Let's Take a Look at Taiwan's Health Care System

Let’s Take a Look at Taiwan’s Health Care System

While preparing for my presentation on comparing health care systems, I was surprised by the current status of healthcare systems in various countries. Taiwan, especially,…

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From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

The US has a total of 3300 country and local jails, which in 2012 provided mandatory health services to over 11 million people (Bachelli et…

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Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Closing Health Disparities with the ACA

Inequalities in healthcare arise when there is unequal access or quality of care for different sectors of the population. These health disparities cut along lines…

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 Social Determinants of Health – A Struggle for Equity

Social Determinants of Health – A Struggle for Equity

Our latest discussion on social determinants of health with Dr. Jada Bussey-Jones was very dear to me. I previously took a global health class during…

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Another Look at Racism

Another Look at Racism

Dr. Jada Bussy-Jones’s lecture revealed a deeper layer of race related health disparities. While I have always assumed that health is linked to socioeconomic status…

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Remembering Patients' Humanness

Remembering Patients’ Humanness

As Jada Bussey-Jones[1] talked with us yesterday, I found myself nodding with understanding when she mentioned that studies show that during their training, medical students…

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Telemedicine a Necessity for Alaska Native Villages

Telemedicine a Necessity for Alaska Native Villages

            Discussing its benefits in class last week reminded me of how crucial telemedicine is to many remote populations of the state of Alaska. Having…

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Remodeling the FDA

Remodeling the FDA

            As we continue to look for ways to reduce the rising cost of healthcare, the main focus has been…

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Strides in Sex-Education

Strides in Sex-Education

Education and healthcare are fundamentally intertwined.  As more of the GDP is devoted to healthcare, less is available for public education in America.  Despite this…

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Medical Education, Medical practice, and the Government: a vital interface of health care

Medical Education, Medical practice, and the Government: a vital interface of health care

Last week, I was struck by a comment made during the panel of Electronic Health Records. After expanding upon the many positive changes that EHRs…

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Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

On last Thursday’s lecture, we were introduced to the idea of telemedicine, which is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site…

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Academic Health Centers (AHC) and Family Medicine Change the Way Hospitals Do Business

Academic Health Centers (AHC) and Family Medicine Change the Way Hospitals Do Business

Dr. Fred Sanflippo’s presentation on Academic Health Centers (AHC) provided a deeper insight on the alignment, innovation, and structure behind AHC models in our country….

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Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste:  Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste: Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

When dealing with national healthcare expenditures, a great part of the goal of controlling spending is curbing its increasing slope while improving patient outcomes. It…

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Mental Illness in Prison Populations

Mental Illness in Prison Populations

In class yesterday, Dr. Joshua Wallenstein addressed the topic of mental health care in the US.  There are a variety of areas of mental health…

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Why Palliative Care is the Epitome of Healthcare Reform

Why Palliative Care is the Epitome of Healthcare Reform

           As lawmakers and healthcare administrators work tirelessly to decrease healthcare costs, increase quality of care, and make our overall healthcare…

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Care for a Dying Patient

Care for a Dying Patient

As our country tries to decrease the cost of healthcare, we must appreciate the extreme cost of dying in America. According to Atul Gawande,  “twenty-five…

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The Ethics of Hope

The Ethics of Hope

                      Studying what it means to be dead, both legally and subjectively, in class has inspired me to explore the case of Jahi…

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A New Look at Palliative Care

A New Look at Palliative Care

Thursday’s class was particularly meaningful to me. As a pre-med student, I have been under the impression that the purpose of medicine is to cure…

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