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Louis Nikolis is a fourth-year medical student at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, who will be applying for a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).  During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, writing, and practicing yoga.

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By Linda Nguyen When I began medical school, I signed up to volunteer with Veteran Health Partners (VHP), an organization that pairs medical students with veterans in the Recreational Control Facility (RCF) of the local Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital. Veterans in the RCF unit have conditions ranging from spinal cord injuries to paraplegia, many of […]

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By Daniela Vargas As a public health nurse, I work in reproductive justice, prenatal and postpartum care at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in San Francisco. I am aware that my job comes with a high responsibility as I am assessing for social and structural determinants of health as women begin their prenatal care. […]

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by Hedy Wald   Civilization No longer as we knew it Rainfall hits dry ground   Stripped down to essence We treasure touch of cool breeze When hug cannot be   Pause, unmask to breathe Hope sustains as the tree bud Bursts forth in Springtime Hedy S. Wald, PhD is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at […]

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By Michael Bertenthal As a kid, I was a devoted soccer goalkeeper.  I lived for the opportunity to step in front of an oncoming shot to protect the net.  I loved the action of diving to make a save, getting my knees skinned and uniform muddied, and occasionally colliding with oncoming players. When I entered […]

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By Amy Blair With each passing 24 hours, my roles of physician and physician educator and mother (and human of the planet Earth) have been taxed in complex ways. The problem-solving demands are intense and the solutions often feeble, weakened by uncertainty, if not paralyzed. It feels as if the rug were pulled out from […]

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by Justin Triemstra “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”                                         […]

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By Elizabeth Southworth “So what’s the plan for the students” asked my attending during morning rounds on Monday March 16th. We were discussing the many changes that had already occurred over the past several days; the rooms in the Surgical ICU that had been sequestered for possible corona virus patients, the restrictions on visitors to […]

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03/24/2020 My Covid Epitaph
If I do not survive Covid Please note the hopes we shaped before The concerts, hikes and family feasts Still on schedule, still in store.   I can write my colleagues’ tributes now I hope you will be flattered, How you toiled, co-authored, supported staff. You smiled when it mattered.   But we will die. […]

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By Maha Mahdavinia It started almost from the moment my son was born, after I held that precious little breathing miracle of life in my arms and he stopped crying right away. I was filled with joy and love, as if beautiful, peaceful music was playing in my ears. I wanted to hold him all […]

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