Rupleen Kaur

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rbkaur@ucdavis.edu

Rupleen Kaur is a full-time student majoring in Genetics at the University of California-Davis.

Rupleen has written 19 post(s)

The practice of medicine is full of ethical issues and challenges. How should a medical professional respond when he encounters ethical breaches by his own colleagues? In a survey performed by six Pennsylvania Medical Schools, 98% of third and fourth year medical students report hearing physicians refer to their patients in a derogatory manner, and … Read More

Every year, fresh faces entering medical school partake in the centuries-old rite of passage of dissecting human flesh. It is a tradition that, to some, marks the beginning of their life in healthcare, and to others, the point from which medical desensitization starts to take hold. On her first day of gross anatomy, Shara Yurkiewicz, a first-year medical … Read More

Medical malpractice lawsuits are fairly common nowadays. Most doctors expect to get sued at least once in their lifetime. But, naturally, it still comes as a shock when it actually happens. Getting sued can be a very grueling process for physicians, and many practitioners are never the same even after their case is settled. The effects of … Read More

You have successfully completed your first board examination. You are a third year med student, already halfway through medical school! Right when you start to think that you know it all, that you have finally mastered the art of succeeding in med school, life apparently decides to throw a curve ball at you. All that you … Read More

When astronaut John Phillips looked down at the Earth from aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2005, the image he saw of our home planet was blurry. Normally sharp-sighted, Phillips was taken aback and wondered if his vision was failing. “I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself … Read More

There is no chapter in medical school textbooks that prepares students for delivering bad news or coping with death. Thus, it’s not a surprise that experiencing the death of a patient for the first time can be a very emotionally charged event in the lives of medical students. It can usher in a variety of emotions ranging … Read More

The central dogma of molecular biology explains that genetic information is first converted from DNA to RNA, and this RNA is further used by the cell to make proteins. For a long time, molecular biologists believed that this flow of information from DNA to proteins was unidirectional, but the thought was later amended after the Reverse Transcriptase … Read More

Medicine is full of uncertainties. The medical decision-making process may often figuratively resemble a tree with branches that all lead to different outcomes for a patient. But can physicians afford to look and consider the whole tree before making their decisions? Or do they often opt for a much closer look in lieu of confidence? The latter scenario, … Read More

On May 10th, a group of roughly 150 select scientists, lawyers and industry leaders met at the Harvard Medical School in Boston to discuss the synthesis of the first human synthetic genome. The press was not allowed at the meeting, and the attendees were given clear instructions to keep the nature of the event a … Read More

“Blue baby” is a term used to refer to a new born with blue tinged skin due to a lack of oxygen in its blood. It is usually caused by the presence of congenital heart defects (CHD), such as the Tetralogy of Fallot, tricuspid atresia, or the hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Conditions such as these can … Read More

In 2016, a 32-year long study performed on more than 130,000 US health professionals found a link between aspirin use and cancer risk. The study claims that regular, long-term use of aspirin lowers the risk of developing cancer, particularly colorectal cancer. The researchers in the study took data from two previous large cohort studies in … Read More

Doctors today are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. It is not inherently a bad thing, since with time comes change. We have seen tremendous improvements over the course of the past century that have totally altered the face of the medicine that our predecessors knew. However, at the same time, there is an increasing concern … Read More

For a long time, clinical empathy was brushed aside as being far less important for practicing medicine than technical skills. But with the sudden focus on improving patient satisfaction, the real importance of empathy is also bulging through. Studies have shown an association between clinical empathy, greater patient satisfaction, and a decreased likelihood of malpractice … Read More

Storytelling is a centuries old tradition, and it remains central to our lives even today. The field of narrative medicine is an attempt to converge this tradition with the practice of medicine. Dr. Rita Charon, who is a leading figure in this field, defines narrative competency as “an ability to critically understand and to be … Read More

“High school is like a lawn sprinkler. College is like a garden hose. And medical school is like a fire hose of information,” said Aurora Bennett, the associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. You might have heard some variation of this phrase before. Medical school is intense, and … Read More

It was the early 1900s. Mrs. Davis, a 40 year old woman, suffered from epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by seizures. At the time, there was a prevailing medical view that there was a relationship between epilepsy and the uterus of a woman. Now, as bizarre as this idea might seem to you and me, her surgeon at … Read More

The primary duty of physicians is to improve the health of their patients. But as a result of new technologies, through their years as medical providers, physicians are often involved in many futile efforts that are undertaken to prolong life. These efforts, more often than not, only add to the misery of the situation and end … Read More

Patients die. There is no hiding from this. By choosing to become a physician, a person chooses not only to save lives, but also to live amongst the dying every day. Physicians will always have patients who they will never be able to cure no matter how hard they try. Considering this, we can only … Read More

“Won’t you sit for a while, Doctor?” You can interpret this question simply or consider it more deeply, finding yourself amidst a struggle that stresses the minds of almost every young physician—finding a balance between efficiency and empathy. If you are like me, then you can probably appreciate the importance of both these terms. Don’t … Read More

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