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On 'Sound Medicine': The vaccination debate, dementia care decisions, and a student medical journal

  • May 7, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- The "Sound Medicine" program for May 11 includes segments about pediatricians refusing to treat children who are unvaccinated, the second segment of dementia care decisions, and a medical journal for medical students.

Should doctors refuse to treat unvaccinated children? According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of the children's lifetime. Sydney Spiesel, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, recently published a column on Slate titled, “I’m a Pediatrician. Should I Treat All Children or Just the Vaccinated Ones?” Dr. Spiesel joins "Sound Medicine" to discuss the vaccine controversy, why he is pro-vaccine, and the role pediatricians play in treating unvaccinated children. Eric Meslin, Ph.D, the director of the IU Center of Bioethics, discusses the ethical decisions a pediatrician must make when refusing to treat an unvaccinated child.

What should caregivers consider when making dementia care decisions? In her second segment regarding dementia care decisions, Deirdre Johnston, M.D., B.Ch., provides listeners with further insight on how to care for loved ones with dementia. Dr. Johnson discusses when it’s time to put a loved one with dementia into a care facility, how to keep them safe until they can be transitioned, and why it’s so important for family and caregivers to take care of themselves.

What was family practice medicine like during the Normal Rockwell era? Richard Feldman, M.D., is the author of the new book "Family Practice Stories," which offers readers a look into the lives of Norman Rockwell-era family physicians. According to Dr. Feldman, family practitioners are becoming a rare breed because younger doctors are going into specialized fields that use high-tech tools and offer better pay. Dr. Feldman discusses what it was like to be a doctor in the Rockwell-era and reminisces about how times have changed.

What is in-Training? An online medical magazine run by medical students, for medical students, in-Training, fosters the development of future medical journalists and is devoted to creating well-rounded physicians. Joe Ladowski, a student at the IU School of Medicine, and Ajay Major a student at the Albany Medical College, are both editors for “in-Training” and have joined ”Sound Medicine” to discuss the online magazine and why they devote what precious free time they have to edit a medical publication.

"Sound Medicine" covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It's also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, "Sound Medicine" airs on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

"Sound Medicine" is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.), KEOS (College Station, Texas), HPPR (High Plains Public Radio), which includes: KCSE (Lamar, Col.), KZNK (Brewster, Kan.), KZCK (Colby, Kan.), KZNZ (Elkhart, Kan.), KZAN (Hays, Kan.), KZNA (Hill City, Kan.), KGUY (Guymon, Okla.), KJJP (Amarillo, Texas), KTXP (Bushland, Texas), KTDH (Dalhart, Texas), KTOT (Spearman-Perryton, Texas).

Please check local listings for broadcast dates and times.

Eric Schoch
Sydney Willmann