Curly hair, olive skin, a taste for cilantro...Some traits run in the family. But what about an affinity for care-giving?
For Madeline Silva, nursing may be in her genes. For four generations, the women in her family have cared for people, whether recovering from surgery, childbirth, or suffering from allergies or asthma. This fall, Madeline will pursue her doctorate in nursing at Emory University to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)—not an easy feat for someone with hearing loss. But with genetics like these, what’s to stop her?
Way back in the 1940’s, a pioneering woman by the name of Mildred Heeg Hain became one of a small cadre of nurse anesthetists when she obtained a certification from the Lakeside School of Anesthesia in Cleveland. A widow, Mildred supported four children by working as an independent nurse anesthetist in Dayton...
In the age of equal opportunity, should hearing loss be a barrier to medical school?
About 28 million people in the U.S., or about 20 percent of the population, are hearing-impaired. Historically, hearing loss has presented a barrier to entering the medical profession, because auscultation with a traditional stethoscope relies on intact hearing. Today, however, assistive technologies and devices such as the Thinklabs One are opening doors to many whose hearing impairment were once barred from the field.
Daniel Jensen is a pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and an assistant professor of pediatric surgery at University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City. He is a long-time fan of Thinklabs Digital Stethoscopes, having discovered Thinklabs in 2004—making him one of our first customers.