Parents fight Croatian law enforcing mandatory child vaccinations | We don't need no vaccinations, we don't need no thought control

The Croatian constitutional court has made the vaccination of children a legal obligation. Their reasoning behind this law is that “a child’s right to health is more important than a parent’s right to choose (wrongly)”. Their words, not mine, although…

A Review of "Informed Consent" | A Play Regarding the DNA Tests and Lawsuits of the Havasupai Indians

Informed Consent, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Sean Daniels, aims to show the emotional, psychological, and physical dangers that can occur when researchers fail to communicate adequately with their subjects. The play focuses on the tale of…

On Anatomy Lab

For a medical student, anatomy lab is a rite of passage. Everything about it is a test: Can you withstand the sharp sting of formaldehyde at 8 AM? Can you differentiate between the vagus and the phrenic nerves? Can you delicately…

Time | The Balancing Act of Medical School

Not too long ago, I was rushing from one informational meeting to the next, trying to gather the scoop on medicine, medical school, and what exactly it meant to be a pre-med (I found it strange that these three rungs…

Guinea's Ebola Virus Outbreak | Connecting the Classroom to Current Events

Ebola Virus Outbreak in Guinea Medical students spend hours upon hours in the classroom learning about the transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases on a daily basis. While it is important to learn as much as possible from…

A Quick Guide to HPV Vaccination

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are non-enveloped, double-stranded DNA viruses which infect human mucosal and epithelial tissues. They survive well in the environment and can be spread through direct contact with a wart, a fomite (ex. doorknob or toilet seat), or when…

Stop, Look, Go | An Approach to the Medical Student Lifestyle

Medical school is not what I expected. I’m neither saving lives day in and day out, nor am I the most knowledgeable person in my class. I’m not performing medical miracles and I’m not revolutionizing medicine as I envisioned I…

Ghost | Reflections on Anatomy Lab

The towel felt heavy the first time I lifted it, Weighed down, Soaked. I held in my breath while we grabbed the ends of the white damp cloth and peeled it back, In part from the acrid smell of formaldehyde,…