Journeys in Education

This category contains student reflections on key moments in their education that gave them new perspective and deeper insights to healthcare.

Sara Phillips Sara Phillips (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributor

University of Washington School of Medicine

Sara is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine.




Reflecting on What Inspires a Career: A Journey to Obstetrics and Gynecology Through an Exploration of Structural Racism in Adverse Maternal Outcomes

Medical student Sara Phillips writes a personal reflection, grounded in scholarly literature, that details her exploration of racism as a mechanism for perpetuating disparities in maternal health outcomes. The piece traces discriminatory policies and actions undertaken by physicians and leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology to portray a historical origin for contemporary health inequities. Interacting with these grim stories and statistics, she reflects on what it means for her to seek out a career in OBGYN to confront this prejudicial history and create a more just path forward.

Russyan Mark Mabeza Russyan Mark Mabeza (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine

Russyan moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was 15. His experiences as a low-income, immigrant of color are instrumental to his desire to pursue medicine and use it as a tool to elevate marginalized communities. A medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he hopes to one day be a primary care physician fighting for health equity through policy, advocacy and education. He enjoys coffee, singing, the enneagram and deep conversations.