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Yash Pandya

Yash Pandya is a science writer at The "Almost" Doctor's Channel. He is a rising third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Emergency Medicine with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Yash plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Fall 2016 with guaranteed admission. In addition to the usual humdrum of academic involvement, Yash loves to play Ping Pong, catch up on the latest "Big Bang Theory," and travel. Having lived in India for half his lifetime, Yash aspires to expand his horizons into international healthcare by practicing medicine globally.

Healthcare Around The World #3: France

If you didn’t know, we can actually learn a lot from France’s healthcare system. From the video below, it is clear that although expensive, France may have one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Watch and see for yourself or click here to read more.   To at least some degree, we are all aware of the dynamics around healthcare in the United States, centering around the struggles to make services affordable, ensuring equal access to care, and juggling the politics of party-line views between private and federally-sponsored healthcare (with everything along the middle of that spectrum). But how do other countries around the world offer healthcare to its people? Can their models provide us with some insight into how to modify our system to make it better?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be viewing some interesting clips on the general model of healthcare in select countries across the globe. While this sampling is in no way representative of all possible models out there, it undoubtedly provides us with intriguing information to ponder.   Also, a disclaimer before we start. Some of the videos may be presenting biased opinions about the superiority of certain healthcare systems. My intention is to simply deliver the information without advocating for any particular viewpoint.   3. France   Similar to our discussion in the article on...

3 Pearls For Medical School

It’s been 13 days since the start of my medical career. I had been dreaming of this time for as long as I can remember, yearning to finally join the ranks of the coveted few in medicine. Excitement and anxiety were the two overriding emotions as I finally began my journey as a first year medical student.     For those premedical students out there who are in the same position that I was in a year ago, in the middle of applications and interviews, this is my way of letting you in on the life of a medical student. I want to share some of the most notable pearls of insight on what it means to be a medical student and why it’s probably going to be the best time of your life.   1. Keep up! Yes, all those analogies that you have heard about medical school are true. It really is like drinking water from a giant firehose or eating an inordinate amount of food everyday for four years without break. However, as you probably know, a great majority of medical students have successfully passed the trials and gone on to become excellent physicians.   So, I am here to tell you that it is doable. But without underscoring the difficulty, it is crucial that you keep up. While you may have passed through undergrad by...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #1: Abortion

  Med Student: Henry Burton has von Hippel-Lindau disease and a pheochromocytoma. It’s extremely rare, causing blood pressures to skyrocket and it’s treated with alpha blockers. Cristina: Oh look at that. He reads. Med Student: Sorry, should I… Cristina: Med students are like children at the dinner table, to be seen and not heard. – Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Episode 12   If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key medical issues that you should be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to express the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to make it even more interesting, they will be TED Talks! My...

Healthcare Around The World #2: Mexico

Mexico appears in the news a lot, especially recently due to the upcoming presidential election. However, healthcare is not one of the topics typically associated with the country. I found myself wondering what policies does Mexico follow?   As a pre-med student, I feel as though it is important to understand other countries’ healthcare systems. Maybe we can learn something from other countries and see how their policies may affect the U.S. Furthermore, these policies may be reflected in our own system later down the line and greatly impact our practices once in the field.     2. Mexico After taking a look at our neighbor to the north in the first article, let’s look to our neighbor to the south. As shown in the video below, Mexico’s much more affordable healthcare system presents itself as an enticing alternative to the expensive healthcare costs of the American model. Especially for individuals who live close to the border, a short drive to Mexico is much less expensive than grappling with the higher costs here at home. But how exactly do the standard of services compare? And how does Mexico’s system survive with such low costs?   Video: Source   Featured Image:...

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...

Healthcare Around The World #1: Canada

To at least some degree, we are all aware of the dynamics surrounding healthcare in the United States, centering around the struggle to make services affordable, to ensure equal access to care, and to balance the politics of party-line views between private and federally-sponsored healthcare (with everything along the middle of that spectrum). But how do other countries around the world offer healthcare to its people? Can their models provide us with some insight into how to modify our system to make it better?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be viewing some interesting clips on the general model of healthcare in select countries across the globe. While this sampling is in no way representative of all possible models out there, it undoubtedly provides us with intriguing information.   Also, a disclaimer before we start. Some of the videos may be presenting biased opinions about the superiority of certain healthcare systems. My intention is to simply deliver the information without advocating for any particular viewpoint.   1. Canada   Contrary to popular belief, Canada does not have a socialized medicine system, but rather a single-payer system. As shown in the video below, the Canadian system of healthcare for all its populations is comparable to the Medicare program we have here in the United States for the elderly.   Being our neighbors to the north, Canada has been...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #6: Hypnosis

We’ve all heard of hypnosis usually in TV shows or movies for comedic purposes. When a character hears a certain trigger word or sound, they start doing something silly, maybe the chicken dance, for instance. The character then comes back to reality without having any knowledge of their previous actions. While this is can be a form of comedy as a spectator, hypnosis can actually be used to help people in more ways than one.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach to benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of...