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Interview with Dr. Bryan Vartabedian


H&PAs medicine moves into the 21st century, how will medical education adapt? Also, what is digital literacy, and what does it mean for the physician of tomorrow?

Today, we have Dr. Bryan Vartabedian from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. When he’s not doing scopes as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Vartabedian blogs about the intersection of medicine and technology at 33Charts and can be found on Twitter at @Doctor_V.

In the age of social media, Dr. Vartabedian has become an advocate for physician “public presence” — a concept we dissect during this week’s conversation. He’s served on the Advisory Board for the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media and pioneered Baylor’s “Digital Smarts” curriculum, which prepares today’s medical students for clinical practice in a networked future.

We sit down with Dr. Vartabedian to discuss the concept of public presence, how social platforms are changing medicine, and what this paradigm shift means for today’s physicians-in-training.

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History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training is a discussion with students, clinicians and thought leaders at the forefront of medicine. At a time when the role of the physician, the landscape of the health care system, and the impact of technology on patient care are rapidly evolving, History & Physical aspires to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a medical student of the 21st century?”

Roheet Kakaday Roheet Kakaday (8 Posts)

Host of History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training and in-Training Staff Member

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


Roheet Kakaday is an MD candidate at the OHSU School of Medicine. He blogs at The Biopsy, leads Lead on Admit, an admissions consulting company, and is a student advisor at Stanford University Medicine X. His writing on the intersection of medicine and technology has been featured around the web and he has deep interests in design, technology, and how the two will augment medical care.

In the past, he attended the University of California, San Diego where he earned a degree in bioengineering with area studies in political science and history, volunteered in terrorist-controlled regions of rural India, helped spearhead an award winning health literacy program for the underserved, dual-wielded micropipettes in the name of science, and supported health care teams in critical care settings.

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training is a discussion with students, clinicians and thought leaders at the forefront of medicine. At a time when the role of the physician, the landscape of the health care system, and the impact of technology on patient care are rapidly evolving, History & Physical aspires to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a medical student of the 21st century?”


Amol Utrankar Amol Utrankar (9 Posts)

Host of History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training, Former Twitter Social Media Manager (2014), and Former Undergraduate Guest Writer (2014)

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Amol Utrankar is a member of the Class of 2018 at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He studied economics and sociology at Rice University. Beyond the classroom, he conducts health systems and volunteers as an emergency medical technician. Amol is working towards a future as a physician-social scientist at the intersection of health services research and policy advocacy.

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training is a discussion with students, clinicians and thought leaders at the forefront of medicine. At a time when the role of the physician, the landscape of the health care system, and the impact of technology on patient care are rapidly evolving, History & Physical aspires to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a medical student of the 21st century?”


Kevin Wang (9 Posts)

Host of History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training and in-Training Staff Member

Johns Hopkins University


Kevin is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins University currently conducting quality improvement and patient safety research at Columbia University Medical Center.

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training

History & Physical: The Official Medical Student Podcast of in-Training is a discussion with students, clinicians and thought leaders at the forefront of medicine. At a time when the role of the physician, the landscape of the health care system, and the impact of technology on patient care are rapidly evolving, History & Physical aspires to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a medical student of the 21st century?”