Author Archives: Runi Tanna

Pediatric Care: A Two Patient System

Pediatric Care: A Two Patient System

“As pediatricians, we actually have two patients: the child and their parents.” A resident physician mentioned this to me, after we had finished rounding on a patient with particularly difficult parents. When I started shadowing in the Pediatrics department at UCLA, I had expected to gain knowledge about medical treatment and observe unique patient cases… Continue Reading

Psychology Research is WEIRD

If you are a college student, it is likely that you have seen advertisements encouraging student participation in on-campus research studies. This may have come in the form of an enthusiastic e-mail offering Amazon gift cards or a flyer taped to bathroom stall with rip-off e-mail addresses with the promise of class credit. I was… Continue Reading

Cracks and “Quacks” in the Indian Healthcare System

Cracks and “Quacks” in the Indian Healthcare System

The population of the US is currently 300 million. To serve the American population, we have 900,000 registered doctors (1 doctor for every 300 people). In comparison, the population of India is currently at 1.2 billion. To serve this population, there are 950,000 registered doctors (1 doctor for every 1,200 people). This phenomenon leaves millions… Continue Reading

Patient Referrals: Beneficial or Unjust?

Patient Referrals: Beneficial or Unjust?

I am currently a clinic assistant with the Venice Family Clinic. After each visit, we direct all patients back to the waiting room, where they wait to meet with a coordinator. This coordinator is given details of the visit and the course of future treatment for the patient, often including a referral to specialist. Such… Continue Reading

The Unexpected Consequences of Medical Volunteerism

The Unexpected Consequences of Medical Volunteerism

Over the course of last year, I was lucky enough to be involved in the planning process for a medical mission trip to Cambodia through an organization I am involved in: Medical Experience through Service in Healthcare (MESH). Our student volunteers were going to spend four weeks in different cities in Cambodia, setting up clinics… Continue Reading

The Commercialization of the Healthcare Industry: Quality vs. Quantity

The Commercialization of the Healthcare Industry: Quality vs. Quantity

“Shorter emergency room wait times! Larger facilities! New procedures!” It always alarms me when I see these boasting taglines on billboards advertising hospitals in the area. When other businesses advertise, they are hoping to bring in more customers and, therefore, more revenue. It seems that hospital billboards are intending to do the same. Such advertisements… Continue Reading

The Brave New World of Gene Editing

The Brave New World of Gene Editing

Recently, my brother got a new cell phone. It boasts excellent features at a comparatively low price. However, its biggest selling point is that it can be customized. You can choose the colors on the back of the phone, the material of the ring around the camera, and even the welcome message the phone displays… Continue Reading

Runi Tanna

Runi Tanna

Hi! My name is Runi Tanna and I’m currently a first year Psychobiology student here at UCLA. I’m so excited to be a part of MLS because I strongly believe in the power of social media and online content to create positive change in today’s world. As a pre-medical student, I hope to use this… Continue Reading