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The Pandemic Blues

I think we can all agree that the past seven months have not been easy for anyone. Humans are, for the most part, social creatures, so it’s difficult to maintain an emotional equilibrium when we lose regular contact with others. Zoom just doesn’t cut it. Many of us have noted more lability in our moods, and some may even consider themselves depressed. This is all normal and even to be expected. In fact, the medical community has a term for it – adjustment disorder.

Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions. When an individual experiences more stress than usual, related to an event or circumstances, it can trigger an emotional response and some neurochemical variability, leading to sustained feelings of being blue.…

The Race to Develop a SARS-CoV2 Vaccine

With no end to the Covid-19 pandemic in sight, the only solution to liberate us from SARS-CoV2, the novel coronavirus, appears to be a vaccine. Creating a vaccine, however, is no easy feat. The record time for developing a vaccine, which resulted in an effective vaccine for mumps, is four years. Ordinarily, vaccine formulation and clinical trials, proving it efficacious, take 10-15 years. Operation Warp Speed is hoping to truncate this process to under a year.

The typical process for producing a vaccine, or any medication, is meticulous and extensive. It begins with research and development as well as capital procurement.…

Reflecting on the SHA Alumni Career Insights Panel

By Prashant Kota

Last week, the Stern Healthcare Association (SHA) hosted an alumni career insights panel to guide those MBA students interested in careers in the healthcare industry amidst the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to moderate the panel, and we were lucky enough to hear from healthcare industry leaders such as Tim Nolan from EmblemHealth, Pooja Chatterjee from Abbott, and Josh Kurtzig from United Family Healthcare. 

Tim, a health insurance expert with over 30 years of experience in healthcare, leads EmblemHealth’s efforts in revenue growth and clinical and provider network as EmblemHealth’s Executive Vice President.…

Tales from the Frontline

It is hard to explain what I have seen and done these past few weeks, but I am going to try my best to give you insight that comes with working in a hospital in the hardest hit borough of the epicenter of this pandemic. Like the vast majority, I was naive to how intensely COVID-19 was going to hit this city. Looking back, I don’t know how because I can no longer imagine living in a world where COVID is not the center of our lives. 

I was a pediatric intensive care nurse (RN) for five years in a children’s hospital in the Bronx before I became a nurse practitioner (NP) in an oncology hospital in Manhattan.…

We are willing to get our hair mussed

I watched baseball on Monday night. For a few minutes, after a weekend with temperatures in the high 70s and the national pastime on my TV, it finally felt like spring. I wasn’t in the stadium, but it looked like a beautiful day for a game. Then again, I honestly don’t know how warm it is in Busan this time of year.

I also didn’t know I was such an NC Dinos fan, but they’ve won just as many championships as the Mets in the past 30 years, so it feels right.

Seven weeks ago, the United States and South Korea were in a very similar place in terms of COVID-related fatalities, with each country recording around 90 of them.…

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