Archive for December, 2015

George Tkalych is a retired ENT (ear, nose, and throat) surgeon who practiced medicine for over 30 years. He received his Medical Doctor degree in 1975 from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his residency in 1980 via the ENT program at the University of Western Ontario. He still remembers medical and looks back on those years fondly. Here are a few tips for first-year medical students.

First-year medical students should not get into the habit of cramming information before an exam. Everyone is guilty of doing this at a point in their educational journeys, but it is not an effective way of learning the material. First-year medical students should try and read ahead if they have time. That way when the subject matter comes up in class later on, they can ask for clarification on anything they did not understand.

Study groups can either be very helpful or detrimental for first-year medical students. Study groups are a great way to meet people and can be useful for educational purposes if everyone is focused on learning the material. However, some study groups are mainly formed for the social aspect, which is fine, but come test time, study groups will not be the best way to study.

It is important that first-year medical students do not get down on themselves. Everyone does poorly on a test in medical school at one point. What matters is that you get the grades to pass med school because even the person who finishes last in the class gets to call themselves a doctor.

George Tkalych served as the head of the ENT department in a number of hospitals in Alabama and Georgia.

George Tkalych is an experienced and knowledgeable ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon. He recently retired and now lives with his wife in Columbus, George, before previously leading a successful 32-year career. He was the head of the ENT department in a number of hospitals in Alabama and Georgia and has seen a lot in the field of ENT. Here are a few of the most common conditions he saw in the throat of adults.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

  • Pharyngitis, also known as a sore throat, is one of the most common reasons adults visit the doctor. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and need to be cared for based on the symptoms. Usually, sore throats, especially ones caused by viruses, go away on their own after a week at the most.
  • Colds and the flu can cause sore throats and frequently bring adults to ENT doctors. Usually though, a sore throat is one of many symptoms attributed to a cold or the flu and the doctor advises the patient to increase their fluid intake, get plenty of rest, and gargle salt water.
  • A streptococcal sore throat, also known as strep throat, is the third most common reason adults visit ENT doctors. Strep throats are progressively worse sore throats and are usually accompanied by high fever and trouble swallowing. The tonsils will appear red and inflamed, and sometimes patients may experience headaches, diarrhea, and vomiting. Strep throat is treated with antibiotics.

George Tkalych received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan and completed his residency with the ENT program at the University of Western Ontario.