VOLUNTOURISM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

  BY EMMA BURKE – Social media posts during breaks from school are very predictable: a curation of study abroad videos, a smattering of beach photos, and a highlight reel of volunteer trips. Those who travel the globe to volunteer often post an entire photo shoot worth of images from far flung destinations such as Honduras, Ethiopia,…

MENTAL HEALTH ON A GLOBAL SCALE

BY KATIE LUQUIRE – According to National Geographic, the ten happiest countries include Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Denmark. But what actually makes a country happy? As it turns out, there are some common themes among these “happiest countries”. These factors include civic engagement, education, work-life balance, and…

IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION POLICY ON MEDICINE AND SCIENCE

BY MUHAMMAD SIDDIQ – As a country with nearly 30% of its population comprised of immigrants and their children, the United States is no stranger to controversy regarding immigration policy. Factors such as the income disparities between developing and developed countries have had people moving around for centuries. The policymakers of the nations receiving these people must…

TWO CONTRASTING SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE

BY SYEDA NAUSHEEN –  Ever since the rise of Western medicine in the 19th century, there has been an ongoing battle, within the medical community, regarding Eastern and Western medicine. Both health care practices hold different but valid positions; therefore, whether one approach is better than another is strictly a matter of opinion. Western medicine, also…

PANDEMIC PREPARATION

BY SHERRY LUO – As much as the pandemic has been popularized through film, games, and literature, there are few who are prepared to deal with and withstand such an elusive reality. The word “pandemic” brings to mind several images: quarantines, dehumanizing disarray, complete breakdown of society. While these images are an exaggeration of the…

PRIMARY CARE: THE FRONTLINE OF MEDICINE

BY GRANT MERCER – The fourth-year medical school students gathered around a table in the Vanderbilt Medical Center cafeteria. Over hurried bites of salads and sandwiches, the topic of conversation was the same one hashed over daily by most fourth-years – Who’s choosing what specialty?  Neurology, dermatology and emergency medicine were all hot contenders among…

HAS TECHNOLGY CHANGED MEDICINE?

BY HALLIE SMITH – Technological advances have not only improved the processes used in the industrial sector of society, but have also drastically altered the way we live our day-to-day lives. One hundred years ago, no one would have thought about heating dinner in a microwave or hopping on an airplane to fly half-way around…

BENEATH THE SURFACE: SUICIDE AWARENESS

BY CHRISTINA NAJJAR – Numbers. In the day-to-day scheme of life – between nabbing that much needed latte before an 8 a.m., engaging in small talk with that person who has the escapingly ambiguous name, and excusing the tears in Organic Chemistry as sweat from the hike up Ag Hill- the concept of numbers seldom enters…