Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM

107. Dr. Ginger Campbell: Palliative Care Physician; MD, BSE Electrical Engineering; MSE Biomedical Engineering

May 17, 2023 Kathy Nelson Episode 107
Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM
107. Dr. Ginger Campbell: Palliative Care Physician; MD, BSE Electrical Engineering; MSE Biomedical Engineering
Show Notes

Dr. Ginger Campbell is a Palliative Medicine Physician. Prior to Palliative Care, Dr. Campbell was an Emergency Physician. She earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering and an MSE in Biomedical Engineering prior to her MD. Dr. Campbell launched her podcast Brain Science in 2006 and was inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame in 2022.

What do we talk about in this episode?

Dr. Campbell shares her experiences in palliative and emergency room medicine. She is in the process of moving from doing palliative care in the US to doing palliative care in New Zealand. She also talks about her podcast and the difference between podcasting in the early years of podcasting and podcasting now.

  1. What is palliative care and a palliative care doctor?
  2. A day in the life of a palliative care doctor and a day in the life of an emergency room doctor (it is not so much like the TV series ER).
  3. The importance of being able to communicate with people in a way they can understand especially at critical times such as end of life.
  4. Dying is part of living. The importance and honor of escorting people out of this world and preparing their family for the transition.
  5. What working with people at end of life has taught her for her own life.
  6. Her favorite podcast topic and guest.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

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Brain Science Podcast has been exploring how recent discoveries in neuroscience are unraveling the mystery of how our brain makes us human. (https://brainsciencepodcast.com)

Dr. Campbell’s background is an important element in her success as a science communicator. Prior to medical school she studied electrical and biomedical engineering. In 2011 she was chosen one of 40 Engineers Making a Difference as a part of 40th Anniversary celebration of the School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was an assistant professor from 1985-1989.(https://www.virginiacampbellmd.com)

Māori originated with settlers from East Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages between roughly 1320 and 1350. (Wikipedia)

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician who served as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party from 2017 to 2023. A member of the Labour Party, she was a member of Parliament (MP) as a list MP from 2008 to 2017, and for Mount Albert from 2017 to 2023 (Wikipedia)

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross - Her bestselling first book, On Death and Dying, 1969, made her an internationally-renowned author. Even today, her trail-blazing book is required reading in most major medical, nursing, and psychology programs. A 1969 Life Magazine article outlining her work gave further mainstream credibility and awareness to this new way of dealing with dying patients, although her conclusions were quite revolutionary at the time. (https://www.ekrfoundation.org/elisabeth-kubler-ross/biography/)

Doc Hollywood is a 1991 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Daniel Pyne along with Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, based on Neil B. Shulman's book What? Dead...Again? The film stars Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, and Bridget Fonda. (Wikipedia)