Letter From the Editors. Chad Klochko M.S., David Ortiz.
The year 2013 is going to be a very exciting year for the Medical Student Research Journal (MSRJ). MSRJ has made great strides in the past 12 months and can look forward to a bright furture in the year ahead. We have more than tripled our editoral staff, which now consists of 12 second – through fourth – year medical students. Download here
The Color of Medicine. Diana Salinas.
‘I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, gender, politics, socioeconomic standing, or sexual orientation to intervene between my duty and my patient.’ This bullet point from the physician’s oath is engraved around the margins to remind us that as physicians we should treat and care for each patient equally and in an unbiased manner, but at the same time understand that a universal treatment plan will not apply to all patients. Download here
The Role of Ultrasound Screening in Reducing AAA Mortality: A Review. Kashif Imran Ahmad
. Men aged 65-79 are at the highest risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) as well as a high incidence of rupture; this is treated as a surgical emergency, which has a total mortality of 75-90%. The diameter of an AAA proves to be the most useful risk factor in predicting mortality rates. Download here
Can Donepezil Hydrochloride Reduce the Role of Neuroleptic Drugs in Delirium? A Case Report. Lloyd D Hughes, Emily McKay.
Recent evidence shows that a confirmed diagnosis of delirium increases both patient morbidity and mortality. Importantly, these increases are independent of patient age, and presence of co-morbid disease. In the last few years, there has been evidence that acetylcholinesterase inhibitors may have a limited role in managing episodes of mild/moderate delirium. Download here
Too Small to Fail. Chad Klochko,M.S.
On December 7, 2012, Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, wrote a compelling article about people in poverty in the United States. The article, which appeared in the New York Times, describes the plight of young children who are failing in school and who are not acquiring the skills needed to move forward in their education, and tragically, in some cases, parents are allowing them to fail. Download here