“The inventions of medical products like insulin, penicillin, vaccines, antibiotics, hearing aids, and cardiac pacemakers had the most influence on the world because they increased the life expectancy of the average human and also allowed for more research and improvement (Trueman). The results were positive, but the means by which these products were discovered and tested were not always innocent. …”
So begins the essay submitted by Emma Morrisey from Alton, Il, who is planning to go and study at the University of Southern California to study Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Emma claimed the grand prize honors in the fourth annual Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest.
This year, we offered three scholarships to deserving Illinois high school seniors, college and law school students who author winning essays on the topic of medical malpractice. As in past years, our goal with the scholarship is to support students’ educational efforts while raising awareness about important issues. Students were asked to write an essay that answers the questions, “with advancement in medical devices, what are some of the threats to patients? Is technology reliable in the medical field?” Three scholarships were awarded to go towards college tuition.
Emma, received our $2,500 first-place scholarship award for an essay. As she points out in his essay, several advances in medicine have had positive results, increasing the life expectancy of the average human. However, the means by which these advances were made have not always been innocent.
“Technology in medicine, like anywhere else, can result in both complications and advantages,” Emma writes. “However, technology does not contribute to medical malpractice. There may be situations that result from misuse or misunderstanding of technology, but overall, medical technology is necessary”
Emma goes on to argue that even without the presence of technology, medical malpractice has existed; in fact, it used to be even more common in the operating room and even in general practices because it was more difficult to monitor patient conditions.
“In order to avoid medical problems, doctors and nurses should be well-trained in the use of new technology as well as additional procedures if the technology becomes faulty in the middle of an emergency. Overall, technology has improved the medical field much more than it could have ever caused problems for it. ” Emma concludes.
The second-place prize in our contest – a scholarship award of $750 went to Jarrad Woodson of Chicago, Illinois. Jarrad will be attending John Marshall Law School this fall.
Andrew Johansen of Crystal Lake, Illinois, a student at National University of Health Sciences, earned our third-place prize – a $250 scholarship award.
Our law firm would like to congratulate all of the winners and thank all of those who submitted essays in our contest.