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10/23/2020 My Advice
by Andréa Wakim Early morning rounding,Stressful days working,Rigorous nights studying, Often faced with the questions,How is studying going?Any tips for excelling? My advice to you is this: Fall in love. Fall in love with your free time.Fall in love with your hobbies.Fall in love with brief silence.Fall in love with your happiness. When there is […]

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Dear Dr. Wang, Your article was recently  retracted by the editors of the Journal of the American Heart Association and was denounced by the AAMC and the American Heart Association. As researchers and leaders in selective admissions and medical education, and as Asian Americans, we are deeply disturbed and offended by your article’s lack of […]

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By Emily Hagen As Dr. W, the pathologist, ushered my peers and me in, he made sure that we were properly wearing our masks, gloves, cloth gowns, and expressions of respect. He encouraged us to speak up if we felt too nervous to walk further inside. The morgue smelled of formaldehyde and goose bumps formed […]

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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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