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Finals Countdown by Amateur Transplants

By The Doctor’s Channel An excellent study guide for all medical students with finals coming up…   Take a bite from the adult’s table. The Doctor’s Channel is the world’s leading video site for physicians. Featuring the latest news in clinical medicine, disease resource centers, CME programs, and Doc Life (all in under 3 mins or less), it has been called “the educational youtube for docs”. ...

10 Moments That Will (Re)Fuel Your Passion For Medicine #6-10

Happy Friday! Here we have part two of the 10 moments that will remind you of your passion for the medical field. Take some time away from your studies to clear your head, watch a few clips, and then get back in the zone!   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 of all 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...

10 Moments That Will (Re)Fuel Your Passion For Medicine #1-5

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. Watching these clips always revives my passion for medicine, just when I think I’m in over my head.   Going into the medical field myself, I have several reasons and motives that keep me going everyday, despite of all 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, 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...

So What’s Wrong With This Patient? – #1

  The medical field is full of variety and complexity. From the simplest of disorders to the most complex diseases, you will be hard pressed to find a dull moment as a healthcare provider.   Over the past year of training to become a paramedic, I have had the fortunate opportunity to come across various different patients with a multitude of complaints, allowing me to muster my skills of patient assessment and physical examination in order to determine the root cause of the clinical problems.   I would like to take this opportunity and invite you all to recognize the intricacies of medical disorders and how to manage them on an emergent basis. Over the last several weeks, I have been going over some of the classic patient cases that I have come across in my short career as a part of the medical field. While the encounters have been momentary, they have left a deep impact on my learning and outlook towards this noble profession.   So what are we waiting for? Let the problem solving continue on! We will conclude with our last case here at #1.   1. The Mysterious Diagnosis History of Present Illness: Patient is a 34-year-old male who calls EMS with a chief complaint of fatigue and not feeling too well for the past several days.   Physical Examination: On further questioning, the...

Movies That Illuminated The Medical Field: #7-10

Medicine has intrigued cinema for as far back as we can remember. From the gruesome depictions of surgical procedures to the long struggles against chronic ailments, the medical field is omnipresent in movies. Furthermore, given the current rise in instances such as antibiotic resistance and our inability to manage all diseases, a look back is well warranted to put things in perspective and remind us of our vulnerability as a species. I will be taking you on a trip through a few of the many medical films out there, classically and aptly illuminating the intersection between art and medicine.   7. Side Effects The medical field is known for its innovation and creativity, bringing to light a new drug or therapy everyday, one that can benefit the patient. However, what if that drug had side effects beyond what could have been predicted? What if death was very likely? Would you take it?   In this offbeat piece of cinema, the unknown effects of a psychiatric medication are exposed through an intricate set of events, keeping you on the edge of your seat.     Video: Source     8. Patch Adams Why do you want to become a doctor? For new entrants in the field of medicine, the most common answer might be their love for the science. They are passionate to learn and practice on the most intricate...

Movies That Illuminated The Medical Field: #4-6

Medicine has intrigued cinema for as far back as we can remember. From the gruesome depictions of surgical procedures to the long struggles against chronic ailments, the medical field is omnipresent in movies. Furthermore, given the current rise in instances such as antibiotic resistance and our inability to manage all diseases, a look back is well warranted to put things in perspective and remind us of how far we have come.   I will be taking you on a trip through a few of the many medical films out there, classically and aptly illuminating the intersection between art and medicine.   4. John Q Other than the noble healing side of medicine, health care consists of a whole another world revolving around insurance and affordability. In this film, which hits at the heart of the health care deficits that deprive everyday Americans of access to patient care, we are able to witness what it takes for a father to get his child a new heart and give him a chance at life.     Video: Source     5. Outbreak As mentioned, this movie is a perfect depiction of the focus on medicine placed in the realm of cinema. Films focusing on the instance and spread of a widespread disease have been in existent for the past several decades and beyond. This particular one here intermingles a fast-spreading virus...

Movies That Illuminated The Medical Field: #1-3

  Medicine has intrigued cinema for as far back as we can remember. From the gruesome depictions of surgical procedures to the long struggles against chronic ailments, the medical field is omnipresent in movies. Furthermore, given the current struggles in medicine, including antibiotic resistance and our inability to manage all diseases, a look back is well warranted to put things in perspective and remind us of how far we have come.   I will be taking you on a trip through a few of the many medical films out there, classically and aptly illuminating the intersection between art and medicine.   1. The Invasion A contagious disease that spreads like wildfire in human society, triggering its effects when a person enters REM sleep, can cause quite a bit of havoc. Coupled with the need to survive and find a cure while battling to show no emotion in order to remain hidden, people start to live in consistent fear for the future.   This movie gloomily demonstrates the consequences of a global epidemic that ceases to allow humans to be human.       Video: Source   2. Contagion A virus that can spread and mutate faster than a cure can be found is one that should incite fear in everyone’s hearts. In this gripping movie on the dispersion of a virus across the world’s population in a matter of days...