PsychEd is a psychiatry podcast created by medical learners, for medical learners.

 

We’re a team of psychiatry residents that have come together to create a mental health educational podcast, because we saw a need for something catered to our specialty at our training level. 

In each episode, we pick a common psychiatric condition, and talk about its diagnosis or management with a staff member from the Department of Psychiatry. Our idea originated at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and we hope to make this a widespread initiative. 

Whether you’re sitting on a subway or jogging on a treadmill, you can learn about various psychiatric conditions on the go, brought to you by PsychEd.
Interested? Have a listen!  

 

Team Members

Carrol Zhou

Carrol Zhou is a second year resident training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at Queen's University in the Life Sciences with Honours program, subspecializing in Neuroscience. She then pursued a medical degree at the University of Toronto School of Medicine. She’s a current Psychiatry resident in the Clinician Scientist Stream in Toronto.

Her favourite activities during her spare time include food appreciation and cooking – in fact she took a French cooking course during medical school at a local college, and has taken several wine tasting courses since, the memories of which were slightly hazy. She loves travelling, and is hoping to complete the 30 under 30 challenge (going to 30 different countries before reaching the age of 30!). Her favourite podcasts include Star Talk Radio by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Serial.

Lu Gao

Lu Gao is a second-year resident in psychiatry at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His academic interests include consultation-liaison, psycho-oncology and medical education. His non-academic interests include procrastinating his academic interests, through attempts at making foods of various ethnic origin, and hoarding a necktie collection which he never has occasion to wear.

Yunlin Xue

Yunlin is a second year medical student at U of T Mississauga campus (though she asserts her low-key rebellion by living downtown). She completed her Bachelor of Science at McGill University, majoring in Anatomy and cell biology. After deciding she's actually more interested in looking into the mind rather than the body, she adopted a keen interest in psychiatry. She's still exploring subspecialties, but finds forensic psychiatry and personality disorders most fascinating. 

Fun facts about her include having a sweet tooth, finding everything amusing, and getting mild anxiety when asked to list a fun fact.

Jordan Bawkes

Jordan Bawks is a big nerd who takes life way too seriously and everything else not seriously enough. His psychiatric interests are fairly general, but you can definitely get him riled up on bipolar spectrum, cancer psychiatry, psychedelic medicine, therapeutic communication and the philosophy of psychiatry.

If you feed him caffeine, prepare to hear him diatribe about basically anything and drop his pen 10 times a minute as it twirls frantically in his fingers. His hobbies include compulsive book collecting, procrastinating on extra curricular activities, attempting to heal narcissistic injuries in the gym and enthusiastically losing games of squash and chess.

Lucy Chen

Lucy Chen is a second year psychiatry resident at CAMH with career interests that include psychodynamic & narrative therapy, child & adolescent psychiatry, as well as acute care in the forensic and inpatient setting. This sort of reflects her eclectic range of activities/interests outside of psychiatry which include comedy, writing, sci-fi themed board games, obstacle racing and interpreting rap lyrics & poetry. She likes working with ambiguity, solving complex problems, finding ways to communicate meta concepts, and learning. Pod casts are her jam.

Kara Dempster

Kara is currently a fourth year resident in Psychiatry at Western University in London, Ontario, and will be starting the Clinical Investigator Program in pursuit of a Master's degree in Neuroscience at Western as of July 1, 2017. She is also the current Chair of the Member in Training section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Kara did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and then completed medical school at Western University. Her career interests include treatment and research of early psychotic disorders. Specifically, she has an interest in the psychotic prodrome, or clinical high-risk state, and the develop of preventative care for severe and persistent mental illnesses.

In her free time, Kara is passionate about fitness, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and dog, Bentley. She loves relaxing on the beach, and particularly loves the beaches of Nova Scotia and PEI, which is where she is from

Alex Raben

Alex is a second-year resident in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He completed his MD at U of T’s Mississauga Academy of Medicine (less people, more deer) and has a BSc. and MSc. from the University of Waterloo. He has no idea what kind of psychiatrist he wants to be when he grows up but his interests include leadership and surprise, surprise, podcasts. He’s not as boring as his picture suggests and he would love to hear from you. Email him at info@psychedpodcast.com.

Bruce Fage

Bruce Fage is a Psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto and Chief Resident at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health. As Vice-President of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, Bruce advocates for optimal training and working conditions for residents across the province.  

Bruce is helping to oversee the implementation of competency based medical education at the U of T Department of Psychiatry, advocating for a postgraduate training program that can meet the mental health needs of the Canadian health care system. Bruce’s previous #FOAMed experience includes writing about emergency psychiatry and physician mental health for CanadiEM.org and Psychiatric Times.

Outside of clinical work, Bruce enjoys running, going home to Nova Scotia, and coaching his dog Gigi through Toronto's canine fashion circuit. Follow @FageMD