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April 13, 2016

Medical Tourism: A Fad or Here to Stay?

I remember hearing about medical tourism several years ago when my mother was telling me about how her coworker went overseas to Korea to get cosmetic procedures done. I knew it was common for Americans to get elective procedures done overseas due to the decreased cost of treatment but assumed medical tourism would be less popular for more serious procedures like invasive surgeries. As I did some research on this topic, I soon found that annually about 750,000 US citizens travel overseas to get procedures like heart surgery, dentistry, and cosmetic surgery.

There are several reasons receiving health care overseas is attractive. The first, most obvious, plu...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

April 11, 2016

Preparing to Start Residency

I have not actually fallen off the face of the planet. However, I am preparing to relocate and start residency. I did not realize to what extent this process would be stressful and time-consuming.

Match Day is just the beginning. Since then, I have accumulated a l...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

April 11, 2016

TCK Troubles Pt. 2.5: Theranos Revisited

I hate TB tests. In every form. For one, Both the PPD and IGRA can't distinguish between active TB and latent TB. The PPD especially is less helpful for immunocompromised patients because a null reaction could mean they don't have it or their immune system is so shot that...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

April 6, 2016

Medical School and Alcohol

A recent article published this March in Academic Medicine has made headlines with the flashy catchline stating that "approxima...

Posted By: Matthew Marschall  

April 5, 2016

The Next Countdown

In first year, I would count down the days I had until summer break. Near the end of second year, I would do that for my bittersweet date with Step 1. In third year, the shelf exam for each block would have its own countdown (deservingly so given how fast those M3 weeks f...

Posted By: Felix Lee  

April 4, 2016

Book Recommendations?

In the interest of limited time, I'm taking a break from my long diatribes on medical education and instead sharing, and hopefully receiving, some recommendations on books to read within the field of medicine/healthcare policy/public health. Here are my current top five:<...

Posted By: Rick Tumminello  

March 30, 2016

Mental Health for Physicians

Mental health is such a huge issue in the medical field that is too often pushed aside. With the rising numbers of physician suicides and physician burnout, now is a crucial time to address this issue. First, let's go over the numbers. It is estimated that as many as 400 ...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

March 28, 2016

Is Your Doctor Getting Kickbacks From Big Pharma?

It's common knowledge that many of our doctors receive financial incentives from pharmaceutical companies in the United States. It has been the comedic topic of several medically-based sitcoms where an attractive pharmaceutical representative offers a doctor's office free...

Posted By: Stephanie Nguyen  

March 26, 2016

I Matched! Now What?

There are three things happen with matching for Residency. The first is that you're excited about the prospects of the program you matched into. The second is the frustration at all the paperwork that goes into applying for a license and getting credentialed for the vario...

Posted By: Olaseni Ajibade  

March 23, 2016

Match Day: Drum Roll Please...

All year I have been thinking about Match Day. Which fourth year hasn't? My rank list had to be submitted by February 24. From very early on in the interview process, I was fairly certain about which program would be my first choice. So of course, once my decision was fin...

Posted By: Alexa Mieses  

 
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