Excellent Care in Extenuating Circumstances: Tactical and Disaster Medicine

By Michael Rallo Not a day goes by without a tragedy. Mass shootings, major accidents, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters are constant threats to our society. As the government, military, and other major institutions plan for these incidents, the medical field must also prepare its professionals. Known as tactical or disaster medicine, this field encompasses Continue Reading

Lighting Upon Solutions: Optogenetics in Brain Research

Elbert Mets To better understand behavior and cognitive function, neuroscientists have long sought the ability to activate specific neurons within the brain. For much of the field’s history, neuroscience researchers have had limited tools to selectively manipulate neurons in vivo (in a live animal) and conclusively determine their functions. At best, scientists were able to Continue Reading

To D.O. or Not to D.O.?

By Michael Alvarez Family care doctors, emergency physicians, hospitalists, and surgeons: we entrust our well-being to these health care professionals, finding comfort in their credentials.  Medical school, residency, and numerous board and licensing exams are accreditations that all physicians have in common. However, confusion often arises in understanding the subtle differences between the initials M.D. Continue Reading

Medical School: Public vs. Private

By Alexander Straughan While sifting through the large pool of medical schools that I was considering applying to, I found that most resources classify medical schools into two large categories: public schools and private schools. Many application materials acknowledge that differences exist between the two types of medical schools. However, what the differences are and 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