Patient Advocacy

This category contains a collection of moments students have had with their patients that helped renew their purpose in the field.

Micky Akinrodoye Micky Akinrodoye (2 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Micky is a 4th-year medical student who is passionate about holistic wellness and always taking into account the social determinants of health to provide the highest quality of care to patients. He aspires to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.




A Journey to Obstetrics & Gynecology Through Structural Racism in 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 OB/GYN to confront this prejudicial history and create a more just path forward.

The Difficult Patient

Medical student Allen Betts explores the often underrated effect of psychosocial determinants and the integral part they play in the influencing health and well-being. Read more to find out how he has come to appreciate the soft skills a physician gleans through patient encounters rather than through books.

Ian Oechsle Ian Oechsle (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributor

Indiana University School of Medicine

I fell into medicine because it bridges the boundless world of science with individual stories of humanity. Having a father from Ecuador and a mother from the states, I came to see the importance of listening and learning from voices different from myself. Over time, I have grown an excitement for art — not merely by creating, but by attempting to discover the art in others and helping others discover the art in themselves. I write to make sense of my own experience and the experience of others. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, playing guitar, and thrift shopping. Going into my third year, I am looking to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine.