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  1. “I think you’re taking this too personally,” made me laugh out loud so hard!!!! I take my data too personally too, because how can you not when you’re the one generating it??? So, so, SO true!

  2. Okay… Where did you get those kitty pants!?!?

  3. Lynne – thanks for posting.

  4. I keep reading this, and it keeps inspiring me. Keep on keeping on, friend. You know I have got your back, and I know you have mine.

  5. Randi, Your experience shows such advocacy for the underserved. Nurses make the largest contribution to the healthcare of humans. In many cases, it is nurses that drive policy. I can see that you will always be an active participant in improving care. I thank you for become a nurse an I especially thank you for becoming a leader. I am very proud.

  6. This might have made me cry a little. Maybe.

  7. NYC? Brooklyn! Might as well enjoy the panache, now we’ve finally got it. People I meet sometimes ask if I grew up in Brooklyn; I respond “not yet”.

    When a supervisee of mine was pregnant, I got her a gift from her registry. My card said “I’m sorry that I couldn’t get you what you really need … sleep.”

    Be careful about doing too much good writing like this; it’s a professional hazard in medicine.

  8. Randi,
    NSWB does make a significant impact on the community as well as on the nursing student experience. I think it is important for every nurse to know where our patients are coming from and the challenges that they face. I am proud to be a part of your nursing education and know that you will be a change agent in future nursing practice.

  9. Well spoken Randi, we’re proud to count you among the many excellent students on the Ashland campus. It’s rewarding to hear first-hand the impact of your exposure to, and perspective of working with marginalized and underserved community members. We know you’ll do great things in your nursing practice!

  10. AAMC President and CEO, Dr. Darrell Kirch, speaks out on this issue:

    “I was pleased to see so many of our medical students make their voices heard in a peaceful and powerful way, sparking dialogue rather than division… By donning their white coats and declaring that black lives matter, medical students embodied the principles of trust and humanistic care that the white coat represents.”

  11. you write beautifully- and remind me that we are all human.

  12. Very interesting piece!

  13. I totally agree, life happens and it is so very important to have that emotional and financial support system in place prior to applying to nursing programs. I’m an OHSU BSN4 student (also from Eugene). I planned ahead but even the best made plans fell through. I’ve had too many “life happenings” in the past three years. I have lost family members through death, faced illness, and experienced devastating financial setbacks but through it all I stayed focused on school while my family picked up the slack. My husband cares for the kids day and night. His mother helps watch our youngest son three days a week. She makes dinners and even plans the birthday parties.
    Support systems are so important to have in place and to nurture as you go through the rigors of nursing school.

  14. David: Excellent post! I will forever think of precision medicine with this very effective analogy in mind.

  15. I love your analogies David. I kept me reading and engaged. Keep up the good work!

  16. Amazing read, and very true.

  17. You’re in PA graduate studies and you have time to write a blog post plus go around Creating Change in the world? Don’t kid yourself, you ARE superhuman.
    You continue to reveal your gifts. Having you as a friend is like having a birthday every month. Thanks for sharing this post, your humanity just keeps shining!

  18. What an fantastic post! Your humanistic approach warrants celebration. I appreciate that you identify and challenge the dichotomy that is so ingrained in our culture and in medical practice. Recognizing each person’s humanity regardless of role identity is imperative! I am so hopeful for the positive impact we can all make with this mindset. Well done!!

  19. Joseph, your insight and articulate expression never cease to amaze me! You are going to be an amazing provider. You are already an amazing student. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with all of us.

  20. I attended your workshop at the Creating Change conference yesterday and I just wanted to thank you for the amazing presentation and for all that you taught me. I think you bring a valuable perspective to the medical field and that you’ll make a great contribution to it.

  21. Awesome article. It triggered some of the algorithms in my brain.

    Beautifully articulated the link between algorithms , medicine and learning.

    Binitha Surendran
    MBI- Clinical Informatics
    Expected date of graduation- June 2015

  22. “My brain feels like a file cabinet that needs to be alphabetized, cross-referenced, sorted based on pre-test probability, and then converted into electronic format.” Every single day!

  23. Hi Kristen, I am looking to start my prerequisite courses to apply to PA school. Like you I have a BA in Environmental studies and have spent the last few years exploring the mountains except mine are in WA. Do you have any advice for me as I work through my prerequisite courses?

  24. Great Verinica ! you play the perfect role of the Physician Assistant. Hope you have a great experience and bright future.

  25. Your excitement and energy are palpable! I’m so glad you are here too,

  26. Veronika, you make me proud to be a PA. Your future is so bright and it is a privilege to see you on your journey!

  27. Great post Veronika!! You belong here. :)

  28. I am so glad you are here and bringing world experience and an engineer’s perspective to graduate education. Welcome to OHSU and to StudentSpeak!

  29. What a wonderful post, describing the insecurity and excitement of beginning grad school. The first year is the hardest- after that I expect that you will be comfortable doing your own science in ways you could not have imagined a year ago. Welcome to Graduate School!

  30. Great first post, Eileen! You accurately captured the the excitement and fear of a first year student. There’s such a mix! You get pumped about an idea, a project, but then right as you get comfortable with a technique, you switch labs! Then you have the “privilege” to be completely clueless and feel lost all over again. You have a great attitude. Good luck!

  31. I am so very proud of you David, love from Gram

  32. Beautifully put, David.

    We are hopefully putting the final touches on a “Medical Specialty Speed Dating” evening in mid-Feb, to allow students to ask alumni and community physicians what it is like to spend a career in any one of over twenty specialties.

    Look out for more announcements later this week!

  33. As an MS1, I really appreciate this article. Thanks for the well written and very informative piece and best wishes to you.

  34. Wow, thank you so much for sharing! Beautifully written and extremely captivating!

  35. Outstanding! Anthony, thank you for sharing your heartfelt, and humorous, thoughts with us; we are so proud to have you in the program!

  36. Love reading about thoughtful program directors who take care putting together their class. 40 people is few enough that you’ll quickly get to know all (or most, I guess) of your classmates well. I just know that you guys are going to have a great time at OHSU!

  37. Jesse, that is awesome. Your Mom is so proud of you. Keep it up.

  38. Hi Amanda,

    Of course doing well in school and getting a good MCAT score are both critical pieces of med school admissions. Physician shadowing is also important to establish that you have some understanding of what you’re signing up for, and research can be helpful in demonstrating your scientific aptitude and work ethic. All of that said, I think most admissions committees today are looking to attract diverse student bodies with a variety of interests that extend beyond the medical field, so don’t be afraid to cultivate obscure non-science hobbies if that’s where your passion lies.

    A couple helpful resources:

    Good luck! :)


  39. Hi megan, My name is Amanda and I’m just starting out my long journey of college. I currently am in a medical assisting program at everest. I just had a trip to OHSU and am very eager to attend medical school their when the time comes. I was curious to know some of the things I could do to really improve my chances of being accepted. I’m very passionate about medicine. So if you have any tips you might find important that would help me I would very much appreciate it. Thank you so much. -Amanda Murray-

  40. Thanks Jesse.Great post.

    Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
    asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
    l’had’lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)

  41. Thank you Jesse. Gorgeous. So resonant and human and beautifully articulated….

  42. Sounds like an excellent program and a good fit for you — a great deal to learn and enjoy. I am so proud of you!

  43. Thank you for being an incredible big sib to me – your advice, the occasional treats, and tutoring sessions are greatly appreciated.

  44. Thank you for taking the time to post this. It makes a big difference to know that OHSU makes a special effort to bring a collaborative culture to each class. I hope I am meant to be there too. I have heard great things about the program!

  45. HI Megan, While I know you are quite busy, I hope you become involved in the OHSU Family Network. It’s a great way for OHSU families to get-together and share in the experience of parenting and working at OHSU.
    I can tell you more about it if you are interested! Best, Mina

  46. Thank you so much for sharing! Looking back, I wish I had began the journey to med school while my daughter was still so young. My back ground is mostly political in nature, so as you can imagine..I needed to start again at the beginning. I now face the guilt and hesitancy at the thought of her being almost 12 when I expect to begin residency. (A very important time for a little girl, and I too, am a single mother!) It’s all about faith. Again, thank you so much. I needed that bit of encouragement today.

  47. Thank you for this! As I approach the end of my premed work and I have a now 2 month old baby and a 8 year old son, I am nervous about whether or not I have taken on too much. Knowing that you have a similar scenario and have made it, makes me more optimistic about my situation. Rooting for you!!!

  48. Megan,
    I am so thrilled for your and your toddler’s progress. I know you will come through med school with flying colors and will ultimately be an amazing doctor. You already are a wonderful and living mom. You are one of the most thoughtful and talented people I know.

    BRAVO! Rooting for you all the way!

  49. Wonderfully accurate account and I am sure inspirational to future medical students!

  50. Megan, this is such a beautifully written piece, and genuinely moving. Through my tears (OK, so I’m a mushpot), I’m feeling so incredibly proud of you.



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