COVID 19 Tests and their meanings

Ever since COVID 19 started in late 20219, scientists have kept busy with test design, modalities and their yielded results, including coming up with 2 awesome vaccines. Fast forward to 2021, there are different COVID 19 tests available and various ways to acquire a sample for COVID 19 testing. They include nasopharyngeal secretions, nasal secretions, saliva and a blood sample. Not all COVID 19 tests are created equal, they have different mechanisms of detecting the virus, d

Pandemic Fatigue

1. What is Pandemic Fatigue? According to the World Health Organization (WHO 2020): -Pandemic fatigue is a natural reaction to the prolonged nature of this crisis and the associated inconvenience and hardship. -It expressed itself as emerging demotivating to engage in protection behaviors and seek COVID-19 related information and as complacency, alienation and hopelessness. -Evolving gradually over time and affected by a number of emotion, experiences and perceptions as well

Patient Death

I will never forget the first time I experienced the death of a patient. My patient. It was hard. Facing his family was harder. Nobody prepares you for the wave of emotions you will feel after you lose a patient. Becoming the bearer of the worst news someone will hear about their loved one is of the hardest parts of being a Physician. When we provide care for a patient, we get to know them in a way most people don’t. We see them when they’re battling an illness that’s been l

Dangers of reusing an N95

During the height of the pandemic, many of us were forced to reuse our Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) for long periods of time. Sometimes we would stretch it for more than a week. The global shortage of PPE made it difficult to provide daily PPE to every healthcare worker. It was reflected on many healthcare personnel becoming sick. Recent and alarming data published during the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in October 2020 found that N95 masks should no

When things don't go as planned...

I'm living testimony that when it rains, it pours. And when everything is set out to be complicated, it will. I began my Medical School Career while studying abroad. I had no idea what struggles lied ahead for me, just because I was going to be an "IMG" (International Medical Graduate). During my Medical Training, my school was not focused on OSCE's or USMLE STEP's. There was no way of us knowing the focus of our education or how we were compared to our peers nationally. I ha

Residency

I truly believe that Residency is what puts you to the test, much more than Medical School. Residency training is by far the hardest journey you will endure to become the amazing Physician you’re going to be. You will quickly develop a sense of compromise and commitment you never new you had. Tangled in between 12 hour shifts, short calls, long calls, 24 hour shifts and post call the days pass you by. The long training hours, low financial remuneration, and hierarchical syste

If you’re considering pursuing a career in Healthcare, this is for you.

The healthcare field is filled with amazing people and grand opportunities. It’s also filled with many challenges that are unknown to many. Remember what sparked your interest in Healthcare. Medical training is exhausting, physically, emotionally and financially. This can quickly take a toll on you. Remembering what made you choose this career path is important to keep you grounded and focused. 2. Work hard. Medical School is hard. You need to be engaged and committed 100

What to know in case you need a procedure or surgery.

¿Cómo prepararte para un procedimiento o cirugía? En ocasiones, los procedimientos o las cirugías son nuestra mejor opción de tratamiento. Si el paciente accede a hacerse el procedimiento/cirugía, los resultados nos ayudan a guiar tratamiento, contestar preguntas clínicas, aliviar síntomas o servir de tratamieto para ciertas condiciones. Lo que debes saber previo a un procedimiento o cirugía: Conocer tu diagnóstico, si tienes alguno. Discutir a fondo con tu Médico todas las a

 

NIKITA RABELO, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Point of Care Ultrasound

Patient empowerment: knowledgeable patients are healthier patients.

Our responsibility is not only to prevent, diagnose and treat, but to educate patients while practicing medicine. In times of so much misinformation, it's our job to step up and bring adequate medical information to digital platforms. 


Deglamorizie Medicine: this career is very sacrificed, and it entails many hardships. By sharing my story, I shed light to unspoken truths in the medical field and help pre-meds, med students and residents achieve their goals. 

Women in Medicine: taken and filling spaces that were once "not designed" for women. Sexism in Medicine is very real. Talking about it and standing up to it is a way to direct our field towards change.

Vaccination