R e s e a r c h

Research. The word is a form of stressor for many people. Depending on the level of formality necessary for an assignment, it can be very overwhelming to even began the process of writing a research paper. However, with all of the resources at the library and more conveniently on the internet, research has become more accessible to everyone. 

For my research paper, I chose my topic based on my career goal as well as my interest in the feminist movement. I have decided to become a gynecologist and my decision to pursue this particular field in medicine is because I am a feminist. I believe in equality and I have seen many young women and girls who have had their personal autonomy taken away from them due to societal expectations based on their gender, culture, age and race. 

To narrow down my research topic, I will be focusing on the lack of independence available to women in the medical field regarding wage gap between male and female doctors, discrimination against women, not only because of their gender but also because of women with different racial backgrounds. These are a few of the topics I want to delve into during my research. I believe to thoroughly answer a specific research question, I will be using multiple topics, such as the ones listed above, to support my paper because these issues are related to one another. 

I am very passionate about these issues and during the research process, I hope to gain more knowledge about these specific topics and work alongside others who are equally as passionate about these controversies as I am. 

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Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project. Image via Hello Giggles. 

 

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The Ineffective Conversation

In a recent medical journal article, “The Secret of the Care of the Patient Is in Knowing and Applying the Evidence about Effective Clinical Communication,” RM Frankel and HB Sherman argue that the lack of comprehensive communication between doctors and patients lead to ineffective overall patient care. The authors use data collected from the Institute of Medicine, multiple case studies and various types of research on modern patient care and the dynamics between a physician and patient during routine appointments. Frankel and Sherman report that IOM estimated “between 44,000 and 98,000 lives are lost in hospitals every year due to preventable errors, 80% of which could be traced back to breakdowns in communication.” Based on these findings, Frankel and Herman encourage the revision of patient-care for current doctors and to educate new doctors, as well as their patients to prevent any future loss or consequences resulting from insufficient communication.

Throughout the article, Frankel and Sherman emphasize the term “patient-centered,” which was coined in 1986 by Howard Levenstein, a South African physician, who believed that in order to efficiently treat a patient, doctors must consider some psychological and social aspects. Frankel and Sherman use case studies to convey the ineffectiveness and efficacy of clinical communication skills that are used in practice. The authors provide different ways doctors can improve their patient care habits by considering the guidelines of the Biopsychosocial model, which is an approach often used in modern medicine that examines the biological, psychological and social factors of the patient.

Frankel and Sherman compare and contrast past and present treatments of patients when there were no cures for diseases, physicians were able to provide compassion and empathy as a source of medicine, which they believe is the key to improving patients’ health care. The authors believe that the old tradition of compassion as medicine has proven to be successful over the years, however, often this method is viewed outdated or time consuming for clinical practice. Frankel and Sherman state that “communication, by its nature, is inherently relational,” and that meticulous communication is imperative to efficiently care for patients and to establish trust between physicians and their patients.

Frankel, RM, and HB Sherman. “The Secret of the Care of the Patient Is in Knowing and Applying the Evidence About Effective Clinical Communication.” Oral Diseases (2015), Vol. 21: 919-926. John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2014.

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R e s o u r c e s

I am interested in a lot of subjects—especially Psychology, Biology and most topics based on feminism/women’s studies. However, for the purpose of my major and career, I want to focus my time and energy toward Biology. I chose Biology because I wanted to study genetics, this is not only because I find human genes to be fascinating, but also because I wanted to have a better knowledge of the subject and I believe that it would be incredibly helpful during my years in medical school. 

Oklahoma State University has various types of resources to help me achieve my goals. One of the best attractions at OSU is the Edmon Low Library, which is strategically organized to provide students with all of the resources necessary for their success. There are thousands of data collected over time that are available for students in many different colleges and interests. 

In order to fully understand the complex world of genetics, I will be enlisting help from Mr. Steve Locy, the head liaison librarian specializing in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. The main webpage for Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is clear and concise. Since it can be quite overwhelming to do a research project or to delve into a new subject, the webpage provides students with information on how to begin their research and ways to make their journey as simple and stress free as possible. 

There are a lot of online resources available but one of the most highly recommended website for peer-reviewed journals is The Cambridge University Press, which has a collection of some of the earliest and the latest scientific data. It is important to search and utilize credible sources to acquire the best and the most accurate information and for me, personally, the Edmon Low Library is one of the best places to begin my research on human genetics. 

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Edmon Low Library. Via old.library.okstate.edu

O r i g i n

 

My name is Mila Rob. I am a Pre-Med student, majoring in Biology because I have a great interest in studying human genetics and minoring in Psychology. I have many goals in life that seem impossible to achieve in an average human lifetime. However, I am very ambitious and my ambitions are a few of my biggest motivations to succeed and always try my best to overcome any obstacles that I will encounter now or in the future. 

I am a feminist which was an important element in my decision to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, or most commonly known as OB/GYN. I am a big proponent of equal rights and equal opportunity for all. I believe that becoming an OB/GYN is an excellent opportunity to educate the next generation of young girls and boys. I consider myself to be a realist rather than an idealist, therefore my decision to become a doctor required careful consideration. I’m aware of the diligent work and dedication necessary for me to achieve my goals but I am incredibly passionate and I want to use my knowledge to encourage others to be their best and be independent.  

I want to make a change that will not only benefit me but the world around me. I hope to provide young girls, women and mothers around the world with all the resources that are part of their basic human rights and necessary to their health. It is imperative to me that young boys and girls everywhere are taught to reach for their full potential, taught to respect themselves as well as those around them. It took years for me to understand that change does not occur overnight rather time, inspiration and determination that are crucial to these revolutionary times. 

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