Patient Advocacy

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

Ashley Dixon (1 Posts)

Medical Student Contributing Writer

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Ashley is a first generation Jamaican-American fourth year medical student interested in the field of psychiatry. She is passionate about narrative medicine and enjoys gardening and playing with her 2-year-old german shepard mix.




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.

Bianca Nguyen Bianca Nguyen (1 Posts)

Editor, Medical Student

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Greetings! I am a fourth year medical student at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. I received by bachelor's degree with a major in Biomedical Sciences and minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida. I am excited to highlight student voices through narrative medicine with Mosaic in Medicine. This is a great opportunity to incorporate humanities and medical education through reflective writing, hearing and telling stories, and sharing world views. I love reading, nature and dogs!