Medical TEDx Talks Worth Watching #10: The Future of Medicine

What better way to end my series of TEDx talks than with a presentation on the future of medicine? In this TEDx Talk, Leroy Hood discusses what he believes will be the future of medicine or, as he calls it, “P4 Medicine.”   He believes medicine will involve 4 P’s: predictive, personalized, preventative, and participatory. Medicine, Hood believes, will be highly specialized for each and every individual patient and the focus will be on preventing disease before it happens.     In the event you haven’t heard of them yet, TEDx Talks are a great resource for students in all disciplines—from business to science to criminal justice. Each Talk introduces novel and thought-provoking ideas in a succinct presentation, delivered with impact and authority.   This series of TEDx Talks will focus on the finer aspects of medicine in context of the larger scope of the field. What are some key situations and instances in medicine that warrant an in-depth investigation? Are there any particular discoveries or experiences in the medical field that you would like to learn more about?   TEDx Talks are a great way to gather insight on countless noteworthy topics and ideas.   10. Future of Medicine – Leroy Hood Listen in as Leroy Hood lays out a comprehensive visual of the most important caveats that the medical field may represent as we move into the future. At the...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #5: Homeopathy

Homeopathy (that’s home-ee-op-uh-thee) is an alternative therapy that has been around for over 200 years. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, homeopathy is based on “two unconventional theories: “like cures like” — the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people; and “law of minimum dose” — the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness.”   As a medical student, these theories seem completely ludicrous, and are definitely not something that is taught in the classroom. Furthermore, there is little scientific evidence to support these theories in medical applications and treatments. Still, it is an interesting view on medicine and millions of people stand by its effectiveness.   Another interesting fact about this therapy is that there are hundreds of different remedies for each case, and sometimes two different patients receive different prescriptions for the same ailment! It is hard to believe that a therapy with such little consistency could be beneficial in medicine.     5. Homeopathy Being one of the most contested subfields of alternative medicine, homeopathy is something worth looking into. While a good majority of practitioners in the scientific field have rejected homeopathy, individual anecdotal evidence seems to support its use. Despite of evidence on both sides of the controversy, homeopathy has maintained its presence into modern day society....

Medical TEDx Talks Worth Watching #9: Medicine & Leadership

A lot of medical school involves learning about diagnosis and treatment on a case-by-case basis, treating each patient differently. And, unless you are going into emergency medicine, you will have plenty of time to examine a patient thoroughly before diagnosis. However, when disaster strikes, doctors must be able to act quickly and calmly in order to save as many lives as possible, which requires not only medical knowledge, but also leadership.   In this moving TEDx Talk, General Itzik Kreiss discusses his leadership efforts in assisting Haiti’s earthquake victims in 2010.     In the event you haven’t heard of them yet, TEDx Talks are a great resource for students in all disciplines—from business to science to criminal justice. Each Talk introduces novel and thought-provoking ideas in a succinct presentation, delivered with impact and authority.   This series of TEDx Talks will focus on the finer aspects of medicine in context of the larger scope of the field. What are some key situations and instances in medicine that warrant an in-depth investigation? Are there any particular discoveries or experiences in the medical field that you would like to learn more about?   TEDx Talks are a great way to gather insight on countless noteworthy topics and ideas.   9. A Story of Medicine and Leadership The primary motivation for anyone to go into medicine is their love for the science. However, the field...

Medical TEDx Talks Worth Watching #8: Genomic Medicine

What is genomic medicine? The National Human Genome Research Institute defines genomic medicine as “an emerging medical discipline that involves using genomic information about an individual as part of their clinical care and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use.”         In the event you haven’t heard of them yet, TEDx Talks are a great resource for students in all disciplines—from business to science to criminal justice. Each Talk introduces novel and thought-provoking ideas in a succinct presentation, delivered with impact and authority.   This series of TEDx Talks will focus on the finer aspects of medicine in context of the larger scope of the field. What are some key situations and instances in medicine that warrant an in-depth investigation? Are there any particular discoveries or experiences in the medical field that you would like to learn more about?   TEDx Talks are a great way to gather insight on countless noteworthy topics and ideas.   8. The Rise of Genomic Medicine – Rick Leach Genomic medicine is a hot button concept that is often thrown around in medical circles. But what exactly does it mean? How can it be applied to modern-day clinical practice in order to benefit patients? Where are we right now in terms of any new developments in the field? Find out about all this and more in Rick Leach’s talk here...

Orientation Week: Welcome to M1

The first week is usually the calm before the storm in medical school (as well as in dental, nursing, and physician assistant programs). While each school is inherently different and will plan your orientation week differently, there are some things I picked up on during my first week that I wanted to share with The Almost Doctor’s community as generalized advice for starting professional school.     Apartment – If you are going to a school in a new city, orientation week is the best time to get settled. I was really lucky to have a quick and easy move into my new apartment. I only had to move in the weekend prior because my apartment was fully furnished; all I had to do was organize my personal belongings and fill my fridge. A lot of my classmates actually moved in weeks prior to orientation week. I completely underestimated this aspect at first and didn’t realize how comforting it would be to come home after a long day to a clean, organized space.   Networking – As one of the oldest students in my class, I certainly have a different perspective on meeting my classmates. I know it takes me a long time to open up and make new friends; I really love my personal space and need time to be alone. Joining a professional school is different because...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #4: Turmeric

Though it has been around for ages, Turmeric, a spice that can be found in any supermarket, has been gaining more and more popularity recently in treating inflammation. This powerful spice has astounding health benefits, and has been proven to effectively treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, and depression.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole other area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future prospective approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully we can all learn something new and intriguing!   4....

Medical TEDx Talks Worth Watching #7: Gender Bias in Medicine

“A recent government accountability study revealed that 80% of drugs withdrawn from the market are due to side effects on women,” Dr. Alyson McGregor notes in her TEDx Talk. Why is it that these side effects on women are only discovered after the drug has already been on the market?   Apparently many of the drugs that have been approved and released to the market have only been tested on male patients. This definitely raises some concern, as these drugs are not intended for male patients alone. Without testing on female patients as well, how will doctors know and understand a drug’s full effects? This oversight has led to improper dosing and unacceptable side effects for women.     If you’ve been one of the lucky recipients of my ever-growing list of TED talks, you know that I love them. They present novel ideas in a succinct presentation, delivering them with impact and long-lasting impression.   In contrast to my last few series of talks, I want to now focus on the finer aspects of medicine in context of the larger scope of the field as a whole. In other words, what are some key situations and instances in medicine that warrant an in-depth investigation? Additionally, my recent discovery of many more TEDx talks has provided me with a whole new library to work with.   My eventual hope...

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