Caring for others as a medical student

When asked to list some risk factors of all-too-common chronic illnesses like heart disease or diabetes, we tend to offer answers such as an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise, tobacco use, or alcohol. Rarely do we suggest that our personal relationships determine the course of our health, yet I'm learning that this, more often than … Continue reading Caring for others as a medical student

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Christian undertones in Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie was moving in many ways, particularly for me as a female viewer.  Not only is it rare for a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman to play the protagonist's role, but it is also relevant that she inspires change through her actions and beliefs and remains humble despite her conquests. It … Continue reading Christian undertones in Wonder Woman

Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.

Compassion is defined as sympathy and the desire to alleviate suffering. "To be compassionate" is merely to feel something about a situation. That's it. Understanding without action. First, I think about the concept of salvation on the basis of faith and good works. Just as all truly valuable things on this earth, salvation isn't free. God … Continue reading Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.

GMB Medical and Public Health Brigade, Nicaragua 2015

Home in Houston, safe and healthy after an unforgettable nine days in Nicaragua, I am thrilled to write about my experiences leading 32 other inspiring Rice students through Global Brigades to this beautiful country for a medical and public health hybrid brigade.  First, I want to give a shout-out to my team of power women: Neena, Olivia … Continue reading GMB Medical and Public Health Brigade, Nicaragua 2015

From Houston to Boston: Global Brigades Conference @ BU

After a tiring day of packing and moving all of my things out of Baker, my summer dorm at Rice, into storage and another exhausting day of traveling from Hobby to Boston Logan and taking Boston's confusing (but largely FREE) public transportation, I have finally arrived in the heart of Boston for the Global Brigades … Continue reading From Houston to Boston: Global Brigades Conference @ BU

Honduras: Day 4

This short and sweet post is largely about one of my newest friends, Hector! I met him in the morning when I shadowed a physician at the consultation station (pretty awesome experience--I performed blood glucose tests, spoke with a Parkinson's patient, and even saw a boy under local anesthesia get stitches after his machete accident...yes … Continue reading Honduras: Day 4