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Ashten Duncan Ashten Duncan (2 Posts)

Managing Editor

OU-TU School of Community Medicine


Ashten Duncan is a second-year medical student at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he completed a B.S. in Microbiology alongside a minor in Chemistry and in French. An aspiring family physician, Ashten is currently on a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship, which entails a 4-year term of service in an underserved community following residency training in primary care. He is planning to pursue a MPH degree between his 2nd year and 3rd year of medical school, with the intention of applying the public health knowledge to his future practice.




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.

Interview with Dr. Bryan Vartabedian

As medicine moves into the 21st century, how will medical education adapt? Also, what is digital literacy, and what does it mean for the physician of tomorrow? Today, we have Dr. Bryan Vartabedian from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. When he’s not doing scopes as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Vartabedian blogs about the intersection of medicine and technology at 33Charts and can be found on Twitter at @Doctor_V.

New Prosthesis Allows Amputees to Feel Again

Could you taste without a tongue? Smell without a nose? Feel without any hands? The answer may soon be yes. Scientists in Europe have just created a prosthetic limb that allows amputees to feel again. Prosthetics have come a long way. The earliest written record of prosthetics being used dates back to well over 2000 years ago when a prisoner without a leg used a wooden stump. In the 1500s, Ambroise Pare, a French surgeon, …

Medical Students as Leaders in Biotech Research: Interview with Cardiac Imaging Innovator Nabeel Ali

It’s not often that a medical student gets to lead a research project. It’s even more uncommon to see physicians-in-training solving complex problems in the fields of biotech and medical technology. That is, until you’ve met Nabeel Ali. Nabeel, a second-year medical student at Albany Medical College, paved a singular path to medical school. Starting as an electrical engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he switched to biomedical engineering to pursue medicine. Just a few …

I Am Present: Medical School in the Digital Age

At any given moment in this hyper-connected era, we are beckoned by our smartphones, iPods, iPads and laptops to participate in the multiple spheres in which we exist.  These “spheres” — our physical surroundings, families and friends, social media, blogs, e-mail — are simultaneously concrete and confabulated, yet they equally contribute to our identity.  Navigating these arenas enriches and edifies our current existence with memories of old friendships and ever-increasing networks of new contacts while …

Eric Ballon-Landa (2 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

University of California Irvine School of Medicine


Eric Ballon-Landa is a medical student at UC Irvine and MPH candidate at UCLA. His undergraduate education was at Williams College, where he double-majored in art history and biology; he has attempted to maintain this multidisciplinarity ever since.