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Waging War Against Cancer: A Peek into Immunotherapy

September 5, 2016 – 10:39 PM |

Recent years have seen the emergence of cancer as a globally feared and somewhat mysterious leading cause of death among populations. Certainly, its insidious nature crafts an unforgiving view in the eyes of the common …

Nursing Practice in Pakistan: Holding aloft Professional Ideals through Thick and Thin

August 1, 2016 – 5:44 PM |

There is quite a bit of literature that critiques the profession of Nursing as a discipline essentially tied up with many other fields of study. It is widely considered that nursing knowledge is borrowed from …

A Symbiotic Tale: The Hygiene Hypothesis as It Stands Today

June 13, 2016 – 6:41 AM |

The story of our symbiotic relationship with microorganisms begins with the advent of human life on earth, when man lived as a hunter-gatherer. In the wild, the lifestyle of early humans echoed with the throbbing …

From the Horse’s Mouth: The Trials and Triumphs of IMGs in the U.S.A

April 6, 2016 – 9:35 PM |

“What do you think are the barriers for an international medical graduate coming into your program?”
On my recent trip to the United States, I was fortunate enough to put this question to twenty physicians across …

Importance of Clinical Examination Skills in Paramedical Training

January 31, 2016 – 7:10 PM |

During clinical rounds, medical house officers discuss patients with the consultant. These discussions include patient’s history, their present complaints and supporting labs to reacha specific diagnosis. I found these rounds very knowledgeable because we can …

Ode to a Medical Student: A Note of Gratitude for Driving Me Toward Life!

January 11, 2016 – 9:16 PM |

To begin at the beginning, the beginning of my daughter’s life, and the beginning of my illness, I must take you back to early December 1971. I had just come home from the hospital after …

On the Road to Healing Hearts and Lives – The Heart-felt Story of a Heart

January 11, 2016 – 8:32 PM |

In certain cases, words cannot be truer than those of Elizabeth Blackwell:
‘The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for …

There is No Elevator to Success, You Have to Take the Stairs

September 23, 2015 – 11:15 PM | One Comment

It is often said that there are no shortcuts to success; shortcuts only make long delays. However, as we enter the medical profession, our whole mindset typically transforms.

A Healthy Skepticism: Embracing the Rationale Encompassing Science

August 31, 2015 – 10:01 PM | One Comment

Picture a scientist – doctor, physicist, forensics expert, it doesn’t matter which field. The image that the word ‘scientist’ conjures up in my mind is one of a long hallway, at the end of which …

The Big Leap into Medical School – Advice for Beginners

August 12, 2015 – 10:57 PM |

With the hectic day-to-day routine of medical professionals, doctors and even senior medical students can sometimes forget the disorientation that follows the beginning of medical school. Keeping in mind the expected output from every student …

Understanding Dehydration and its Consequences

August 9, 2015 – 12:56 PM |

Dehydration simply means decrease of water or fluid in the body; it occurs when we use lose more fluid or water than we take daily and our body does not have enough water to carry …

Active Learning and the Need to Equip Medical Students with Cognitive Skills

July 7, 2015 – 9:03 PM |

The analogy – however apt – of the prototype Pakistani student to a clockwork parrot that has been conditioned to give the one ‘correct’ answer to any question has perhaps been overused. Allow me to …

Fighting Flaws in the Current Medical Education System: A Student’s Perspective

June 19, 2015 – 12:34 AM |

As someone, who entered the field of medical education bright-eyed and full of interest in first year, I have since lost much of my enthusiasm and drive over the course of two years. One could …