Welcome to Morning Sign Out's Portal !
Morning Sign Out was the result of several years of deep thought and careful planning. The story of how it began deserves some context.
We live in exciting times. Science and technology are advancing faster than ever before in human history. Every few months, we see new drugs and therapies. We are overcoming diseases we once thought were incurable - HIV is now considered a chronic disease instead of a death sentence, and some cancers are essentially curable. Human lifespans are growing, and the first person that will live to 150 was born years ago.
Rapid advances in science, technology, and medicine have given new hope to patients everywhere. But what if people never knew how to take advantage of it? The reality is that many people do not. Health literacy worldwide - the ability to obtain, understand, and use healthcare information - is very poor. Poor health literacy costs the United States about $300 billion a year. You could send every American high school graduate to college six times over with that money.
To make matters worse, the clock is ticking as the number of people that are chronically ill with diseases such as Alzheimer's, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, is skyrocketing around the world as populations age and overall health deteriorates.
If people knew about what could be done, and how to better take care of themselves, the world could be a healthier and better place, with less suffering. We have the science to live to 150 – but we also need the knowledge to know how to do it.
So how does Morning Sign Out factor into this?
We want to change how the world works.
We want to change the way that society talks about health and science. We want people to come to us for information, because they trust us and understand us. We want to find new ways to spread information by embracing social media and the internet, to improve public health. We want to help every human being live a smarter, healthier, and happier life.
Do you want to try and change the world? Do you want to be a part of something bigger, like a community, a movement? Do you want to be more than just another student who goes to class, and wants to actually make a difference? Do you ever feel overlooked, insignificant, or like another cog in the machine?
If you’ve ever answered “yes”, at some point to any of those questions, we may be the home you are looking for. We are young and far from perfect, but our vision and passion are very real. We hope to offer our members what few other campus organizations can - Community. Camraderie. Mentoring. And above all, a Mission.
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Aiming to bridge the gap between the medical world and the general public, MSO is a biomedical blog that covers the latest biomedical news in fun and easy to read language!
Why the “Morning Sign Out”?
Sign Out - the process in healthcare where patients are handed over to the next person/team taking care of them. The term is inclusive to all healthcare professionals, not only to physicians; nurses, pharmacists, case-workers, social workers, and several others all practice the art of “signing out” to each other.
It's a critical process. One must accurately summarize who/what/why the patient is here, keeping the sign out simple enough so that the next person isn't flooded with irrelevant information, but thorough enough so the whole story can be well understood, and so good decisions can be made.
Morning sign outs are particularly interesting. All of the activity, labs, studies, and data that had occurred in the last 24 hours are assessed, and the plan for a new day is formulated. Most major medical decisions happen during the day, so the morning sign out is often the launching point for the rest of the day's events.
As a society, there is a large divide between the world of medicine and science and that of the greater public. Often, the relationship between the two is strained and distrustful. This endeavor aims to bridge that divide.
As with a sign out, we hope to turn science and medicine into something understandable for our readers, with enough critical information that leaves them more knowledgeable than before.
This will be completed by CSI.
Our primary activities include writing and editing scientific articles, community service, and activities to help our members gain leadership and teamwork skills.
Once every two weeks for the members.
Be sure to use personal email address. Organizational email addresses that have been used by other members will not work.