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Joe Ladowski Joe Ladowski (3 Posts)

Editor-in-Chief and Former Medical Student Editor (2014-2015)

Indiana University School of Medicine


Hi everyone! My name is Joe Ladowski and I am a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. Just a little bit about myself: Originally from Fort Wayne, IN I attended undergraduate at the University of Chicago and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Endocrinology. While at the UofC I was an active member of the school's rugby team, a volunteer with Global Brigades, and spent my free electives taking courses in Medical Ethics. Right now I'm leaning towards a career in surgery, possibly transplant surgery. Next year (between my 2nd and 3rd year of medical school) I will be taking a research year to focus on xeno-immunology and develop a novel cell line with (hopefully) diminished xeno-antigenicity. Aside from the normal medical student stuff I'm interested in the ethics of organ allocation and the policy behind the current laws. I love reading all sorts of books and would love to teach someday. I'm also actively involved in my school's medical spanish, medical ethics, and medical student book clubs.




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Is it Time to #endstep2cs? An Interview with the Initiative Founder and a USMLE Representative

In March 2016, six medical students at Harvard Medical School launched #endstep2cs, an initiative aimed to garner support for the termination of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) that is currently administered to medical students prior to graduation. This past week, we talked with Christopher Henderson, one of the organization founders, and Dr. Peter Katsufrakis, the senior vice president for assessment programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), to discuss the faults and merits of both the CS exam and the student-led initiative to end it.

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The UK Junior Doctors’ Contract: An Insight into Industrial Action

Recent announcements by the British government that a revised contract on junior physicians’ salary and working hours across England will be imposed has come under intense scrutiny. Criticisms from the national workforce to media figures and opposing party politicians have ranged from accusations of compromising patient safety to ensuing longer working hours with reduced pay as compared to the current scheme for around 55,000 affected doctors. But the retaliating strikes on part of the National Health Service (NHS) workforce in protest have certainly proved controversial.

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A Primer on the Zika Virus

If you’ve had the chance to look away from your class notes and at the news over the past few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Zika virus. You may have even had family members ask about the virus and if you, as a future health care provider, are concerned about the recent outbreaks. Consider this your SparkNotes for the Zika virus.

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Student-Run Nutrition Education Programs for Medical Students

Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’ said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The role of nutrition in health has been recognized since the beginning of medicine, yet somehow nutrition education has fallen by the wayside in most medical curricula. Given that 34.9 percent of Americans are obese and obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, nutrition should be a focal point of medical education.

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Asian Medical Student Association Pakistan Hosts Inter-Medical College Quiz Competition

Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) Pakistan organized an inter-medical college quiz competition on March 4, 2015 at Frontier Medical College in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The event was organized on a national level in collaboration with Asian Medical Student Association International, an organization that represents medical students in 16 countries throughout Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

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Image Sharing App Figure 1 Improves Access to Medical Education

Figure 1, the Instagram for doctors, aspires to change the way that physicians around the world collaborate. Figure 1 is a free app for sharing medical images. The vast collection of archived images allows health professionals and medical learners to view everything from classic textbook cases of winged scapula to the once-in-a-lifetime cases of harlequin ichthyosis. Dr. Joshua Landy is the chief medical officer of Figure 1. Landy, along with co-founders Greg Levey and Richard Penner, officially launched the app in January 2013.

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Leading the Change in the Culture of Medicine: Breaking Ground at AMSA Training Grounds

On November 22, several hundred premedical and medical students gathered at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Training Grounds. It was the second Training Grounds sponsored by AMSA this fall, with the topic of “Leading the Change in the Culture of Medicine.” Although a popular topic being addressed throughout all of medical education, Dr. Jeff Koetje, AMSA’s Education and Research Director, clarified that AMSA Training Grounds is unique. “These conferences provide a safe place for students to learn about these topics away from their home institution,” Dr. Koetje said. “Students can come here and discover that they are not alone.”

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Medical Students as Change Agents: The Next Step from AMEE 2014

In his rousing and intermittently aggressive plenary address to the thousands congregated last week at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Excellence in Education conference in Milan, Richard Horton bemoaned the stagnation of modern medical education, implicating everything from the ivory-tower universities of old to the world health care economy for the plummeting decline of medical education. “Two percent of total expenditures in medicine are invested on education,” the editor-in-chief of The Lancet …

Physicians as Leaders: APAMSA Regional Conference Coverage

On March 29, 2014, the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) hosted the “Becoming Physician Leaders in APIA Health” Regional Conference at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. Medical students from multiple medical schools in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas attended the conference. The conference was to raise awareness and advocate the most pressing health issues APIA population in the United States face today, and to promote leadership among Asian Pacific American medical students. The …

Qing Meng Zhang Qing Meng Zhang (9 Posts)

Reporter and in-Training Staff Member

Rush Medical College


Meng Zhang is a medical student at Rush Medical College, Class of 2017, in Chicago. Meng obtained her bachelor degree in Biological Science in 2010 from University of California - San Diego. Her professional interests are writing, underserved communities, and holistic medicine.

When she's not being a 5/8th of a doctor and writing patient notes "for educational purpose only", she likes to sleep until sunrise, eat a healthy meal, and enjoy every bit of sunshine Chicago offers. Reading, watching TV shows/movies, froyo-ing, and shopping are always welcomed when possible.