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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.

History Of Healthcare In America #10: The Last Century

Since this is the last article in the series, here’s a quite interesting video depicting the history of American healthcare in the forms of political cartoons. As shown, the growing importance of this topic in the first few decades of the 20th century gave rise to a host of complexities, interactions, inconsistencies, and issues. Given our history, what can we look forward to for the future? Will we be able to strike the right balance between affordable costs and effective care?     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who...

Medical Shows To Remember #8: Miami Medical

Imagine working as a trauma surgery resident in a hospital that takes care of the most severe patients involved in horrific injuries. The short-lived series of Miami Medical highlighted some of the most terrific and gruesome aspects of medicine with a focus on the intense life and work of trauma surgeons. If you still want to go into trauma surgery after this show, good luck.   Despite of the many safety measures in place in today’s modern society, traumatic incidents still occur. Trauma surgeons are our guardians between life and death, implementing all the necessary resources with limited information in order to bring the patient back from the jaws of death.     Just as depicted in my last collection of articles on medicine in the realm of big screen cinema, television is likewise marked by a wide variety of showings that bring forth the novelty as well as uniqueness of the medical field. While many of us are familiar with a good majority of these shows, some are not so well known (yet still reflect key aspects of medicine worth pondering).   Over the course of 10 articles, I will be presenting you all with some clips from some of the most famous as well as artistically fascinating shows in television history. Fondly reminisce the ones you have come across (and binge watched several times) while starting to...

History Of Healthcare In America #9: Truman

As it turns out, the idea of universal healthcare goes back all the way to the presidency of Truman. As shown in this video here (with useful content primarily after timestamp 3:20), Truman emphasized the necessity of assuring access to healthcare for all Americans. The dynamic changes that medicine has undergone over the years along with evidence of sustainable nationalized healthcare systems around the world attest to the validity of this idea, leading up to the current enactment of the Affordable Care Act.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of...

TED Talks For The Food Lovers #4: Why Not Eat Insects?

There are few who would admit to feeling the urge to eat insects. However, in his talk on the value of eating insects from a nutritional as well as environmental angle, Marcel Dicke makes a case for all those out there with hidden cravings for a caterpillar.     Diet and health are highly interdependent. The food people eat over the course of a lifetime often plays a huge role in determining many of the ailments they incur. Referring to some recent exploration into the field of microbiomics, the large quantity and variety of bacteria in our body may likewise be acutely as well as chronically transforming due to the food we eat and the changes we make to our diets. Lastly, for aspiring medical personnel, quick food sources such as cold pizzas, Chipotle veggie bowls, and espresso shots often make up our daily sustenance. What effect do these have on our health?   Over the course of the next several articles, I would like to take you all on a run through some of the most interesting TED talks on food, some quite interesting and others downright genius. As you watch these videos, reflect on the close ties between nutrition and medicine, and what we can due as future clinicians to best counsel our patients in the face of changing food consumption trends and constantly incoming novel information....

History Of Healthcare In America #8: Eisenhower

In contrast to the prevailing opinion of the Republican Party as it stands today (and might likely have been along the same lines at the time), Eisenhower presents a plan here in this video that embraces greater involvement of the federal government in the health and welfare of individuals. While the avoidance of socialism remained to be a crucial issue at this time, Eisenhower nevertheless emphasized the need for better healthcare for all Americans, with concrete steps towards improvement.     Healthcare is one of the hottest topics in discussion today. But how exactly did the American healthcare system come to be? What were some of the dynamic modifications and transformations it went through in order to embody its present form?   Rather than looking at it from a purely chronological and historical perspective, let’s analyze the progression of healthcare from a political viewpoint. The politics and policymaking around this topic has been marked by constant debate and controversy. Our presidents have been some of the most vocal advocates on this matter, shaping the course of healthcare over the past several decades.   Thus, in the course of the next several articles, we will be looking at short clips from presidents, both recent and past (yet undoubtedly notable). My hope is to gain a better understanding of the past, present, and hopefully the future of healthcare. Who knows, we...

Why Is It So Easy To Become Jaded In Medicine?

12 weeks and counting…   This is the amount of time that I have spent so far as a medical student. It had always been my dream to become a physician, finally moving beyond the free exploration during my college years to a focused pursuance and application of medicine. I was excited to finally start learning the tricks of the trade – how do you run a code, what complications can arise from putting in a central line, will I ever get to do a bedside thoracotomy in my career, and much more. But most important of all, having the fortunate privilege of talking to patients, helping them, and being a part of their journey to recovery was the most energizing.     However, having been in the classroom for the past 3 months, I am starting to see why one can simply drift into a state of complacency, caring only about passing through to get to the next stage in the process. Your motivation starts to dwindle and you start thinking about the least harmful option.   So what really is the culprit behind this characteristic progression in the lives of many aspiring medical professionals? And is there nothing we can do to stop it?   As it turns out, there are multiple factors that contribute to this phenomenon, including the sheer amount of material that a medical...

TED Talks For Food Lovers #3: Aquaculture

Well, I promised you something offbeat, so here it is. In this TED Talk by Chef Dan Barber, listen to his discovery of a delicious fish that he could bring and keep on the menu for those salivating mouths, incorporating the novelty of a revolutionary farming method in Spain. In the future, this new aquaculture could give us a sustainable way to keep fish in our diets, as well as our future patients’ diets.     Diet and health are highly interdependent. The food people eat over the course of a lifetime often plays a huge role in determining many of the ailments they incur. Referring to some recent exploration into the field of microbiomics, the large quantity and variety of bacteria in our body may likewise be acutely as well as chronically transforming due to the food we eat and the changes we make to our diets. Lastly, for aspiring medical personnel, quick food sources such as cold pizzas, Chipotle veggie bowls, and espresso shots often make up our daily sustenance. What effect do these have on our health?   Over the course of the next several articles, I would like to take you all on a run through some of the most interesting TED talks on food, some quite interesting and others downright genius. As you watch these videos, reflect on the close ties between nutrition and...