Students continue to develop an understanding in all areas of healthcare, and teach each other various healthcare and ethical topics.
2nd year S.C.A.R.F. Ambassador Anisha presented on Zika Virus. She explained that the concern with Zika remains for those of child-bearing age as the virus can cause significant damage to a growing fetus. Her current event topic involved global warming where we had a very active discussion regarding the ways that we can make an impact on our environment.
1st year S.C.A.R.F. intern Aashna presented today on Hyperthyroidism vs Hypothyroidism. Her ethics topic sparked a great debate amongst our interns – puffing your resume, is it ethical? What if you completed all 4 years of university, had a GPA of 3.8, but you owed the school $500 which was preventing you from obtaining your degree? Should you list this degree on your resume? Our interns all had very strong opinions and we had an excellent discussion.
2nd year S.C.A.R.F. Ambassador Rediat taught our interns about Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects 1 in 2,500 females. She also reviewed the opioid epidemic that is plaguing the United States. She explained how it started, why it continues, and the impact it is having on newborns, children, and adults!
1st year S.C.A.R.F. intern Kunaal educated us regarding Eating Disorders and the differences between anorexia nervosa and bulimia. He was assigned an ethics topic that involved colleges inflating SAT scores of their incoming freshmen class to boost their rankings. His presentation sparked a great discussion within the group in terms of how this can be prevented moving forward.
1st year S.C.A.R.F. intern Ananya was second to present. She was assigned a difficult topic and handled it incredibly well. She explained the signs and symptoms of epidural hematomas, subdural hematomas, and subarachnoid hemorrhage - brain bleeds that result from different injuries and may require different treatments. She was also assigned to present on Turing Pharmaceutical and their over 4,000% price increase on a drug called Daraprim. This was a combination of ethics and current events. Her presentation allowed for great discussion amongst the interns in regards to legality and ethics.
2nd year S.C.A.R.F. Ambassador Jordyn is the first to present her mini-topics on healthcare and current events/ethics. She educated her fellow interns regarding Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare." With many of our interns and ambassadors planning for a career in medicine, knowledge of the Affordable Care Act is critical. The ability to understand the benefits and the downfalls of this legislation is very important as future healthcare providers but also as future adults that will go out into the world and need to purchase insurance for themselves. She did a fantastic job at presenting arguments that both sides of the political spectrum represent when discussing this act.