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Assertiveness in Healthcare – Standing up to Authority, For All the Right Reasons

July 20, 2017 – 8:44 PM |

Clinics are a key learning medium for medical and nursing students. As a nursing student in my third year clinical rotation at a maternity center, I encounter many clients daily, some of whom are faced …

A Day in the Life of a Third Year Medical Student

July 15, 2017 – 7:15 AM |

I still remember the days when getting into a reputable medical school seemed to me a far-fetched dream only; passing A-level with flying colors, acing the aptitude test and building up the resolve to reach …

Cancer and End-of-life Care: Reflections of an Oncology Unit Nurse

May 1, 2017 – 2:55 PM |

Losing a loved one or seeing them suffer from severe illness is a difficult time in one’s life. When one family member has a terminal disease, the whole family suffers along with sick person. Cancer, …

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 …