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Meet Rahel Gizaw, The Medical Doctor Who Uses Her Instagram Page, @PhysicianDoodles, To Inspire Medical Students


1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.

My name is Rahel Gizaw, I recently received my MD from Morehouse School of Medicine and I’m beginning an Emergency Medicine Residency at Emory University. I’m a first generation Ethiopian American, raised in Jersey but relocated to Georgia ~15 years ago.

2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about? 

I’m really passionate about teaching and mentorship. My doodle page (IG: @PhysicianDoodles) is a way to help those in their medical training to learn useful material in a fun and digestible way.

3. What inspired you to get started?

Well, I first started doodling to help me remember things in medical school but once I found out it was helpful for my classmates I shared it with them. It wasn’t until a couple months ago when I had someone suggest I start a social media platform, so I did!

4. What is your educational background?

I received my B.S in biological sciences at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and my M.D at Morehouse School of Medicine.

5. What are your motivations?

I’ve always been motivated by mother. I want to give her the life that she deserves.

6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?

If you want to go into medicine, make sure you do it for the right reasons. It is not an easy journey. If you want to go into teaching, make sure it is something you truly love! The world needs more caring, invested educators!

7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Hopefully, in 5 years, @PhysicianDoodles would be even more popular. I also hope to get some of my doodles into publication.

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Ogilvie's syndrome is a disorder characterized by acute dilatation of the colon in the absence of a mechanical obstruction. For boards, >10cm is the magic number, however risk of perforation doesn’t occur until >12cm. The precise mechanism by which the colonic dilation occurs is unknown however some people have proposed a malfunction in autonomic control. It typically presents in elderly patients or those that are hospitalized and bedridden. They may complain of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, and, paradoxically, diarrhea. You should be suspicious of Ogilvie’s in patients with abdominal distension or pain and a physical examination that reveals a distended and tympanitic abdomen. On an upright abdominal film you should expect to see a dilated colon, often from the cecum to the splenic flexure and occasionally to the rectum. However diagnosis is established by either a CT abdomen or contrast enema (this excludes any mechanical obstructions) Colonoscopy should NOT be used to make the diagnosis, because insufflation of air may increase the colonic dilatation. According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the 2016 Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: – initial management for the first 1-2 days in patients without sig abdominal pain or extreme colonic dilatation (>12cm) is conservative therapy – patients who fail conservative therapy and is at risk of perforation should begin pharmacological therapy with neostigmine unless contraindicated -if patients fail neostigmine therapy or had contraindications, colonic (endoscopic) decompression is the next option. And if that fails or patient has evidence of colonic perforation then surgical decompression (with cecostomy if possible or colectomy) is indicated. #emergencymedicine #gastroenterology #Colorectal #medicine #usmle #step1 #step2 #medicaleducation #TheParkers

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8. Any present or future projects?

As of right now, I want to continue growing @PhysicianDoodles ! Go follow if you haven’t already.

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I’m learning how to draw depth 😂😂😂

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9. Are you Married or Single?


10. How can we connect with you on social media?

@PhysicianDoodles or @Baowbaowgizaw

11. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Getting to where I am today despite all the hurdles

12. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?

Roughly, 6% of physicians in the US are African-American; I didn’t like those numbers so I worked hard to change them. Prove.Them.Wrong!

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