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Just How Marvelous Is The Human Body?

Image: Source   And we’re back! After having survived 7 weeks of the grueling anatomy block, I have arrived to the writing board yet again in order to reflect on my experience. However, rather than bore you all (and myself) with paragraphs upon paragraphs of abstract words on the wonders of anatomy, how about a little poetry?   Just how marvelous is the human body? The skin, fat, muscle, and bone are only a start. Layers are formed and stuck together like lovers, Firmly en guard for the internal treasures.   7 weeks went by, trying to digest it all, Information kept on coming with caveats anew. This artery gives rise to that one, which branches some more, And don’t forget to look out for those anomalous rascals.   The sheer content was a challenge altogether, Planes of dissection beckoning in my sleep. Imagining myself finely dissecting through tissue, Exposing the mysterious in my deepest enclaves. Yet I went on and on, from one day to the next, Truly living the analogy of the med school fire hose.   But take a moment and pause. The human model beckons some respect, Taking me aback with awe towards its sophistication. In a yearning to remember it all and pass by, The logic and organization was often unrecognized.   There was strength and delicateness in an even mix, Providing us with...

Medical Shows To Remember #2: Scrubs

Just as we enjoy those shows with the intricate medical references and emergent situations, a show like Scrubs brings it home with its comic relief and all around fun in the hospital setting. From J.D.’s inner voice to his bromance with Turk, we immediately fall in love with those moments of levity amidst the everyday medicine.   However, I would be remiss to discount the significant impact that those select patients have on our characters and actual physicians in today’s day and age. Those moments of levity balance out the harsh realities of medicine, humbling us all before the intricacies of the human body.     Just as depicted in my last collection of articles on medicine in the realm of big screen cinema, television is likewise marked by a wide variety of showings that bring forth the novelty as well as uniqueness of the medical field. While many of us are familiar with a good majority of these shows, some are not so well known (yet still reflect key aspects of medicine worth pondering).   Over the course of 10 articles, I will be presenting you all with some clips from some of the most famous as well as artistically fascinating shows in television history. Fondly reminisce the ones you have come across (and binge watched several times) while starting to get your summer list together for the...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #7: What Doctors Don’t Disclose

Medicine is a profession that demands a certain level of integrity and forthrightness. In order to treat patients in an unbiased manner, physicians need to carry themselves honestly. However, physicians too are human beings affected by inclinations, preferences, and biases. So what should be done if this interferes with the oath that physicians took?     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to make it even more interesting, they will be TED Talks! My only...

10 Tips for Choosing the Best College to Be Pre-Med

In recent weeks, we have explained the 10 Biggest Myths About Getting Into Medical School. But now we’ve arrived at an important question — how does your choice of undergraduate college affect these factors? Let’s look factor-by-factor to see how one’s choice of college might influence your ability to get into medical school.     MEDICAL SCHOOL FACTOR #1 – A GOOD ENOUGH MCAT SCORE THE GIST — Your MCAT score, like your GPA, is one of the primary ways that medical schools sort the wheat from the chaff in the applicant pool. CHOOSING A COLLEGE — From your author’s experience as a long-time MCAT instructor, I’ve seen that students who attend competitive colleges tend to do better on the MCAT than students who don’t. But is there something about those colleges that affect the performance on the MCAT? I’d argue no. Students at top colleges are more likely to perform well on the MCAT because they are good test-takers. Because they have already been able to get into a top college, they have demonstrated their test-taking acumen (on the SAT, ACT, etc.), and as a result, we’d expect them to perform better as a group than students who attend lower-ranked schools. OUR ADVICE — It doesn’t make sense to consider MCAT scores in evaluating where to go to college. The same biology, chemistry, and physics is taught at...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #6: Bioethics

  Bioengineering is one of the most booming fields today. With exponential growths in knowledge and technologies, there is a lot more that physicians in today’s day and age are able to accomplish with a wide variety of tools at their disposal. Consistent growth in research and development continues to awe the medical community, allowing a mutual merger between the two fields of engineering and medicine.   But what about the bioethics of it all? In other words, are the many techniques and methods being employed to bring about groundbreaking discoveries ethical? In this thought-provoking talk, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe presents some interesting issues that we all should be considering as medical students and researchers contributing to the progression of scientific investigation.     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be...

Medical Shows To Remember #1: Grey’s Anatomy

Just as depicted in my last collection of articles on medicine in the realm of big screen cinema, television is likewise marked by a wide variety of showings that bring forth the novelty as well as uniqueness of the medical field. While many of us are familiar with a good majority of these shows, some are not so well known (yet still reflect key aspects of medicine worth pondering).   Over the course of 10 articles, I will be presenting you all with some clips from some of the most famous as well as artistically fascinating shows in television history. Fondly reminisce the ones you have come across (and binge watched several times) while starting to get your summer list together for the new ones (that you now just have to watch)!     1. Grey’s Anatomy I just had to start with this one. Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most well-known, long-running series on TV. Beyond the relationships and the medical talk, the one key facet that truly struck me and made me stay with the show is the physician-patient encounters. The creator, Shonda Rhimes, does a phenomenal job of bringing forth the many nuances of patient backgrounds, experiences, and impressions in order to make us question our preconceived notions. We start to think – perhaps it’s not as black and white as it may seem?  ...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #10: Biofeedback

The concept of biofeedback rests on the central principle of the ability to change a physiological parameter that can be measured (as shown in this video). With the application of this technique, patients could potentially modulate the pathophysiology of conditions such as hypertension, brain wave abnormalities, and various others.     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 another 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!   10. Biofeedback...