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Nick Provenzano

Nick is a contributor to The Almost Doctor’s Channel and current business student at the University of Pittsburgh. H2P.

Science Behind Different Types of Video Game Medicine

Video games have some of the most advanced medicinal practices and some greatly staffed programs. In this article, we dive into the science behind some of the more popular games out there right now to see what video game medicine the government is secretly hiding from us. Battlefield 1 Medic! Battlefield 1 is a game developed by EA Dice, and is a World War I first person shooter game.  The player battles through the major events of World War I and competes online against other players. But what is interesting is the healing process of players in the game.  To “revive” or heal an opponent, one simply whips out a needle filled with a grey fluid and pokes the player anywhere on their body. That grey juice must have been a scientific advancement during World War 1 that the government didn’t want us to find out about; boosting white and red blood cell counts and drastically speeding up white blood cell work and platelets (for those who don’t know, platelets are small cells that clump together to prevent and aid in stopping bleeding). Those wounds, burns, and scrapes heal up quicker than wolverine, and your back in the fight! Call of Duty World War II As with Battlefield 1, Call of Duty World War II makes it seem that World War II had a much more advanced medical system...

Should I Eat An Efficient or a Healthy Breakfast in the Morning?

“Have a big breakfast.” A phrase I have been hearing from my mother since the day I left for kindergarten.  But it never really fit with my one glass of milk and maybe aPop Tart, lifestyle. I can now say that I have entered the adult world and swapped out the milk for coffee, but the Pop Tart will remain. But I know I may be in the minority with my simplistic, relatively unhealthy breakfast so I want to address how others see breakfast and the differences between healthy and efficient.   Famous celebrities and influential people in society have spoken out on what their breakfast routines are, as covered by an article from Time.com.   For example, Warren Buffett has had the same routine for the past 54 years, only deviating in small amounts. But when he attends the wonderful grease pit that is McDonald’s, one the staples of the United States, the great investor never spends more than $3.17 when he starts his day.  Versus the likes of Beyonce who is said to have Scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or some whole grain cereal and milk; a much more complex and possibly healthier breakfast. But which one is more efficient? Warren Buffett never spends more than $3.17 a day; I know I have personally dropped around twenty dollars on breakfast before, trying to make an “efficient” and...

Is a Business Degree Worth the Money After Med School?

In a growing world of entrepreneurship and technology advancing our society and expectations, are they improving society but making our degrees useless? As almost docs, is tacking an MBA or a business degree next to your MD worth it?  I recently read an article about how an eighteen year old kid started his own hedge fund in his room at home, all because he had the connections that mattered to do it.  He didn’t do it with a degree, he didn’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and studied for years to do it, he simply had the network to do it.  As a business student, I must truly question the opportunity cost of school. Losing four precious years of life and hundreds of thousands of dollars all for a piece of paper that says I studied. Yet, it is important that I have that piece of paper because it is an indicator to society that I have gone to school for the “right” amount of time and now am ready to work. But in terms of a job in business, I argue that it is the connection to the company or person who hires you that is much more important than the degree itself. Two alike kids coming out of college want to work in the financial sector, one has family in the line of business and the...

Divine Comedy On The Road: Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell, Commuters Edition

For commuters, medical students, or both: I like having real talks with people, heart to hearts; so let’s go heart to heart on the fact that commuting is hell. According to one of my favorite writers Dante Alighieri, there are nine circles of hell, a person is placed in one of them based upon their sins.  Have you sinned on your commute? Let’s find out. Limbo You and all the other zombies on that train, you know them.  Or maybe when your in your car pumping out casual jazz music to relax before a long day of surgeries and you look over and see all the other cars stuck in traffic with you, doing the same exact thing. Limbo. Stuck in endless casual peril.  Nothing bad is happening, but there sure is nothing good going on. Let’s be real there’s only so much smooth jazz you can listen to. Lust Now while defined differently then Dante had intended it to be, commuter lust does exist.  Jazz pumping in your ear, you can almost hear the sound of all the babies crying in your pediatric office later that day. Glancing out the window you see an open lane that leads right to the exit off the highway and you could be home free within 30 minutes.  Take that route, and you’ll end up in the second circle of commuter hell. Gluttony...

5 Best Ways to Spend your Lunch Break

You’ve only got an hour; do you make the most of it, or are you a lazy breaker? Find out as we discuss  the 5 best ways to spend your lunch break. 1.The Cultural Experience Enrichment. This one is more determined based upon where you work, but a quick cultural break is both fun and informative.  One of my favorite spots to visit was the Carnegie Art Museum which was two blocks down from my office. Nothing like a sandwich and a little Dali to go with it.  I felt myself being more relaxed but also enjoyed learning about the art. Now in NYC I enjoy walking through the parks and stopping to listen to music along the way or any pop up galleries.  The point is, enrich yourself during your lunch break. Simple searches online can point you towards a good cultural connection in your area. Who knows you may even make some friends with the same interests in the meantime. I guarantee you’ll find yourself not only being re energized but also have a sense of accomplishment after the lunch break which can be a great transition into the afternoon.     2. The Heavy Workout GRIND.  Nothing like a strong workout to get the middle of the day going again.  I would especially recommend doing this on a slow day. It’s excellent stress relief and personal gain....

How to Be The Best Intern At the Office

Being an intern can be really tough sometimes, you’re the bottom of the ladder and the lowest ranking member of the workforce, but it’s not all bad. Here are 4 tips to being a the best intern so you can step up your game in the office. Be a “Guy” No I don’t mean be a literal male, being a “guy” can apply to anyone. Basically it means be known for something in the office, you don’t have to have a large following but maybe just a few people. For example, I brought gum to the office everyday throughout my internship. I would offer it to other people and after awhile they would start to come to me when they wanted gum. I became “Gum Guy.” Being some type of guy, “sports guy,” “wacky tie guy,” creates a differential from you just being a normal intern. In my case I kept things interesting by changing the flavor of gum brought in everyday. Doing small things like this can make you more liked and more fun in the office. Always Ask If Anyone Needs Help This can be a feared question, you don’t want to seem to pushy or like you have no work to do, but you also want to be helpful. I say just go for it, ask as many people in the office if they need help as you...

Top Three Worst Diseases in the Fall Time and My Experiences with Each

The Fall is a time for pumpkin picking, apple picking, leaf picking, but most importantly; illness.  Here are the three worst diseases I have come encounter with this Fall. Pneumonia Recently my roommate contracted Pneumonia and was hospitalized for 4 days and returned back to New Jersey for a week.  Now for all you doctors and residency students you are probably thinking “yea of course pneumonia sucks,” but it is a completely different thing to have it in a dorm room.  Confined space is where disease thrives, and me walking back into a room smelling of puke, gastric acid and lysol was quite possibly the worst sick cocktail smell of all time.  He stared me in the face said “I have a fever of 103.8, I think something’s wrong.”  Luckily I grew up in a medical household and have contracted every disease you can think of, strep, mono, scarlet fever.  So I knew that he wasn’t doing to great.  After three hours in the ER they finally said I could leave him and I returned back to the dorm.  For the next three days I couldn’t bring myself to enter into the room with the smells and finally got some of the girls down the hall to do a cleansing.  My roommate returned healthy after a little more than a week, and the room now smells of sweet Lysol....

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