Carolyn Irvin

Is a contributor to The Almost Doctor’s Channel.

Importance of Opioid Prescribing Training

Opioid abuse is a public health crisis.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers  and heroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014, more than any year on record. At least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid.   Many medical schools have already made changes to their curriculum in response to this growing epidemic. According to Atul Grover MD, PhD, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and moderator of a January 28 Capitol Hill Briefing titled “How Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic”, the response is ever evolving in this epidemic the same way medicine and education evolves.   Harvard Med, however, is worried that if they take a pledge requiring students to learn new federal guidelines for safely prescribing opioids, there is no telling how some groups may react. According to Harvard Dean, Dr. Jeffrey Flier, this could “be the death of higher education.” Read more at:   According to Dr. R. Lee Irvin, MD, Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with specialty certifications in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, among others, he explains that “opioids and other prescription sedatives are prescribed and taken much too often and at higher doses than generally necessary for for far to long of...

The Correlation Between Art and Medicine

  As most of you know, medical school can be quite taxing on a person emotionally and socially, with the memorization and comprehension of many new terms and all the science surrounding them. For the majority of your time in school, there can be little left other than library life and trying to pry your head out of a book long enough to eat, sleep, and go to class. Medical practice is an art form, with each intricate detail essential to the prosperity and welfare of individuals in the care of doctors. Losing yourself in something other than your academics is essential in keeping your sanity during the rigorous curriculum of medical study. The observation of artwork, studying each line, color, and the particular details which make the work intricate in itself not only gives one a more firm grasp of the art, but can also build upon examination skills.   Long before Valsalva gave the coronary sinuses his name, the great artist Leonardo da Vinci was busy gaining insight into the inter-workings of the human body by experimentation. Driven by his fascination with the intricate details of the body and how it functioned, he was led to anatomically fabricate the cerebral ventricles from molten wax. Using his wax model along with a glass structure he created of the aorta, he was able to study blood flow by using...