The study and prevention of blood diseases and cancer such as lymphoma and leukemia. The American Cancer Society projects that there will be nearly 600,000 US deaths from cancer in 2016 alone; the need for well-prepared and well-informed medical professionals has perhaps never been more pressing.
Primary care is often the first line of defense against disease, and 87% of adolescents reported attending at least one primary care visit over the previous one to two years (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
Neurology is the study of the nervous system and the disorders that can afflict it. With over 600 recognized neurological diseases and disorders, proper diagnosis and management is paramount.
Cardiology is the study of diseases and abnormalities of the heart and cardiovascular tissue, playing an integral role in many intersecting fields of medicine. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.
One in 17 Americans in a given year struggle with a diagnosed serious mental illness like schizophrenia or severe depression, and perhaps many more remain undiagnosed (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Mood disorders remain the third most common reason for hospitalization amongst patients aged 18-44 (NAMI).
In 2013 alone, asthma claimed the lives of 3,630 people. 8.6% of all children currently have asthma and potentially one in six have mild to severe allergies.