Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #6

  Innovation is the foundation of human progress. In every field of study, creativity and nuance allow for growth and expansion. Especially in medicine, without the introduction of new devices, resources, and methods, we can hardly combat the rising complexities.   Looking back, the world has witnessed various unique creations, some of which have truly demonstrated greatness in invention and capability. Thus, over the course of several upcoming articles, I will be taking you all on an interactive tour through a select few of them, looking at some truly breathtaking innovations that have changed the very track of the medical field.   6. Stem Cell Therapy Stem cell therapy has grown in popularity over the years, claiming potential uses in transplant and regenerative medicine. However, we are nowhere close to having found the perfect approach in order to help patients in the most optimum manner. Nevertheless, the recognition and growth of this field is a landmark that might project future success and benefit for individuals with grave medical ailments.       Video: Source Featured Image:...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #6

  In today’s world of collegiate academics, being involved in medical research has become a de facto expectation for pre-medical students. Beyond being a great resume builder in the form of useful experience and shiny publications in renowned journals, how exactly does undergraduate research contribute to a student’s medical school experience?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be delving into some key skills that students learn by becoming involved in scientific investigation at an early stage in their careers. Who knows, you might just rediscover a skill that you may have taken for granted!   6. It’s Complicated Beyond developing skills for medical school, undergraduate research also allows students to realize the intricacies of scientific investigation.   While this may seem fairly self-explanatory, many students who do not have any undergraduate research experience often do not recognize the effort and diligence it takes to conduct a project and carry it to completion, only to end up with insignificant results. In addition to contributing towards allowing one to learn from one’s failures, the complicated nature of research encourages students to hold preparation in high regard. Considering the depth and breadth of research already in existence, we learn from the experiences of those before us, making sure to not reinvent the wheel.   On a more personal level, the intricate nature of research offers a humbling...

Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #5

  Innovation is the foundation of human progress. In every field of study, creativity and nuance allow for growth and expansion. Especially in medicine, without the introduction of new devices, resources, and methods, we can hardly combat the rising complexities.   Looking back, the world has witnessed various unique creations, some of which have truly demonstrated greatness in invention and capability. Thus, over the course of several upcoming articles, I will be taking you all on an interactive tour through a select few of them, looking at some truly breathtaking innovations that have changed the very track of the medical field.   5. Cardiac Stents Coronary Artery Disease is one of the most common conditions in the world today, potentially leading to death in individuals during instances of sudden blockages. With the invention of cardiac catheterization and stenting, many lives have been saved. Going one step further, as demonstrated in this video, refinements are constantly being made in order to improve the procedure and, eventually, patient outcomes.       Video: Source Featured Image:...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #5

  In today’s world of collegiate academics, being involved in medical research has become a de facto expectation for pre-medical students. Beyond being a great resume builder in the form of useful experience and shiny publications in renowned journals, how exactly does undergraduate research contribute to a student’s medical school experience?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be delving into some key skills that students learn by becoming involved in scientific investigation at an early stage in their careers. Who knows, you might just rediscover a skill that you may have taken for granted!   5. Confidence As I witness those phenomenal talks by medical researchers at the forefront of their respective fields, I often wonder how they got this good. How did they amass so much knowledge and experience to be able to speak so eloquently on a topic of crucial importance? In reality, the seeds of preeminence lie in the challenges put forth from the very start – in this case, undergraduate research.   The earlier one starts to get involved in the scientific process, the greater experience one gathers. From every interaction and conversation, some new insight is to be gained. With regards to those awe-inspiring presentations, confidence is a skill that can be grown with careful and repeated practice. Starting with short research updates delivered to one’s lab group, to occasional...

What’s Wrong with Guaranteed Acceptance to Medical School? 3 Surprising Downsides to BS/MD Programs

  A guaranteed ticket into medical school, you say? With no MCAT? No lengthy personal statement? No letters of recommendation or secondary essays? You might be saying, “Sign me up!” Sorry, pre-meds; there’s no helping you here without a time machine.  BS/MD programs are only for high school students about to fill out their college applications this fall. Let me introduce you to a category of programs that accept you to  both your undergraduate (baccalaureate) and medical degree (MD) in one fell swoop. We call them BS/MD  programs.  They seem to promise many positives – who doesn’t want a guaranteed spot in medical school? – but they’re not right for everyone. To understand whether these programs are a good fit, we’ve made a chart to compare the “normal” path to medicine with the path for BS/MD  students.   What’s the Difference? BS/MD Programs Traditional Medical School Path Guaranteed medical school acceptance Yes No Total time to complete both degrees 6, 7, or 8 years (program dependent) 8 years MCAT No or only a minimal score to pass on to med school Required Medical school applications No Yes Medical school application fees (~$3,000-$5,000) No Yes Medical school application essays (60+ pages) No Yes Medical School Interviews No Yes Don’t these programs look sweet? Look how much stress you avoid! Look how much time you save! Look how many application fees...

Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #4

  Innovation is the foundation of human progress. In every field of study, creativity and nuance allow for growth and expansion. Especially in medicine, without the introduction of new devices, resources, and methods, we can hardly combat the rising complexities.   Looking back, the world has witnessed various unique creations, some of which have truly demonstrated greatness in invention and capability. Thus, over the course of several upcoming articles, I will be taking you all on an interactive tour through a select few of them, looking at some truly breathtaking innovations that have changed the very track of the medical field.   4. Polio Vaccine   Only two countries in the world today remain vulnerable to poliomyelitis, a debilitating neuromuscular condition that affected countless children in the past century. Through the diligent work of Dr. Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh, the polio vaccine was discovered and implemented in order to bring an end to the epidemic.       Video: Source Featured Image: Source...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #4

  In today’s world of collegiate academics, being involved in medical research has become a de facto expectation for pre-medical students. Beyond being a great resume builder in the form of useful experience and shiny publications in renowned journals, how exactly does undergraduate research contribute to a student’s medical school experience?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be delving into some key skills that students learn by becoming involved in scientific investigation at an early stage in their careers. Who knows, you might just rediscover a skill that you may have taken for granted!   4. Answering An Unanswered Question Overall, undergraduate research is a novel phenomenon. 50 years ago, college-level students becoming involved in scientific research was unheard of. However, as stated aptly in this video by Professor Bussell, involving undergraduate students in research labs presents a mutual benefit. Furthermore, it offers a unique opportunity to students who want to pursue a novel area of study. At the end of the day, every effort works towards contributing one more step to innovation.     Video: Source Featured Image:...

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