A Day In The Life Of… – #1

Looking back to the olden days, medicine was quite different than it is today. The high degree of specialization in the modern age has invited a considerable amount of variety in every physician’s life. Being a family practitioner as opposed to a surgeon, your working day can vary quite a bit.   However, rather than speculating on the lives of different physicians, I thought it might be best to hear a firsthand testament from those living the life themselves.   So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.   1. Trauma Surgeon A physician who hates sleep, loves patient care, craves the adrenaline rush, and is passionate about surgery – well, you undoubtedly have a trauma surgeon. These physicians are the insomniac creatures of the hospital, always on the run and in the operating room, dealing with the most gruesome and affecting injuries possible. Their strength and commitment is a testament to their genuine love for medicine.   Video Source Featured Image:...

10 Reasons Why The ICU Rules – #7

The Intensive Care Unit, or ICU, is one of the most interesting places in a hospital. As a prospective medical student, I have had a recent chance to shadow in a nearby center’s ICU and get some firsthand experience into the field of critical care medicine. Looking back on my time, I can honestly say – it was a blast.   But what exactly are the many features of the ICU that make it such a treasured entity? Well, let’s find out.   7. The Adrenaline Rush Interest is what gets people into medicine and passion is what keeps people there. For some individuals, passion is channeled through a love for the science with a craving for the intense aspect of the medical field. If you are an individual who fits these criteria, then you may be suited for the ICU.   The frequent calls for a patient that suddenly goes hypotensive, has difficulty breathing, or coughs up blood keep the critical care physician on the brink of life and death. The adrenaline rush that accompanies the quick decision-making and acute action provides clinicians with a sense of satisfaction and continuous joy in their work. Recalling back to my own rotation in the unit, a day rarely passed by without an emergent call for a patient requiring immediate care. The oxymoronically calm yet highly fueled demeanor of the ICU...

10 Reasons Why The ICU Rules – #6

The Intensive Care Unit, or ICU, is one of the most interesting places in a hospital. As a prospective medical student, I have had a recent chance to shadow in a nearby center’s ICU and get some firsthand experience into the field of critical care medicine. Looking back on my time, I can honestly say – it was a blast.   But what exactly are the many features of the ICU that make it such a treasured entity? Well, let’s find out.   6. Comprehensive In this day and age of highly specialized sectors of medicine, which train providers with an advanced yet very narrow set of skills, the ICU is a place that allows the physician to grasp the overarching influence of medicine that stretches beyond a mere set of procedures. A critical care provider specializes in acute management with a broad focus on overall patient health.   As an example, consider a patient who is transferred from another hospital with a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis requiring pulmonary intervention. Over the course of a long hospital stay, the ICU physician keeps an eye on hematologic status due to deep vein thrombosis, wound care for possible bed sores, hemodynamic control, and transition to normal life, in addition to the initial presentation for respiratory management.   For medical students on the cusp of choosing a specialty, the ICU environment presents...

10 Videos To Rekindle Your Admiration For Medicine – #4

    Scopes represent some of the most innovative and hands-on tools in existence today. While seemingly routine, procedures such as a bronchoscopy provide considerable insight into the internal pulmonary structures, everything from edema, inflammation, obstructions, secretions, and much more. In the ICU setting, a bronchoscopy can give significant insight into patients who are on mechanical ventilation for days, guiding patient management and further treatment.   4. Bronchoscopy Video Source Featured Image:...

10 Moments That Will Re(fuel) Your Passion For Medicine – #2

  So here’s the deal. Contrary to my initial belief, I am actually turning into a Grey’s Anatomy fan. And I’m not talking about the ginormous book (that is way to heavy to carry, much less read), but the popular TV series on the life of surgeons.   Going into the medical field myself, I have several reasons and motives that keep me going everyday, despite all of the struggles. From my love for the field to my desire for helping people, I have much to go on. However, there are always those moments where you seek some form of external boost or reprise that can reinvigorate you to reach new heights in achieving your dream. You start to think that you want to be more than a physician – you want to be a person who can be looked up to as a figure of passionate purpose. And what better way to spice up your motives than some TV drama?   So, over the next several weeks, I would like you all to take a close look at some classic, memorable moments from Grey’s Anatomy. Beyond their superficial appeal, there is a deeper message that transcends into the very roots of medicine and medical practice, hitting on the finer aspects that may go unrecognized without some introspection in our future careers. And just like they have continuously inspired...

10 Reasons Why The ICU Rules – #5

The Intensive Care Unit, or ICU, is one of the most interesting places in a hospital. As a prospective medical student, I have had a recent chance to shadow in a nearby center’s ICU and get some firsthand experience into the field of critical care medicine. Looking back on my time, I can honestly say – it was a blast. But what exactly are the many features of the ICU that make it such a treasured entity? Well, let’s find out.   5. End of Life Care Death is one of the most taboo topics in the medical field. However, it is also one that requires careful thought and evaluation. In today’s modern era, some patients are in a state of medical support that can sustain them for years, but without hope of recovery. The ICU is a place that calls for conversations and discussions on these sensitive issues, pushing us as human beings to analyze the intricacies around life and death. Video Source Featured Image:...

10 Videos To Rekindle Your Admiration For Medicine – #3

  For a seemingly routine anatomical structure that we often take for granted, the spine is precious territory. And when you are dealing with spinal tumors, you have to be especially careful, focusing on the acute nature of the surgery as well as the many motor and sensory complications that may ensue post-operatively. Spinal surgeons embody this sense of balance and passion for their work, as shown in this video.   3. Spinal Surgery Video Source Featured Image:...

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