Category Archives: SCOPE

By Janet Chu Currently, there are 47 million Americans without health insurance, which limits their ability to seek and access care.  For them, the way that they receive healthcare is through free clinics or more commonly, the Emergency Room (ER). … Continue reading

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By Xochilt Borja During my first shift training as an interpreter, I felt truly immersed in my own culture. I remember Dr. X spending a lot of time informing me that many of the patients we see are immigrants, sometimes illegal, … Continue reading

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By Dr. McCullough Four Quads (Quadriplegics) During a recent trauma shift I met John (name changed) (quad #1), a vibrant C5-6 quadriplegic with a wonderful new wife, a brand-new van (now totaled), and recent baby he had conceived in the … Continue reading

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By Peter Ballard Dr. X and I have a laugh each time I remind him that the word of the day is “ageusia” from a patient we saw that had a history of acromegally and was now experiencing loss of … Continue reading

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By Ann Leu The nurse was obviously really annoyed and rightfully so.  It was a hard procedure to watch, as the patient was very obviously very uncomfortable.  But the surgeons were determined and made multiple attempts– with her hand inserted, … Continue reading

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By Hank Shih Physicians are very much like scientists. After observing some signs and symptoms, we make educated guesses at what may be the underlining cause. Depending on the results of some tests, we modify our guesses until we are … Continue reading

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