Increasing Awareness of LGBTG+ Healthcare Needs

Much of my leadership and medical advocacy work in medical school has been focused on two specific issues: increased awareness of LGBTQ+ healthcare needs and health care reform. In my first year of medical school, I was convinced that addressing these issues on a local level was the most effective approach to achieving real-world impact.

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Keeping Faith After Losing My First Patient

July 14, 2016, was the day I lost my first patient: my dad. My dad was diagnosed with scleroderma in 2012 while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree. The illness climaxed during my first year of medical school. S

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Practicing for Our Lives as Osteopathic Doctors

It has been my privilege for over a year now to learn and grow as a member of a class of 160 hard-working medical students. As president of my class, I witness firsthand the efforts of a multitude of student doctors, whom I would describe as fully engaged.

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From the Peace Corps to Medical School

“Who gave me permission to do this?” I thought to myself as I wiped snot and tears from my face, standing in the Transportation Security Administration line at the airport after hugging my dad goodbye.

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Diversifying the Face of Osteopathic Medicine

Growing up in the heart of Los Angeles, California, the thought of fully engaging with my community in a positive light was often clouded with the strong influences of ringing gunfire, activities of gangs, and infiltration of drugs.

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