Vol. 2: Winter, 2013

We are pleased to release the Volume 2, Winter 2013 issue of the Medical Student Research Journal.

[box type=”shadow”] This is our second issue and contains articles from authors at the Liverpool University, the University of Dundee and our home institution, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. [/box]



The entire issue can be downloaded as a PDF: here

Excerpts from the Abstract and links to individual articles are displayed below.

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[tab]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[/tab]
[tab]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. [/tab]
[tab]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. [/tab]
[tab]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. [/tab]
[tab] 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.  [/tab]


The cover page: here

Credits and acknowledgements: here

The table of contents: here

Citations for the Articles:

Klochko C, Ortiz D. Letter From the Editors. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;2(Winter):1.

Salinas D. The Color of Medicine. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;2(Winter):2.

Ahmad KI. The Role of Ultrasound Screening in Reducing AAA Mortality: A Review. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;2(Winter):3-10.

Hughes LD, McKay E. Can Donepezil Hydrochloride Reduce the Role of Neuroleptic Drugs in Delirium? A Case Report. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;2(Winter):11-16.

Klochko C. Too Small to Fail. Medical Student Research Journal. 2013;2(Winter):17-18.

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