then share what the process was like for them to apply to medical school, opportunities that were helpful to them, what they’d do differently and what they do now in their day-to-day careers.
Many of Khemani’s guests on her podcast are work colleagues. She said it’s been interesting to learn