Primary Biliary Cholangitis (née Cirrhosis)

Scratch the itch: let’s get biliary.

Join Bec and Scott on a scintillating exploration of the key TLA’s of gastro: PBC, ANA, AMA, PSC, IgM and LFTs.


Test yourself with the Quizlet

And here’s a summary of the topic from the fantastic Lucy Desmond, intern extraordinaire.

Staph Aureus Bacteraemia

Wash your hands before and after Scott and Bec lead you through this sticky podcast on staph aureus bacteraemia. Just like your momma tried and failed to teach you.

Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

If you’re jonesing for some teaching on rheumatic fever, we’ve got the podcast for you.


Link dump:

Clinical manifestations of rheumatic fever by time course


Cirrhosis part 1: pathophysiology, aetiology and clinical features

Rahul is temporarily back in our fair island nation, so here’s a cis-pacific podcast on cirrhosis. Part two will follow eventually, but like the course of this chronic disease, you probably know that the natural history of MedConversations can sometimes be slow and unpredictable. Sorry about that.



Another breathtaking pedagogical podcast from the MedConvos team as we wheeze our way through an approach to asthma.



Link dump:

Asthma handbook – all you need to know (especially good for management)

(The quizlet will be with you shortly)


Frequently thought of, infrequently seen. Have a listen so you too can chip in with “could it be sarcoid?” at roughly appropriate times.

Parkinson’s disease

Movement disorders – one of the last bastions of medicine where clinician is king. Listen to this podcast and learn how to make this important diagnosis equipped with little more than a keen eye

Here’s the quizlet

Medication management in acute kidney injury

This one’s a shout out to the new interns, the soon-to-be interns and anyone who needs a refresher. But mostly it’s for the pharmacists, who are worried about using up the national stocks of purple ink.


Quiz yourself here


Ah, the rich tapestry of the great imitator. Here we talk about 15th century nationalism, disgustingly unethical experiments and Nietzsche. And syphilis.

Revision quizlet is here.

Also, speaking of transmission…help spread the word on MedConversations and shoot us a review on iTunes if you like us and can tolerate dubious segways like this one.


Today we discuss swiss traditional dress. High-waisted skirt, embroidered blouse, shawl, and a nice kropfband to show off that shapely toxic thyroid adenoma.

You’ll hear there’s a new voice joining us for this one – meet Scott, our delightful physician-in-training friend with a keen eye for historical factoids and dulcet tones that will ease the transfer of medical knowledge into your auditory canals.

Quiz yo’self



Benjamin Franklin once wrote a play. The two main characters were himself, and gout, and most of the dialogue is along the lines of “eh! oh! eh!”. If you want to learn about gout, probably just read that. But here’s a podcast episode to supplement your learnings.


Excerpt from Dialogue Between Franklin and the Gout

Benjamin Franklin, midnight, 22nd October, 1780


FRANKLIN. Eh! Oh! Eh! What have I done to merit these cruel sufferings?

GOUT. Many things; you have ate and drank too freely, and too much indulged those legs of yours in their indolence.

FRANKLIN. Who is it that accuses me?

GOUT. It is I, even I, the Gout.

FRANKLIN. What! my enemy in person?

GOUT. No, not your enemy.

FRANKLIN. I repeat it; my enemy; for you would not only torment my body to death, but ruin my good name; you reproach me as a glutton and a tippler; now all the world, that knows me, will allow that I am neither the one nor the other.

GOUT. The world may think as it pleases; it is always very complaisant to itself, and sometimes to its friends; but I very well know that the quantity of meat and drink proper for a man who takes a reasonable degree of exercise, would be too much for another, who never takes any.


Read the rest of Franklin’s gout play script here

Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia

Former Aus Prime Minister Johnny Howard, should have been a haematologist

Former Aus Prime Minister Johnny Howard, should have been a haematologist

Make like John Howard and get to the patient quickly to reach this diagnosis ASAP…one of the most treatable leukaemias but has disastrous consequences if your tracksuit doesn’t get you there in time.

Multiple sclerosis


An awful disease particularly relevant in cold Melbourne. Promising therapies on the horizon though, and I like to think my scamming of the readathon as a 9 year old to get some sweet loot played a part.

Here’s the quizlet

A video of pendular nystagmus

The excellent radiopaedia page on multiple sclerosis

Pulmonary hypertension


Why would anyone consume something called toxic rapeseed oil?

We don’t know either, but apparently it can cause pulmonary hypertension. More useful facts lie ahead if you consume this episode instead.

Here’s the quizlet



Heart failure evaluation


So your heart failure sense is tingling, but how do you know for sure? Rahul and Davor take you through how to work up someone with suspected heart failure.

Here’s the quizlet

And some links:

Good resources that show how to evaluate chest X-rays for pulmonary oedema can be found here and here

American Journal of Medicine paper of clinical heart failure evaluation

Heart failure management


Nowadays John Mayer and a tub of ice cream isn’t the only thing we have available to manage broke hearts. Hooray for evidence based medicine!

Rahul takes us through when and where to use which therapies.

Heart failure aetiology

heart failure

Why are people mean to each other? Why can’t we all be friends?

We in no way address those questions, but we do have some lists that any self-respecting young doctor should have readily accessible.

Here’s the quizlet



Hyperkalemia is a nasty surprise often found on routine biochemistry. Who is putting all this extra potassium in our patients’ blood? We attempt to solve the mystery and tell you what to do about it.

Here are some digitalis flashcards



On this podcast, we tell you about Dianne’s debilitating hand tremor and the basics of diagnosing tremor, as well as a bit about how Dianne’s problem might be managed.

Here are some flashcards to practice with

Link dumping ground:

Video of essential tremor examination

Were James Bond’s drinks shaken because of alcohol induced tremor?


Renal failure and Acute Tubular Necrosis

Our first podcast is about kidneys. To get you in the mood, we recommend you listen to this song. If that doesn’t work, we’re not sure what will. Continue reading