Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #6: Bioethics

  Bioengineering is one of the most booming fields today. With exponential growths in knowledge and technologies, there is a lot more that physicians in today’s day and age are able to accomplish with a wide variety of tools at their disposal. Consistent growth in research and development continues to awe the medical community, allowing a mutual merger between the two fields of engineering and medicine.   But what about the bioethics of it all? In other words, are the many techniques and methods being employed to bring about groundbreaking discoveries ethical? In this thought-provoking talk, bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe presents some interesting issues that we all should be considering as medical students and researchers contributing to the progression of scientific investigation.     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 issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be...

Medical Shows To Remember #1: Grey’s Anatomy

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 get your summer list together for the new ones (that you now just have to watch)!     1. Grey’s Anatomy I just had to start with this one. Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most well-known, long-running series on TV. Beyond the relationships and the medical talk, the one key facet that truly struck me and made me stay with the show is the physician-patient encounters. The creator, Shonda Rhimes, does a phenomenal job of bringing forth the many nuances of patient backgrounds, experiences, and impressions in order to make us question our preconceived notions. We start to think – perhaps it’s not as black and white as it may seem?  ...

History Of Healthcare In America #1: Obama

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 might just find the solution that everyone’s been looking for.     1. Obama Our current president has probably been one of the strongest figures to influence the current state of the American healthcare system. Despite of inheriting the 2008 financial downturn as one of the primary crises, he nevertheless delivered on fulfilling his campaign promise to ensure affordable healthcare to each and every American. While he has still not achieved the goal in its entirety, his efforts have brought about...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #10: Biofeedback

The concept of biofeedback rests on the central principle of the ability to change a physiological parameter that can be measured (as shown in this video). With the application of this technique, patients could potentially modulate the pathophysiology of conditions such as hypertension, brain wave abnormalities, and various others.     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 another 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 prospective 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 that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully we can all learn something new and intriguing!   10. Biofeedback...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #5: Physician Suicide

Medicine is one of the toughest professions in existence. Sure, it is a rewarding field in which a rare few have the opportunity to help others in need with an advanced set of skills and the right intentions. However, anyone who has passed through the trials and tribulations of medical school, residency, and fellowship will vouch for the fact that the medical field pushes one to his or her limits of sanity. In some unfortunate circumstances, when those limits break, both young and old physicians commit suicide.     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 issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for 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...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #9: Massage

Who doesn’t love a great massage at the end of a long and tiring day? As relaxing as it is, the health benefits of the practice may also be quite significant. As stated by the speaker in this video, massage has been shown to decrease the level of stress hormones, vary in its effectiveness based on frequency, and much more.     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 another 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 prospective 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 that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully...

TED Talks For Food Lovers #1: Drought Tolerant Crops

Water is essential for all living organisms on this planet. Humans are made up of 65% water, and losing any of that water content would be detrimental to our survival. Similarly, most crops need water to grow and survive. Though some crops can tolerate losing more water than others, plants are able to store the water they need to flourish.   But is there a crop that can tolerate no water at all and seemingly come back to life once they come in contact with H2O again? 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 bodies 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...

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