Meet the Board: Martin Wrobel

Hi everyone! I am Marting Wrobel and I am one of SPAPP’s Medical Chairs and this fall I will be starting my first year of medical school. I come to the conference by perhaps one of the longer routes: I initially graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a double major in Economics and Political Science and in 2011 I went back to Northwestern University to get a Pre-Medicine Post-Baccalaureate certificate. 

Technology has always been an interest of mine, and this has played a large role in my continued passion for the medical field. Today, when patients enter a hospital they are surrounded by technology, from intake, to surgery and recovery, every step of the way medical professionals are able to create a better and safer patient experience. However, technology is not just helping patients here in our hospitals.

On a recent medical volunteer trip to Honduras we worked with a group of doctors from the Mayo Clinic, who were creating a satellite link to stateside hospitals in order to provide further specialized consultations for our patients. Although this program was then still in its pilot phase, its potential to further improve the patient care for this village was already palpable. The professionals working in Honduras now had the opportunity to consult some of the brightest specialists back in the United States about our more difficult cases, something that had been unheard of before these researchers arrived. This innovation not only provided the additional care our patients required, but also sped up our clinic’s wait times and led to more success stories. Without the technology to instantly communicate thousands of miles away from the rainforests of Honduras, these benefits would have never reached our patients.

This is just one of many examples of how the technology we have at our fingertips today is driving tomorrow’s cutting edge medicine. I have attached a video from a TED talk by Daniel Kraft, a physician-scientist that discusses how technology is driving advancements in medicine.Daniel Kraft: Medicine's future? There's an app for that | Talk Video | TED.com

Agatha Kielczewski