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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...

Why Medical Students Make Great Entrepreneurs

  Many medical students are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. However, not many students would pursue this much-needed field in medicine. There are four qualities of medical students that make them extremely suitable for becoming entrepreneurs.   Passion for medicine. Medical school students come into the field with much passion and desire to make positive changes in patient lives. These are important traits needed to innovate within medicine. Most medical students have the desire to “change the world.” No one remembers medical school admissions essays, as much as medical students. That document is a written commitment of their desire to pursue a life-long career in medicine. It is a representation of how the student’s background, struggles, hard work, and experience, all play a role in motivating the student towards a career in medicine. As the medical student progresses through their medical journey towards becoming a resident, and then an attending physician, their responsibilities increase. The more mature physicians become, the more preoccupied they become with tasks like a long list of medically complicated patients, the responsibilities of residents in training, as well as the administrative tasks of being decision makers for the medical institution. Bombarded with many tasks, they unintentionally become farther and farther removed from that passion and desire they described in their medical school admissions essays. Medical students are in a perfect place because they have only seen some...

A Day In The Life Of… – #1

Looking back to the olden days, medicine was quite different than it is today. The high degree of specialization in the modern age has invited a considerable amount of variety in every physician’s life. Being a family practitioner as opposed to a surgeon, your working day can vary quite a bit.   However, rather than speculating on the lives of different physicians, I thought it might be best to hear a firsthand testament from those living the life themselves.   So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.   1. Trauma Surgeon A physician who hates sleep, loves patient care, craves the adrenaline rush, and is passionate about surgery – well, you undoubtedly have a trauma surgeon. These physicians are the insomniac creatures of the hospital, always on the run and in the operating room, dealing with the most gruesome and affecting injuries possible. Their strength and commitment is a testament to their genuine love for medicine.   Video: Source Featured Image:...

So What’s Wrong With This Patient? – #3

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 next several weeks, I will be 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 begin! We will continue on with our next case here at #3.   3. Back To Basics History of Present Illness: You are dispatched to a 911 call for a 64-year-old male found unresponsive by his family.   Physical Examination: Upon arrival on scene you see a patient lying supine on the kitchen...

So What’s Wrong With This Patient? – #2

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 next several weeks, I will be 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 begin! We will continue on with our next case here at #2.   2. I Can’t Breathe! History of Present Illness: You respond to a 911 call for a 16-year-old patient who was “accidentally” hit in the chest with a baseball bat. Patient presents with a chief complaint of localized pain in the...

So What’s Wrong With This Patient? – #4

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 next several weeks, I will be 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 begin! We will continue on with our next case here at #4.   4. The Stressful Response History of Present Illness: You are responding to a 911 call for immediate medical assistance with an unresponsive person found in an alleyway.   Physical Examination: Upon arrival on scene, you quickly unload your gear and...