The pandemic, the female academic, and the scientific reward system

By Shreya Kashyap, GS-3 The year of 2020 has left its indelible mark on research.  I am immensely grateful for the distribution of multiple COVID-19 vaccines, thanks largely to a remarkable, global collaboration that started just three months after the virus was discovered.  As of August 2020, just six months after the virus was discovered, there were… Read More The pandemic, the female academic, and the scientific reward system

Unique Pre-Clinical Opportunities: Spirit of Luke / A Promise to Help

By Lamario Williams, GS-2 As a first-year medical student busy with the Fundamentals of Medicine block in the Fall of 2017, I wanted to find a clinical volunteering opportunity.  This was important to me because it helped me envision the “light” at the end of the proverbial tunnel.  We had been learning how to take a patient’s… Read More Unique Pre-Clinical Opportunities: Spirit of Luke / A Promise to Help

Stressed

by Lamario Williams, GS-2 “Sick and tired of being sick and tired…” Fannie Lou Hamer famously echoed these words in 1964, but this colloquialism is a common way of expressing the impact of stress in African American Vernacular English. Prolonged stress can negatively impact health outcomes, but this topic is not widely discussed in the… Read More Stressed

Diversity & Inclusion: More Than Just Checking a Box

Diversity and Inclusion. These “buzzwords” are often met with dismissal by some medical school applicants, but these principles should be embraced by anyone who wants to dedicate their lives to the service of others. We must promote diversity and work to eliminate the biases that perpetuate worse healthcare and outcomes for marginalized populations. We must… Read More Diversity & Inclusion: More Than Just Checking a Box

Conference Reflection: Disability Access in Health Science Education

Last month, I had the incredible pleasure of attending the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science Education symposium in Washington, D.C. The MSTP has been incredibly supportive of my journey through medical school with an autoimmune condition, and they actually paid for my registration, flight, and lodging for the conference (THANK YOU, UAB MSTP!).… Read More Conference Reflection: Disability Access in Health Science Education