Basic Emergency Interventions Every Medical Student Should Know – #4

 

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If you were to ask any medical student today why they wanted to become a doctor, a majority would undoubtedly say to “help people” and “save lives.” However, as we all know, medicine is a vast field. There is so much to learn before you can be considered even competent enough to be trusted alone in a room with an unstable patient.

 

Nevertheless, the journey from a medical student to an astute clinician is all about taking initiatives and actively engaging. From my experiences of interacting with other medical students, I feel that we all could start off by becoming more familiar with emergent management. In other words, would we really know what to do if a patient were to drop dead right in front of us at this moment? If you are confidently nodding “yes,” I am happy for you (truly). But if you are a little on the fence like me, I invite you to revisit some of the things you have already learned and conceptualize their utility when you encounter a critical patient.

 

Over the course of 10 articles, I will be going over some of the emergent interventions, procedures, and practices that can be used to help you better practice acute management and shine in your medical rotations.

 

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

4. Basic Radiology

No one expects a radiology expert at the level of a medical student. However, if you have at least some knowledge about the basic workings of radiology, especially the chest X-ray, then your understanding sets you apart and allows you to investigate further into the clinical management of a patient.

 

Whether is it in the critical care setting or the routine humdrum of the emergency room, chest X-rays are one of the most common diagnostic tests ordered by the physician.

 

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Yash Pandya is a science writer at The "Almost" Doctor's Channel. He is a rising third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Emergency Medicine with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Yash plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Fall 2016 with guaranteed admission. In addition to the usual humdrum of academic involvement, Yash loves to play Ping Pong, catch up on the latest "Big Bang Theory," and travel. Having lived in India for half his lifetime, Yash aspires to expand his horizons into international healthcare by practicing medicine globally.