Caring for others as a medical student

When asked to list some risk factors of all-too-common chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, we tend to offer answers such as an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, or alcohol. Rarely do we suggest that our personal relationships determine the course of our health, yet I'm learning that this, more often than … Continue reading Caring for others as a medical student

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“Selection,” or transplant review board

I've been able to sit in transplant review board (BCM), or selection (Cedars), several times at two academic institutions over the past year. This session occurs weekly in a conference room setting. For approximately one hour, various providers come together to discuss the ongoing management of live and mechanical transplant candidates and recipients. Generally, a … Continue reading “Selection,” or transplant review board

A different perspective on the medical humanities

Throughout high school and early in college, I was enticed to pursue formal study of the medical humanities. I believed that this interdisciplinary field would afford me immense practical value by improving my ability to tackle complex and interrelated issues associated with the human dimension of medical practice. Although I still recognize that history, culture, … Continue reading A different perspective on the medical humanities

“Everyone” in France is now an organ donor

Beginning in 2017, France has converted its organ donor registry to an opt-out system. But you are still permitted to refuse donation (according to The Guardian there are currently 150,000 people signed up for the "refusal register"). The implications of this policy change are huge! Surgeons almost always cite the organ shortage crisis as the principal … Continue reading “Everyone” in France is now an organ donor

High risk, high reward in surgery

When rounding with my two teams at the beginning of each day, I am grateful to have opportunities to visit patients and their families, and sometimes even to engage in brief conversations.  After all, everything is about them, and without these individuals, there would be no purpose to our clinical and academic endeavors.  The euphoria I feel … Continue reading High risk, high reward in surgery

GMB Medical and Public Health Brigade, Nicaragua 2015

Home in Houston, safe and healthy after an unforgettable nine days in Nicaragua, I am thrilled to write about my experiences leading 32 other inspiring Rice students through Global Brigades to this beautiful country for a medical and public health hybrid brigade.  First, I want to give a shout-out to my team of power women: Neena, Olivia … Continue reading GMB Medical and Public Health Brigade, Nicaragua 2015

The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

So many issues come into play with regards to the West African Ebola epidemic. I touch on two here that have caught my attention. 728 have lost their lives in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current mortality rate is 55%. Is the outbreak out of control? Can it be stemmed and isolated within these … Continue reading The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa