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 …
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 medical school recruiters and academic advisers had conveniently forgotten this detail during my educational overview when I originally signed up to be a physician.
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lydia Boyette is a fourth year medical student, and she is excited to be a co-managing editor for in-Training Magazine. Throughout medical school, Lydia has written stories about her experiences learning clinical skills. As an aspiring anesthesiologist, she has sought opportunities to study physiology. PubMed and StatPearls recently published two of her essays on the physiology of myocardial oxygen demand and pulmonary circulation.
Lydia has spent a significant amount of time working for community health centers in rural areas. She serves as a student physician ambassador for her school and previously held the position of editor-in-chief for the local community health clinic newsletter.
In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude a bachelor of business administration in healthcare management and a minor in general science. She also served as an English composition tutor and editor. While completing her undergraduate degree, Lydia was inducted into several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Mu Delta, Pre-Med Allied Health, and Who's Who of the Class of 2015.
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