Diana Cholakian

About Diana Cholakian

Diana Cholakian is a fourth-year gynecology and obstetrics resident at Johns Hopkins. When she’s not in the OR, she enjoys biking, hiking, and running around the city.

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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Within the medical field, naming a surgical instrument is often considered the epitome of success. Such a major contribution not only cements the lucky surgeon’s name in history books for decades to come, but also means that his/her name will interminably roll off the tongues of future physicians who appreciate that innovation and its use(...)

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Vaccination Woes: HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low

Vaccination Woes: HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low

I was first offered the HPV vaccine during my college years. Although I had been counseled about the importance of the vaccine at that time, the steep price for the three-vaccine series kept me from getting it. With each injection costing $190, it was simply something I could not afford. By the time I started(...)

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Who Cares for Resident Caretakers?


"Can you check my blood pressure?" This is a common request I get from my co-residents. Even I have taken advantage of the vacant blood pressure cuffs in our clinic to occasionally check my own numbers. Though it seems like medical trainees are constantly surrounded by health care, studies have actually shown that we are,(...)

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Podcasts: A New Approach to Learning


In 2013, the Serial podcast shook the airwaves as it chronicled a crime in Baltimore. Since then, many have been inspired to use podcasts as an easily accessible learning tool, which has created an excellent means for people to better understand otherwise intimidating subjects. There are many podcasts in science and medicine for those who(...)

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Baltimore Celebrates with Fun Festivals


This past April, you may have noticed a surplus of sparkling lights scattered throughout Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For those who participated, Light City Baltimore provided food, music and fun. This event was so popular, it even attracted people from outside of Baltimore, including residents from Philadelphia and New York City, among other places. But for(...)

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The Wish for a Womb: How Uterus Transplants Can Make Pregnancy Possible


After success in Swedish trials, the first uterine transplant was performed at Cleveland Clinic in the United States this past February. The research in Sweden had shown that these transplanted uteruses could carry babies and produce live births. The often troublesome side effects of having a uterus — namely painful or heavy periods, among other(...)

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Was ‘Meaningful Use’ Meaningless?


When I started medical school in 2009, one of my responsibilities was to write progress notes and help write out the details of patients’ conditions on their paper charts. Years later when I started residency, I walked into patients’ rooms bare-handed, carrying nothing but my stethoscope and eyeing the computer in the corner that I(...)

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