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Medical TEDx Talks Worth Watching #1

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.   #1. What’s helping me become a better doctor? – Dr. Amie Woods   Though medical school will prepare you extensively for a career as a medical professional, there are only so many things you can prepare for. There will be times when the unexpected will happen and present you with an entirely different learning opportunity. And, as Dr. Amie Woods powerfully emphasizes in her TEDx Talk, healthcare professionals are constantly learning on the job.   Though some of the medical devices used today have been around for years, medical professionals are discovering new ways to use them for the benefit of their patients. Dr. Woods thoroughly and pensively recounts one of the most important days in...

Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #10

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.   10. Telemedicine As demonstrated in the video below, medicine and technology have been growing in parallel over the years. Telemedicine is a prime example of this, showcasing the use of communication technologies in order to get people access to health care at a distance. Going into the future, this has profound implications for patient care and outcome, potentially promoting better and faster attention to one’s medical needs.       Video: Source Featured Image:...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #10

  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?   10. Technology and Medicine   In this final article in the series, I want to end on a note of hope and progress. In the TEDx talk below, David Budden gives a fascinating presentation on the intermingling between technology and medicine, and how the landscape has been transformed radically over the years. For future medical students, this gives us some perspective into the past, present, and future of medicine. Considering our primary role in the field over the next few decades, how can we take what we know so far and make changes for the better?     Video: Source Featured Image:...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #9

  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!   9. Initiative   From my experience, the ability to move forward in life rests on personal initiative. Without a sense of vested interest in a task, it is rarely possible to complete it with excellence.   This applies directly to undergraduate research. In order to accrue experience for medical school, students need to actively seek out research opportunities. This sense of passion for a particular area of study illustrates a commitment to make progress through dedication. Even after establishing a lab, students’ ability to anticipate the next steps and genuinely take an interest in the work allows them to learn more from the experience.   Looking at this skill further down the road to medical school and beyond, personal initiative is what marks an astute clinician, one that takes...

Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #9

  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.   9. Ether   Going through a painful surgical procedure without anesthetics on board is unheard of in today’s world. However, history is living proof that such instances were quite common before the advent of anesthesia. Once ether was introduced as an anesthetic agent in the 19th century, patients were put to sleep without pain, allowing surgeons to operate with technique rather than speed. But how exactly did it all start?     Video: Source Featured Image: Source...

How Does Undergraduate Research Prepare You For Medical School? – #8

  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!   8. Communication   In today’s modern times of advanced technologies, communication is growing at an exponential rate. But how does that apply to the medical field?   The incorporation of technologies in medicine is indispensable for the growth of both fields. Effective communication forms the foundation for efficient progress, especially for developing minds in the early stages of their careers. Recalling my own experiences, seamless communication and determined follow-up formed the basis of lasting relationships with various mentors in the field of medical research. As a student, it allows one to show a sense of commitment and dedication to research, coupled with enthusiasm. Furthermore, directed follow-up ensures that tasks move forward in the right direction and in a deliberate manner.   In a world with a constantly changing research...

Innovations That Took The Medical Community By Storm – #8

  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.   8. Microscope   Taking us all back to biology class, the microscope is an invention that we often take for granted. However, without its presence, many areas of medicine would not be what they are today (especially pathology). We would not know the minute organisms that create so much havoc in patients’ lives, everything from minor infections to full blown sepsis.     Video: Source Featured Image: Source...