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"Gentrification: A word coined so effortlessly by the masses, but also so inherently misunderstood on a concrete level. Before this service term, I knew only of gentrification in an abstract manner."
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“In my mind becoming a physician goes beyond learning the intricacies of human anatomy and biochemistry. It requires a holistic perspective of the patient, compassion, advocacy, inquiry, a willingness to share knowledge, and above all else, a commitment to service.”
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"Eyes glistening with tears, the widow I was interviewing shared that her teenage son had polio. I was speechless; I always saw polio eradication as a modern public health success story. I never expected to find it while conducting interviews for my Master’s dissertation in India. Stunned, I double checked the mother’s statement with my translator, who quietly confirmed it. A brief silence followed. The mother continued, her voice breaking, adding that she couldn’t even afford basic palliative care for her son’s condition. The cost of those unattainable procedures? Ten dollars."
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“Even in a diverse group of people, our shared situation and shared drive to serve others creates a platform on which connections are built. I feel that future members will really find it easier to find similarities with their cohort, despite differences that will inevitably exist.”
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"I serve as the coordinator for the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) which consists of 2 patient rooms and most other aspects of a primary care office squished into an RV. The goal of the MMU is to offer primary care services to populations who commonly struggle with access to consistent, quality healthcare. The MMU partners with a homeless shelter that has the capacity to house around 250 individuals. Through my interactions with the patients at this site, it’s evident that there are multiple barriers this population faces including reliable, consistent communication and transportation. The MMU succeeds in overcoming a number of these obstacles, but I’ve realized that addressing access is only half the battle in providing comprehensive, competent care to individuals experiencing homelessness."
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