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rgio

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 4:00pm

 kurtster wrote:

Well if they lower their admission standards to accommodate DEI applicants, we'll get more, less qualified doctors.

Diversity standards are helping white males get into highly selective programs. If you're worried about competency, you should avoid the young, white, male doctors you encounter and look for the Asian men... they are the intellectual cream of the crop.  Applicants would much rather check white than Asian these days.

FWIW...anyone graduating from a top 100 medical school is very bright these days.  Getting an MD now requires unreasonably high MCAT scores and undergrad grades.  The suggestion of DEI creating less qualified doctors shows your limited understanding of getting a medical degree, and how many qualified candidates there are for every slot in US medical schools.  What we need is larger class commitments from the US medical schools.  There aren't enough slots to create enough doctors to support the growing need.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 3:52pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


Well it should go up, but if the school's admissions office is up to the task, they'll be cranking out the best possible physicians, not just "well qualified AND able to pay." So if someone doesn't make the cut, well it ain't art school. There's no reason to think the school should be more accommodating. Now if they begin to admit fewer students overall, then that's a problem.


The admissions rate into Johns Hopkins Medical School will likely go DOWN. Johns Hopkins is one of the best medical schools—if not THE best—in the world. More students who wouldn't apply to JHU in the past because of financial concerns are going to apply now because of free tuition. More students whose grades, experience and recs aren't first-tier will apply now that there's a chance to catch free-tuition lightning in a bottle. They have nothing to lose by applying and getting rejected. 

OTOH free tuition does not necessarily translate into a larger group of students admitted. There's no guarantee that JHU will expand their faculty and facilities to accommodate larger admission classes. It doesn't have to. AFAIK that bequest doesn't provide money for more teachers, staff and facilities. How would JHU pay for such an increase in the size of the med school?
kurtster

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 3:12pm

 R_P wrote:
 kurtster wrote:
Well if they lower their admission standards to accommodate DEI applicants, we'll get more, less qualified doctors.

Why the term ‘DEI’ is being weaponized as a racist dog whistle
 
Oh please.  You and your whistles.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 3:02pm

 kurtster wrote:
Well if they lower their admission standards to accommodate DEI applicants, we'll get more, less qualified doctors.

Why the term ‘DEI’ is being weaponized as a racist dog whistle
kurtster

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 2:37pm

 rgio wrote:
 I appreciate it was printed today...but he made that commitment a while ago...didn't he? What do you think that'll do to the 6% admit rate they had for last year's class?
 
Well if they lower their admission standards to accommodate DEI applicants, we'll get more, less qualified doctors.
ScottFromWyoming

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 2:15pm

 rgio wrote:

I appreciate it was printed today...but he made that commitment a while ago...didn't he?

What do you think that'll do to the 6% admit rate they had for last year's class?


Well it should go up, but if the school's admissions office is up to the task, they'll be cranking out the best possible physicians, not just "well qualified AND able to pay." So if someone doesn't make the cut, well it ain't art school. There's no reason to think the school should be more accommodating. Now if they begin to admit fewer students overall, then that's a problem.
rgio

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 1:59pm

 miamizsun wrote:
I appreciate it was printed today...but he made that commitment a while ago...didn't he?

What do you think that'll do to the 6% admit rate they had for last year's class?
miamizsun

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Posted: Jul 8, 2024 - 1:41pm



Thanks to a $1 billion gift, most Johns Hopkins medical students will no longer pay tuition

PUBLISHED MON, JUL 8 20242:14 PM EDT



The Johns Hopkins Hospital is shown on March 28, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital is shown on March 28, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland.Rob Carr | Getty Images

Most medical students at Johns Hopkins University will no longer pay tuition thanks to a $1 billion gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Monday.

Starting in the fall, the donation will cover full tuition for medical students from families earning less than $300,000. Living expenses and fees will be covered for students from families who earn up to $175,000.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said that currently almost two-thirds of all students seeking a doctor of medicine degree from Johns Hopkins qualify for financial aid, and 45% of the current class will also receive living expenses. The school estimates that graduates’ average total loans will decrease from $104,000 currently to $60,279 by 2029.

The gift will also increase financial aid for students at the university’s schools of nursing, public health, and other graduate schools.

“By reducing the financial barriers to these essential fields, we can free more students to pursue careers they’re passionate about – and enable them to serve more of the families and communities who need them the most,” Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg LP, said in a statement on Monday. Bloomberg received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1964.




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Posted: Jun 18, 2024 - 2:35pm

 kurtster wrote:
So I just had my 3rd round of IVIg and I finally looked again for the side affects associated with it besides the trauma of the $16 k per dose ...

Amongst offer things this showed up pretty quickly. My hands seem to be permanently shriveled up like they've been in water all day long.

Delayed eczematous skin reaction as an adverse drug reaction to immunoglobulin infusions.


Fun, fun, fun.  Waiting for daddy to take the T - Bird away ...

hang in there kurt



kurtster

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Posted: Jun 18, 2024 - 12:54pm

So I just had my 3rd round of IVIg and I finally looked again for the side affects associated with it besides the trauma of the $16 k per dose ...

Amongst offer things this showed up pretty quickly. My hands seem to be permanently shriveled up like they've been in water all day long.

Delayed eczematous skin reaction as an adverse drug reaction to immunoglobulin infusions.


Fun, fun, fun.  Waiting for daddy to take the T - Bird away ...
kurtster

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 10:00pm

 Steely_D wrote:
 thisbody wrote:

This thread seems just like conversations in a physician's waiting room. I wonder what makes you guys post all your illnesses? Does posting them here fulfill any purpose? - Yes? - If so, lies it in becoming more self-conscious? As is known, some guys have difficulties in detecting their own feelings / emotions, let alone verbalizing them. In such cases, I can understand it as a form of "fun" therapy. Honestly guys... what are you up to?

Friendship
 
And support.  Not fun in any way.  At least as far as the conversations regarding cancer here. 

Once upon a time we had a journal part of RP where these kinds of conversations took place off on the side.  With much gratitude it has been preserved at the legacy RP site.  Now we just have some threads like this to continue these very long running conversations.  Talking about cancer makes many feel squeamish or uneasy.  But for those of us having these conversations, they are an integral part of our support systems.  We find our support where it is and hold on to it if it is helping.  Not everyone is cut out for traditional group support or are far away from them as our fellow traveler, Dave.  I don't or wouldn't do well in one.  There are many more survivors here and they participate as they wish or need.  The help and insight I have experienced here, especially in my beginning was my primary support and pretty much still is.. It is a major part of of the reason(s) I am still above ground and around all these years later.

You would be right that some of these conversations sound like those in a doctor's waiting room.  I am at my oncologist's office at least every other Wednesday for a shot at minimum and have been for at least a dozen or more years.  It is something that I will be doing until I drop or they don't let me in anymore. I have had many, many conversations with patients.  New ones just beginning their journey and the well seasoned veterans like me.  Most of the time I initiate them if I sense an opening or a feeling of apprehension.  It is to instill a sense of togetherness and convey how important attitude is to the process.   I have run into people I know who were customers where I have worked and have outlived most of them, so far.  You offer the new ones hope and instill confidence in their caregivers being able to offer first hand knowledge and my own survivor ship as an example of the quality of care they seek.  The veterans, we compare notes and observations and offer congratulations for hanging in for so long and encouragement to keep on doing what we've been doing since it seems to be working.  The one thing all of us veterans agree on is that attitude is everything and is just as important as the medicine.

Surviving is a work in progress.  You learn what is important having conversations because the doctors are learning along the way same as the patient is,  Cancer is ahead of the science.  Science plays catchup to cancer.  There needs to be a blend of both science and anecdotal experiences in order to survive and keep going.  Supplements or nutrition that the AMA does not approve of are not always mentioned either because of sticking to the book or simply just being uninformed.  And individual game plans.  Example being the stature of antioxidants as the holy grail of attacking everyday issues.  Me, I've moved on and am focused on anti - inflammatory agents.  I have concluded through careful observations over many, many years that inflammation is the primary problem that I have some control of and also the root source of most preventable health care issues.

An example being Turmeric.  Dave and I had a rather lengthy conversation here about it some ten years ago and maybe in this very thread.  Long before it was recognized and now widely accepted as an important supplement.  It has been a part of my daily regime ever since.  Some several months ago I brought forth my introduction to gluten free Himalayan Tartary Buckwheat as the current Mac Daddy anti inflammatory agent.  The conversation went a little sideways over a side benefit to glucose issues.  But it was really about being an anti inflammatory agent.  And just a week ago Wednesday during my first annual follow up checkup with my new cardiologist, I brought up this particular type of buckwheat.  He was indeed aware of it and approved its use for the purpose of combatting inflammation for the reasons I have already mentioned.

These things are stumbled upon.  Like Vitamin D3.  Once again used since post transplant beginning nearly 15 years ago. I was told to stay out of the sun for a year afterwards.  My GP IIRC scheduled a test and it was 15.  The range for minimum is 25 to an upper limit of 80ish. Only in the past few years has its importance been truly recognized, yet many doctors still are unaware of its importance.  I have had to beg my onc for a test and insist.  Now I get one once a year and have figured out how to tune my dosage properly.  These tests are not generally offered to patients and you have no idea what your level is without a test.  It is a vital hormone actually, not just a vitamin and plays a key role in the immune system as well as a synergistic part of many other metabolic functions.

I could keep going.  This is what I get out these conversations with what are now old friends and the value I place on them.  Others can offer their own thoughts.

Lastly when I might say something like "It sucks to be me" when bringing up some new development, it is not whining or self pity, it is just stating more like "here we go again, now what ?"  When you live with something inside you that is trying to kill you, you have to find ways to deal with it.  Humor is a large part of that.  You never ever make fun of it, just your plight.  I don't know if you have to have cancer to understand that, but that is my story and I'm sticking to it.

And then the real key to survival is being around to benefit from the next breakthrough.  As I started out, cancer is ahead of the science and will be for the foreseeable future.

.
{#Meditate}
pilgrim

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 1:06pm

 Steely_D wrote:


Friendship


These feelings frighten and confuse me...
Steely_D

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 12:48pm

 thisbody wrote:

This thread seems just like conversations in a physician's waiting room. I wonder what makes you guys post all your illnesses? Does posting them here fulfill any purpose? - Yes? - If so, lies it in becoming more self-conscious? As is known, some guys have difficulties in detecting their own feelings / emotions, let alone verbalizing them. In such cases, I can understand it as a form of "fun" therapy.

Honestly guys... what are you up to?



Friendship
thisbody

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 12:04pm

This thread seems just like conversations in a physician's waiting room. I wonder what makes you guys post all your illnesses? Does posting them here fulfill any purpose? - Yes? - If so, lies it in becoming more self-conscious? As is known, some guys have difficulties in detecting their own feelings / emotions, let alone verbalizing them. In such cases, I can understand it as a form of "fun" therapy.

Honestly guys... what are you up to?
Steely_D

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 11:37am

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:

In the last few months I've developed an odd symptom - full body itch while exercising. Goes away after cool down. Found its totally skin temp related. I can take a shower and slowly up the water temp and at a certain temp the itch starts and lowering the temp it goes away.  Got tested for all sorts of allergies and CBC and liver panels etc all are pretty normal. Anti-histamines had no effect. Skin cremes had no effect.
So then I got tested for various tumor markers. Turns  out CEA is elevated but CEA 19.9 is normal. I had lung cancer and surgery in 2006 so got Chromagramin A tumor marker test and it was normal. Had a colonoscopy just a few months ago and that was normal.
So next week I get to see 2 Docs and likely much more testing to determine just cancer I've been lucky enough to get this time. CEA is not specific to any one type of cancer so could be one of several choices. What fun.



You know why? It’s because you’re finally in a good place. 
When I was in school, we all promised each other that we’d buy a dog and kick it every day because bad things happen when you’re happy.Keep up the fight!
miamizsun

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 6:01am

 Isabeau wrote:

Today, my 86 yr old Mum asked to stop her treatment today. A month in an army hospital, with daily aggressive needles, centisis and tubes; she held up the white flag and asked for palliative care. It's been a month in one of the top military hospitals in the Nation and she's one step forward - two back. Poor gal is tired. She let me know what she wanted. We got to say what all of us want the chance to say. Mortality and the preciousness of LIFE BORN - not imagined - is intense right now. 
RP is another great medicine for that. 
And so is this crazy community of phenomenal music lovers.





miamizsun

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Posted: May 16, 2024 - 6:00am

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:

In the last few months I've developed an odd symptom - full body itch while exercising. Goes away after cool down. Found its totally skin temp related. I can take a shower and slowly up the water temp and at a certain temp the itch starts and lowering the temp it goes away.  Got tested for all sorts of allergies and CBC and liver panels etc all are pretty normal. Anti-histamines had no effect. Skin cremes had no effect.
So then I got tested for various tumor markers. Turns  out CEA is elevated but CEA 19.9 is normal. I had lung cancer and surgery in 2006 so got Chromagramin A tumor marker test and it was normal. Had a colonoscopy just a few months ago and that was normal.
So next week I get to see 2 Docs and likely much more testing to determine just cancer I've been lucky enough to get this time. CEA is not specific to any one type of cancer so could be one of several choices. What fun.




 hang in there dave
kurtster

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Posted: May 15, 2024 - 7:29pm

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:
In the last few months I've developed an odd symptom - full body itch while exercising. Goes away after cool down. Found its totally skin temp related. I can take a shower and slowly up the water temp and at a certain temp the itch starts and lowering the temp it goes away.  Got tested for all sorts of allergies and CBC and liver panels etc all are pretty normal. Anti-histamines had no effect. Skin cremes had no effect.
So then I got tested for various tumor markers. Turns  out CEA is elevated but CEA 19.9 is normal. I had lung cancer and surgery in 2006 so got Chromagramin A tumor marker test and it was normal. Had a colonoscopy just a few months ago and that was normal.
So next week I get to see 2 Docs and likely much more testing to determine just cancer I've been lucky enough to get this time. CEA is not specific to any one type of cancer so could be one of several choices. What fun.
 
Hang tough.  {#War}
Coaxial

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Posted: May 15, 2024 - 6:11pm

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:
In the last few months I've developed an odd symptom - full body itch while exercising. Goes away after cool down. Found its totally skin temp related. I can take a shower and slowly up the water temp and at a certain temp the itch starts and lowering the temp it goes away.  Got tested for all sorts of allergies and CBC and liver panels etc all are pretty normal. Anti-histamines had no effect. Skin cremes had no effect.
So then I got tested for various tumor markers. Turns  out CEA is elevated but CEA 19.9 is normal. I had lung cancer and surgery in 2006 so got Chromagramin A tumor marker test and it was normal. Had a colonoscopy just a few months ago and that was normal.
So next week I get to see 2 Docs and likely much more testing to determine just cancer I've been lucky enough to get this time. CEA is not specific to any one type of cancer so could be one of several choices. What fun.

{#Meditate}
oldviolin

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Posted: May 15, 2024 - 4:21pm

 DaveInSaoMiguel wrote:

In the last few months I've developed an odd symptom - full body itch while exercising. Goes away after cool down. Found its totally skin temp related. I can take a shower and slowly up the water temp and at a certain temp the itch starts and lowering the temp it goes away.  Got tested for all sorts of allergies and CBC and liver panels etc all are pretty normal. Anti-histamines had no effect. Skin cremes had no effect.
So then I got tested for various tumor markers. Turns  out CEA is elevated but CEA 19.9 is normal. I had lung cancer and surgery in 2006 so got Chromagramin A tumor marker test and it was normal. Had a colonoscopy just a few months ago and that was normal.
So next week I get to see 2 Docs and likely much more testing to determine just cancer I've been lucky enough to get this time. CEA is not specific to any one type of cancer so could be one of several choices. What fun.





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