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    Hi,

    In a mock interview someone asked me, "what do you think is the most important medical development in the past 100 years?". I had no idea what to say

    What do you think the most significant medical advance in the past 100 years is?
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    Penicillin!
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    human genome project as it can be used for preventative methods and if that doesn't quite count as 'medical' then anaesthetic because think about how much surgery has advanced since its use.

    anyway, why don't you read up about this sort of thing yourself? it's interesting and there's no wrong or right answer to this type of question, it's your opinion. so if you find something you're passionate about and CERTAIN is the greatest medical breakthrough in the last century, you'll be able to talk about it knowledgably (= impressive) as opposed to just reciting what you read on a forum making you sound like you're on autocue :p:
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    (Original post by ph9)
    human genome project as it can be used for preventative methods and if that doesn't quite count as 'medical' then anaesthetic because think about how much surgery has advanced since its use.

    anyway, why don't you read up about this sort of thing yourself? it's interesting and there's no wrong or right answer to this type of question, it's your opinion. so if you find something you're passionate about and CERTAIN is the greatest medical breakthrough in the last century, you'll be able to talk about it knowledgably (= impressive) as opposed to just reciting what you read on a forum making you sound like you're on autocue :p:
    i'm not convinced that being CERTAIN about it is the way to approach this. i think the first point would be recognising that there have been many amazing advances but the one that stands out to you personally is x because y. that way they're not going to be like, so what about z, isn't that valuable.
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    discovery of DNA.
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    Penicillin
    Chemotherapy
    Human Genome
    Radiological advances

    There are loads of them.
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    (Original post by Saffie)
    discovery of structure of DNA.
    Sorry to be a pedant :p:
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    (Original post by Formica)
    Sorry to be a pedant :p:
    surely noticing that it exists is worthy of a mention....
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    The introduction of public health services in most countries is a good, and unexpected one, as it is ethical rather then scientific. You can then argue the benefits of public over private health systems
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    (Original post by bright star)
    surely noticing that it exists is worthy of a mention....
    But that wasn't in the last 100 years. The actual discovery of DNA was in 1869.
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    oh, i just hadn't really read the opening post. i was just thinking generally.
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    development of penicillin ... cortisone ... dna structure ... streptomycin ... theres loads to choose from!
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    (Original post by Formica)
    Sorry to be a pedant :p:
    that's what i meant ;dry;
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    Discovery of the double helix.
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    Tip: it's not really what you say.
    I doubt any panel asking this would have a list of 3 deemed most appropriate answers - it's an incredibly subjective question & the members probably wouldn't all choose the same thing! Providing you can say something, otherwise your silence means no tick in the 'awareness of medicine in society and hot topics' or 'common sense' box...

    It's why & how you say it.
    = can you justify your decisions, do you understand how scientific research can influence patient care, are you eloquent and enthusiastic?
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    vaccinations and insulin are 2 that spring to mind - I have a son with diabetes who wouldn't be alive without insulin.
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    Most important thing to happen to the medical profession:
    Me, getting in to it.
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    Very modest of you spender wells. :rolleyes:
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    Past present and future... Antibiotics, Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Treatments.
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    Gene therapy only works for a certain amount of time though; you have to make constant trips to the hospital to get rid of the cells with the 'faulty gene'.

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