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The Case for Universal Health Care

The Case for Universal Health Care

Growing up in the UK, I was very fortunate to have access to a tax-funded public health care system – the National Health Service (NHS). I never realized how much of a luxury it was until starting medical school and hearing my American friends talk about co-pays, deductibles and insurance plans. These were concepts completely foreign to me. Now, while exploring a path to residency in the US, I realize the importance of Universal Health Care and how it is something pivotal to fight for as healthcare professionals.

Passionate Doctors Live Passion-Filled Lives

Passionate Doctors Live Passion-Filled Lives

Are you ready? You’re giving up your prime. Signing away your life. No fun, no social life, no love life. Study on repeat for the next four years. You will live and breathe school and most days, you’ll be too tired to do anything else. All the snide comments started pouring in as soon as I shared that I had been accepted to medical school. What made it more annoying was that much of it came from the very people that inspired me to go into medicine in the first place (but alas, that’s another article for another time). I wasn’t convinced…

The Circle of Life: Mentoring and Being Mentored

The Circle of Life: Mentoring and Being Mentored

Pay it forward. Someone do you favor? No thanks needed, pay it forward. Help you out? Pay it forward. Get help when you were struggling? Guess it’s time you paid it forward. But how often do we say yes to an opportunity to help out a colleague or hold out a hand to someone that may need help the most? This phrase is now so commonplace that it flies into one ear and out of the other, just another turn of phrase. How often have we told someone to just pay it forward?

Quackery: What To Look For

Quackery: What To Look For

“Corona Baba rakes in moolah as coronavirus fear rages”
“Bolivia’s senate approved ‘miracle mineral solution’ — a toxic bleach with no medical use — as a treatment for COVID-19”
“Over 300 killed in Iran after drinking industrial alcohol to save themselves from coronavirus”
When you google “COVID Quackery”, you’ll come across the above articles and dozens more echoing the same. No one is immune to the effects of quackery. Quackery is often far more deadly than the disease that it falsely claims to cure. Quackery indirectly or directly contributes to increased patient mortality and morbidity.

Art and Patient Care: From Documentary Tool to Modern Treatment

Art and Patient Care: From Documentary Tool to Modern Treatment

Medical school is a lot to handle. It can be so difficult to simply take care of yourself, let alone another human being. Therefore, dating in medical school can feel like an almost impossible task. How do you give somebody else energy and time when you barely have time and energy for yourself? Whether you go into medical school in a relationship or you start dating during medical school, it is definitely a transition.

How To Beat the Basic Sciences

How To Beat the Basic Sciences

Medical school is rough. It’s exhausting, and draining, and requires your all. I still remember looking at my lectures during my first week of school wondering how anybody ever made it past this beast. I’m currently halfway through my second year and I still sometimes feel like this, but within the past year and a half I have undergone so much academic, mental, and personal growth in handling the challenges of medical school. While the vast majority of it is a huge learning curve that I think is very necessary, there are definitely some tips and tricks to keep in mind while beginning–and at any point along your medical school journey…

Patient-centered care

Patient-centered care

Fever, upper abdominal pain spreading to the right shoulder and signs of peritoneal irritation. I know, I know … Now you might be thinking “what an easy and typical case – that must be cholecystitis”. However, this time I don’t want to know what kind of disease it is. I want to hear what you are going to treat. A disease? Or the patient, who has the disease? I prefer the second answer, as each patient is a unique human being, not a group of symptoms or damaged organs. That is the key concept of today’s topic: a patient-centered healthcare model that McWhinney described as one where “the physician tries to enter the patient’s world, to see the illness through the patient’s eyes”.

Allergies in the Time of Coronavirus

Allergies in the Time of Coronavirus

I coughed. I think that if heads could whip around any faster, they would have become unscrewed from their necks! To think that a year ago, a cough or sneeze at a restaurant wouldn’t have even caused me to bat an eyelash, but now clearing my throat puts me at the receiving end of a stern side-eye and the not-so-subtle casual glance. Nowadays, everyone is under the sharp surveillance of concerned family and friends and the ever-present friendly neighborhood busybody (don’t we all have one of those?). I, myself, got nervous when with the entrance of spring, I woke up with a runny nose and itchy throat. Is this it? I found it ridiculous that after escaping peak pandemic times unscathed, that I would fall prey to the coronavirus nearly a year after its arrival. 

Dating in Medical School

Dating in Medical School

Medical school is a lot to handle. It can be so difficult to simply take care of yourself, let alone another human being. Therefore, dating in medical school can feel like an almost impossible task. How do you give somebody else energy and time when you barely have time and energy for yourself? Whether you go into medical school in a relationship or you start dating during medical school, it is definitely a transition.