Why Aren't You A Doctor Yet?

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  • 52. Episode 52: Spinning Electrons and Eating Cake (ft. Jess Wade)

    We've got physicist/author/Wikipedia nerd Dr Jess Wade in the studio to find out how putting your hands on top of one other could hold the key to understanding more about what happens to very very very very small molecules.Plus we learn what it's like to write a coffee table science book for children (who mostly lack disposable income/coffee tables) and why creating Wikipedia pages to highlight underrepresented figures in science can get messy.You can find Jess at @jesswade on Twitter.Stay In Touch:Use the hashtag #whynotadoc on Twitter & IGFollow us on Twitter:@whynotadoc@thermoflynamics@HanaAyoob@ozy_ismail@newshound1337

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  • 51. Episode 51: Fighting The Infodemic (ft. Science Sam)

    For more than 18 months, the global COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every part of society. And with more and more data being shared by the minute, we've become swamped with information - and that's not a good thing right now.So to learn more about the "infodemic", we're joined by Samantha Yammine (Canada's favourite science communicator/neuroscientist/podcast fan) to chat about how compassion leads the way in the fight against disinformation, super secret blacklists, and why hot-takes & clout-chasing can screw things up for everyone.—————————————————————You can find Sam at @heysciencesam on TwitterYou can check out @science.sam on TikTokFollow her on Instagram @sciencesamGoing viral: how to boost the spread of coronavirus science on social media - Nature—————————————————————Stay In Touch:Use the hashtag #whynotadoc on Twitter & IGFollow us on Twitter:@whynotadoc@thermoflynamics@HanaAyoob@ozy_ismail@newshound1337
  • 50. Episode 50: The Science of Heartbreak

    We're back for Episode 50!Break ups can be hard for everyone but eventually, you get over them. Right?This week, we take a deep dive into the world of relationships, neuroscience and medicine as we try to find out if science can answer the question: "can heartbreak actually break your heart?"We jump into:Coming to America (4:03)Lockdown love lives (10:17)Heartbreak heart damage & Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (18:25)Is love is a drug? (25:55)Can seeing your ex cause actually hurt you? (41:09)Is there a rejection gene? (46:23)—————————————————————Extra reading:—————————————————————Stay In Touch:Use the hashtag #whynotadoc on Twitter & IG
  • 49. Episode 49: Baked Off

    This week, we find out what Suhail has been doing for all the months he's spent in lockdown.From navigating work and sex during a global health crisis to lockdown vices and Discord vaccine conspiracies, we chat about how his life has changed over the last year.A quick note: this episode talks about death, mental health issues and intensive care.Follow us on social media and send us your questions!Follow us on twitter/instagram: @whynotadocEmail:
  • 48. Episode 48: Down the K-Hole (ft. Suzi Gage)

    This week, Dr Suzi Gage takes us on a deep dive into the misconceptions, myths, and misinformation surrounding drugs.Plus, we find out about jealous Buddhists, Suhail exposing hypocritical government officials, and re-wiring the brain.(Just a quick note: this episode was recorded in March and contains some references to ketamine)You can get Suzi on Twitter (@soozaphone)Get Suzi's new book Say Why To Drugs on Amazon.Check out her podcast (also called Say Why To Drugs)Follow us on social media and send us your questions!Follow us on twitter/instagram: @whynotadocEmail:
  • 47. Episode 47: Dementia

    This is the final episode in our mini-series exploring health conditions.Oz sat down with Shaheen to find out about her expierences with her mum's rare form of dememntia and the journey to diagnosis. We chat about stigma, care responsibilities and gender roles in the Bangladeshi community, and what it's like to be isolated as a carer.He also hears from Nadine Mirza, a researcher at the University of Manchester, who's exploring how her work revamping dementia testing services could make sure fewer PoC fall through the cracks and get the help they need.You can find Shaheen on Twitter at @Shaheensloan98You can find Nadine on Twitter at @thealmostpsychFor information relating to a specific dementia diagnosis, you can contact Rare Dementia support on or on their website contact page.If you or someone you know is in the Greater Manchester area, over the the age of 65, are South Asian and speak Urdu - you could help with Nadine's research! You can get in touch with her at
  • 46. Episode 46: Infertility

    We're on the third episode of our mini-series looking at health conditions.This week, we're chatting to Roma Agrawal (engineer/author/build-er of The Shard) about her experience with infertility and her journey through IVF. We hear about engineering a baby, overbearing aunties, and her very real fear of embryo mix-ups.You can find Roma on Twitter (@RomaTheEngineer) and check out her podcast "Building Stories" wherever you got this one.Thanks to British Podcast Awards, Wellcome Trust, and everyone that took the time out to chat to us about this.