Medical Education Present and Future, Part 3: Socioeconomic Status

Part 1 and Part 2 of our ‘Medication Education Present and Future’ blog series focused on racial representation and the globalization of medical education, respectively. This post features the representation of socioeconomic status (SES) of medical students. It is common knowledge future financial status of these individuals is large amounts of debt incurred through extensive […]

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Forest Fires Put Human Health on the Burner

Over the last week, news outlets have been engulfed in images of smokey, burning trees with headlines surrounding the forest fires in Brazil. These fires, a result of over logging, animal agriculture, and premature forest clearing, are out of control and burning up 80 percent more of the Amazon than those set the year prior. […]

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Physician Isolation: Creating Community, Ending Stigma

Pressure to be Perfect  Physicians are no strangers to stress despite their composure and professional disposition. Each shift scheduled demands attention to detail which determines the course of a patient’s life. Few professions deal with as much prestige following success or as much guilt following failure as these healthcare practitioners. Perhaps this is why stress, […]

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Moving Away From Race-Based Medicine

After the release of BiDil in 2007, the medical world began to challenge the importance placed on  race at it relates to medicine. Despite controversy, BiDil continues to market heart failure medication to the African American community, citing that when used in conjunction with HF medication, BiDil causes users chances of hospitalization to drop by […]

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Advances in Biomedical Engineering: 3D Printing the Human Heart

At any given time, there are roughly 400 U.S. citizens waiting for a heart transplant. If the geographic boundaries are expanded, the number of individuals needing heart transplants at any given time across the globe is nearly 4,000. What if this number could be reduced through a combination of medical and technological advances that would […]

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The Future of U.S. Healthcare: Possible Changes in the Next Decade

The United States healthcare system will experience a number of changes in the coming decade. Although the changes focused on in the news as of late concentrate on the impending drop in the physician population, there are positive changes ahead as well. These changes will improve the manner in which hospitals and institutions function in […]

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Foreign Medical Graduates Treat Patients with Vast Needs

As the oncoming decline in practicing U.S. physicians becomes a more issue with public interest, the healthcare industry is scrambling to find solutions. For international medical graduates, this shortage of U.S. physician opens doors to a future in the U.S. Although some may question the ability of these graduates, such concerns are not built from […]

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Communication Key to Increasing and Retaining Physician Numbers

The biggest health crisis facing the future of the United States has nothing to do with a new strain of flu—it has to do with retirement, specifically the increase of physicians set to retire in the next twenty years. This drop in practitioners combined with the increased competition for spots in medical school, rotations, and […]

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Data from the 2019 National Residency Match Is Out: Here are the Takeaways for IMGs

Since its inception in the 1950s, the National Residency Match Program has placed medical hopefuls in residency positions across the nation with the numbers of applicants rising steadily each year. Despite this trend leading to a record breaking 44,603 applicants this year, the number of these applications belonging to International Medical Graduates is dwindling. While […]

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Nurse Practitioners Tackling Primary Care

According to a new study by the University of Rochester, there is a growing number of nurse practitioners providing care in low-income, rural areas. In the past 6 years, the number of nurse practitioners who provide primary care doubled to 123,000 nationwide.   These trends are indicative of the growing physician shortage across the United States. […]

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