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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

Our lives have a starting point and an ending point. In other words, mortality is the basis of our evolutionary biology. Just as life plays an integral role in reproduction, so does death. Imagine a world with immortal beings; the hypothetical consequences of this would be an increased fertility rate and an overcrowded environment, leading … Read More

The last time I went to see a clinician was the first time I realized that my health was connected to my experiences as a black woman. At first, I just wanted to know what I could do about the acne flare up that had come after a period of extreme stress. She asked why I was stressed. I … Read More

This week on ENT Weekly, we take a small break to visit the healthcare of another country half a world away. This year, I had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Taiwan on a recent trip to visit family. Taiwan is an island country home to 23 million people and is located 100 miles off … Read More

We take another break from your regularly scheduled ENT Weekly to bring you another special from the island country of Taiwan. This time we look at private pay healthcare, focusing on cosmetic medicine. After my experiences with primary care, I wanted to experience a totally different aspect of medicine, looking this time into the tantalizing world … Read More

If you live near the coast, warm weather often means heading to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Sandcastles, sunbathing, and for the intrepid, thrill-seeking adventurer: surfing! For the chronic beach-heads, however, surfer’s ear is a condition that merits as much attention as catching the next big wave. Surfer’s ear is … Read More

One in 10 Americans suffers from a loss of hearing that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss, especially for those from ages 21 to 35. The damage caused by noise, called sensorineural hearing loss or nerve deafness, can be caused by … Read More

Five minutes pass, followed by ten more minutes. A 30-minute office procedure to place an ear tube has ballooned into close to an hour without the doctor emerging. I walk around, reassuring patients that the doctor would be entering their room shortly. Another five minutes pass before the doctor walks out of the procedure room. … Read More

Today on Summit ENT, we continue with yet another tantalizing ear condition that can cause hearing loss. Repeated ear infections or retraction of the eardrum can allow skin into the middle ear, causing cholesteatomas. Cholesteatomas are abnormal skin growths in the middle ear, developing as cysts that shed old layers of skin. Over time, cholesteatomas … Read More

Summer is here! As a bit of an opposite to the deathly doom that faces Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones, we are quickly approaching a time of relaxation and vacation. For many travelers, this may mean visiting family or exploring the world, often via an airplane. If you ever have … Read More

The paranasal sinuses are a series of hollow chambers that surround the nasal chamber. The sinuses and the nose share a similar lining called the mucosa. This mucosa covers the entire system and consists of structural cells, mucus-producing cells, and hair cells called cilia. The cilia beat back and forth to move the mucus from the … Read More

“Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling, through an endless diamond sky” is an apt description of Princess Jasmine’s magic carpet ride, as well as what patients feel if they have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a dysfunction of the inner ear that results in an abnormal sensation of spinning or unsteadiness. Although greatly disorienting, BPPV is … 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

Previously on ENT Weekly, we learned about the dizzying effects of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). As a note, BPPV is fairly common, affecting one per 1000 people with an overall prevalence of 2.5% in the overall population. This disease is fairly rare in children but can affect adults of any age, especially seniors. Although the … Read More

Modern medicine is not a stand-alone field. It depends on another specialized profession to brainstorm, construct, and improve new technology: biomedical engineers. Biomedical engineers work closely with chemists, physicians, and other scientists to research ways of improving patient care. They design artificial devices and diagnostic machinery, working diligently to ensure the safety of their creations … Read More

It is nearly impossible to go through a day without using some sort of search engine. The advent of Google and other search engines in the ’90s made daily life easier. There is no longer a need to waste time struggling to remember minute details or memorizing facts when the answers can be uncovered in less than a … 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

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