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Final Blog Prompt

Final Blog Prompt

If I could travel back to the beginning of my freshman year, I think I would tell myself to take the initiative and create relationships. I had a lot of trouble forming solid friendships at the beginning of the year, and I feel like I missed out on a lot of the important aspects in creating friendships initially. However, I am lucky that I had the HSSP community to make friends. Although, I have friends I still feel like making the initial connection with people would grant me with stronger relationships. Without HSSP, I may have had a very different experience in my freshman year.

Blog 2: Communication and Decision Making

Blog 2: Communication and Decision Making

I don’t think there was really any thing from Dr. Zikmund-Fisher’s lecture that surprised me. I think lots of it was really common sense, but it was definitely mind-boggling when he explained it in the perspective of health. I think the most important thing that I got out of Dr. Zikmund-Fisher’s lecture was that EVERYTHING has a cost. This is how we determine how we want to inform the community. Whether it is by providing the community with information so they can make their decision on what they want to do with their health, or telling people what they need to do through recalls, it all falls back on the weighing the cost.

Communication is vital especially between the doctor and patient. Being a good communicator allows for the most success. Without communication, on party will have control over what decision is made, and the other will not. Especially between patients and physicians, this communication allows for the best decision to be made especially if it regards to the patients health. By providing all the necessary information patients can determine what option would be best for them. I think that this is the most respective and productive way to approach these situations. Although the doctor side wants to play a role in making the patient better, the patient also knows their own body the best. All in all, having good communication skills will not only be useful in the medical field, but also in everyday life.

End of Term Reflection

End of Term Reflection

At the beginning of the year I was having a very difficult time adjusting to the new atmosphere at the University of Michigan. Coming from a place where I graduated with only 90 people to having over 90 people in a learning community was so overwhelming for me. I didn’t know how to actually make friends because back at home you were basically just given friends. I didn’t know how to get out of my comfort zone and put myself out there. I takes time for me to become the outgoing person that I am. Eventually I got comfortable and was able to meet new people. I’m proud of this because it was definitely one of my goals because I came to this school knowing just about nobody. I’m also proud of the way I have kept up with my goals of staying in shape and joining clubs. I was never in any clubs or organizations in high school because sports just took up all my time so I’m proud of myself for trying new things.

 

I think I still need to improve the way that I study. I think I still need to find a method of studying that allows me to absorb the most knowledge. My grades are not particularly where I hoped they would be. I probably feel like I need to do better because I was an all A’s student in high school and my expectations were very high for me going into college. I think I still just need to be patient and find a way to study to meet my high expectations. I also want to improve my attitude towards making good friends. I became very absorbed in my school work that I wasn’t getting out and being as social as I wanted to. I hope to improve that by continuing to put myself out there and not being so focused on my school work. I said in my letter to myself that I wanted to make good friends, so I hope that I improve my patience ad effort to go out and find those people.

Health Care Plans & the Election

Health Care Plans & the Election

As election day comes around we’re all getting quite anxious to vote and see who will be the next leader of our country. The health care plans that both are proposing for this country are one of the biggest factors in this year’s election.

One of the strengths in Clinton’s plan is building upon the ACA. I think that building on a system that has the makings of becoming successful is brilliant. When we look back at history, something like this hasn’t really been done before. By working with a system that has been apart of this country for years, building and improving the ACA would be an easier task than creating a brand new system that would take many more years to start up.

However, a weakness in Clinton’s plan is her idea of importing foreign drugs. Sure some of the drugs that aren’t available in the United States can meet the needs of  people that have uncommon conditions, but Clinton is already investing in more research and less advertising of drugs in the U.S. If we are spending money on drug research, I don’t think we should be spending more money on foreign drugs.

On the other hand, a strength that Trump proposes is buying health insurance across state lines. I think that citizens have the right to purchase health insurance through any state, because isn’t having health insurance in general what the country needs? Although I don’t really know the downside of this idea, by opening up these options I believe that it is beneficial for both country and people.

A weakness that I see in Trump’s plan is his idea of removing the ACA. By starting over and forming a new health plan we’re just repeating history AGAIN. Why not work with a system that has been working? If Trump were to be president his plan and effort on health insurance would not take flight. It takes too long for a plan for health insurance to be put together and enforced. Starting over with a new health plan will not meet the needs of the country, but maybe if he revised and put his ideas into ACA it might be reasonable.