Speak and Be Heard: Language in Medicine

By Nathan Shlobin, Northwestern University ’20 Eight percent of the United States population exhibits limited English proficiency. In the past thirteen years, the number of Americans with limited understanding of English has increased substantially, from almost 14 million to 25.1 million, primarily reflecting an increase in immigration.1 In medicine, where every detail is critical, this Continue Reading

Standardizing Surgical Safety

By Elbert Mets Over 200 million surgeries are performed around the world annually.1,2 Of these surgeries, over seven million will end in complications and one million patients will die due to these complications.1,2 The occurrence of complications, including surgical errors such as wrong-site surgery and surgical site infection, can be reduced if operating room personnel Continue Reading

A Guide to US Health Care Policy

By Katarzyna Zembrzuska and Svetlana Slavin Nearly 50 years have passed since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, public health insurance programs that aim to help those who would otherwise be left without a safety net of care. Despite aforementioned government legislations intended to provide health care to those in need, upwards of 48 million Continue Reading

From Bench to Bedside: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Medicine

By Michael Rallo The process of actually converting significant findings into practice is quite difficult. Translational research is the field that focuses on making this process more efficient. It involves applying advancements in the basic science realm – which is fundamental scientific research that aims to improve scientific theories and understanding of natural phenomena – Continue Reading

Talking Taboo: A New Approach to Chronic Illnesses and End-of-Life Care

By Joanna Jaros A mere century ago, physicians and scientists faced an immense challenge: limited understanding of the human body. A lack of knowledge regarding anatomical structures, biological and biochemical pathways, and mechanisms of disease pathology meant that limited treatments were available for the sick. Consequently, the few available medications were idealized as cure-alls. A Continue Reading

Establishing a Nexus Between Public Health and Clinical Practice

By Jane Wang The relationship between public health and clinical practice is easy to overlook. The former is often associated with an overarching, big-picture approach that addresses issues plaguing populations, while the latter is seen as more individualized and personal. However, despite such distinctions, the two are inextricably linked. This link is often apparent in Continue Reading