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…

A GENERATION IN CRISIS

BY ANNIKA JONKER – Opioids can be found administered to patients before and after surgical procedures or even given to a dental patient for a mild toothache. The amount of opioids prescribed in America has nearly quadrupled since 1999, but there has been no significant change in levels of pain that people report – so how…

AMERICA’S DOCTOR – THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL

BY GRANT MERCER – Just over 50 years ago, Surgeon General Luther Terry issued a landmark report linking smoking to disease and death. At the time, smoking was commonplace and even considered fashionable.  Movies and advertisements, filled with images of stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Audrey Hepburn, made smoking seem an absolute necessity…

SOMEONE CALL AN EYE DOCTOR

BY LILY WANG – Whenever I tell someone I’m a Microbiology major, they always ask, “Are you Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-PA, etc?” After I tell them that I’m actually Pre-Optometry, they either ask, “What’s optometry?” or “What’s the difference between optometry and ophthalmology?” Optometrists (O.D.) are primary health care professionals that diagnose and treat diseases and…

YOUR BRAIN ON MULTITASKING

BY EMMA BURKE – Cramming in time for the latest binge-worthy Netflix series, catching up on social media drama and spending time with friends can seem impossible after a long day of classes and homework (especially if you want to get a full night’s sleep). To squeeze more than 24 hours of life out of…

THE INTERNET TOLD ME I WAS DYING!

BY LEAH GINN – It always happens the same way: I experience a few different symptoms, Google them, select an enticing WebMD article and diagnose myself with a terminal illness – all within a mere five minutes. If I allowed the internet to be the authoritative voice regarding my health care the numerous times that…

MORE THAN JUST THE RIGHT NUMBERS

BY HAMZAH ALI –   3.98 GPA, 518 MCAT Score, 150+ hours of clinical volunteering, 75+ hours of shadowing, president of a premier pre-medical club and five semesters of undergraduate research experience are the credentials of a student who was DENIED admissions to medical school. If you are a pre-med student reading this article right…

A FAST TRACK TO THE MEDICAL FIELD

BY KATIE LUQUIRE  –   At this point, you probably know the ins and outs of medical school. You have shadowed a few doctors, spent countless hours studying for the MCAT and somehow made it through Organic Chemistry. Twice. But what if there’s an alternative to earning an MD? In 2010, the Affordable Care Act…

ME, MYSELFIE AND I

BY ANNIKA CARTER –  In fourth and fifth grade, my friends started getting cell phones (remember when the SideKick and Razr were the best?). Shortly thereafter, they started making MySpace accounts. Excited to join in on the social media craze, I created an account on my 13th birthday without my mother’s knowledge — she definitely…