Josh Waggener

Columbus Days: The AACA Conference

The expression on my face was calm, but I had a white-knuckled grip on the handle of the minivan’s rear sliding door. “Are you going to the same place as all the women?” asked the taxi driver in broken English. He punched the accelerator and the remnants of his fast food lunch rolled to the back seat and nestled next to my feet. “Uh, I guess so. If they are headed to the Hyatt as … Read More

My Search for Research

“What are you doing this summer?” It’s a common question among students of all ages, but perhaps most important for first-year medical students enjoying their final sun-soaked break from the academic world. Most choose the obvious option for their final getaway — spending time with friends and family in a familiar hometown or exotic locale. Others put their year of medical knowledge to use and travel abroad to help those in need. A few jump … Read More



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