New Medical Training

This article examined a new plan in medical school training that would get medical school graduates working as physician sooner. Grads would skip residency and go straight to treating patients. This new model would help the physician shortage and get physicians into areas with not enough physicians. Residency programs have limited space so many med school graduates are left with the qualifications, but without residency experience, creating a bottleneck effect. However, people argue that medical school is not intended to prepare you to go into practice, that is what residency is for. Some states are trying to implement a position called a “physician in training” or an “assistant physician” (different from a physician’s assistant) who are people who have graduated from med school, but not completed residency. The job allows them to provide primary care services as long as they are supervised by a physician. These new rules and positions are not planned to take effect until fall 2016. Continue reading “New Medical Training”

Process Reflection

This class is probably the one I talk most about when I tell people what classes I am taking. This partly because if I started talking about my other classes like organic chemistry, people would have no idea what I was talking about, but it is also because it some of the topics we have discussed have really interested me and they are topics that apply to almost everyone. I think it is pretty safe to say everyone will need healthcare at some point in their lives, whether it is something big or small, and there were a lot of issues we discussed in class that many people have faced, such as access and quality. Continue reading “Process Reflection”

Discussion Question

The discussion last week reminded me of this article from The Onion. It makes fun of people (particularly teens) who use their phones too much. This article is from 2012 and it’s interesting to see that three years later in 2015, too much cell phone use/anxiety without phone is being taken more seriously and even being considered being a medicalized issue. It makes me wonder what other issues used to be taken lightly and made fun of before becoming actual concerns. Are people laughing at the issue to make it seem like less of a concern? I think as long as cell phone companies continue coming out with new and improved phones, the concern of too much use and “nomophobia” will not go away.

October Article Response

Another Pollution to Worry About

This article discussed research that supports that noise can impact our cardiovascular risk. Noise pollution can disrupt sleep and raise stress levels which in turn causes increased blood pressure and heart rate while reducing vascular function (important for keeping our bodies running smoothly). A European study showed that environmental noise (noise pollution) contributed to at least 10,000 premature deaths due to heart attacks. The people most at risk are people who live near busy streets, railways, and airports. The researchers recommend either moving away from the noise, or, if that is unavoidable, participate in exercises such as yoga and meditation to calm the mind. Continue reading “October Article Response”

Process Reflection

I have really enjoyed this class so far. There have been many lectures and discussions that have opened my eyes to elements of our healthcare system that I had no idea existed. It has been frustrating and eye-opening to hear all the stories of people lacking healthcare in the US and the consequences they have suffered (specifically thinking of the girl who died from lupus, which is treatable!). Hearing these stories makes me realize how privileged I have been having quality healthcare my whole life. I never really realized how severe the consequences if not having health insurance could be, but seeing how it can lead to death or a life of debt has shown me the huge impact it can have. Continue reading “Process Reflection”

September Article Response

This study from NBC News argues that black children receive less pain medication than white children in the emergency room. The study focused on cases of appendicitis because “there is a broad agreement that [it] merits pain relief.” The research showed that only 57% of children, regardless of race, received any pain medication and only 12% of black children got pain medication. The conclusion was that this disparity shows implicit and explicit biases that influence the clinician’s judgement when administering pain medication.

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