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  1. Great Post!
    Research week just gets better and better each year- largely because of faculty, administration and student leaders who are passionate about sharing science! Thanks!

  2. Outstanding and inspirational!

  3. So proud of you, Lauren. What a lovely reflection on your training and profession.

  4. Congratulations on being selected to present at this conference, Lauren. We are proud of you!

  5. What an awesome accomplishment, Lauren! Congratulations!

  6. What a wonderful experience for you, the good and the bad. I think travel, especially in terms of helping people can open people to so much in terms of world appreciation. We so desperately need compassionate, curious people in this world! I love, love to hear about personal experiences like this.
    As an RN, I’ve traveled to Boliva on a surgical mission and it was a great experience. I am better for it, most definitely. You are going to be the best doctor!!

  7. Interesting!

  8. Agreed. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  9. It was a pleasure to have worked with you at Authur Davisons Children Hospital, Ndola. And thank you for sharing the story.

  10. Wow! This was such an eye-opening article. Thank you for not only sharing your stories, but for being willing to leave the comforts of home to gain such valuable experience. Your patients will be lucky to have such a caring and wise doctor.

  11. Wow! This post could not be filled with more profound thoughts. They are truly inspirational. Thanks for posting this.

    “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

  12. What an amazing experience you had. Thank you for sharing your story and time over in Zambia! This is very inspirational!!!!

  13. I loved reading this article. Thank you for recording your experiences. It is great to know that we have student doctors like you actively learning and collaborating in the global health community.

  14. You dropped your id badge on the train. I am trying to get it to a trimet person.

  15. Inspiring for all applications of healthcare. Thank you.

  16. What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Very nice essay, Lauren. I am sure this was a very challenging yet moving experience; one that I am sure you will never forget!

  18. Thank you for sharing this! I am about to start PA school in another state, so this was incredibly impactful! I love the attitude of gracious, compassionate care.

  19. I am so proud to know you, and so grateful I have the rest of my life to keep learning from you. This is an amazing piece and I am very glad you shared it.

  20. What an insightful and introspective experience! Riding that rollercoaster of peaks and valleys in PA school is tough, and I’m glad you highlighted the high points.

  21. Thank you for sharing these moments of joy with me everyday!

  22. I want to be YOUR patient! So glad to hear that you are enjoying your education and learning, too. In Japan, a beginning driver (of a car) has to display a “wakaba” decal on their vehicle. I think you should wear a wakaba on your nametag, to keep in mind this youthful vigor.

  23. cool!

  24. I second Bob’s comment – WOW! So inspiring. Congratulations!


  26. Wow! Inspiring!

  27. Congratulations Cymon.


  29. I find so much hope in your post. And it is so encouraging. I am a pre med student and beginning to look at medical schools. I have a 2 year old son and have been ambushed by negativity and “you can’t be a parent and become a doctor”. I am glad to know that there are others in the same position as me and are thriving! Congratulations and good luck.

  30. I think everyone had really enjoyed the event.

  31. great article, wish I had heard about the lu’au event!

  32. I’m so sad I couldn’t make it! As a fellow Islander, this sort of effort means a lot! Kudos!

  33. Hey Adalie, I just read your article “Tiger blood” and I thought it was incredibly well written. I help run a blog at – if you would ever want to guest post just let me know! I would be more than happy to share any content that you produce in the future.

  34. Nicely said David. Students taking part in directing their own education should be part of the new model for graduate education.

  35. Excited for your defense, which I know is just around the corner! :)

  36. Timely advice David given the current state of our country.

  37. This is lovely and so true for those in my office and for me. Thank you for your thoughtful writing and for sharing it.

  38. Beautifully and intelligently written!

  39. Hi Shelley,
    I am very interested in applying to OHSU PA Program. I have a few questions and was hoping to reach out to a current student currently in the program.

    Thanks so much for your time,
    Sonja M. Ray M.T. ( ASCP)

  40. Shout out to all who work in hospitals. Challenging environments but full of caring people.

  41. David
    It is very refreshing to see a young person with so much enthusiasm for the quest for knowledge!!! keep up the good work!

  42. Liked finding out more about you! I usually only see you once a year during poster season!

  43. Whoa. Great post. Insightful post. Your message to avoid reducing people to a collection of symptoms is well taken.

  44. Great bit of writing. The “steady center” you describe is really what an education is all about. The science and fact is just the route to get you there. You’re going to be a great PA.

  45. Love the List Kayly!

  46. Kayly, you are an inspiration!

  47. Kelsey-Jo, this is fabulous! The depth of insight that you are able to share from your experience, truly gives others the ability to learn WITH you. Thank you, thank you, for helping us all be the nurses we want to be!

  48. Bless you for the insight! I am the manager of Swindells and I could not have put it so eloquently….these are truly the “lost” Portlanders and it is wonderful when we KNOW we have touched someones life.

  49. Kelsey Jo you continue to rock my world with your compassion and understanding. I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work. You will touch and change many lives just by giving a little of yourself each time.

  50. Read the article you posted back in October 2015 about making the decision to pursue the surgical residency with the most difficult name to spell (Otolaryngology), and I was just wondering if you got it? Thank you so much, and cheers from a pre-med student from California who’s very passionate about ENT.



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