Benjamin Ostrander

About Benjamin Ostrander

Benjamin Ostrander is a third-year medical student who strives to keep life infinitely interesting through creativity with words, food, music, medicine and more.

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Are llamas the Key to Curing the Flu?

Are llamas the Key to Curing the Flu?

Influenza kills up to 646,000 people worldwide each year. While we have all heard about the importance of receiving the annual flu vaccine, it reduces the risk of illness by approximately 60 percent at best. Last year, during one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent memory, the vaccine was only about 40 percent effective.(...)

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Learning Through Apprenticeship: A Continued Pillar of Medical Education

Learning Through Apprenticeship: A Continued Pillar of Medical Education

“See one, do one, teach one,” is the traditional adage by which physicians learn their trade. This apprenticeship model in medicine is often credited to William Stewart Halsted, the first surgeon-in-chief of Johns Hopkins and the founder of its surgical residency program. Although much has changed in the halls of The Johns Hopkins Hospital since(...)

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Hopkins Medical Students Shape National Health Policy Through the AMA

Hopkins Medical Students Shape National Health Policy Through the AMA

The American Medical Association, or AMA, is the largest association of physicians and medical trainees in the United States. This organization has also established itself as one of the most powerful political lobbying groups in the country, ranking third in dollars spent for this purpose over the last 20 years. Additionally, the AMA has a(...)

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Does Anesthesia Knock Out Plants, Too?

Does Anesthesia Knock Out Plants, Too?

In 1796, an English scientist by the name of Edward Jenner expounded on the observation that milkmaids were generally immune to smallpox. He inoculated people with pus from cowpox blisters from the hands of milkmaids as a method to prevent smallpox, and the concept of vaccination was born. Many radical advances in medicine happen in(...)

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The Debate Behind Balancing Resident Work Hours

The Debate Behind Balancing Resident Work Hours

As an undergraduate, I frequently shadowed physicians and remember vividly many moments and anecdotes from those experiences, many of which would go on to shape my future career aspirations. One of my close mentors, a veteran vascular surgeon at the end of his career, once reminisced about his surgical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital(...)

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Hopkins Students Craft Their Own Medical School Experience

Hopkins Students Craft Their Own Medical School Experience

Traditionally, medical school is viewed as a continuous four-year educational experience. In reality, the structure of medical education is that of contrasting, dichotomous learning methodologies divided into two sequential stages: preclinical and clinical years. The daily lifestyles, schedules and learning styles of medical students within these two distinct but complementary components of medical school could(...)

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In the Wake of ACA Repeal, Medical Students Unify to “#ProtectOurPatients”

In the Wake of ACA Repeal, Medical Students Unify to “#ProtectOurPatients”

In the wake of a seismic shift in the political environment in the United States, with a new presidential administration and the promised rapid repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), medical students across the country are making their voices heard. Health professions students have unified under an ancient, fundamental ethical principle(...)

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