Written by Christina Dawson '21, Sam Epstein '21 and Raghav Goyal '21 Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English’s 1975 book, Witches, Midwives, and Healers, was the first text that the Larner College of Medicine’s Social Justice Coalition discussed in October of 2017. This excerpt sets up our charge—despite its authoritative and evidence-based veneer, the underpinnings of medicine are highly political, social, and temporal.
Written by Jenna Dafgek '21 The hundreds of flashcards in my backpack were starting to feel ridiculous a week into bacteriology. At what point would they stop being helpful, especially if it took me hours to work through them? There had to be a better way. Luckily, there is, at least for me. Being a visual learner with a storytelling background (I write novels for fun), I decided that I needed to somehow personify these bacteria and morph them into characters rather than factoids.
Written by Conner Soderquist '20
An incredible mentor gave me some of the best advice I’ve received in medical school so far: Now is the time to build healthy habits that will sustain me for the rest of my career. Yes, I want to become a competent medical student and doctor, but I also want to be a good husband, friend, and member of my community.
Written by Anne Dougherty, M.D.'09
Today, I want to tell you a story about a girl named, Gladyness. I met Gladyness when she was eight years-old. I was between my first and second year of medical school and had finagled my way into working in a small rural primary care clinic in Kasese, Uganda on the western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Written by Dr. Samuel Luboga
Collaboration in home activities promotes bonding among family members. This idea is reflected in the Swahili saying, Suku mbili mugeni. Suku ya tatu mupa jembe. “For two days a guest is regarded as a visitor and is waited upon, however on the third day he is given a hoe to participate in the work (digging) the family does for a living.” Essentially, this means that s/he has become a member of the family.