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…

ROBO DOC – THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE?

BY GRANT MERCER – Sixteen years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nation’s first robotic surgical system. Named after a Renaissance master, the da Vinci system promised a revolutionary breakthrough just as its name implied — a revolutionary breakthrough reflective of the marriage between art and science. Then-FDA Commissioner Jane Henney predicted…

SEX ABNORMALITY AT BIRTH

BY EMMA BURKE – Imagine you have just become the proud parent of a newborn. You hear the baby cry just before the doctor whisks your child away for examination. After a few tense moments, the doctor turns around and congratulates you with hesitation. You are told that you baby was born with both female…

HOLD ON TO YOU

BY BEMSI WALLANG – What are individuals without individuality? And at what point does it become acceptable for a person to sacrifice the things they like for the betterment of a potential, distant reality? Young adulthood is all about finding what works and sticking to it, which sets standards for your late adulthood. As pre-health students,…

HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

BY HALLIE SMITH – As the number of individuals identifying as members of the LGBT community is growing, understanding and fulfilling their health needs should be of major importance to those who work in healthcare. They share all of the same physical and mental issues as any other group of society, but many of their problems…

A NEW FACE TO AN OLD ENEMY

BY HAMZAH ALI – The world confronts an old enemy today, but it has a new face disguised by false premises. This enemy targets and misleads society’s youth. Electronic cigarettes are the new forefront of the tobacco industry, outgrowing popularity for conventional cigarettes. Are e-cigarettes leading to a new revival of an old habit or…

SEX MATTERS: THE KEY TO A MORE ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS

BY ANISHA YAGNIK – It has long been known that men and women are biologically different. Women carry the baby and men thank their stars that they don’t have to turn into a hormonal balloon for nine months. However, it is important to note that although everyone is aware of the reproductive differences, male and…