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

Motivation

With the end of my second year quickly approaching, I took time during my winter break to reflect. One strategy I use in preventing burnout and staying focused is to organize my thoughts and give myself some context: why am I here, and what do I hope to accomplish?   1. Medicine The Merriam-Webster definition… Read More Motivation

Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) Conference: 3 Key Takeaways

Recently, I had the chance to attend the Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) Conference at UAB. The conference was entirely virtual; although students gathered together in certain rooms on campus, we signed in to an online seminar series that was being broadcast simultaneously at multiple universities across the U.S. To my knowledge, this… Read More Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) Conference: 3 Key Takeaways