Through the course of medical education, students learn to call for “consults” from various medical specialties. Yet, consults can come in many forms — from social work, nutrition, law, ethics and policy. There is also much to be learned from premedical and post-bacc students, who may be walking into medicine with a fresh set of eyes. “Consults” invites experienced non-clinicians and undergraduates to contribute pieces relevant to the medical student community.

Anna Delamerced Anna Delamerced (7 Posts)


Warren Alpert Medical School

Hi! I'm a first-year medical student who loves hanging out with family, laughing with friends, eating, reading, writing, playing chess, and hip-hop dancing! I'm very grateful to learn from teachers and fellow classmates as we continue on our journeys through medical school and beyond. In the future, I hope to serve my patients and my community wholeheartedly.

Are Financial Incentives the Answer to Our National Organ Shortage?

For patients struggling to stay alive, organ donation serves as a new lease on life. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 123,358 people waiting for life-saving organ transplantation, yet there are only 13,125 organ donors. While subtle, nominal changes such as changing the U.S. organ donor program from an opt-in to an opt-out program have been proven to increase rates of organ donation, the rising levels of organ demand and stagnating levels of donors indicate that the only way to completely bridge the gap is through tangible and pervasive policy change.

Reconciling Religious Law of Orthodox Judaism with Medical Practice

Sometimes it is difficult to reconcile value systems that pull a person in opposite directions. Specifically in medicine, where the laws and nature of the work are so sensitive, yet also so important, it is within normal daily function to default to the ethics and American system of law. However, for Orthodox Jews, it is not that simple. Certain laws, such as the laws pertaining to the Sabbath, can make practicing medicine quite tricky.

Teaching Empathy to Aspiring Health Professionals

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on the blog The Arts & Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace by guest writer Jakub Kaczmarzyk. I see a unique side of people: the tops of their heads.  I can spot gray hairs, roots and baldness at a glance. Faces, however, often escape me. At 6-foot-3, it’s hard to always see them. Where does that leave me? Out of touch. We are inherently different people, seeing from different perspectives and facing different …

Why Health Care Costs Matter

It is no secret the US health care model is unsustainable. Costs continue to skyrocket, emergency rooms have become the primary care source for many of the uninsured, and physicians spend 22% of their time on nonclinical paperwork. Amidst the numerous problems and proposed causes, the unpredictable and high cost of health care is an undeniable symptom of a sick health care system. The price of procedures, visits, medications, and hospital stays has become a …

Pre-Med Courses: Fruitless Venture or Worthwhile Investment?

Upon graduating high school, many students have some sort of idea of their career as well as life aspirations. He or she will enter college and begin looking at coursework, thrilled at the opportunity to expand his or her knowledge in classes that were previously unimaginable. Orientation will come and then, the rock, an unreckonable force will finally hit. The time will come and the student will consult with either his or her pre-med or …

Compassion: Diagnosis Disappointing, Prognosis Hopeful.

As that white coat flutters down the corridors of the ward, clinic, or examination room, a feeling of hope emerges. The white coat, a ubiquitous symbol, has become synonymous with all the precepts that a doctor stands for. Trust, hope, and strength are all ideals that doctors strive to personify in their actions with not only patients, but also with their colleagues. By striving to actualize these precepts as a physician, one will lead a …

C. J. Skok C. J. Skok (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer and Former Undergraduate Guest Writer

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

My name is C.J. Skok and I am a MS-1 at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine - Midwestern University. I attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology (Honors), with a minor in German.