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Adrusht Madapoosi

Is a contributor to The Almost Doctor’s Channel.

In Light of Recent Events: How CPR Can Help With Saving Lives

As a writer for this blog, I’m going to take this opportunity to discuss a topic that is not covered enough at most schools, and in society in general. I’m sure as most of you know, since the beginning of the year 2000, the United States has had a stunning increase in annual terrorist attacks, i.e. mass casualty incidents, in the eyes of health care providers. There have been over 400 documented terrorism-related cases and charges since 9/11/2001. Terrorist attacks such as the Virginia Tech, Columbine, San Bernardino, and Sandy Hook school shootings have left this country in a state of shock. Horrifyingly enough, the two deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history have occurred on 6/12/2016 and 10/1/2017, both in the past two years. The Pulse Night Club shooting led to the loss of at least 49 lives, with over 50 others injured. The Las Vegas shooting, which happened recently, left at least 58 people dead, and over 515 others injured. Take a moment and just re-read those last few sentences, let it sink in. Situations like these overwhelm the country, from both a medical and emotional standpoint, on a basis that is way to frequent for comfort. Many people will tell us that there’s really nothing we can do as “just pre-med students”, and they’re completely wrong. As a paramedic, there are 3 life-saving techniques that I think every...

You Come First: The Hippocratic Oath Matters To Students, Too

The Hippocratic Oath, an oath historically taken by physicians to uphold certain ethical standards, states, “I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required“. A pretty straightforward statement, something that pre-med and medical students typically understand – we have to do everything in our power to help our patients. We spend countless hours in libraries, labs, and hospitals trying to better ourselves so one day we can help others. The stress is very apparent, medicine is obnoxiously competitive and it takes a toll on everyone involved, students included, whether we like to admit it or not. We’re always so engrossed in our studies and endeavors that we forget one simple, but significant detail: we’re human too! Throughout history, healthcare (especially mental health) of healthcare professionals has been stigmatized. It is often viewed that since we take care of others, it is a sign of weakness on our part when we have those same problems, those that we encounter and treat on a daily basis. A lot of the times, the stress faced by students and practitioners of medicine leads to a hypocrisy, in the sense that we cope with our stress in the very ways that we advise our patients not to. Whether it is excessive, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, smoking or drinking, etc, all of it is detrimental to our physical...

Science Classes Too Boring? Applying What We Learn In the Real World

As pre-med students, about ninety percent of our time is spent in classrooms, lecture halls and the library learning about the numerous, obscure laws of nature. The remaining ten percent of our time is divided between eating, sleeping and breathing. We take classes such as physics, organic, general and biochemistry, biology, statistics, upper level math and psychology and often wonder, well when the heck are we ever going to use something like this as doctors? Are the science classes we take too boring? How can we apply physics, chemistry, and biology to the real world? Through my first three years of college, I had the same recurring thoughts, making me lose motivation in school because nothing I was doing seemed directly applicable to a clinical setting. Now I’ll give it to you, many of the dense specifics that we cram into our heads are omitted and irrelevant to a degree when it comes to practicing medicine. After going through paramedic school, I see where I was wrong. I know this is easier for me to realize and say, but every treatment that I perform in the field, in one way or another, relates back to these classes. It just takes a little time to think that way. A good way to think about it is using what’s called the bottom-up process. This is a processing method done by the...

The Importance of Patient Contact

Adrusht Madapoosi writes on the importance of patient contact as a pre-med student.  Ever since high school, I had this dream of becoming a physician. I didn’t really know much as a high school student, so before applying to college, I participated in a lot of diverse programs. I took an “anatomy and physiology” class my junior year, excelled in it, which pretty much was one of the reasons I decided that medicine was for me. My father is a physician and set me up in a neuroscience laboratory, which made me decide that I wanted to pursue a major in neuroscience.   Ever since I received my acceptance letter from the University of Pittsburgh, I had a dream that I would attend as a pre-medicine student for one of the most prestigious neuroscience programs in the country. I naively thought it would be a very unique road to follow, but little did I know that I would be joining almost two-thousand other pre-medicine students from my freshman class, almost seventy percent of them of whom would also be majoring in one of the natural sciences. Time progressed and I completed the prerequisites and began my neuroscience courses over the first two years. I joined pre-med clubs, tutored, and volunteered in hospitals, but it was not as fulfilling as I had expected. I was craving experience, something that I was...