Sunday, April 19, 2009


I believe that technology has definitely helped our group and played a vital role in our collaboration efforts throughout the project. Our group page, specifically the file exchange, proved to be very useful in sharing information, individual work, documents, group minutes, and our agendas. Our group page made all of our information pertaining to the proposal easily accessible throughout the project and was very helpful in keeping everyone in the group aware of the status of our project and what needed to be done. Also, I think that the use of e-mail definitely helped in keeping all of the members of our group on top of things; it provided a means to keep all of the members of our group aware of what needed to be done and enabled us to communicate easily with one another. Even if a member of a group was not there, the use of e-mail made it possible for their work to be submitted and seen by all other members of the group. Although our group never had an virtual group meetings, technology definitely played a large part in our collaboration efforts and ultimate completion of the project.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I think the examples we discussed in class definitely reflect ethical lapses in judgment in the business/government/social setting. The people involved in the given examples employed dehumanizing language so as to alleviate their conscience and not to equate their behavior with an immoral action. I believe that a strong sense of ethical responsibility is vital for those involved in business. Power can often be abused and can have disastrous results, as demonstrated in class with the examples used regarding the space shuttle “Challenger” and the correspondence regarding the Nazi’s transportation of "items."

I, myself, am currently applying to several medical schools with the hope of becoming a surgeon one day. Those involved in the study and practice of medicine face several ethical issues including issues with epidemiology, genetic diseases, medical care, and medical resources allocation. One example of how ethical issues can arise in epidemiology involves a medical study at the Tuskegee Institute. I believe that this example demonstrates how strict ethical issues apply in any study involving humans. In 1932 US Public Health Service and scientists from Tuskegee Institute performed a study of about 400 black men in Macon County, Alabama where syphilis was rampant. The participants in the study were not to receive treatment, and investigators didn’t explain the purpose of the study or ask patients’ permission. The men were deceived, and they weren’t told what syphilis was or that they were part of a study—they were led to believe that they were receiving treatment. Regarding genetic disease, there is a fine line between the worthy goal of preventing disease and disability and the use of genetic screening and abortion to select desirable traits and eliminate undesirable ones. For example, when a serious disorder is diagnosed in a fetus, aborting the fetus with a genetic or teratogenic abnormality is often the only alternative to the birth of a child with a handicap. One ethical issue with medical care would be whether mentally competent, terminally ill patients have the right to physician-assisted suicide. For example, ethical issues arose when Dr. Jack Kevorkian helped to end the lives of people who were suffering or afraid that they would suffer painful or degrading deaths. With regards to medical resource allocation, ethical issues arise in the decision of who gets access to scare health care resources. For example, during a shortage of dialysis machines, God Committees were formed in order to select the most worthy candidates for the life-saving treatment. The committees tended to favor those who had jobs, family responsibilities, youth, good general health, and strong motivation. As a result, many patients were denied treatment.

It is my hope that I will become a doctor one day. As a doctor, I will, first, do no harm. I will work to save lives, improve the heath of the people I serve, and the health of society. I will determine the method of treatment and surgical course of action, which according to my ability and judgment, I consider in the best interest of and for the benefit of my patient. I will use my knowledge to better serve others. I will be truthful, respect the rights of the patient, and always help when I can.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Miscommunication Experience

One experience that I have had in the workplace in which information was miscommunicated happened while I was working as a lifeguard several summers ago. It was about two weeks before the country club pool would open for the summer, and I had spoken with the head lifeguard about coming back to work. I told him that I was definitely interested in working as a lifeguard again, and I asked him to please let me know when he had posted the schedule. When I didn't hear from him, I went to the pool the day after it had opened to see what was going on with the work schedule. Sure enough, the schedule was posted, and I had been scheduled to work the day before. I immediately called the head guard, and I spoke with him about the situation. He apologized and told me that it was no big deal, but I believe that the whole situation could have been avoided if our head lifeguard had made sure that all of the lifeguard staff was aware of the fact that he had made the schedule and that it was posted at the country club. As a result of this miscommunication, schedules were made and posted several weeks in advance.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Presentation and Portfolio

I really enjoyed Erin's presentation on first aid. Being certified in first aid and cpr myself, I feel like it's important for everyone to know the basics. Erin had great information, and I liked that she included demonstrations in her presentation. Like Erin said, you never know when knowledge of first aid, cpr, and the heimlich maneuver might come in handy!

Overall, I haven't really had much experience with online portfolios. I remember going to a presentation about our eportfolios freshman year for CU101, but, honestly, I haven't touched in since then. I should probably hop on that since it's required for graduation and all :) I guess we'll see how the experience goes. In order to ensure that I'm ready for the portfolio draft, I need to start collecting and organizing all of my materials. Since I have already completed my resume, chosen a job description, created an individual presentation, and have written agendas/minutes for groups meetings uploaded onto Blackboard, I need to finish preparing my cover letter and continue to work on my follow-up letter. In addition, my group and I will continue to work on our proposal for Healthy Campus Initiative. Hopefully, I will be prepared after completing these tasks!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

3 presentations

I really enjoyed Laura's presentation on women's gymnastics at Clemson. I have a sorority sister that was a founding member of Clemson club gymnastics, and she is always talking about how Clemson should make gymnastics an official sport. I think that Laura made great points in her case for making women's gymnastics an NCAA sport at Clemson. Not only was she passionate about the issue, but she had sound facts and statistics to back up her main points. Also, I really enjoyed Stephanie B.'s presentation on Locks of Love. I think that Locks of Love is a great cause, and I think it's wonderful that Stephanie has donated herself, along with several other classmates. Not only did I learn about the purpose of locks of love, but I also learned what goes into the process. For example, I didn't know that each prosthesis requires 6-10 ponytails! She had great facts and information on the topic, and she also made it easy for me to take steps in donating myself should I choose to do so by including the "hair donation guidelines." Stephanie seemed very passionate about the issue, and I thought she gave a great overall presentation. In addition, I really enjoyed Nate's presentation on "when the shark and the fish first met," written by Galid Shalit. Nate seemed very knowledgeable on an issue that I myself don't know much about. Before this presentation, I had heard about the story, but I hadn't heard the story behind it: how the plot of the story symbolizes the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and its author, who began IDF service in July 2006, was abducted and is currently being held prisoner by Hamas. I learned a lot from this presentation, and Nate definitely presented us with some thought-provoking questions, like "can Israel justify releasing 1000 potentially dangerous prisoners for the release of one p.o.w. (Galid Shalit)?" I guess only time will tell. I think that Nate did a great job! Until next time...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cover Letter Advice

I agree with all of the advice given here. I feel like those who have written the advice have more experience on the topic than most college students, whether it be through an accumulation of knowledge from others’ experience, trial and error, or personal experience. The section on “The Best Use of a Cover Letter” was most useful to me. I think that knowing what to how to use a cover letter to your benefit, knowing what to include in a cover letter and how you could benefit a particular company, is essential. I wasn’t aware that the cover letter should be as specific and personal as they described, so I will definitely be more specific and personal when I write my cover letter for my mock interview in this class.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Client Meeting and Group Ideas

After meeting with the client from Redfern and hearing the mission and goal of the Healthy Campus Initiative, our group has been working on an approach to the project that would incorporate the use of Facebook, currently one of the most popular networks of communication among college students. I believe that accessibility, usability, and availability are important aspects in incorporating the project on Clemson’s campus. The idea is to create a Facebook group/application that would display the 6 core areas of health: physical, emotional, environmental, intellectual, social, and spiritual. Clicking on one of the 6 core areas of health would give you access and information on all of Clemson’s resources relating to that particular category of health, in addition, to linking you to the university’s website. For example, one might find more information about Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education under the “Physical” area of health. By making all of this information easy to access and freely available in such an organized manner, I believe that Clemson students will be more inclined to get involved, use the university’s resources, and find what they are looking for. I think that one of the biggest concerns of our group is how to actually translate the idea to the computer and make the site easy to use. So far, I think that things in our group are coming along nicely; this weekend, each member chose a core area of health and is researching Clemson’s resources and available programs pertaining to the area. Hopefully, once research is completed, we can get this thing going…by then I’m sure we’ll have plenty of questions :) Until next time…