Are you interested in healthcare? Thinking of going back to school? You might know what you want, and how to get it – but knowing if you’re making the right decision can be the hard part.
You might just need a little motivation to help you complete your goal and earn your health sciences degree. Watching a healthcare expert speak passionately about the kinds of things you’re interested in could be just what you need.
Healthcare TEDTalks can help inspire you.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing people with ideas to the forefront of the conversation. These people are often experts in their field and must undergo a rigorous application process before presenting.
Don’t worry – just because they’re experts doesn’t mean they’re necessarily speaking about topics too complicated to understand.
Here are some inspirational health-related TEDTalks to help you instill confidence in your decision to pursue a degree.
Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Who is Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? She studied the workings of the brain – and then she had a stroke. Amazingly, she studied her own stroke as it happened and she was able to get help within the critical time period necessary.
What this talk is about: In this talk, seen by nearly a billion people, Dr. Taylor details her powerful journey before, during, and after her stroke.
Why it’s inspiring: Strokes are a serious issue and can be fatal –about 130,000 Americans die from strokes every year.
Even as the stroke took away her ability to move an arm, Dr. Taylor succeeded in calling a colleague to get help – which, after you hear her explain it, you realize was no easy feat. As the stroke gripped the left side of her brain she constantly forgot which numbers she had already dialed; once she finally reached her colleague the difficulties weren’t over because she couldn’t speak clearly.
Following her stroke, she sends a positive message of recovery and advocates for others to find inner peace like she did while having her stroke.
Your Health Depends on Where You Live by Bill Davenhall
Who is Bill Davenhall? He’s a health and human services expert. After an unexpected heart attack in 2001, Davenhall began to look for answers to his failing health within his environment. That process inspired his interest in geomedicine, a medical breakthrough which focuses on treating patients for specific ailments based on the everyday hazards that exist where they live, work and play.
What this talk is about: This talk details Davenhall’s curiosity about geomedicine and why it’s not more widely used by doctors today.
Why it’s inspiring: Heart attack risks vary by region, so the idea of geomedicine could be life changing in the future.
It’s also inspiring because Davenhall had a problem, he wanted to know why it happened, and he worked hard to find possible solutions. By bringing his ideas to the public, he helped people become more aware of how their surroundings affect their health.
Touring a Hospital in Nigeria by Dr. Seyi Oyesola
Who is Dr. Seyi Oyesola? He is a Nigerian doctor who strives to bring better healthcare professionals and facilities to the people of Africa. He co-developed “Hospital in a Box,” which provides key medical devices into areas where they’re needed.
What this talk is about: During this talk, Dr. Oyesola highlights not only the health-related challenges Africa faces, but also real ideas to make healthcare in Africa better. He illustrates his points with photos of African hospitals depicting dirty needles, broken medical equipment and debris-filled floors.
Why it’s inspiring: Over the past decade, national health has become intertwined with global health.
Africa, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa, suffers from an extremely high rate of HIV, as compared to the rest of the world – in 2010, 22.9 million people there had HIV. Dr. Oyesola acknowledges that, but says they also suffer from everyday diseases that need treatment – but often don’t have proper health facilities to care for them due to outdated hospitals and donated equipment. Dr. Oyesola inspires change by raising awareness of these issues.
TEDTalks are designed to inspire people to think, create, and change, according to its website. Have any of the above healthcare TEDTalks talks succeeded in doing so? Which TEDTalk is your favorite? Tell us on our Facebook page!