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AJ Kochuba

Letter from the Editor

Our Fall 2023 issue explores how technology is changing healthcare and the ethical implications of these digital remedies.  In an age where many Americans obtain news via platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok, health specialists face the challenge of finding new, engaging, ways to disseminate health information and of combating widely-available misinformation. Even within medical systems, new advancements, such as MyChart, are shifting the healthcare landscape for patients and providers. From precision medicine techniques to the impact of digital narratives, the pieces in this issue survey some of the newest advances in technology and medicine.


The beneficial role of technology in improving accessibility to care and medical information is proven; not all advances do harm. That being said, as new digital solutions to age-old problems revolutionize the field of medicine, further improvements cannot be made without evaluating the repercussions of such remedies. We hope this digital collection of Duke undergraduate work sheds light on the role of technology in sharing information and improving the accessibility of healthcare, all while warning of its shortcomings. 


The DMEJ team thanks you for taking the time to enjoy our eighth issue and for your continued support. We hope you learn something new, make connections to your experiences navigating the modern digital landscape, and reflect back on this publication the next time you direct message your provider with a question, Google your symptoms, or enjoy an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. 


We look forward to additional thought-provoking discussions of medical ethics in future issues. 






Makayla Gorski & Eugene Cho

DMEJ Staff  Fall 2023


Chief Design Editor

Senior Design Editor

Social Media Chair

Community Outreach Chair

Community Outreach Chair

Event Planner

Writer Managing Editor

Blogger Managing Editor


Review Editors

Design Editors


Eugene Cho
Makayla Gorski

AJ Kochuba

Marshlee Eugene

Annie Bao

Heiley Tai

Devin Mulcrone

Tomi Oderinde

Zeqi Sun

Meera Patel

Devin Mulcrone

Xander Nelson

Julia Williams

Moayad Shehadeh

Vishruth Hanumaihgari

Nam Ho

Yurika Sakai

Annabel Tang

Aditi Iyer

Ahilan Eraniyan

Laila Khan-Farooqi

Camille Krejdovsky

Sanjana Anand

Madi McMichael

Eric Wang

Sam Shi

Anne Sacks

Harrison Pham

Mahi Patel

Makayla Gorski

Eric Lee

Reena Kagan

Annie Bao

Radhika Subramani

Caleb Lian

RIjul Rajesh

Megan Tandar

Alexander Adams

Jerry Liu

Kate Lee

Ariha Mehta

Amber Smith

Shanzeh Sheikh

Alejandra Gonzalez-Acosta

Harris Upchurch

Acelo Worku

Caroline Metz

Eugene Cho

Heiley Tai

William Sun

Ashleigh Waterman

David Axon

Allison Yang

Leah Kim

Jackie No

Victoria Ko

Angelina Huang

Jessica Pham

Shivam Jain

Navya Gautam

Soojin Lee

Sonali Patel

Ting TIng Li

Anna Chen

Morgan Robinson

Tomi Oderinde

Mariana Bouchan

Catie Fristoe

Abby Cortez

Pranav Kannan

Meera Patel

Annie Vila

Olivia Kim

Rhiannon Eplett

Shubhika Munot

Raphael Lee

Libby Gough

Marshlee Eugene

Sophia DiFulvio

Shreya Goel

George Nathaniel

Sarah Croog

Ella Andonov

Clare Williams

Joshua Lin

Riya Sangwan

Jack Ringel

Ayush Khanna

Karisma Lavana

Kiara Lavana

Yvonne Bonsu

Bowen Kim


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MyChart: Expanding Accessibility to Healthcare

By Devin Mulcrone


The Grey's Anatomy Effect: Unraveling the Impact of Medical Drama Shows on Patient Perspectives and Healthcare Systems

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Redefining ownership: barriers to Ad-lib CRISPR

By Xander Nelson


Navigating Crossroads: Beneficence as Autonomy’s Antithesis in DNR Decisions

By Moayad Shehadeh

By Julia Williams


Ethical Dichotomy of Gene Engineering: The Capabilities and Dangers of New Genetic Technology


From WebMD to Well-being: The Implications of Self-Diagnosis of Mental Health

By Nam Ho

By Vishruth Hanumaihgari


Can TikTok Doctors Cure the Health Infodemic?

By Yurika Sakai


An Overview of Current Physician-Assisted Suicide Policy in the US

By Annabel Tang


Neurophilosophy of Memory Editing: The Ethical Labyrinth of Altering Human Thought

By Aditi Iyer


Digital Actions, Real World Implications: The Effects of Medical Misinfo Online on Health

By Ahilan Eraniyan

Many thanks to The John Spencer Bassett Memorial Fund for financially supporting our website!

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