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Ogaga Urhie Ogaga Urhie (2 Posts)

Writer-in-Training

West Virginia University School of Medicine


Ogaga is a medical student at West Virginia University and has completed his second year. He intends to pursue a residency in neurosurgery and intends to integrate clinical research into his practice. To this end, he is currently undergoing a Masters in Clinical and Translational Science (clinical research) with most of his research being in neurosurgery. He has been interested in the arts and humanities since high school and came to appreciate the poignant stories various forms of artwork tell during his university career. He enjoys observing all forms of art and actively write poetry (influenced by his love of Victorian literature). He came to realize that patients and clinicians may have their own stories to tell and that the arts and humanities can help all stakeholders better connect with stories of healthcare. In this light, he is currently involved in two projects that are aiming to use narrative medicine to improve patients' quality of life.




"The Simulation Center" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by IU School of Medicine

The Use of Simulations for Training Future Physicians

A patient in the intensive care unit (I.C.U.) suddenly develops respiratory distress and hypoxemia. Her lungs sound clear bilaterally. She is placed on supplemental oxygen via face-mask while a chest angiography is ordered to assess the possibility of a pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, the patient’s oxygen saturation drops further. The nurses want to know what the next appropriate intervention is. But you can’t answer. You are tongue-tied. You shift your gaze nervously … Relax. This is …

The Egg Drop Project & Inspiration

Do you remember the classic high school physics project where you were tasked with designing a contraption that would protect an uncooked egg from a high fall? At first, this task may have seemed daunting and maybe even impossible, but with a little inspiration, persistence and learning from several scrambled eggs, you likely achieved success.

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Acute Care in the Age of Telemedicine

“Telestroke,” a telemedicine approach to acute stroke care, is revolutionizing how we treat our country’s third leading cause of death. Leveraging modern communication technology and the combined experience of skilled neurologists, Telestroke aims to benefit patients in rural areas who are often at the highest risk of ischemic stroke but have the least access to treatment.

Health IT: A New Nexus for Health Care and Social Services

Visits to Chicago usually include exploring attractions like the Willis Tower and Cloud Gate (“the Bean”). However, a lesser visited destination, The Hull House maybe the most important site for those of us in the medical field. A turn of the century settlement house, this museum is a reminder of how an integrated model of delivering social services and health care impacted the entire nation.

What’s the First Thing You Do When You Walk Into a Patient’s Room?

I was constantly sick as a child with ear infections, meaning I was in the doctor’s office all of the time. However, about the time I turned 3 years old, I got Bell’s palsy. My mom is a nurse and did not often overreact to medical issues, but she was obviously terrified of my drooping face and rushed me into the doctor’s office. Given my previous history of visits for my ear infections, the doctor was somewhat impatient. Assuming I was there for another ear infection, he walked into the room while looking at my chart, never looking up. As he was prattling on about how we were in the office far too often my mom looked at him and yelled, “Just look at her!” The moment he did, his jaw dropped and he rushed into action.

Emily DiLillo Emily DiLillo (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine


Emily is a medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Class of 2019. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, she eventually went on to become a Hawkeye, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a degree in Human Physiology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, doing puzzles, and most of all, sleeping.