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Christianity and Modern Medicine

Christianity and Modern Medicine

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Of the greatest miracles performed by Christ was his healing of lepers, the blind and the deaf. Gregor Mendel, a monk, was the father of modern genetics. Christian missionaries like Mother Teresa saved thousands of people in the name of God. The Christian faith and the art of healing have been connected for centuries, and(...)

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Hopkins Students Craft Their Own Medical School Experience

Hopkins Students Craft Their Own Medical School Experience

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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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Discovering Medicine Through Filmmaking

Discovering Medicine Through Filmmaking

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The power of photons is amazing. In fact, every day, photons are trapped with sensors and converted to matrices of millions of numbers. By rearranging these matrices and converting them to electrical outputs and, eventually, back to new photons for our eyes to see, these photons can trigger powerful emotions in us—anger, laughter, happiness, even(...)

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The Social Context of Health Care

The Social Context of Health Care

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In some ways, a hospital is a great equalizer. Once you’re admitted, things like employment status or race no longer matter — unless that happens to be medically relevant. What matters is that you’re sick enough to need a team of health professionals to take care of you. Whether you live in a gated community(...)

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Witnesses of Tragedy in the Hospital

Witnesses of Tragedy in the Hospital

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Countless big and small tragedies occur in the hospital daily. There is the yearning for fresh air, the tedium of one blood draw after another, the inability to defecate, the removal of an organ, the loss of a child or parent. These are interwoven with beautiful miracles, human triumphs, cures and compassion. It is no(...)

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Improving Wellness for Health Care Providers

Improving Wellness for Health Care Providers

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To maintain wellness in the medical profession, wellness must be brought to the forefront as an issue for the medical community. The emphasis on wellness should start early while physicians are still in their training and continue in the workplace. At the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Student Wellness Initiative, led by Jenny(...)

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Learning from Willard Standiford’s 50 Years in Medicine

Learning from Willard Standiford’s 50 Years in Medicine

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In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell observes that in many different fields, it seems to require roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. By my most conservative estimate, Willard Standiford has spent 119,250 hours practicing medicine. He retired at the end of 2016, 50 years after beginning his career as a pediatrician. I met(...)

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