Gender Inequality is Real In This International Medical School

It’s no secret that gender inequality and discrimination exists on a global level. Of course, it is an issue that has made progress over the years; however, the international headlines I see on a weekly or even daily basis regarding the inferior status of women in the professional sphere and everyday life evoke feelings of disbelief, disgust, and dismay. In particular, although it is now legal for Saudi women to drive, sexism continues to be deeply ingrained in their culture. Along the same line, you may have heard about or seen the Wall Street Journal article that was just released on August 2nd about a Japanese medical school meddling in the admission process. Specifically, the board of Tokyo Medical University was accused of lowering exam scores of female applicants to limit the amount of future female doctors. Yes, you read that right. It was reported that school leaders supposedly favored male over female doctors because many women will eventually want to be married and have children. This translates into more doctors on maternity leave; and In light of the current shortage of Japanese doctors, the school decided to turn the tide in society’s favor at the expense of women. To make matters worse, the school has allegedly been involved in this practice since 2011, a year after the number of female matriculates doubled to 40%. Coincidental? Maybe not. According...

7 Huge Misconceptions About Your MD Residency

Are you on the journey towards becoming a fully-fledged doctor? The field of medicine is quite competitive, and different people choose to pursue it for varying reasons. Some may feel it’s their calling, while others may be drawn to it by a particular experience. Whatever your reasons, medical school can be challenging and exciting at the same time. Before you start your MD residency, you have probably looked for residency help services. In your research, you may have come across some purported truths about what your experience could be like. Well, it’s good that you want to familiarize yourself with what to expect. However, you should watch out for misconceptions about an MD residency that many propagate. It will be difficult to handle stress In your residency, you will sometimes be deprived of sleep. You will often feel burnout, and this is stressful enough. Now, if you don’t know how to manage stress, it could lead you to depression. Though the medical system may feel dysfunctional, you can alleviate stress, by letting go of toxic people in your life. Create time away from your rotations for a social life. Choose to view the circumstances in a favorable light. This way you will minimise the external stressors that add to the pressures of residency. You won’t have a social life This myth could cause many to second guess their decision...

Five Tips for Emergency Medicine Clerkship Success

On one of my first shifts of my emergency medicine rotation, a tech ran into the physician workroom shouting that she needed a doctor – a patient was having a seizure. The attending was checking on a patient in the trauma bays while the resident was admitting another patient, so all eyes were on me. I approached the patient, who was clearly postictal and confused, rose the head of the bed, and spoke calmly with him and his terrified family until the resident arrived. Although backup came quickly in this case, emergency medicine is a fast-paced specialty requiring us to think and process information quickly. If you’re in an EM rotation, you need to know the top five ways to keep up: 1. Be prepared for your clerkship. In terms of attire, facilities typically recommend or even require scrubs. Most will provide them, and some even let you wear your own. You’ll be on your feet or standing almost constantly during a busy shift, so wearing compression socks under scrubs can be very beneficial. Good footwear is a must! Most people wear sneakers or a comfortable clog like Dansko (eBay and thrift stores are great places to look for affordable medical clogs). In terms of tools, a stethoscope is definitely essential. I also found it helpful to keep a reflex hammer and trauma shears handy. Lastly, I’d recommend bringing a cheap...

Cortisol: How Stress Could Actually Kill You

We’ve all heard of the infamous “stress hormone,” cortisol. This adrenal hormone usually gets a bad rap for weight gain, acne, and poor sleep. However, without it, essential physiological functions that promote survival would not be possible, such as mobilizing glucose to muscles. Yes, I’m referring to that “fight or flight” instinct when we perceive any sort of threat in our surroundings, say if you encounter a bear on a hiking path. Almost immediately, your heart rate increases, breathing becomes more rapid, senses sharpen, and beads of sweat appear. Epinephrine, better known as adrenaline, is responsible for this initial response. But what happens when the stress response is constantly stimulated due to anxiety from classes or financial matters? Cortisol is how your body adapts when you go into overdrive. Stress is a normal physiological process that all living organisms experience; as I previously mentioned, it is an innate defense mechanism that aids in survival. However, when a stressor exceeds the severity and time of the initial response period, our body shifts into another mode to keep us alive. When sustained long enough above baseline, inflammation and disease ensue. A twentieth-century Hungarian endocrinologist, Hans Selye, described the general adaptation syndrome (GAS) as a set of responses that are highly similar across all living organisms. Of course, variations in GAS occur depending on conditioning factors such as genetics, environment, or comorbidities....

Cancer Immunotherapy To The Rescue: Commanding The Immune System To Fight!

Written by Sahil Chopra and Mitali Adlakha A pioneering new therapy saves the life of a woman with terminal breast cancer. Judy Perkins, an engineer from Florida was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. While traditional chemotherapy and hormone therapies failed for Judy, she showed a dramatic recovery after receiving a personalized immunotherapy. Although few years ago she was just preparing to die, this experimental treatment gave her a new life. What seems like a modern-day medicine miracle is in reality a path paved by over a century of extensive scientific studies. Immunotherapy is a revolutionary technology that uses your body’s immune system as a tool to fight cancers. The immune system is your body’s own defense mechanism against invaders such as bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. Our immune system has a number of tools in its arsenal to launch an ‘immune response’ to fight these invaders. Some of the most striking tools from your immune arsenal are the T cells, B cells, dendritic cells and other immune cells. Cancer is a life-threatening disease and also the leading cause of death worldwide. By 2030, the estimated cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million. Cancer occurs when certain cells in your body keep multiplying without stopping. Although, the immune system would fight these cells and stop them from spreading; yet these cancer cells can outsmart the...

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...

What You Need To Know About A Career In Cardiology

As pharmaceutical and technological advancements continue, it translates into rapid growth in cardiovascular medicine or cardiology. Cardiology is a specialty in the medical field that involves the treatment of conditions, defects and diseases of the circulatory system and the heart. It also includes diagnosis of the same. In America, the leading cause of deaths in both genders is heart disease. Advancements in treatment technology and increased awareness has led to a growing need for specialists who deal with heart care. It is something to motivate you as you search for fellowship in cardiology online expert help. Becoming a cardiologist isn’t easy, it requires intense training and academic experience. Below are some of the things you should know about a career in cardiology: You Can Start Early It addresses those who realise earlier in the journey about their desire to pursue cardiology. You can start shaping your career path straight from high school. Try and find your feet in sciences and maths. If your school offers Honors or AP courses, especially in Biology and Chemistry, take them. These courses may help you earn college credit, which is a good thing from the perspective of prospective universities. Medical school is quite competitive. Ensure that you apply yourself in your studies and get good grades. Look at potential universities that appeal to you and get your application ready. You Don’t Have to...

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