In this episode, I talk with Dr. Charles Melhman, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Mehlman Studied at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, was a a resident at Grandview Medical Center, and did fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


Dr. Mehlman actively participates in what he calls the “Trilogy of Medicine” ; clinical practice, academic research, and education.  He’s also been involved with several key research studies including the BRAIST trial, which confirmed the value of bracing for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents.   Amongst his many research interests, Dr. Mehlman has also spent time studying the learning environment unique to medical education.  One article that I find particularly useful is entitled “Teaching Orthopedics on the Run – Tell Me the Story Backwards.”  Every medical student and resident should read this article. The technique highlighted helps you optimize your learning experience in a system that is not always condusive to traditional didactics.


It is always easy to pick Dr. Mehlman out of a crowd with his signature cowboy hat and boots.  With a personality to match, he has a unique way of presenting common topics.   Listen in as we discuss the importance of research, how students can get involved, the value equation in medicine, and much more.