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3 Things to Avoid When You’re Stressed

By: Paige Johnson When your daily life is stressful, it’s often easy to exacerbate stress, even when you don’t intend to. Things you may consider helpful can sometimes actually prove to be the opposite, and you end up wondering why you continue to feel unwell despite these efforts. If a person carries excess stress for too long, their overall well-being will begin to suffer. It is critical that you know how to reduce stress and find time to relax. Here are a few things you should avoid when you are already experiencing stress. Caffeine Feeds Anxiety It is extremely common for an overworked, stressed person to turn toward coffee for an energy boost. They may think that caffeine will make work easier and faster. Unfortunately, when you are stressed, caffeine will do more harm than good. Studies have shown that caffeine acts as a boost for anxiety which is often a side effect of stress. Though you may be more alert, you will also feel more tightly wound and distressed by your busy schedule. Rather …

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Medical School: Applying as an International Applicant

By Huyen Nguyen To many American students, applying to medical schools is a tedious and endless process. Taking hard science courses, volunteering, shadowing, doing research and studying for the MCAT are the most fundamental things a typical applicant must do throughout their four years in college. People may think that earning a spot in medical schools cannot get any harder, but in fact, there are even higher standards and more complicated requirements which must be fulfilled by a special group of students: international applicants. My friend Ha Nguyen, a senior majoring in Genetics and Philosophy, is one of those. Ha came to the US by himself when he was only 13 years old. He knew nothing at the time, not even English. When his flight was delayed for three hours, he tried to get something to eat, picking Burger King because “burger” was the only word he understood. Ha then attended a military boarding high school in Texas, and after graduation, he came to UGA as he once joked, “because Athens’ food is way too good.” …

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Innovation Gridlock in Healthcare: Big Ideas and Big Data

By: Sona Rao When you think of innovation there are two words to keep in mind: big data. It is a buzz phrase that has sparked countless conversations in technology and has changed the way industries operate and perform. What is big data and why is it so powerful? In an increasingly digital environment, everything you experience is data-driven. Every click of your mouse is tracked by companies and used to improve online services by predicting what consumers want. For example, when online shopping giants like Amazon want to track all the products that every user has clicked on, all of those “clicks” are aggregated into a database and analyzed. That’s a lot of data. This is the essence of big data: huge amounts of information in all shapes and sizes being swallowed by companies at a great speed. And the process of using that data to improve performance and technology is called innovation. What happens when you apply the same concept to patient data? Organizations use digital information of previous and current patients to …

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The Shepherd Center: Atlanta’s Most Valuable Resource

By Emma Burke To the casual passerby, the campus of concrete buildings situated on Peachtree Road appears to be just another metropolitan health care complex. However, the miracles performed every day at this catastrophic-care hospital are unique. Each year the Shepherd Center rehabilitates thousands of patients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Between inpatient, outpatient and day programs, the staff brings hope for a better life to people suffering from some of the most devastating ailments.

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Tortilla Reform of Medical Malpractice

By Jesse Hu Let me pose a hypothetical. Say you’re a mailman. You drive around in your mail buggy, and every day the mail makes it to the right place. One day, a letter slips into the wrong stack, and makes its way to the wrong person. Happens all the time right? No sweat. Well, for the sake of this hypothetical, you’re bathed in sweat, because now you’re fired. Oh, and your profession reputation is dragged through mud in a long, drawn  out lawsuit that costs you something like $50,000 when you’re already saddled with $100,000 worth of debt. Why does a mailman have that much debt? Well, this isn’t a perfect analogy. But, if you read between the lines of an analogy, this is a very true reality that doctors have to face.

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A Day in the Pre-Med Life: California State University

A Day in the Life of a CSUF Pre-Med by Christopher Corral My name is Christopher Corral and I am a third-year biology major at California State University-Fullerton. I want to be a physician because I believe it is the most fulfilling work I could ever do in my lifetime. To be an engineer of the human body is an amazing thing. I work towards becoming a physician by sticking to a schedule of continual progress. I feel that repeatedly getting out of my comfort zone to move forward will shape me as a doctor. “My day typically starts in a rush to get out of the house. It takes me exactly 45 minutes to leave the house groomed and well-fed. After fighting slow AM traffic, I manage to get to school. By the time I park my car, I’m usually already late for my first class. A couple of science and lab classes later, I am mentally clocked out. I don’t sleep much, as I am constantly on the verge of falling behind. Luckily, …

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Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine By: Charyse Magdangal 1. What is your name, your professional title, and your relationship to the university? My name is Richard Barnette, and I am the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at Morehouse School of Medicine. 2. What are some essential problems in the healthcare field and how is your school working to change that? We are working to change the problem of disparities in health. We want to make equal access for everybody. We have the “haves” and the “have-nots”. Morehouse School of Medicine wants to make health accessible to everyone. I think that’s one of the key things we have to do. That disparity we want to destroy it. And how do we do that? Through our curriculum and implementing how important it is for primary care physicians. 3. What is a brief description of the application process? Students have to go through AMCAAS of course, making sure all their information is through. Once we get it, what’s going to happen is upfront a group will analyze everything. …

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Georgia Regents University (MCG) Medical School Interview

Georgia Regents University (MCG) By: Charyse Magdangal 1. What is your name, your professional title, and your relationship to the university? I am Jacquelyn Dogan. I am the Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University. We do have two four-year campuses, but there is one admissions office. I represent both the Augusta and Athens campus. 2. What are some essential problems in the healthcare field, and how is the university working to change that? One of the interesting things that many of our students are facing is that they are going through the four years of medical school and having issues being placed in residency. We are working to expand our class size to accommodate the need for additional physicians in the workforce. Currently, we have 230 students that we accept every year. We are working to increase to 300. Something we strive to do is adjust our curriculum every so often. Our curriculum committee meets to review the different things that make our students most competitive so …